As we tend to our feeders, we realize we're helping out our friends by giving them a ready source of food, water, cover and sanctuary. What we tend to forget sometimes is how much they give us back in return. One of my favorite back yard visitors is titmice. Let me give you a few reasons why this is. They Put You In Your Place How many times have you snuck up on a feeding … [Read more...] about Why I Love Titmice
Unabashed Good News Post If you're looking for a "meaty" how-to post, you can skip this one. If you want to have a little sunshine in your life today, by all means, READ ON! News In The Shower So, July 4th this year started as any other day. Did some studying for a blogging business course I'm doing called "Blog Mastermind", caught up on some entrepreneurial community … [Read more...] about The Hummingbird Incident
My Attempt To Train My Back Yard Birds Each of us, from time to time, looks out into our back yards and sees something we're not crazy about. Whether it's a squirrel figuring out a way to get to one of our feeders or a large flock of grackles that have taken another one over. Myself, I tend to be a rather active or even proactive birder. If I see something developing, I'll … [Read more...] about I Try To Train My Back Yard Birds
Warning: Experiences Like This Are Likely To Change Your Life! It is amazing how we humans can get caught in tunnel vision. Things happen in our lives and we just use it as evidence that everything is about us. You have a challenge. Whether it's health or finances or family or everything at once; we're so quick to listen to our egoic minds and only see how it affects us. … [Read more...] about The Downy Woodpecker That Changed My Life
In my never ending quest to learn more about you, my readers, I like to ask questions. I'm trying to figure out what kind of content you value most or if your interests are all over the map. It would help me be more helpful to you if I knew what level of a birder you are. For the purposes of this article, I am going to break them down into three categories and then explain … [Read more...] about What Kind of Birder Are You?
First In, Last Out Is NOT Just For Accounting With tax season well under way, I had to sneak in a quick post about my approach to keeping sparrows and other nuisance birds at bay. It has to do with how smart birds are and how you can use that to your advantage. It IS possible to train the birds you want while discouraging those you don't. Sometimes, all you have to do is … [Read more...] about Using The First In, Last Out Method To Foil Sparrows
One of the biggest complaints I hear from people who feed birds is their feeders are being overrun by this bird or another. Usually, it's the grackles, starlings, sparrows or even crows. While I completely identify with their plight, I do believe this happens because the birder has not decided on what feeding style to use? Feeding Style Explained I take great pride that for … [Read more...] about What’s Your Back Yard Feeding Style?
As winter moves across the country, we all see more challenges feeding our birds. One of the main challenges is providing water. If you're able to provide water where you can plug in a bird bath heater, that's great! Especially, if you're able to have your bath far enough away from the house to reduce the chance of window strikes when the occasional predators come by. For me, … [Read more...] about One Of A Bird Feeder’s Best Friends