Let's face it...who doesn't love goldfinches in their back yards! Their sweet vocalizations and little fights with each other are reason enough to love them. When you throw in the male's summer plumage, it's impossible not to want to see more of them. Over the years, I've tried different things to attract them. Some have worked and some not. Surprisingly, one of the most … [Read more...] about 3 Ways To Attract More Goldfinches
Human Parents vs Bird Parents While I have to admit I am not a parent in the conventional sense. We are parents to our 10 year old yorkie/chihuahua mix, Maggie which has been both challenging and rewarding. However, I am over fifty years of age and have been around a ton of parents and have heard about their struggles and triumphs. So, let me give you a light-hearted breakdown … [Read more...] about Human Parents Think They Have It Bad?
Our first family of bluebirds just left the nest the other day. Or should I say the other night! That's right, night. OK, maybe it was evening but it was the first time I've ever had bluebirds fledge at any time other than morning. Let me recount how it happened. What's That Dark Spot In The Lawn? This first family seemed to be taking their time. It seemed to me that they had … [Read more...] about Nail Biting Bluebird Fledging
Since I set this blog up years ago, I've had my share of good and bad post ideas. Some that I thought would be helpful fell flat on their face. Others, like the posts about what to feed wild rabbits, have been hugely successful and constantly searched for. One of the things that can help me get more of the good stuff out to you is if you tell me about it. That's where reader … [Read more...] about I’m Grateful for Real Reader Comments
Gratitude Is Good No matter who you are or what troubles you find yourself with, it's always good to count your blessings. Here's a quick run-down the things my backyard friends make me grateful for. Their connectedness Every time I watch siblings of any kind play and fight with each other I can't help thinking about how much we miss that as humans. Sure, we fuss and fight … [Read more...] about Being Grateful for My Backyard Friends
I have a quick story to share with you which further emphasizes the need to pay attention to your backyard I spoke of in my last post. It's a story about seeing a need and filling it and the feeling you can get doing that. This story involves one of my favorite feeder birds, the Carolina chickadee. A few years ago, before I ever had any Eastern Bluebirds in my backyard, I … [Read more...] about Just In Time Chickadee Housing
Paying Attention Is Good For All Concerned I can't tell you how many times I've heard birders talking about something that's happened to them that's caught them by surprise. I've had people tell me how they turned around and their feeders were getting mobbed by birds they didn't intend to feed. Or people like myself who found they had inadvertently made some birds sick. What … [Read more...] about Top 5 Benefits of Paying Attention
Recently, I've had a bit of a heartbreak in my backyard. I need to tell you about it so you wont' make the same mistake. House Finch Eye Disease I've blogged before about the importance of paying attention to your feeders and yanking them down the minute you see any of your house finches with the eye disease they can get. I'd been pretty lucky this year that I had not seen … [Read more...] about My Apology To My Goldfinches