Red-winged Blackbirds

I often have red-winged blackbirds visit my yard for a day or two in the spring, and this year I had two males for only one day each. They were probably in a hurry to stake their territories for the breeding season. In summer, Red-winged Blackbirds are commonly seen...
Owls-Creatures of the Night

Owls-Creatures of the Night

That owls are “wise” may be a myth, unless you define “wise” as being accomplished in night hunting. With their hooked bills and sharp talons, they are similar to other birds that hunt, such as hawks and eagles, but there are striking differences that make owls the...
Passion for Purple… Martins

Passion for Purple… Martins

Long ago, native Americans hung up hollowed-out gourds to attract nesting Purple Martins. To­day, we erect apart­ments in the sky or groups of plastic gourds for the same purpose. And over time, these beautiful birds have developed a relation­ship with humans unlike...
Bluebird Basics

Bluebird Basics

Bluebirds enchant us with their lovely colors and sweet songs. This may explain why we associate bluebirds with happiness, love, and spring. Poetry, prose, and lyrics extol the virtues of these warm weather visitors. East of the Rocky Mountains, the Eastern Bluebird...
Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinals

The Northern Cardinal is actually one of seven species in the world with the name Cardinal. The name was derived from the Cardinals (the rank above Bishop) of the Roman Catholic Church who wear red robes and hats. The Northern Cardinal is found in the United States....