green heron - what is a green heron

What Is A Green Heron?

I was sitting on my deck this quiet morning sipping my coffee and listening to the birds making their usual calls.  The Carolina Chickadees  and the Tufted Titmice are moving about my river birch, flying through the water mister that my husband set up in the tree.  A juvenile Blue jay is making its high […]

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Red Birds – North America

My niece posted on Facebook not long ago about how she saw a “red bird” in her yard and that it was a definite sign that her grandma (my mother) was watching over her.  There are those people who believe that red birds are  a representative of people who have died.  I guess it also […]

carolina wren - types of wrens found in north america

Types of Wrens Found In North America

Don’t you just love wrens.  They are those cute little birds that announce their presence with their loud boisterous singing or calls.  Sometimes that is the only way that you know they are there as they can be pretty secretive birds. Most people only know about the House Wren which is a common backyard bird […]

mourning dove - amazing facts about mourning doves

Amazing Facts About Mourning Doves

  Love them or hate them, Mourning Doves are probably one of the most common and most abundant birds that you will see in your backyard.  This dove is the most common dove species in North America from Mexico all the way up to southern Canada. You can even find them in Hawaii and the […]

purple martin - where are purple martins now

Where Are Purple Martins Now?

Where are Purple Martins Now?  Do you still have any hanging around your nesting houses?   If you do you probably live up north as they are already starting to congregate in large groups called roosts, in the more southern states. By up north I mean places such as Erie, Pennsylvania, where the Purple Martin Conservation […]

hummingbird - when do hummingbirds migrate south

When Do Hummingbirds Migrate South?

When Do Hummingbirds Migrate South?     Are you getting a lot of hummingbirds at your feeders now?  We are here in Kentucky.  In fact my husband and I are filling up our feeders  every day now.  We don’t mind because it is that time of year when the adults as well as the young […]

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Keep Raccoons Out Of Your Yard

It always fascinates me how people can put their trash cans out the evening before pick up and have open lids with obvious food containers sticking out of them.  Every time I see this I tell my husband, “raccoons will be very happy tonight.”  Then the next morning you see the garbage can tipped over […]

house wren - house wren nesting habits

House Wren Nesting Habits

Probably one of the most vocal birds this time of year is the House Wren.  From sun up to sun down I can hear this little, plain brown wren (4.3 to 5 inches) calling repeatedly.  It is loud enough that I can hear it through my closed windows with the air conditioning running too.  This […]

Top 10 Flowers That Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Who doesn’t love seeing those beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds flying and zipping around in our backyard garden?  They are such a lovely sight to see and if at all possible it is something that we want to enjoy as long as possible.  It actually is pretty easy to keep butterflies and hummingbirds around longer if […]

american robin - water is for the birds

Water IS For The Birds!

Water is for the birds!  Why?  Because just like humans they need water to be able to survive.  You see birds need fresh, clean water for drinking purposes.  They do get moisture from the food that they eat but then they also lose water from their system through their droppings and through respiration (i.e. breathing).  […]