scarlet tanager - birds in backyard

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 […]

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 […]

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).  […]

monarch butterfly - do birds eat butterflies

Do Birds Eat Butterflies?

Do birds eat butterflies?  I know it can be hard to digest (no pun intended) but there are some birds that will eat butterflies.  It is not something that people like to hear or see for that matter but it does happen. Birds need to eat too as it is all part of the food […]

baby bald eagles - when do birds leave the nest

When Do Baby Birds Leave the Nest? Precocial vs. Altricial

Altricial Birds When do baby birds leave the nest (fledge)?  Not all baby birds leave the nest in the same time frame.  Some birds such as woodpeckers and songbirds (i.e. cardinals, chickadees, titmice, wrens, orioles, grosbeaks) are born with their eyes closed, are bald, completely helpless,  and are totally dependent on their parents to keep […]

baby birds in nest - what is a fledgling

What Is A Fledgling?

What is a fledgling?  A fledgling is a baby bird that has left its nest but is still being cared for by its parents.  They have all of their feathers but they are not fully grown (i.e. short wings and tail) .  You have probably seen plenty of fledglings this spring/summer already in your yard.  […]

killdeer eggs - what is a killdeer

Identifying Bird Eggs Is Easy

    Have you ever come across a a bird egg on the ground or in a nest and wondered what kind of bird laid that egg?  It can be a real puzzler especially if you do not see any bird activity nearby.   Here’s the good news…identifying bird eggs is easy if you know what […]