northern flicker woodpecker

Northern Flicker Woodpecker

  One of the more interesting woodpeckers in my book is the Northern Flicker…aka Yellow-shafted Flicker.   It was once called the Yellow-shafted but a few years ago the name was changed to Northern Flicker (yellow-shafted form).  There is also a red-shafted form of the Northern Flicker woodpecker found out west.  They were two separate species […]

pileated woodpecker - birds in the snow

Attract Pileated Woodpeckers

          Everyone loves to see this woodpecker.  You cannot miss its striking red head with black and white streaked face and black body!  Standing at 16 to 19 inches and with a wing span of 26 to 30 inches you will definitely know it is the Pileated Woodpecker. Mostly you will […]

starling - how to get rid of starlings

How to get rid of Starlings

There is only one positive thing that I can say about European Starlings and that is they are kind of pretty.  They have black wings with an irridescent bluish green on their feathers with hints of purple around their neck area.  Add some dots of white to this stocky bird and you have a nice […]

sparrow - how do birds keep warm?

How Do Birds Keep Warm?

The last few days have been pretty warm here in Kentucky with temperatures reaching near 61 degrees.  It was much needed too because I was about to go stir crazy (along with my little Millie dog) these past few weeks as the temperatures were hanging steady around zero degrees or a little below.  That’s too cold […]

Northern cardinal - Northern cardinal bird

Northern Cardinal Bird

  Have you ever wondered where on earth all those Northern Cardinal birds (some people call them redbirds) come from when the temperatures start to freeze and snow is on the ground?  On a cold winter day you can look out your frosted window and spot dozens of these beautiful red birds mostly feeding on […]

American Robin - American Robin Facts

American Robin Facts

American Robin Facts     I went walking with my husband Jeff and Millie (my Yorkie) at the park  over the weekend and saw and definitely heard nothing but American Robins.  You know the bird with the blackish brown head and wings and the orange breast.  It is probably the most familiar bird to many people. They […]

downy woodpecker - bird feeding stations

Birds in the Snow!

  I love to see birds in the snow don’t you?  In my backyard, in the woods, at the park….anywhere is fine with me.  The reason being is because you just never know what birds you are going to see.  You see when it snows birds have a harder time finding food and water because […]

great blue heron - great blue heron or a crane

Great Blue Heron…or Crane?

Great Blue Heron   A lot of my family and friends know that I love the birds and know a little bit about them.  If I don’t my serious birder husband definitely does as he keeps bird lists of birds that he has seen in our backyard, in the county that we live in, the […]

dark-eyed junco - winter birds are starting to arrive

Winter Birds Are Starting to Arrive!

Last Sunday Jeff noticed that the fish were swirling around a lot at the surface of our pond and decided it was a good time to go fishing.  He was right because he ending up catching  11 fish within a 15 minute period.  One of them was a pretty good size, a six pounder!  Nice catch indeed! […]

american tree sparrow - facts about sparrows

No More Birds!

She commented on Facebook on the local birder’s page that there were no more birds in her backyard.   She just moved to a new home and for some reason wasn’t getting any Northern Cardinals in her backyard or Chickadees like she used to.  All she was getting was House Sparrows (they are a given) and Goldfinches.  […]