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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

rose breasted grosbeak - attracting rose breasted grosbeaks

Should You Feed Birds In Summer?

  Do you still feed the birds during the hot summer months?  I certainly do because I enjoy watching my backyard visitors all year long.  Plus, there are some birds that I only see in the summer time and if I didn’t have my bird feeders stocked with good food, I would probably miss them.  […]

hummingbird moth - hummingbird moth facts

Hummingbird Moth Facts

The first time that I saw a Hummingbird Moth I was living in Paducah (2008/09) which is in Western Kentucky.  It was my first summer there (I only lived there for sixteen months) and I was standing on my back deck that had Glossy Abelia bushes right in front of it.    I heard a […]

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Why Do Hummingbirds Fight?

  Why do hummingbirds fight over the feeder?  You would think that these dainty little beauties would be nice to one another but not when it comes to their territory.  Hummingbirds are very territorial, especially the males, but the females can be just as aggressive.  They are defending their feeding and nesting area (about an […]

baby killdeer- what is a killdeer

What Is A Killdeer?

  What is a Killdeer?  A Killdeer is a type of shorebird in the plover family.  This bird is not necessarily found along the shoreline however.    You may have seen one on a gravel road, in an open field, on a golf course, in a parking lot or maybe in a baseball field.  It […]

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How To Find Owls

Have you ever been on a hike in the woods and hear a bunch of blue jays, chickadees, titmice, or blackbirds carrying on as if they are angry about something?    Whenever my husband and I do we try to locate where the birds are because there is a good possibility that there is an […]

red-winged blackbird - red-winged blackbird attacks

Red-winged Blackbird Attacks

  Red-winged Blackbird attacks are normal around my pond.  Whenever a Great Blue Heron decides to descend upon the cattails to do its fishing, out comes an aggressive Red-winged blackbird ready to take him on as it pecks at it continuously.  All the while the Great Blue continues to strut along until it finally takes […]