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Why Do Woodpeckers Peck Houses?

      Have you ever been awaken by a woodpecker drumming on your outside gutters, your house siding, or even your satellite dish?  Some woodpeckers can be pretty annoying in the early morning hours.  And…the damage they can make! In one of my previous posts I mentioned how one particular Northern Flicker did quite […]

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Sax-Zim Bog Birding

  Well we did it!  We found the Great Grey Owl while birding at Sax-Zim Bog in Minnesota last weekend!   With a little help from the Sax-Zim Bog Facebook group where people commented about their sitings, we were able to spot this guy (video above) hunting for breakfast at 7:15 AM last Saturday morning.   By […]

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Largest Owl North America

      My husband Jeff and I are going on an adventure to the Sax-Zim Bog which is about fifty miles north west of Duluth, Minnesota.   We will be traveling with my sister and brother- in- law.  Our goal is to see the largest owl in North America…the Great Grey Owl.  Sax-Zim Bog is […]

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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 […]

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Red-headed Woodpeckers North America

     Red-headed Woodpecker   It is a striking woodpecker with its flashy red head and neck, bright white belly and black-white-black wings.  When in flight that red, black, and white look so bold and brilliant against the landscape.  What a beautiful bird that Red-headed Woodpecker is. When someone who I know really doesn’t know […]

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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 […]

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Peregrine Falcon Speed

My sister sees one all of the time from her high rise window at work in the downtown area.  The Peregrine Falcon has a hankering for pigeons and she will see them swoosh past her window going for its intended meal.  This bird can capture a bird in mid air at speeds of up to […]

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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 […]

What is a Turkey Vulture?

“Must be something dead,” my husband mentions as we drive down the road towards the county park where we walk.  “Yep!,” I agree as I look ahead at the numerous vultures congregating in a tree and in and along the road.   They are Turkey Vultures or “buzzards” or “turkey buzzards” as many people in the United […]

Red-tailed Hawk Habitat

It is a guarantee every time I travel on an expressway especially in winter.  A large bird perched high up on a telephone pole, post, or tree watching over an open field.  Not just one but there will be several of them spotted along my drive.  It stands anywhere from 18 inches to 26 inches […]