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 […]

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Raptors…Birds of Prey

It was a thunderous sound that I heard and it came from outside my kitchen window.  I jumped up to see what was the matter but I already knew.  Mourning Doves were scattering throughout my backyard and flying off as far away as possible.  Other birds too were flying off and only one lonely Cardinal sat […]

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Bird Feeding Stations

  I’m birding from my window on this cold wintry day.  We just got two and a half inches of snow on the ground on top of the two that we already have.  Not only is there snow covering the landscape but the ground is also frozen right now with temperatures at 10 degrees F.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bald Eagles in Winter

Bald Eagles in Winter When you see a huge, dark brown bird with a broad wingspan of up to 7.5 feet and a body length of up to 40 inches and it has a brilliant white head and tail just soaring above you, you know right away that it is a Bald Eagle.  What a […]

A Big Year in Birding

A Big Year in Birding Every year on New Year’s Eve or a few days before, my husband Jeff and I watch the movie “The Big Year,” starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson. We watch it because it is not only funny with these three actors but is based on a true story.  It […]

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Snowy Owl Facts

  It’s that time of year again.   Snowy Owls are on the move and being spotted in many locations.  In fact, I just saw the latest posting on my local birder site that there are two Snowy Owls just a half hour away from my house here in Northern Kentucky.  That is pretty far for […]

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Feeding Wild Squirrels

  In my last post I listed a few squirrel proof bird feeders that are pretty good at keeping the squirrels at bay.  One person commented that “the squirrels need to eat too!”  But many people, including me, do not appreciate squirrels at their bird feeders because they hog the feeder,keeping the birds from getting […]