Baby Mallard Ducks Are Here!

About two weeks ago my husband and I noticed a mama Mallard and her two ducklings hanging around our pond.  We both figured it had to be her second brood they begin nesting in early spring and through July. We missed out on the first batch of nesting Mallards (back in  May, early June).  We […]

bat - 10 interesting facts about bats

Ten Interesting Facts About Bats

Not everybody is crazy about having bats around.  In fact a lot of people are terribly afraid of them.  I think that if people realized how beneficial they are to us they would grow to appreciate them more.  Just learning a little bit more about these amazing creatures should lesson their fears too.    Read […]

canada goose - nesting habits of canada geese

Canada Goose Nesting Season

    Millie Girl (my little Yorkie) is afraid to go out of our patio door because of a male goose (gander) who likes to come hissing at her as she tries to enter his territory.  Or at least it thinks it is his territory.  You see its Canada Goose nesting season.  The gander is […]

red breasted nuthatch - red breasted nuthatch bird - wintering in my backyard

Red-breasted Nuthatches – Wintering in My Backyard

      Did you know that it  an irruption year for the Red-breasted Nuthatch.  This nuthatch species generally stays up north where they breed and live all year but when food supplies (conifer seeds) are low they migrate south (maybe hundreds of miles) for the winter.  How do I know?  The first clue was […]

pine marten - pine marten facts

Pine Marten Facts

Finally last weekend in Sax Zim Bog, Minnesota I was able to see a Pine Marten.   Just like last year my husband and I traveled there from our home in Kentucky (twelve hours) to go birding in the bog and to hopefully spot other wildlife that this amazing place has to offer.  Unfortunately, we did […]

american kestrel - what is a kestrel

What is a Kestrel?

Have you ever driven along a country road or even along the highway and have seen what appears to be doves spaced out along the wires.  Well maybe you should take a closer look because it could be a Kestrel.  What is a Kestrel you ask?  Well the actual name is American Kestrel and it […]

Yellow-rumped Warbler - birds in winter

Types Of Winter Birds To Look For In Your Backyard

A few weeks ago my Ruby-throated Hummingbird visitors left for the season.  Them along with many of the other visiting songbirds that breed here  in my neck of the woods (Kentucky) and the eastern half of the United States.  I hate to see them leave but I know that there are many types of winter […]

barred Owl - where are barred owls

Where are Barred Owls?

Well I missed it!  I walked inside my house to get a drink last Saturday evening and a Barred Owl decided to fly right over my deck at the same time.  My husband Jeff, my sister, and her husband were all outside getting some great views of that awesome owl.  Oh well better luck next […]

common grackle - do blackbirds migrate

Do Blackbirds Migrate?

        I have really been enjoying my backyard birds lately.   Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, Tufted Titmice, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue jays, Cardinals, Goldfinches, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and even the Cooper’s Hawk have been very enjoyable to watch at my feeders and in the surrounding trees in my yard.    Did you notice […]