black capped chickadee - black capped chickadee or carolina chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee or Carolina Chickadee

Chicka-dee-dee-dee!  Chicka-dee-dee-dee!  That is one of the many calls that both of these chickadees make. The first time I saw a chickadee was in the state of West Virginia in the mountains.  I was on a camping trip with my husband, his mother (Janet), and her friends.  Janet loved her birds and was excited to […]

Red-bellied Woodpecker Facts

  “There was a Red-headed Woodpecker in my yard”, my brother tells me.    Then after I ask him a few questions about the bird I find out that it really is a Red-bellied Woodpecker.  He does not know much about birds so I had to ask.  The reason being is because many people incorrectly […]

facts about blue jays you may not know

Blue Jay Facts You May Not Know

  I always know when Blue jays are around because they make quite the entry with their loud raucous calling.  They usually come in a group of four or five as they make their way through the trees to my feeders.  I make sure to have a premium seed mix with peanuts and fruit in […]

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Red Birds – North America

My niece posted on Facebook not long ago about how she saw a “red bird” in her yard and that it was a definite sign that her grandma (my mother) was watching over her.  There are those people who believe that red birds are  a representative of people who have died.  I guess it also […]

carolina wren - types of wrens found in north america

Types of Wrens Found In North America

Don’t you just love wrens.  They are those cute little birds that announce their presence with their loud boisterous singing or calls.  Sometimes that is the only way that you know they are there as they can be pretty secretive birds. Most people only know about the House Wren which is a common backyard bird […]

mourning dove - amazing facts about mourning doves

Amazing Facts About Mourning Doves

  Love them or hate them, Mourning Doves are probably one of the most common and most abundant birds that you will see in your backyard.  This dove is the most common dove species in North America from Mexico all the way up to southern Canada. You can even find them in Hawaii and the […]

purple martin - where are purple martins now

Where Are Purple Martins Now?

Where are Purple Martins Now?  Do you still have any hanging around your nesting houses?   If you do you probably live up north as they are already starting to congregate in large groups called roosts, in the more southern states. By up north I mean places such as Erie, Pennsylvania, where the Purple Martin Conservation […]

house wren - house wren nesting habits

House Wren Nesting Habits

Probably one of the most vocal birds this time of year is the House Wren.  From sun up to sun down I can hear this little, plain brown wren (4.3 to 5 inches) calling repeatedly.  It is loud enough that I can hear it through my closed windows with the air conditioning running too.  This […]

american robin - water is for the birds

Water IS For The Birds!

Water is for the birds!  Why?  Because just like humans they need water to be able to survive.  You see birds need fresh, clean water for drinking purposes.  They do get moisture from the food that they eat but then they also lose water from their system through their droppings and through respiration (i.e. breathing).  […]

monarch butterfly - do birds eat butterflies

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 […]