What Do Goldfinches Eat?

You may not notice these beauties during the winter time as they are pretty dull looking, but come springtime the males plumage starts to pop into a vibrant yellow coloring that really stands out in your garden.  Do you know what bird I am talking about? Many people call them wild canaries but their actual […]

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Birds in Your Backyard

Have you checked in your backyard garden lately?  You might be surprised to see some new birds there.  Spring migration is at its prime right now and it sure is very exciting!   Just in the last few days here in  Northern Kentucky, we have had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, a Green Heron, a […]

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Birds That Nest In Birdhouses

I’m pretty sure that a pair of Carolina Chickadees are building a nest or already have a nest in a birdhouse out in my yard.  I thought it was the first time for a chickadee to build a nest in it but my husband reminded me that we had a pair two years ago.   That […]

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Attracting Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

Attracting Rose-breasted Grosbeaks was easy in our home over in Ohio.  This was on six and a half acres that was mostly wooded.  They were our welcome visitors for the entire summer there and I just loved them!  They would come in to our platform feeder and at our window feeder (photo left) that was […]

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How to Attract Orioles

Spring is such an exciting time for bird watching around my house here in Kentucky.  Song birds are starting to arrive such as the Eastern Phoebe which has been here for about two weeks now, the Tree Swallow which I spotted just last week, and over this past weekend,  the Chipping Sparrow.    Warblers are […]

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American Woodcock Mating Dance

PEENT!  PEENT!  is the nasal-like sound you may hear if you happen to live near an open field or near the woods.   It is part of the American Woodcock mating dance.   In mid to late March you will hear the males at dusk or dawn starting their PEENT chanting.  If you can find where the […]

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How To Get Rid Of Cowbirds

  You’ve seen it in your yard before I’m sure.  A little Carolina Wren feeding a big fat Cowbird baby.  Or replace the wren with a  Northern Cardinal or Eastern Bluebird.  It could be up to two hundred and twenty different species of birds that may end up fostering this parasitic bird.   That’s how it […]

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Attract Bluebirds to Your Yard

  With its vibrant blue head and wings and reddish orange neck and chest who wouldn’t want the beautiful Eastern Bluebird in their backyard?  Not to mention the fact that this bird is great to have around for insect control. We have had them in our yard at our previous homes but it has been […]

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Purple Martin Bird House

    It won’t be long before Purple Martins return from their wintering home in South America.  The adults generally arrive anywhere from January to May depending on where you live.  Here in Kentucky we start to see them around the middle of March.  More south sooner and the more north you are add a […]

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Tree Swallow Bird Houses

      Do you have your Tree Swallow bird houses ready?  Now that it is March it won’t be long before they return.  If you want to attract them to your yard now is the time to check those nesting boxes and/or clean them out.  Okay, they prefer to be near water such as […]