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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 […]

eastern bluebird -how to attract bluebirds to your yard

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 […]

Red-winged Blackbird Migration

Red-winged Blackbird Migration has begun around these parts in Kentucky.   It has just been in the last week or two that I started to notice more of them coming around and making themselves heard throughout the day.  I never mind them as they are such a beautiful blackbird. We  always have a few that hang […]

pileated woodpecker - birds in the snow

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 […]

northern flicker woodpecker

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 […]

pileated woodpecker - birds in the snow

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 […]