Tag Archives: Wild Bird Watching

A Happy and Prosperous New (Birding) Year!

Only a few more months and these little flying jewels will be visiting my garden again! The January-February 2015 issue of Bird Watcher’s Digest features an article written about an educator, friend, scientist, and birding mentor, Dr. Bill Hilton, Jr. I had the … Continue reading

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Meet Fluffy

Fluffy is a name you give a little white kitten or, in my case, a Ruby-throat Hummingbird whose feathers are visibly more “fluffed up” than its counterparts’. Most of these little birds are pretty sleek, even at this time of … Continue reading

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Happy Bird Day – National Bird Day 2014

There is a PBS film presentation, Parrot Confidential, that is worth taking time to watch.  It will both break your heart and fill your heart with joy.  Access a link to the film and a video conversation with the filmmaker … Continue reading

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A new woodpecker species appeared in my mini-bird sanctuary!

That bird feeding station outside my window just never ceases to give pleasure and amaze. I was happy to show off my resident Red-bellied Woodpecker to Cousin Sally when she was over for Christmas dinner yesterday.  Or rather, he was … Continue reading

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Cinnamons

At the height of the summer season it was broad daylight at 5:30 a.m.  Now as I drive out of the garage and head for the train station at that time, the darkness is broken by front porch lights and … Continue reading

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I’ve been spying on young males. But they’re leaving me.

Female hummingbirds outnumber male hummingbirds in nature. Young Ruby-throated hummingbird males look like females during their first summer.  They don’t have ruby-red throats and they have white markings on the tips of their tails like the females. Some of these … Continue reading

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Purple Martins 101

Having become very familiar with my backyard birds and those on my bluebird route, I thought it high time to branch out and learn about some other species. One species I have an interest in is Purple Martins.  They’re related … Continue reading

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