Spring is just around the corner. The trees are starting to bloom. Birds are picking out nesting sites. And soon, migrating summer residents will be here soon! As I’ve written before, one of my favorite summer migrants is the ruby-throated hummingbird. Attracting them isn’t difficult; read my previous post here if you want to see… Read More Tracking migrating hummingbirds
The weekend of January 22, we had our first winter weather event here in Raleigh. We got an inch of ice in the yard before it ever started snowing, and we wound up with probably a quarter inch of snow on top of the ice. Once the sleet and freezing ended, the birds came flocking… Read More Know Your Neighborhood – More winter backyard birds
I mentioned awhile ago, dear readers, to watch this space for information about feeding hummingbirds. Well, now that it’s summer, and the hummers are back in town, it’s time to bring the knowledge! Hummingbirds are one of my favorite kinds of birds to watch. They do their dinosaur ancestors proud with their fierce and fiery little… Read More Summertime Splendors
If you’ve been following along with my blog over the last few months, you’ve gotten a pretty good handle on what to feed your backyard birds, and what to feed them from. You may be wondering to yourself how to tell all these birds apart from each other. Some are pretty easy, like the cardinals… Read More What are all these birds?? A review of a fantastic smartphone bird ID app.
February, among other things, is National Bird-Feeding Month. This is a link to a cool article at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History website, describing how bird feeding developed in the United States, as well as the impact it’s had on informing views on conservation of the American public. Check it out, it’s… Read More February is National Bird-Feeding Month!
This winter has been a pretty wet one, so it’s been hard to get out to keep the backyard bird feeders nice and full. So when we finally had a few dry days, I made sure the feeders were topped up. As anyone who’s kept bird feeders will tell you, birds have an amazing ability to find newly… Read More Know Your Neighborhood #3 – Winter Feeder Watch
The official State Bird of North Carolina is the Northern Cardinal. The Cardinal was selected as the State Bird here in 1943. Seven states in all have named the Cardinal as their State Bird. Male Northern CardinalThese handsome, easily identifiable birds are year-round residents of North Carolina, and can be seen in yards and… Read More Old North State Symbols #1 – The State Bird
Hello! My name is Brian, and I want to write a blog. It turns out that I am not the only one who writes a blog, and what’s more, other people write blogs about the same things I want to write about. But, I have something that those other people don’t have, my back window. … Read More Recognizing the Competition.