White Crane (or Maybe an Egret)

Hunting for a nosh at Hama-Rikyu garden in Tokyo.  

A Bird and Pollinator Video Retrospective

Last night I included a video Judy made a couple of years ago in my post. That got me looking at other videos she had made. She had fun making ¬†these videos with her Nikon camera but then stopped, I think she… Read More

The Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

I’ve lived practically next door to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary ever since we moved back to Chicago 14 years ago. In fact, I’ve driven right past it on most days for all those years. And yet, last week was the first… Read More

Wanna See Our New Birdhouses?

About two years ago we visited Tammie of Casa Mariposa and got to see her lovely garden. I was especially impressed by the decorative quality of her several birdhouses. Since then, I have wanted to add more birdhouses to our own garden.

Scarlet Tanagers for Mother’s Day!

Mother Nature gave Judy a very nice gift for Mother’s Day – the first Scarlet Tanagers we have ever seen in our garden. They showed up while we were having brunch on the back porch with our son Daniel – coming and… Read More

A New Tool for Wildlife Gardeners

Native Plant Finder is an online resource for people who want to attract more wildlife to their gardens. The website is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, with support from the University of Delaware and the US Forest Service. It draws on… Read More

A Hawk at the Bird Bath

Judy was working from home the other day, sitting on our back porch. At one point she looked up from her laptop and saw this right outside the window. We’ve seen hawks in the back garden before, but never at the bird… Read More

An Unexpected Pocket of Urban Nature

This past weekend was uncannily mild and sunny. Judy and I decided to visit the West Ridge Nature Preserve, a chunk of land recently detached from Rosehill Cemetery. We had been hearing about this place, but had never been there. 

The Amazing Lives of Birds

Book Review: Beaks, Bones, and Bird Song, by Roger J. Lederer If you are interested in birds but don’t have much of a science background, this book is a fun and fascinating read. The author establishes first that birds face daunting odds… Read More

We Got a Hummingbird Feeder

So on the Sunday before last I bought a hummingbird feeder. It was something of a Father’s Day present to myself. The Wild Birds Unlimited store was having a 25% off sale so it would have been foolish not to buy one.