We see hawks in the back garden, but usually they are perched on a distant branch, or sometimes they come swiftly gliding through, hoping to snatch some unfortunate smaller bird.

Scarlet Tanager, I Presume

This past weekend a pair of Scarlet Tanagers visited the back garden. Like the Indigo Bunting, this is a bird that we see only once every year or so.

From One Mother to Another

I don’t believe in coincidences. It cannot be just chance that so many of our best backyard bird sightings happen on or the day before Mother’s Day. I’m convinced that these rare appearances are a gift from one mother to another, namely… Read More

The Great Backyard Bird Count, 2019

The Great Backyard Bird Count was held February 15-18th, and as usual Judy and I were happy to participate. All you have to do is choose a spot and spend a few minutes or a couple of hours counting birds.

Hummingbird Wars

A few days ago there was a short but eye-opening New York Times article concerning recent research on hummingbirds.  The research indicates that Hummingbird beaks evolved primarily for fighting, not for feeding.

Birds, Butterflies, and Bison at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

An hour’s drive southwest of Chicago is an 18,000-acre prairie preserve called Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (pronounced Mi-DAY-win). The preserve was created mostly out of lands that had belonged to the now-closed Joliet Army Ammunition Plant. Today the land is part of… Read More

Baby House Wrens!

We’re home! Judy and I got home just last night from the Upper Peninsula. There are a lot of developments in the garden, almost all positive, which I’ll get to soon. However, we’ve spent much of today doting over the baby House… Read More

Consider Yourself At Home

Recently Judy was on the back porch and noticed a small bird flitting in and out of the bird house that hangs just outside of the windows.

Mourning Doves

In addition to Goldfinches, we’ve also got plenty of Mourning Doves. Sometimes I think we have too many Mourning Doves. Not exactly a rare bird.

Hungry Goldfinches on a Snowy Day

We’ve had lots of Goldfinches this winter, more than in recent years. They’re all over our two nyjer seed feeders.