Category Archives: Backyard birds

Late Summer Birds

I’ve taken a break from serious birding for a few weeks but it’s hard not to notice that migration has started and transitions are underway. Lots of juveniles flying and feeding, some pretty ratty looking molting going on, and flocks … Continue reading

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An Abrupt Change of Plans

If you follow this blog, you know that we planned an extensive trip to the Southwest and California this winter with our Airstream. We have completely cancelled the trip. Mary has just been preliminarily diagnosed with lymphoma and we are … Continue reading

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Keep Your Paws Off My Cell Signal

We can see the lights of Mexico across the lake from our Airstream windows – and it’s quite lovely at times. Not so lovely is that their telecom companies can overwhelm our AT&T 4G signal and make communicating a challenge. … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage Hummers

This year has been one of the best for attracting hummingbirds to our feeder — we had several families nest in the area. Many feisty juveniles have delighted us with their antics over the last few weeks. They have been hitting the … Continue reading

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Two New Bird Cams to Get You Ready for FeederWatch

A heaping helping of Evening Grosbeaks from the FeederWatch Cam in Ontario. Project FeederWatch starts its new season this Saturday, November 9. To get ready, check out our two new live-streaming Bird Cams—set up at feeders in Manitouwadge, Ontario, and right … Continue reading

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Project Feederwatch Launches New Web Tools

The next season for the Project FeederWatch Citizen Science program begins in just one week! Share your observations about the birds coming to your feeders between November and April, and help reveal important patterns in bird numbers and distribution over … Continue reading

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What’s not to love about Winter Wrens?

We have had a pair of Winter Wrens in our woods all the Fall and while they don’t sing the way they do in the spring, they chip away at the dog and me on nearly every walk. I know … Continue reading

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Hermit Thrush – Vermont State Bird

One of the wonderful harbingers of spring is the fluid call of the Hermit Thrush.  Always starting on a different key, the song is unmistakeable and just a delight.  But this time of year, while the birds are still around, … Continue reading

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Goldfinches – What’s Not to Love?

We are inundated with American Goldfinches.  What a neat problem to have.  These brilliant bursts of yellow and black sing from the treetops, bounce through the air with their unique flight, and mob the thistle seed feeder.  They also sit … Continue reading

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Why Are Hummers So Mean To Each Other?

As I try to heal from a torn meniscus or two from my birding mishap, I have had a lot of time to sit and quietly observe the many birds at our feeders. We have dozens of young Purple Finches … Continue reading

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