Category Archives: Bird Behavior

Nesting Time

One of our favorite birds has become the Phainopepla. We just love how this guy struts his stuff, posing like a male model, feeding like a flycatcher, whistling and calling like a Northern Cardinal. The other day at Organ Pipe … Continue reading

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Companions

While I record each species we see and use eBird to track birds as we travel, my birding partner is more interested in "slow birding" – taking time to "smell the flowers" – to mix metaphors. It’s got me seeing … Continue reading

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Watching Wood Ducks — A Guest Post

Yes, even though it’s a cool spring, the real estate market is hot!!  Location, location, location… This neighborhood has mature trees, a small pond, is close the commuter rail and is frequented by birds and birders often during spring migration. … Continue reading

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The Amazing Buffleheads

A wonderful guest post by Sue McGrath … I’ve been watching a small flotilla of Buffleheads on Plum Island this week. It’s Butterballs’ diving that forces me to stop and linger, to observe for understanding. I watch the thrusts, leaps, … 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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Mid-July Birds

After a nice cold front passage, the dawn chorus this morning, starting before five, was lovely. Several very persostent and loud American Robins sang non-stop, nearly drowning out the other singers. Song Sparrows tuned up as did Common Yellowthroats and … Continue reading

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Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are a thrill to watch! Their brain is about the size of a BB. The nest is constructed of plant down, spider webs, lichen & tree sap. Hummers eat about every 10 minutes. Their long tongues aid in nectaring. Hummingbirds’hearts are … Continue reading

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Bath Time

We have had sweltering days with high humidity and afternoon storms for nearly a week.  The birds are looking pretty bedraggled but they are active because there are lots of bugs.  It’s not unusual to see a grosbeak or robin … Continue reading

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It’s 8 PM, Cue the Timberdoodle

Early last evening, I went for a Woodcock Walk sponsored by the North Branch Nature Center.  We were there to observe the aerial displays of the American Wood cock, and our leader, Larry, told us — “They’ll start about ten … Continue reading

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I Love Buffleheads

I’ve been watching a small flotilla of hen Buffleheads in the Amesbury section of the Merrimack River this week. It’s Butterballs’ diving that forces me to stop and linger, to observe for understanding.  I watch the thrusts, leaps, propulsion and … Continue reading

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