Help! I Have a Sick Bird at my Bird Feeder

Posted by Nancy on 6/12/2018 to Learn More About Birds
Question:  I have a sparrow sitting near our feeder that is still and not eating.  Its feathers are puffed out like it is cold, but other birds are not indicating the weather is affecting them.  Is the bird sick?  What should I do?

Will Birds Starve if I Stop Feeding?

Posted by Nancy on 5/8/2018 to Learn More About Birds
Will Birds Starve if I Stop Feeding?
The goal of Brittingham's study was to learn whether birds become dependent on feeders and loose the ability to forage in the wild. 

Finches- The True Vegans of the Bird World

Posted by Nancy on 3/13/2018 to Learn More About Birds

Now that you know about the seeds finches enjoy, I would like to offer you the opportunity to do more bird watching. Many of us spend needless time...

One of Our Snowbirds, The White-crowned Sparrow

Posted by Tom on 2/27/2018 to Learn More About Birds
Since the White-crowned Sparrow prefers to feed on the ground along tree and shrub lines their favorite feeder in our yard is the platform bird feeder. A mixed seed seems to attract then however they have been know to be drawn to grains such as oats, wheat, barley, and corn.

Bird Watching For Your Health

Posted by Nancy on 1/23/2018 to Learn More About Birds

It’s a Robin!  Everyone has smiled when a robin has landed on a branch next to you and started singing.  This simple reaction can be the start of a lifelong hobby. Birdwatching or birding as it is often referred to can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be.

More About Bird Brains

Posted by Nancy on 6/22/2016 to Learn More About Birds
What is the most energy demanding system of a bird's brain?  Need another clue?  This system does not require blood to function properly.  One more clue, the cones and rods, which number in the millions....

Roadrunners - More Than a Cartoon Character

Posted by Nancy on 6/9/2016 to Fun Facts About Bird Species
What's faster than most humans, can kill a rattlesnake, can survive in a desert and hold a special place in Native American and Mexican beliefs and legends?  Did you guess Greater Roadrunner?

Attracting Birds in January

Posted by Nancy on 1/20/2016 to All About Bird Feeders
January is a peak time in your bird feeding year.  Your bird feeders should be in full operation and you should be offering a number of different feeds.

Do Sandhill Cranes Have Feathers on Their Faces?

Posted by Nancy on 3/25/2015 to Learn More About Birds
Do Sandhill Cranes have feathers on their face?

Why Do Birds Eat What They Do

Posted by Nancy on 3/11/2015 to Learn More About Birds
 Why can't all the birds eat the same thing?  Wouldn't it be less stressful for the birds to be able to eat all types of food?

How Far Can Birds Fly?

Posted by Nancy on 3/4/2015 to Learn More About Birds
 He asked "How far can a bird fly?" I know that you have grandchildren that you are teaching about nature.  Have you got an answer for an eight year old?

Why do geese fly in a V?

Posted by Nancy on 11/6/2013 to Learn More About Birds
Why do geese fly in a V?  There are advantages to flying a V.  As a single bird flaps, it disturbs the air by creating wingtip vortices. 

Why Baby Birds Leave the Nest So Young

Posted by Nancy on 8/21/2013 to Learn More About Birds

Why do birds leave the nest before the can fly and take care of themselves?  We all think of nests as a safe haven for nestlings. One of the reasons is predators raid a nest of calling baby birds quite easily. 

How to Stop Woodpeckers from Drumming

Posted by Nancy on 7/31/2013 to Learn More About Birds
I have recently installed a new metal flagpole and now have a woodpecker that has figured out how to land on the pulley and pound on the flagpole itself.  Why would he do this?

Winter Bird Visitors Already?

Posted by Nancy on 10/20/2009 to Learn More About Birds
I looked out the window this past week to see a Pinion Jay at our stainless steel sunflower bird feeder.  I did a double take.  We have had them in our yard before, but usually in December and January, and then only when we have snow at our elevation which only happen a few times a year.  Although Tom was sure I knew what a Pinion Jay looked like after helping band them for years, his eyebrow still went up just a little.

Rufous Hummingbirds - The Bully of My Hummingbird Feeders

Posted by Nancy on 10/2/2009 to Learn More About Birds
I have to confess, sometimes I get really aggravated at the Rufous Hummingbird. We have had Black-chinned Hummingbirds here all summer. They have nested in our yard and entertained us with their acrobatic flight. Now migration is on and that little tiny bully known as the Rufous has managed to intimidate our summer long visitors.