A few fall yard birds

November 20th, 2014

The year-round residents are getting into their winter groups and the winter residents like the juncos are here in abundance. Generally, at this time of year, I would be at the Wakarusa Wetlands four or more mornings a week. I know I am one of many deeply grieving this loss. I hope that those of us who are doing more feeding, putting up more cover, winter roosting boxes, and brush piles, can offset some of the habitat loss these birds are experiencing. Support the work the Haskell Students are doing here: https://www.facebook.com/wetlandspreservationorganization Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Cooper’s love our yard

November 20th, 2014

Much to the dismay of all the little birds enjoying our feeders, the Cooper’s has been hanging out in the yard just about every day the past couple of weeks. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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White-throated sparrows are back

November 4th, 2014

I love these birds! Going outside first thing in the morning and hearing their song just makes the day better. They seem to be pretty happy with the additions I made to the brush pile over the summer. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Murmuration at work

October 6th, 2014

When I was at the grocery store the other day, I was watching a small group of starlings sitting on a tower in the distance. I decided to get some pictures. While I was getting my camera out, they all scattered. When I zoomed in, they were in a murmuration and a falcon was chasing them. The murmation is designed to confuse raptors. They move in this tight formation, moving in synch in all these different ways like a cloud, confusing the raptor who cannot lock on to one single bird. This went on for a while. The raptor gave up and the starlings went back to their perch on the tower. It was something to watch! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Young eagles

September 28th, 2014

Nice to see these young eagles on a recent outing to Clinton Lake. Click on pictures enlarge.

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A yard full of hummers

September 1st, 2014

Hummingbirds seem to be everywhere right now, buzzing around the yard, jostling for nectar. Each year, the amount we see during migration grows. I think this is not only because we just keep planting stuff, but we are seeing the children of birds who have visited in previous years. It’s very exciting! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Feeding the orioles

August 7th, 2014

I have been privileged to have some great up-close viewing of our neighborhood orioles as they come to the feeders with the kids. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Making friends with blue jays

August 7th, 2014

Yes, they are kind of noisy, but this is one of the things I love about them. They constantly let everyone know what is going on and when the Cooper’s hawk shows up, they bravely taunt him/her giving everyone a chance to dive for cover. They love it when I throw peanuts to them and have recently started bringing the young to the patio to indulge. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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The underappreciated house finch

July 1st, 2014

House finches are so pretty. We have quite a few visiting right now and I love sitting outside and listening to their conversations. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Barn swallow visit

July 1st, 2014

A beautiful barn swallow has been visiting the yard just about every morning. I know we have some tasty mosquitoes. I guess I am the one they seem to think is pretty tasty. Mr. Swallow is welcome to visit any time. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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