Category Archives: Feathered Friends

Feathered Friends: White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrows are my favorite sparrow (with the Chipping Sparrow not far behind). These birds have a sweet little song that some say sounds like “oh-sweet-canada”, but I think sounds like an intoxicated chickadee. These large sparrows are easy to … Continue reading

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American Tree Sparrow

Brown-headed Cowbirds weren’t the only surprise at my feeders during last week’s snowstorm. I also got a visit from an American Tree Sparrow: From a distance these birds look similar to a Chipping Sparrow but Chipping Sparrows are slightly smaller … Continue reading

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Feathered Friends: Brown Thrasher

I was excited when a Brown Thrasher visited my platform feeder for a few days in early September. I assumed it was a bird moving south to its winter home in the Southeastern United States. But last week another Brown … Continue reading

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Feathered Friends: Orchard Oriole

I was thrilled when a male Orchard Oriole appeared at my feeders in early May. The birds have beautiful chestnut-colored breasts and a black hood. They are only in the United States briefly in the late spring and early summer … Continue reading

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Feathered Friends: Summer Tanager

There are always a few birds that wander off their normal spring migration pattern and cause a stir among local birders. This spring our wanderer was a Summer Tanager. This bird was especially cooperative. It hung out in some trees … Continue reading

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