Category Archives: Migrating Birds

Beautiful Bunting

I spotted just over 100 species of birds during a week-long birding extravaganza last month. That number is probably a little higher, but there were a few birds I was unable to identify. Even after more than 30 years of … Continue reading

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

For the last two days there have been scores of new bird songs in the neighborhood. I assumed most of the migrating birds skipped our area on their journey north, but many were just very late this year. It’s very … Continue reading

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Muted Migration

This has been the strangest spring migration season I can remember. The birds were backed up to the south of us for weeks because of wave after wave of storms from the north. Eventually some birds decided to punch through … Continue reading

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The Warblers are Back!

The freaky weather we’ve had over the last several weeks hasn’t just confounded the humans, it’s also caused the migrating birds to get backed up in the center of the country. We’ve had so many storms with northerly winds lately … Continue reading

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Migration Madness

We recently took a short trip to northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, and the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth was on our list of stops. Every year 20 different species of raptors and vultures migrate over the observatory numbering in … Continue reading

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Stalking the Indigo Bunting

I had to crawl on my stomach to capture the scene, but after failing for many spring migration seasons, I FINALLY got some decent photographs of an Indigo Bunting. Surprisingly, the bird’s feathers do not contain any blue pigment. That … Continue reading

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Sapsuckered Again

Some of the first migrating birds to appear in our yard this spring were several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. They spent a lot of time in the surrounding hickory trees. Hickories have high sugar concentrations in their sap which the sapsuckers find … Continue reading

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Baltimore Orioles

For the first time ever I was able to lure Baltimore Orioles to my feeders this spring with orange halves. I’m sure grape jelly would’ve worked too, but I couldn’t find the little cup that attaches to my feeder poles … Continue reading

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Summer is Waning

Summer is disappearing fast. I can tell because not only are winter coats starting to appear in the clothing stores (!), but some of the birds are already starting to migrate. I have at least 3 female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds sipping … Continue reading

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The Guests Have Arrived

The migrating birds have finally found their way to my backyard. What I thought might be one of the worst years ever for birding has turned into one of the best. And because I started my plants a few weeks … Continue reading

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