Category Archives: Birdwatching


I’ve added several bird species to my lifetime birding list in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been trying to spot a Dickcissel for several years now, and this year they have descended on the area in large numbers. My … Continue reading

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Wet and Weedy

I’ve lost track of how much rain has fallen in June, but it’s about 6 or 7 inches above normal. Last month we had above average rainfall as well. I can honestly say that I have never seen so many … Continue reading

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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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My Odd Robin

An American Robin’s diet consists of insects and fruit. Well, most of the time. I have a robin that eats safflower seeds! He has been coming to my feeder regularly for the last week. Other southern Wisconsin birdwatchers have recently … Continue reading

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Too Hot for Blue Jays!

It was our first very hot day of the summer season yesterday. Even the neighborhood Blue Jays were lethargic and panting! Save Save

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Big Birdfeeding

A giant bird has taken over my platform birdfeeder. I’m pretty sure this female turkey is nesting nearby. She usually comes to our yard twice a day. When she flies to the feeder her impressive wingspan (compared to a songbird) … Continue reading

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Feathered Friends: Double-crested Cormorant

I used to be clueless about waterbirds, shorebirds and ducks because I don’t spend a lot of time near bodies of water, but over the last couple of years I’ve been doing more hiking, so I’ve been trying to broaden … 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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Hummingbird Magnet ‘Jacob Cline’

Do you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard? It is true that the tiny birds favor red flowers, and one of their favorites is Monarda (bee balm) ‘Jacob Cline’: This perennial grows 3 to 4 feet tall and as … 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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