Category Archives: Birdwatching

Colorful Cardinals

I know winter isn’t far behind when the Northern Cardinals start showing up at my feeders in groups again. During the breeding season the birds are territorial, but in the winter they often gather together in small flocks. Over the … Continue reading

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The Birds Say It’s October

I’m having a hard time believing it’s October already. But then I hear the White-throated Sparrows whistling as they hop through the grass and leaves looking for seeds. These adorable sparrows stop in for a few weeks every fall before … Continue reading

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My Birds Have Peculiar Tastes

As we transition to fall there are always surprises at the birdfeeder. The other day I did a double take when I saw a flash of orange on my peanut feeder (the fishing line is to deter House Sparrows). This … Continue reading

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Dickcissels!

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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