Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds

Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds Love hummingbirds? So do I! Here are some interesting facts about hummingbirds you may not know. Number 1 Number 2 BUY ON AMAZON Number 3 Number 4 Number 5 Number 6 Number 7 Number 8 Pin Me Additional Posts Keep ants out of your hummingbird feeders 10 flowers you can plant…

Birds That Eat Nyjer Thistle Seed

Birds That Eat Nyjer Thistle Seed Below are some common birds that eat Nyjer thistle seed at your feeders.  The listing will include pictures and identifying markings to help you ID the birds that will be attracted to the seed. If you want to attract a certain bird, you need to know what the bird…

White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar This White-lined Sphinx Moth Caterpillar (Hyles lineata) might not look like much now, but he grows up to be the white lined sphinx moth which most people mistake for a hummingbird.

The Eastern Harvestmen

The Eastern Harvestmen Around our parts of the nation we call the Eastern Harvestmen creatures daddy longlegs, but the real name is the Eastern harvestmen. There are 6,650 species of harvestmen worldwide.

9 Woodpeckers of Wisconsin

9 Woodpeckers of Wisconsin Worldwide, there are 216 members of the Picidae, or woodpecker family The 9 woodpeckers of Wisconsin that have been reported from the picidae and woodpecker families are the northern flicker, yellow bellied sap sucker, red headed woodpecker, downy, pileated, hairy, American three-toed, black backed and red bellied woodpeckers.

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Eastern Gray Squirrel The eastern gray squirrel is found mainly in mature hardwoods & deciduous forests areas but is also abundant in urban, suburban and rural areas.  The coats of the gray squirrel are generally a gray color but can vary from black to white.

Organic Deer Plant Repellent

Organic Deer Plant Repellent Recipe Deer love to munch certain plants and it is rather comical how in one area a gardener will have luck with a certain product keeping deer away from their plants and in another area – they ignore the product or repellent all together. It really is the luck of the…

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal Northern cardinals remain paired up throughout the year, unlike most bird species.  Male will feed female while she sits on the nest and the male will also feed the female.  Young Cardinals have a black beak and adults have beaks in a reddish, orange or pink coloring. Read about how to attract this…

European Starlings

European Starlings & Change In Weather The last week of November in Wisconsin can be sunny and bright or snowy and dreary.  This week I watched the European Starlings visit the feeder and witnessed both the bright and sunny weather and the dreary winter weather setting in.

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Red-Breasted Nuthatch Our winter visitors the red-breasted nuthatches at back for the season.  As soon as the weather starts getting cold, I will usually see my first red-breasted nuthatch.

Leafhoppers and Planthoppers

Leafhoppers and Planthoppers There are over 12,500 varieties of leafhoppers and planthoppers, that feed on the sap from plants, grass, and trees but most are harmless to the plant.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker The pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in North America. The term pileated comes from the Latin word pileatus meaning “capped”  which refers to the red crest on the top of the bird’s head.

Snails

Snails At some point, you will have to contend with snails in your vegetable garden and flower gardens.  Use these simple tricks to slay snails on your container plantings and gardens

How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnats on Houseplants

How To Get Rid Of Fungus Gnat on Houseplants The weather turns colder and immediately you turn your attention to bringing in some of your outdoor plants.  A day or two goes by and you find a wealth of small flies hanging around your plants. Ugh! Fungus Gnats.  Let me share with you how to…

3 Ways to Dry Fruit for the Birds

3 Ways to Dry Fruit for the Birds As the year goes on and the weather turns a little cooler I find myself drying more fruits and berries for the birds. It is a fairly easy process no matter if you use the sun, oven or the microwave drying method.  All 3 ways to dry…

Red Eyed Vireo

Red Eyed Vireo The red eyed vireo is a small songbird that you might see trying to catch insects in your trees.  The bird isn’t a fan of the feeder.

Male House Finch

Male House Finch House finches are rarely seen walking on the ground.  They are known for their hopping abilities, they will place both feet together and hop from location to location. 

Simple Tray Deck Bird Feeders

Simple Tray Deck Bird Feeders If you are in need of a simple solution to feeding your feathered friend but do not have room for traditional feeders, how about a simple tray deck bird feeder?

Blister Beetle

Blister Beetle One of many beetles in the blister beetle family. The beetle is part of the Meloidae family, they are called blister beetles for a good reason.

Spittlebug

Spittlebug in the Garden If you have a vegetable garden or a flower garden at some point you will see proof of a spittlebug in the garden. Proof you ask?  What is that proof?

Northern Flicker

The northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) or common flicker is a medium-sized bird of the woodpecker family. It is native to most of North America, parts of Central America, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands, and is one of the few woodpecker species that migrate.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly The black swallowtail butterfly is a large blue, black and gold and cream speckled beauty. The male and female have different color variations.

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar The banded woolly bear caterpillar and moth can be found nearly everywhere in Wisconsin. It feeds on low growing plants but is not a pest to garden and farm crops.

American Goldfinch

The American Goldfinch is a beautiful songbird that you can easily attract you your backyard.  The males have bright yellow coats with a bold black cap and black wings barred with white. The female is less striking with olive-yellow feathers.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker The Downy woodpecker is the smallest of North America’s woodpeckers but there are many smaller species elsewhere, especially the piculets.

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Bellied Woodpecker Red-bellied woodpeckers LOVE peanuts. I attract them in winter by adding unshelled peanuts to the feeders.  I enjoy watching them take peanuts, one by one. They are interesting to watch.

Slugs

How to Get Rid of Slugs in the Garden Slugs eat through and create damage to fruits, vegetables, plant leaves and seedlings.  What does the damage look like? Have a slug issues? Here is how to get rid of slugs in the garden.

6 Ways to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

6 Ways to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders Ants are attracted to sugar and sweetness and since hummingbird feeders are made up of sugar water, they, of course, are going to go straight for the mixture.  Here are 6 ways to keep ants out of your hummingbird feeders.

House Finch

HOUSE FINCH The house finch is a small passerine bird that is part of the family Fringillidae.  They are generally seen hanging onto the food source their eating from, perched or scavenging the ground for food.

Birds You May Find in Your Backyard

Birds You May Find in Your Backyard A running list of birds that you may find in your backyard along with some interesting facts, and possible additional reading posts that may help you attract them to your backyard.