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Red Breasted Nuthatch

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.
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Common Flicker

Common Flicker - Northern Flicker

Common Flicker

Common Flicker birds are fun to watch searching for insects in trees and lawns.
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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 watchi...
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Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest of North America's woodpeckers but there are many smaller species elsewhere, especially the piculets. The total length of the species ranges from 14 to 18 cm (5.5 to 7.1 in) and the wingspan from 25 to 31 cm (9.8 to 12.2 in). They love to eat suet from feeders in the winter. This little guy is currently winter feeding - eating my homemade suet. Enjoy little guy!

Downy Woodpecker

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest of North America’s woodpeckers but there are many smaller species elsewhere, especially the piculets.
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Young Deer Just off My Walking Path Every morning I say hello and talk to the young deer just off my walking path. My daughter thinks I am a little whacky because I talk to the animals. ...
It’s the Critters that Keep Me Coming Back I stopped at a meadow that has large pines, hardwoods and cedars on the outskirts of the field.  Good place to look for critters. Sweet Little ...
Drake Common Merganser Drake Common Merganser After walking some trails today at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary,  I sat on a bench around the duck pond for 15 minutes, ther...
Nose to Nose With a Raccoon Oh my gosh! How darn cute is he? (Picture shared on Instagram) Nose to Nose With a Raccoon I was out laying down in the woods, dressed in brown...
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6 Ways to Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeders

Keep Ants Out of Hummingbird Feeder

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.

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House Finch

Facts about the house finch you might not know

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.

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White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch

The white-breasted nuthatch has been one busy bird today collecting goodies from the feeder.

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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 sourc...
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 u...
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Birds You May Find in Your Backyard

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.

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Blue Jays Blue Jays In Wisconsin, there are a few birds that when they visit your backyard, you know what they are.  Blue jays are one of those birds. W...
Gotta Catch ‘Em All Gotta Catch 'Em All There have been some really wonderful colored birds lately on the walking paths. If you are an active birding fan you know that...
Common Flicker Common Flicker Common Flicker birds are fun to watch searching for insects in trees and lawns. They have curved beaks and a tongue that is three...
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Dried Fruit Medley Bird Food Recipe

Fruit Medley Bird Food Recipe

Dried Fruit Medley Bird Food Recipe

Want to feed some picky eaters that normally don’t always come to the feeder? Make up this dried fruit medley bird food recipe.  Provide a separate tray of this specialty mix away from your main feeders to tempt some new guests.

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Save Those Seeds

Save Those Seeds

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Coopers Hawk in My Garden

The coopers hawk is often found in backyards. The bird feeder birds are an easy target for hawks, they will stand back and watch the songbirds and strike.  

Coopers Hawk in My Garden

The Coopers hawk in my garden, he enjoys parking himself on my deck rail or the neighbor’s fence and watching over the yard.  The backyard feeder birds are an easy target for hawks, they will stand back and watch the songbirds eat their fill and then strike them in flight as they leave.

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Red Tailed Hawk Red Tailed Hawk You can find red tailed hawks in every eco-system there is.  This raptor will hunt down voles,mice, rabbits, birds, snakes and squi...
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Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

Handfeeding Chickadees and Nuthatches

The calendar states it is spring in Wisconsin, so darn it, warm up already.  Instead, we have 34-degree weather, with tiny, snowflakes drifting down from the sky every once in awhile.  My teens are off for spring break and our family had decided between work schedules and additional commitments, we were staying home for spring break.  This is not our family, is it?

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Eastern Phoebe in Wisconsin

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe in Wisconsin

Normally, we start looking for Eastern Phoebe in Wisconsin around March 12th. The weather has been pretty warm for this early in the season.
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Blue Jays

All About the Blue Jay Bird

Blue Jays

In Wisconsin, there are a few birds that when they visit your backyard, you know what they are.  Blue jays are one of those birds.

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Snow Bunting Birds

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting Birds

Today, I was finally able to capture snow bunting birds on camera. Snow buntings are birds of the high Arctic.
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Gotta Catch ‘Em All

Gotta Catch 'Em All

Gotta Catch ‘Em All

There have been some really wonderful colored birds lately on the walking paths. If you are an active birding fan you know that the warblers are sprinkled around the area.  I feel like my children during the Pokemon stage of life – Gotta Catch ‘Em All !

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The Tree Swallows Have Arrived

 

 

The tree swallows have arrived back in Wisconsin. They normally arrive mid-March through first two weeks of April. I was out scouting yesterday to see what animals were coming out of hibernation or back for the season.

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Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

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10 Flowers that Attract Hummingbirds

Want to attract hummingbirds to your yard? Your yard has to have elements that hummingbirds enjoy.  Learn 10 flowers that attract hummingbirds.

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10 Wildflowers that Attract Birds to Your Yard

10 Wildflowers That Attract Birds to Your Yard If you want to attract birds to your yard and also would like to add a splash of color with flowers, might I suggest the best of both worlds? Wildflowers are native to the United States. They are easy to grow in most soils. They are beautiful and birds like chickadees, bluebirds, nuthatches, cardinals, blue jays, titmice, orioles and a whole slew of additional birds will visit them during the growing season.

10 Wildflowers That Attract Birds to Your Yard

If you want to attract birds to your yard and also would like to add a splash of color with flowers, might I suggest the best of both worlds?

Below are 10 wildflowers that you can plant in your yard that birds enjoy.  As an added bonus, they are all easy to grow because they are native to the United States. Most attract beautiful butterflies too.
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Dark Eyed Junco Birds At Feeder

Dark Eyed Junco

Dark Eyed Junco Birds At Feeder

This month I thought I would change it up a little and give you something to look forward to each Friday. For the remainder of February, I will be posting a new bird that is at the feeder. This week’s Friday in February Dark Eyed Junco birds at the feeder.

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How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder - Reduce the chance of passing on harmful bacteria through growth of seen, or unseen bacteria that is harmful to birds.

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder

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How to Get Hummingbirds To Nest by You

How to Get Hummingbirds to Nest in Your Yard

How to Get Hummingbirds to Nest by You

How to Get Hummingbirds To Nest by You  If you would like to see more hummingbirds around your yard you need to provide two sources, food and nesting materials.
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Bird Seed Suet Filled Egg Shell Recipe

Bird Seed Suet Filled Egg Shell Recipe - Want to make a healthy treat for the birds this winter? Try this bird seed suet filled egg shell recipe and add whatever ingredients you think your backyard feathered friends will like. Not a fan of using the egg shells? You can make bricks for your block feeders too.





Bird Seed Suet Filled Egg Shell Recipe

Want to make a healthy treat for the birds this winter?  Try this bird seed suet filled egg shell recipe and add whatever ingredients you think your backyard feathered friends will like.

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Homemade Birdseed Ornaments Make Your Own

Birdseed Ornament Recipe

Homemade Birdseed Ornaments Make Your Own

Follow the recipe for these birdseed ornaments and the next day you have sweet treat for your birds.  The ornaments would make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family as well as wedding favors for your guests.
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No Sprout Bird Seed

Show of hands. How many of you have weed sprouts under your bird feeders right now? I used to! Until I learned this no sprout bird seed secret.

No Sprout Bird Seed

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