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
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.
Gall Fly Produces Goldenrod Galls
The Canadian goldenrod and a few additional goldenrod varieties are host plants to gall fly larva. The Gall fly produces goldenrod galls which become the food source of gall fly larva over the course of the winter. The insect has a fairly interesting lifecycle.
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 birds head.
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 get rid of fungus gnats on houseplants.
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 fruit for the birds work well.
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.
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?
Spittlebug or Froghoppers in the Garden
If you have a vegetable garden or a flower garden at some point you will see proof of spittlebug or froghoppers in the garden. Proof you ask? What is that proof?
Common Flicker birds are fun to watch searching for insects in trees and lawns.
Black Swallowtail butterfly is common in Wisconsin.
The butterfly commonly feeds on many different members of the parsley family, including parsley, carrots, dill, and parsnip. It may also feed on Common Meadow Rue.
Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Print
The banded woolly bear caterpillar – moth can be found nearly everywhere in Wisconsin. It feeds on low growing plants but is not a pest to garden and farm crops.
Ah, the lovely song of the wood frog orchestra means that spring is finally here in Wisconsin!
A short 15-second video that shows a picture of the ovenbird warbler and has the audio to hear what the bird sounds like.
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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 woodpeckers are the smallest of North America’s woodpeckers but there are many smaller species elsewhere, especially the piculets.
Slugs create plenty of damage to fruits, vegetables, plant leaves and seedlings. What does the damage look like? How can you get rid of these pests in your gardens?
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.
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.
White Breasted Nuthatch
The white-breasted nuthatch has been one busy bird today collecting goodies from the feeder.
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.
Sunflower Head Bird Feeders
Do you grow sunflowers? I don’t have a designated spot to grow them; however they do grow in my yard. The birds plant them!
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.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
The eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), is a species of swallowtail butterfly native to eastern North America. It is one of the most familiar butterflies in the eastern United States, where it is common in many different habitats.
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.
Birds Like Safflower Seed Squirrels Dislike
Looking to keep the squirrels off your feeders? Try changing your birdseed. Birds like safflower seed squirrels dislike it. So, if your are looking for a great way to feed the birds and keep the squirrels at bay, look toward the seed.
Eggshells Agitate Ants
Here is a fun fact for you and a reason to save your eggshells. For some reason, eggshells agitate ants enough to relocate them. The process is simple, really and cheap. For the most part, it works wonderfully to push ant hills out of an area or discourage them from going into an area.
How to Clean a Birdbath
Is it time to clean your birdbath? You just cringed – I feel your pain. Here is an easy way to clean your birdbath and check out the link on how to clean a birdbath and keep the water fresh and clean.
Safe Solution for Aphids
Every plant can have an aphid issue at some point. Aphids feed on all plants and leaves by piercing stems and leaves and sucking the fluid out of them. Let’s find out what an aphid is and safe solutions for aphid removal.
Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean
I’m a little embarrassed to say that my birdbath is a mess right now. Over time, the summer weather turns hot and I get “busy.” Too busy to stay on top of cleaning a bird bath. If I am not out there to change the water every day it isn’t easy to keep bird baths fresh and clean.
Silver Spotted Skipper Butterfly
The silver-spotted skipper is the largest of the skippers and is most commonly found during the months of June, July, and August in Wisconsin.
They enjoy collecting nectar in open fields of flowers. The skipper is easy to identify.
It has a brown body, with a few white spots and an orangish yellow band through its wing.
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I was on my way to photograph the sunset along the shores of Green Bay which requires me to head out through the country roads but I didn’t get all that far. This splendid gray fox was ducking in and out of a few cars on a piece of property right in town.
Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel
The thirteen-lined ground squirrel, also known as the striped gopher, leopard ground squirrel, squinney, and as the leopard-spermophile in Audubon’s day, is a ground squirrel. It is widely distributed over grasslands and prairies of North America.
After viewing the video, you will understand how the catbird received its name.
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?
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.
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.
Make Your Own Suet Recipe
Make your own suet recipe to feed the birds. There are a slew of items that you can serve suet in to keep your birds happy year round.
The wood thrush is a medium-sized thrush, with brown upperparts with mottled brown and white underparts. The male and female are similar in appearance.