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Eastern American Toad Thrilling Video

The Eastern American Toad thrilling video – (thrilling) is the sound they make. The thrilling sound can last for up to 30 seconds at a time and you normally hear them in May in Wisconsin.

Currently, this is what the little pond down the street from me sounds like. The video contains one image of the toad so you know what critter to look for and the audio sound – so you too, can identify the thrilling sound the Eastern American Toad makes.

PS – Yes, the name of the sound they make is called thrilling 🙂

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Print


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 Rue.

Feeding on members of the parsley family could make this butterfly a pest for avid herb raisers if you would see heavy butterfly travel.  Although, they are not normally an issue.

The best time to look for them is from June 1 – August 1. Higher numbers are always seen during July.

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Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Nose to Nose With a Raccoon

Oh my gosh! How darn cute is he?
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Nose to Nose With a Raccoon


I was out laying down in the woods, dressed in brown and green clothing and covered in leaves, hoping, waiting and praying to lure in the fanning male turkeys but I received a
 little surprise.  I looked over to see two little eyes staring at me.
  

I could almost hear him say, “Hey lady!  Occupied!”  

 

Guess you will have to wait on turkey photos. Yep! Got ’em too. It was a good day!!

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Banded Woollybear Caterpillar

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Print


The banded woollybear 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.

The caterpillar will, however, eat a little of your herbs.  Nothing much to really call it a pest, but it should be noted to rehome them if you find them hanging around your herb plants.

The caterpillar is generally found during the autumn months and doesn’t sting or bite when picked up. However, the little bristle hairs can get under your skin and cause irritation.

Some people once thought that the thickness of different bands of the bristle hair would tell how hard or cold the winter was going to be.  Turns out, that is an old wives’ tale.

The caterpillar turns into the Isabella Tiger Moth.

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Ovenbird Warbler Video





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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What the Ovenbird Looks Like:

They have olive-brown upperparts and white underparts heavily streaked with black; the flanks have an olive hue. A white ring surrounds the eyes, and a black stripe runs below the cheek. They have a line of orange feathers with olive-green tips running along the top of their head, bordered on each side with blackish-brown. The orange feathers can be erected to form a small crest.

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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.

 

Some General Characteristics

The birds are rarely seen walking.  They are known for their hopping abilities, they will place both feet together and hop from location to location.

The birds have rounder heads, forked or notched tails, conical bills for seed crushing abilities, they sing beautiful songs and are hardy cold-weather birds that may be seen in flocks foraging for food in fields, valleys, and woodlands.

Male House Finch

  • Bright red on forehead, throat, and breast
  • Brown wings and back
  • Brown streaking on flanks
  • Thick grayish bill

 

Female House Finch

  • Brown and streaked with brown and white
  • Thick grayish bill

 

 

Finch Feeder Favorites
Breadcrumbs
Crushed egg shells
Niger seed
Fruits 
Sunflower seed
Millet
Nectar 
Leafy Greens
Vegetables
Salt blocks

 




You can provide a wide variety of feeding favorites because the birds in the finch family eat everything from seed to dandelion greens.  

Leafy Greens – Provide your feathered friends with leafy greens.  They will eat dandelion greens, romaine lettuce, spring mixes, spinach, parsley, cilantro, mustard greens and collard greens. When feeding any of the choices be sure the greens are washed and free of pesticides.

Dandelion Greens - If picking dandelion greens from your yard make sure you are not using broad based weed killer to treat your lawn.

If picking dandelion greens from your yard make sure you are not using broad-based weed killer to treat your lawn.


Egg Shells
– Eggshells provide birds with calcium.  Calcium for birds is the same as humans, it builds strong bones.  But, many birds get enough natural sources during times when plant matter is in heavy growth.  A strong exception to this rule is during nesting season. Egg-laying females need that extra calcium to help form strong eggshells and they are busy building nests and doing double duty.  In this case, because I can, I provide extra calcium for them – being a female myself and all, I can relate 🙂

 

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Fruits – Finch loves an assortment of fruits.  You can try apples, pears, grapes, pumpkin, and peaches as a treat to add on to your seed feeders.  Cut the fruits into small, bite-sized pieces and only add a handful at a time to keep them from overeating. You want to keep the balance in check for a 75% seed to fruit ratio.  Like us, some will choose more fruits and over-indulge.  You want to keep a healthy balance.

Salt Blocks – A finch loves a feeder that provides a salt block. Salt is a mineral that birds, deer, squirrels, rabbits and a few additional animals need to properly break down food into their diet. An animal will search out a salt block when it is lacking the element in their diet. Salt helps animals break down seeds and food so that they can digest their food more easily. It is not necessary to provide one  – but it is nice to offer them one on occasion.

Nectar:  It is not uncommon to see a house finch sipping nectar from a hummingbird feeder.  During the winter months, they actively seek out maple trees and will snack on the sap.

Nesting
The nesting habits of all finches are basically the same.  They will seek out anything they believe to be safe from predators.  The house finch, which is the most common type of finch will build nests of grass, stick, and feathers in anything from your hanging planter to old animal homes in hollowed out trees and even old bird nests if you leave them up from year to year. The female does the nest building and the shape in normally a cupped shape.

When Do They Breed?
In Wisconsin, the house finch will lay her eggs between March and August and house finch couples will successfully raise up to three broods a year.  They can try for additional, but for the most part, they are only successful in up to three attempts a year.

Day One Baby House Finches in the Nest

Day One Baby House Finches in the Nest

About the Eggs
A female house finch will lay between 3-6 eggs.  The eggs range from a blue-ish coloring to a greenish-white with black speckled spots on the large end of the egg.

Who Cares For the Nest & Feeds the Young
The female will sit on the nest until the eggs hatch and then stay a few days in the nest with the young.  During the first few days, the male will bring food to the mother and the mother will feed regurgitated food to the young. After the first few days, the mother will join the father in the hunt for food.

If you want to please momma and daddy house finch, leave plenty of plant-based, pesticide-free food at your feeders during the time they are raising their young.  House Finches are one of the only birds that exclusively feed their young a vegetarian diet.

 

 

The Little Vegetarians
I had no clue that house finches only fed a vegetarian diet to their young until they nested in my hanging basket on my deck last year. Right next to their “new” basket home was the planting containers I grew my parsley, a variety of lettuce, spinach, cilantro and collard greens.  Daddy didn’t have to go far each morning to get the kids fed.  He had a wealth of choice directly under the nest. SMARTY PANTS!

 

Day Four Baby House Finches in the Nest

Day Four Baby House Finches in the Nest

How Long Do The Young Stay
Generally, the young leave the nest after about 13-16 days. But, dad may still feed them for a few weeks after leaving. If you have nesting finches it is not uncommon to see the babies hopping around in the yard a few days after leaving the nest. They slowly gravitate to the trees.

Day 14 - Baby House Finch Getting Ready for First Flight

Day 14 – Baby House Finch Getting Ready for First Flight

Because of the heavy growth of conifers around our home – it never fails that I lose at least one hanging basket a year to raising a family of finches.  Last year I closely followed a family and momma and daddy were comfortable with me checking in every few days. It was a fun bird watching year.

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White Breasted Nuthatch

White Breasted Nuthatch





White Breasted Nuthatch

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

 

It has been extremely cold, so I really don’t want to go anywhere or do anything, but watch a feeder bird or two.

One of my favorite birds to watch are white-breasted nuthatches.  You can always tell when they are around because they have a unique voice.

 

White Breasted Nuthatch - One of my favorite birds to watch are white-breasted nuthatches.  You can always tell when they are around because they have a unique voice.

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The white-breasted nuthatch is omnivorous.  They eat insects, seeds, and nuts, there is a listing below.

During the winter months in Wisconsin, nuthatches actively seek out seed, peanut and suet feeders. Feeders happen to be the perfect place to sit and spend a half an hour with my camera.

Nuthatch

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Today the Nuthatches are Caching the Feeders

Nuthatches will take extra seeds to hide so they can retrieve them at a later time.  This behavior is called “caching”.

Caching helps birds survive when food sources are low.  These birds store hundreds of seeds a day. They have several locations to store their seed and always seem to remember where they have stashed them.

Nuthatches will take extra seeds to hide so they can retrieve them at a later time.  This behavior is called “caching”. Caching helps birds survive when food sources are low.  These birds store hundreds of seeds a day.  They have several locations to store their seed and always seem to remember where they have stashed them.

Nuthatches are extremely fun to watch, whether at feeders or creeping headfirst down trees looking for insects.





How to Attract Nuthatches

The white-breasted nuthatches are common feeder birds. You can attract them to your feeders and in your yard by customizing your feeders and yards.

Foods Nuthatches Enjoy

  • Peanuts
  • Safflower Seed
  • Suet
  • Black Oil Sunflower Seed

 

The birds spend much of their time carrying seeds away to stash for later.

 

All About the Nuthatch

 

Trees That Nuthatches Enjoy

  • Oaks
  • Maples
  • Hickories
  • Pines
  • Spruces

 

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Do Flies Drink Water

Do Flies Drink Water Why? Why, didn’t I think flies drank water before this week? After a rainstorm I was out searching for raindrops on flowers in my yard but this fly captured my attention.

Do Flies Drink Water Print

Why? Why, didn’t I think flies drank water before this week? After a rainstorm, I was out searching for raindrops on flowers in my yard but this fly captured my attention.

Do Flies Drink Water Yep, They DO!
He was drinking the raindrops off my raspberry leaves in my garden boxes. Now, if you have never had the pleasure of watching a fly drink raindrops…run. Do it! Flies are not cute little furry creatures; but. man oh, life are they a blast to watch suck up drops. Whole raindrops, mind you.
 

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Birds You May Find in Your Backyard

Birds that you might 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.

 

You Will Find 24 Different Birds Below
Read a little about each of the birds I find in my backyard.
Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole - (Icterus galbula) is a small icterid blackbird common in eastern North America as a migratory breeding bird. It received its name from the resemblance of the male's colors to those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore. Find plenty of Baltimore Orioles on the UWGB campus walking trails and along the berry trees that line my backyard every summer.

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Baltimore Oriole – (Icterus galbula) is a small icterid blackbird common in eastern North America as a migratory breeding bird. It received its name from the resemblance of the male’s colors to those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore. Find plenty of Baltimore Orioles on the UWGB campus walking trails every summer and along my berry trees that line the backyard.

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Cedar Waxwing

The cedar waxwing eats berries and sugary fruit year-round, including "dogwood, serviceberry, cedar, juniper, hawthorn, and winterberry" with insects becoming an important part of the diet in the breeding season. Its fondness for the small cones of the eastern redcedar (a kind of juniper) gave this bird its common name. They eat berries whole. They sometimes fly over water to catch insects. Pictured is two cedar waxwings sharing a bug.

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The cedar waxwing eats berries and sugary fruit year-round, including “dogwood, serviceberry, cedar, juniper, hawthorn, and winterberry” with insects becoming an important part of the diet in the breeding season. Its fondness for the small cones of the eastern redcedar (a kind of juniper) gave this bird its common name. They eat berries whole. They sometimes fly over water to catch insects. Pictured is two cedar waxwings sharing a bug.


Eastern Bluebird

Female Eastern Bluebird - Eastern bluebirds are found east of the Rockies, southern Canada to the Gulf states, and southeastern Arizona to Nicaragua. The increase in trees throughout the Great Plains during the past century due to fire suppression and tree planting facilitated the western range expansion of the eastern bluebird[5] as well as range expansions of many other species of birds.

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Female Eastern Bluebird – Eastern bluebirds are found east of the Rockies, southern Canada to the Gulf states, and southeastern Arizona to Nicaragua. The increase in trees throughout the Great Plains during the past century due to fire suppression and tree planting facilitated the western range expansion of the eastern bluebird as well as range expansions of many other species of birds.


Male Red-bellied Woodpecker

Male Red-bellied Woodpecker - The red-bellied woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker of the Picidae family. It breeds mainly in the eastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far north as Canada. Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head.


The red-bellied woodpecker is a medium-sized woodpecker of the Picidae family. It breeds mainly in the eastern United States, ranging as far south as Florida and as far north as Canada. Its common name is somewhat misleading, as the most prominent red part of its plumage is on the head.

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker - As with all animals, foraging becomes an important role in an animal’s ability to survive and reproduce. The red-bellied woodpecker expresses foraging behavior by catching or storing food.  The woodpecker uses its bill for foraging as a chisel drilling into bark or probing cracks on trunk of trees.  In this manner, the red-bellied woodpecker is able to pull out beetles and other insects from the tree with the help of its long tongue.


As with all animals, foraging becomes an important role in an animal’s ability to survive and reproduce. The red-bellied woodpecker expresses foraging behavior by catching or storing food.  The woodpecker uses its bill for foraging as a chisel drilling into bark or probing cracks on the trunk of trees.  In this manner, the red-bellied woodpecker is able to pull out beetles and other insects from the tree with the help of its long tongue.

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 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!

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Red Bellied Woodpecker

Red Belly Woodpecker Eating Peanut - Red bellied woodpeckers LOVE peanuts. I attract them in winter to watch them take peanuts, one by one. They are interesting to watch.

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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.


Hummingbird

Hummingbird - They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, typically around 50 times per second, allowing them also to fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph).

They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings which flap at high frequencies audible to humans. They hover in mid-air at rapid wing-flapping rates, typically around 50 times per second, allowing them also to fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s (54 km/h; 34 mph).

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Pine Warbler - Guess where he was found. In a pine tree, imagine that. lol

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Pine Warbler

Guess where he was found. In a pine tree, imagine that. lol

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Chestnut Sided Warbler

Chestnut Sided Warbler - It took me three years to find one in the spring - but I did it. Then of course you end up seeing them all summer after that. What a beautiful and quick moving bird.

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It took me three years to find one in the spring – but I did it. Then, of course, you end up seeing them all summer after that. What a beautiful and quick moving bird.

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Acadian Flycatcher

Acadian Flycatcher - Well, for sure it is a flycatcher. I am thinking it is the Acadian? The flycatcher family is a tough nut to crack.

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Well, for sure it is a flycatcher. Am I thinking it is the Acadian? The flycatcher family is a tough nut to crack.

 

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker - They generally eat insects, seeds and berries. During the winter months I find them eating hulled sunflower seed, berries and suet from my feeders.

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Northern flickers generally eat insects, seeds, and berries. During the winter months, I find them eating hulled sunflower seed, berries and suet from my feeders.

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Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbird - This guy was sassy! He tried to pull my hair tie out of my hair when I was photographing butterflies. Apparently, he thought he had a better use for it.

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This guy was sassy! He tried to pull my hair tie out of my hair when I was photographing butterflies. Apparently, he thought he had a better use for it.

 

Red Eyed Vireo

The red eyed vireo is interested in picking insects off the undersides of your leaves and flowers.  You will not find them at the feeders, but might hear their beautiful song and quick motion when visiting tree to tree. Occasionally, you will find them sitting on a heavy stemmed flower in your gardens.

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The red-eyed vireo is interested in picking insects off the undersides of your leaves and flowers.  You will not find them at the feeders but might hear their beautiful song and quick motion when visiting tree to tree. Occasionally, you will find them sitting on a heavy stemmed flower in your gardens.

Goldcrest

Goldcrest - This kinglet has greenish upper-parts, whitish under-parts, and has two white wingbars. It has a plain face contrasting black irises and a bright head crest, orange and yellow in the male and yellow in the female, which is displayed during breeding. The goldcrest breeds in coniferous woodland and gardens, building its compact, three-layered nest on a tree branch.

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Goldcrest – This kinglet has greenish upper-parts, whitish underparts, and has two white wing bars. It has a plain face contrasting black irises and a bright head crest, orange and yellow in the male and yellow in the female, which is displayed during breeding. The goldcrest breeds in coniferous woodland and gardens, building its compact, three-layered nest on a tree branch.

 

Blue Jay

Young Blue Jay - Blue jays are predominantly blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary from season to season.

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Young Blue Jay – Blue jays are predominantly blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary from season to season.

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Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll at Feeder

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Another fun feeder bird to watch. Around me, the redpoll birds attack the feeder in groups. Look for a fire engine red colored patch on top of the head and sometimes belly on the redpolls.

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo - Warbling vireos forage for insects in trees, hopping along branches and sometimes hovering. They also eat berries, especially before migration and in winter quarters, where they are – like other vireos – apparently quite fond of gumbo-limbo seeds, though they will not venture into human-modified habitat to get them.

Warbling vireos forage for insects in trees, hopping along branches and sometimes hovering. They also eat berries, especially before migration and in winter quarters, where they are – like other vireos – apparently quite fond of gumbo-limbo seeds. Though they will not venture into the human-modified habitat to get them. I haven’t seen one at a feeder, yet. Although, I do see them pass through the yard.

 

Tufted TitMouse

Tufted TitMouse - The habitat is deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks and shrubland in the eastern United States; they barely range into southeastern Canada in the Great Lakes region. They are all-year residents in the area effectively circumscribed by the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The range is expanding northwards, possibly due to increased availability of winter food at bird feeders.

The habitat for the tufted titmouse is deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks, and shrubland in the eastern United States; they barely range into southeastern Canada in the Great Lakes region. They are all-year residents in the area effectively circumscribed by the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The range is expanding northwards, possibly due to increased availability of winter food at bird feeders.

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American Goldfinch

Common feeder bird that enjoys eating sunflower and nyjer seed. During the late summer and fall, they enjoy eating the seeds off garden plants. The American Finch, Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins normally pack together for the winter months. The coloring of the American Goldfinch is a bright yellow during the spring and dulls, going into winter.

Common feeder bird that enjoys eating sunflower and nyjer seed. During the late summer and fall, they enjoy eating the seeds off garden plants. The American Finch, Common Redpolls, and Pine Siskins normally pack together for the winter months. The coloring of the American Goldfinch is a bright yellow during the spring and dulls, going into winter.

Cooper’s Hawk

Coopers Hawk - 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.

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.

Male Common House Finch

Male Common House Sparrow - The house sparrow is strongly associated with human habitations, and can live in urban or rural settings. Though found in widely varied habitats and climates, it typically avoids extensive woodlands, grasslands, and deserts away from human development. It feeds mostly on the seeds of grains and weeds, but it is an opportunistic eater and commonly eats insects and many other foods.

The house sparrow is strongly associated with human habitations and can live in urban or rural settings. Though found in widely varied habitats and climates, it typically avoids extensive woodlands, grasslands, and deserts away from human development. It feeds mostly on the seeds of grains and weeds, but it is an opportunistic eater and commonly eats insects and many other foods.


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Audubon Bird Call – Chirps and twitters to imitate bird calls

 

Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird - This species is named for its cat-like call. Like many members of the Mimidae (most famously mockingbirds), it also mimics the songs of other birds, as well as those of Hylidae (tree frogs), and even mechanical sounds. Because of its well-developed songbird syrinx, it is able to make two sounds at the same time. The alarm call resembles the quiet calls of a male mallard. The catbird makes a terrible sounding scream when you are close. They scare the crud out of me.

This species is named for its cat-like call. Like many members of the Mimidae (most famously mockingbirds), it also mimics the songs of other birds, as well as those of Hylidae (tree frogs), and even mechanical sounds. Because of its well-developed songbird syrinx, it is able to make two sounds at the same time. The alarm call resembles the quiet calls of a male mallard. The catbird can also make a terrible sounding scream when you are close. They scare the crud out of me at times.  Never heard one?  Here is a video / audio I took.

The birds will stay over winter if they have a well-stocked feeder with plenty of berries and seed.

Common Grackle

Common Grackle - The grackle looks black from a distance. Until you get up close and see the glossy-iridescent body. I think they are rather pretty but they can be bullies and travel in packs, cleaning out feeders in an instant. If you have issues with them, hang tube feeder with nyjer seed and feed safflower seed in hoppers. Crows, grackle and squirrels dislike safflower seed.

The grackle looks black from a distance. Until you get up close and see the glossy-iridescent body. I think they are rather pretty but they can be bullies and travel in packs, cleaning out feeders in an instant.

If you have issues with them, hang tube feeder with Nyjer seed and feed safflower seed in hoppers. Crows, grackle, and squirrels dislike safflower seed.

 

Female Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Grosbeaks in general eat the same food. Like visiting yards that have nut and berry trees planted on the grounds and for foraging for insects in and around the yard and gardens. At feeders they enjoy eating sunflower and safflower seed and raw peanuts. Once in awhile they will take a nip at suet. Some people have had better luck than I at having grosbeaks eat their fill of suet.


Grosbeaks, in general, eat the same food. Like visiting yards that have nut and berry trees planted on the grounds and for foraging for insects in and around the yard and gardens.

At feeders, they enjoy eating sunflower and safflower seed and raw peanuts. Once in a while they will take a nip at the suet. Some people have had better luck than I at having grosbeaks eat their fill of suet.

 

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Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak - The rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) is a large seed-eating grosbeak in the cardinal family (Cardinalidae). It is primarily a foliage gleaner. It breeds in cool-temperate North America, migrating to tropical America in winter. It will east sunflower and safflower seed at a hopper style feeder.

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The rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) is a large seed-eating grosbeak in the cardinal family (Cardinalidae). It is primarily a foliage gleaner. It breeds in cool-temperate North America, migrating to tropical America in winter.

 

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Print

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.

 

It is found is found in the Midwest as well.  I love seeing them, but do not seem to have them around my city. I have to travel to Door County, Wisconsin and also, they tend to be more plentiful in the southern part of Wisconsin.

The butterfly flies from spring to fall, during which time it produces up to three broods.

 

Feeds On

Adults feed on the nectar of many species of flowers, mostly from those of the Apocynaceae, Asteraceae, and Fabaceae families. 


Identifying the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 

The male is yellow with four black “tiger stripes” on each forewing (thus giving the butterfly its name).
Females may be either yellow or black.

 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Wildflower in a Field

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The Eggs

The green eggs are laid one at a time on plants of the Magnoliaceae and Rosaceae families.

 

Eastern Swallow Tail Egg

Caterpillars

Young caterpillars are brown and white; older ones are green with two black, yellow, and blue eyespots on the thorax.

 

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

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Caterpillars Turn Brown Before Pupating

 

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar (Papilio glaucus) above is at the Fifth instar, shortly before pupating.  The caterpillar takes on different appearances as it grows, each time shedding its skin.





The Chrysalis

The chrysalis varies from a whitish color to dark brown. They always blend into their surroundings and are well hidden.  Hibernation occurs in this stage in locations with cold winter months.

 

 

Eastern Swallow Tail Chrysalis

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Coopers Hawk in My Garden

The coopers hawk in my garden. 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.

 

Common Names the Raptor is Called

Other common names for the Cooper’s hawk include big blue darter, chicken hawk, flying cross, hen hawk, quail hawk, striker, and swift hawk.

 

Coopers Hawk

Adult Coopers Hawk

Female Cooper’s hawks are larger than males.  Both female and male adults have red eyes and have a black cap, with blue-gray upper parts and white underparts with fine, thin, reddish bars. Their tail is blue-gray on top and pale underneath, barred with black bands.

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Immature Coopers Hawk

Immatures have yellow eyes and have a brown cap, with brown upperparts and pale underparts with thin black streaks mostly ending at the belly.



Their tail is brown on top and pale underneath, barred with dark bands. The eyes of this hawk, as in most predatory birds, face forward, enabling good depth perception for hunting and catching prey while flying at top speeds

 

The Cooper’s hawk has everything figured out.  Smart of them, terrible for my backyard feathered friends.

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Internal Clock

Internal Clock - Monarch butterfly on wildflower wildlife wall art print photography

Internal Clock

The last generation of Monarchs are busy collecting nectar in Wisconsin for their long migration to Mexico

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Internal Clock?

At some point, according to an internal clock perhaps; the monarch butterflies begin to migrate.  It wasn’t until the mid-70’s that anyone knew where.

They Fly to Mexico

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Chipmunk Itch He Can’t Scratch

Chipmunk Itch He Cant Scratch - Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hop up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chop down. You could see wildlife photography print

Chipmunk Itch He Can’t Scratch

A poor little guy has an itch he just couldn’t seem to get to.

 

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Watched him chase his tail for a period of time and then finally, hopped up on a wooden fence to grab his tail and chomped down.

 

You could see the instant relief in his eyes. Then he happily went on his way.

 

 

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Face Only a Mother Could Love

Turkey Eating Birdseed Wildlife Photography Print





Are turkeys not the ugliest birds you have ever laid eyes on? At least I think so.  It is the face that kills me.  A face only a mother could love. But, they are big, beefy and run pretty funny. The only thing I can say that is pretty, or should I say – pretty special is the way they fan their feathers during mating season, now there is a plus!  That is a pure beauty!

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Night Heron Fishing

Night Heron Fishing Wildlife Photography Print

I don’t sit and stay long in one place. I am a wandering fool.  I capture what is in front of me, or what I happen to run into on my explorations. There is something to be said for enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting at the edge of a pond or lake. Nothing rushed, nor expected.  Just out enjoying the environment and sipping coffee. Perfection.  Bliss.

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Silver Spotted Skipper

Silver Spotted Skipper Butterfly Print

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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