There’s a hoot-owl howling by my window…

There’s a hoot-owl howling by my window…

Over the last few days I have been experiencing the lyrics to Michael Murphy’s hit song from the 70’s, ‘Wild Fire’, as “there’s been a hoot-owl howling by my window now, for six nights in a row.” Actually, to be a little more accurate, there have been two great horned...
Is it nesting season already?

Is it nesting season already?

What a difference a week makes as we compare the weather this week to just over a week ago! All of the snow has melted, and the birds are singing as if it were already spring!  I was helping a customer in the store last week, and she wanted to attract hummingbirds...
Winter survival for wild birds is all about finding food

Winter survival for wild birds is all about finding food

Last week, I was in Yuma participating in a Prescott Audubon Society bird watching trip prior to the big snow storm hitting Prescott. I was monitoring the forecast and ended up making the decision to get on the road a day early, fearing I might not make it back to...
Tips on winter bird feeding

Tips on winter bird feeding

I have been enjoying our winter weather — what a blessing it has been to receive so much rain and snow! Last winter was so dry. If I recall correctly, I don’t think we even received two inches of precipitation from January all the way to the first of July. Last week’s...
The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend

The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend

Last week, I wrote in my column that I hadn’t seen any hummers at the feeders yet.  I added that I’m not home very much during the day, so I could have a hummer and not even realize it.  The very next day, I saw three hummingbirds at the same feeder at the same time! ...
Registration for spring birding festivals is now open

Registration for spring birding festivals is now open

The title for my column last week was, “Are the hummers back?”  I received many comments on my column, including the following funny story from one of our customers on the very day my column was published in The Daily Courier.  “I read your article this morning with a...