Parking lot birds

Parking lot birds

One aspect that is unique to the hobby of bird watching is that you can participate in this sport no matter where you are. If you like to golf, you have to go to a golf course. If you enjoy skiing, you must go to a ski resort. And if you like to fish, you need to go...
Tips on winter bird feeding

Tips on winter bird feeding

As we inch closer to winter, many of our more common winter residents are a regular sight at our feeders. However, this year, more than usual perhaps, the birds are enjoying a rich abundance of nature’s bounty in the way of seeds produced as a result of the abundant...
Birds of Willow Lake

Birds of Willow Lake

This past Friday I led a free Jay’s Bird Barn-sponsored bird walk to the south shore of Willow Lake. It was a perfect morning, weather-wise, and the birds were plentiful. There was a significant increase in bird activity on the lake compared to just a few weeks ago....

The importance of water in winter for wild birds

It is hard to believe that it is already November! As the days grow shorter and the nights get longer, it is time to get your heated birdbaths or your birdbath heaters out of storage. It won’t be long before freezing temperatures turn your birdbath into an ice skating...
Identifying LBB’s and LBG’s can be challenging

Identifying LBB’s and LBG’s can be challenging

Many casual backyard birders have pet names for the birds they see in their yard such as an LBB for a “little brown bird” and an LGB for a “little gray bird.” There are certainly a lot of birds that fit into the brown and gray category, making identification difficult...
What do you call a group of hummingbirds?

What do you call a group of hummingbirds?

Earlier this week I was at a home in Forest Trails early in the morning, and the bird activity in the yard was amazing! I was out on the deck watching many different bird species taking full advantage of everything being offered-black oil sunflower seed, nyjer, suet...