Birding at the Gilbert Water Ranch

Birding at the Gilbert Water Ranch

This past Saturday our family spent some time in the Phoenix area, which included time in Gilbert. I can’t go to Gilbert without visiting The Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, a 110-acre facility with seven large ponds, numerous trails, walkways, and wonderful...
Spring-clean nest areas, bird feeders

Spring-clean nest areas, bird feeders

Now that we are enjoying spring-like weather, it is a good time to perform some spring cleaning-for the birds’ sake. If you have nesting boxes on your property that you have not cleaned out since last season’s nesting activity, I would do that right away....

Attracting American robins to your yard

In last week’s column, I mentioned hearing American robins singing in the early morning hours. Many residents of Prescott have moved here from other parts of the country where they had robins and are pleasantly surprised to discover we have robins here as well.A...
Bird activity starting to pick up

Bird activity starting to pick up

Over the last week or two, I have been seeing and hearing evidence of spring’s imminent return – in spite of our winter storm this past weekend. American robins are singing sweetly in the early morning hours, and house finches are singing profusely...
Great backyard bird count this weekend

Great backyard bird count this weekend

In last week’s column, I asked the question “Why do you feed the birds?” I also briefly touched on Droll Yankees “Just Feed Birds and Make a World of Difference” campaign. Feeding birds can have a positive impact on the environment. Here...
Why do you feed the birds?

Why do you feed the birds?

When I started Jay’s Bird Barn back in 2003, we were selling 25-pound bags of Black-oil Sunflower Seed for just $8.99. There were times when I would even run a coupon in the paper and sell it for only $7.99! Right now, my cost for a 25-pound bag of sunflower...