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A Rose-breasted Beauty

Every year, towards the end of April, I start scanning the backyard treetops, hoping for a visit from a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Needless to say, I was thrilled when this fellow dropped in to say hello. En route to the northern … Continue reading

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Holly Berry Bandits

Cedar Waxwings are the bird world’s best bandits! Around the time that my front yard Holly Tree is bursting with berries, these marvelous masked beauties arrive and help themselves to the booty. Since the tree is ginormous, it usually takes … Continue reading

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Ghoulish or Gorgeous

At first glance, Grackles might seem to have a rather ghoulish appearance. Their gleaming gold eyes and midnight feathers make them fitting material for one one Poe’s poems! But if you look at them more closely, these birds are actually … Continue reading

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Gobble, Grab, and Go

If my backyard bird buffet had a fast-food name it could easily be called “The Gobble, Grab, and Go”! Birds show up to gobble up some food… …grab some to take with them… …and then off they go. Come to … Continue reading

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Bird Break

Some days (Okay, most days!) I find I work better if I build in some rewards – like taking “bird breaks” to step outside and snap a few photos. Here are the first five birds that made an appearance during … Continue reading

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The Presence of a Pileated

I knew there was a Pileated Woodpecker in the area, as I’ve been hearing it’s call (which sounds a bit like maniacal laughter) for the last several weeks. Then yesterday, a pair blessed me with their presence in the backyard. … Continue reading

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A Melodious Male

The other day, a handsome male House Finch landed on the end of the Bark Butter branch and proceeded to strike a pretty pose. Occasionally, he would poof out his feathers a bit… …and sing a melodious song. He was … Continue reading

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