Proof spring is right around the corner!

Look at those beautiful colors peaking through!  I just love seeing the goldfinches molt. Also today, I spotted a pair of Brown-headed Cowbirds at the feeder.  Haven’t seen any all winter.  They usually are only around briefly in spring/summer.  Definitely not year round residents.  I really hope they choose the HOSP to raise their young … Continue reading

Great Backyard Bird Count 2011 – The Numbers

I have to say, it was probably the worst GBBC on record here at my house.  All four days of it.  I know the weather surely had something to do with it.  We had a crazy warm week (saw the first insects of the year, outside the house that is) followed by sleet, rain and … Continue reading

When house sparrows attack (graphic photos)

This is a Carolina Chickadee that dared to build it’s nest in my bird house. This is the reason I will likely be buying a repeating house sparrow trap. I hate those rats. They are ruthless and far outnumber the native songbirds. House sparrows are not sparrows like the rest of the kind we have … Continue reading

American Robin with white collar

This robin has been hanging out around the back of the house for weeks.  The two others are dominating the front of the property pretty well.  This white-collared robin has a pretty nice set-up in the back but today I caught him/her (having a hard time figuring that out, looks more female to me but…) … Continue reading

Chipping Sparrow – first migrant to my home & more

Saw this little guy at the feeders this morning! Chipping Sparrows tend to only be in my area during the summer so I am excited to see him and know his migrating friends will soon be joining. A Dark-eyed Junco is still out there this morning also. They normally leave for the summer. Robins all … Continue reading

Brown-headed Cowbirds… for shame!

Noticed this entourage early this morning out at the feeder.  Four brown-headed cowbirds (1 female & 3 males).  Seems they are staking claim since they were also here when we got home this evening.  I guess it is better than having 3 females & 1 male!  To understand why, you must understand the cowbird. Brown-headed … Continue reading

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