Carolina Wrens Make Charming Neighbors
Sep 11, 2014

Carolina Wrens Make Charming Neighbors

Creeping and exploring around door stoops, garages, house eaves, and tool sheds, Carolina wrens adopt a mi casa es su casa policy when it comes to nesting. If you find a nest cleverly hidden on a cluttered shelf or in a hanging flower basket, it's likely that of a Carolina wren. Their persistent songs, often given as a duet between members of a mated pair, brighten winter days and ring through the thick underbrush that they prefer.
The Year-Round Hummer of the West
Sep 4, 2014

The Year-Round Hummer of the West

When you look at an adult male Anna's hummingbird in bright sunlight and he turns his head and flares his throat (gorget) feathers, your eyes are blasted with an amazing bright rose-magenta color. This 4-inch hummingbird, a year-round resident along the Pacific Coast, is our only hummingbird with bright red on both throat and crown.
A Chickadee of Happiness
Aug 28, 2014

A Chickadee of Happiness

Is my life different because I saw a chickadee? Probably not. My life is different because of the joy that seeing a chickadee brings me. I have no control over where my heart flies. Nature gives me the opportunity to practice the art of inspired reflection. For a moment, I forget everything but this bird. This is happiness.
Attract More Birds with Moving Water
Aug 14, 2014

Attract More Birds with Moving Water

Looking for great ways to attract more birds to your yard? Try adding a birdbath with moving water.
Dance of Love
Aug 7, 2014

Dance of Love

When a male American goldfinch strikes her window and is knocked unconscious, WBB contributor Ruth Robbins watches three females gather around the injured family member and begin an impressive display of concern and devotion.
Keeping it Real: Backyard Bird Photograpy Tip
Jul 31, 2014

Keeping it Real: Backyard Bird Photograpy Tip

Getting natural images of feeder birds can be difficult. Most birds do not fly directly to a feeder. Instead they fly to a nearby perch, check out the situation, look for an open feeding port or perch, and then swoop in to eat.
Fifteen Fun Feather Facts
Jul 24, 2014

Fifteen Fun Feather Facts

All birds—and only birds—have feathers, but how much do you know about feathers, really? WBB managing editor Dawn Hewitt shares surprising facts!
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Have You Ever Seen a Night-Heron?
Jul 17, 2014

Have You Ever Seen a Night-Heron?

Crack open your field guide to the long-legged waders, and your gaze will probably get snagged on the showy white birds, or the familiar great blue heron. Then, you'll probably notice their colorful cousins, the little blue heron, the green heron, and the reddish egret. But on a page nearby, have you noticed the night-herons? Both in the field guide and in the field, the two North American night-herons are easy to overlook.
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