A Feather Faux Pas!
Nov 28, 2014

A Feather Faux Pas!

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 was put in place to protect birds, and it "makes it illegal to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs" of native birds unless you have a permit to do so.
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Watching Backyard Birds Across the Country
Nov 21, 2014

Watching Backyard Birds Across the Country

I have been watching birds in several yards as my husband and I have relocated around the country. Feeding and watching birds give me a sense of stability and pleasure as we move from state to state. Most recently I have watched and photographed birds in Tucson, Arizona; Andover, Massachusetts; and now on the coast of Maine!
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Is There a Snowbird at Your Feeder?
Nov 6, 2014

Is There a Snowbird at Your Feeder?

For many of us, winter is the only time we have dark-eyed juncos around. They form large flocks in backyards, parks, and pastures, and along rural roadsides and woodland edges in just about every corner of the United States except southern Florida. Watch for the flash of white from their tail feathers as they dart between brush piles or scatter from feeding on the ground beneath a bird feeder.
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Species Profile: Red-breasted Nuthatch
Oct 31, 2014

Species Profile: Red-breasted Nuthatch

Creeping along pine branches like a tiny mechanical toy, the red-breasted nuthatch is looking for seeds and for insects, spiders, and other edible morsels. Its small size and preference for northern coniferous forests may make it a less familiar sight to many backyard bird watchers.
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Grabbing Grackles: A Short Story by Al Batt
Oct 24, 2014

Grabbing Grackles: A Short Story by Al Batt

My friend had grackles that nest in his yard. He informed me that he had been watching as two of the birds, which he refers to as blackbirds, built nests in adjacent trees. He related to me that he had been watching one bird steal material from the other's nest.
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Is There a Screech-Owl In Your Neighborhood?
Oct 17, 2014

Is There a Screech-Owl In Your Neighborhood?

Can you identify the owl above? Eastern and western screech-owls are nearly identical. Until 1983, they were thought to be the same species. DNA tests showed they are not.
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Don't Throw Away Your Pumpkin Seeds!
Oct 2, 2014

Don't Throw Away Your Pumpkin Seeds!

As you scrape out pumpkin guts for a pie or jack-o'-lantern, don't throw away the seeds! Don't even compost them! Squash seeds of any sort, including pumpkins, are a high protein treat for birds.
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