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Tuesday, April 19, 2022


Evening Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Just finished a looong working weekend with my coauthor to Stokes Guide to Finches of North America, Matthew A. Young, doing our best to bring you an awesome guide to all things finch!! Coming in 2023.


Friday, April 15, 2022

Pine Warblers Are Arriving!!

Yes, they eat suet. Pine Warbler on my suet feeder a few years ago. When some of the early migrants, like Pine Warbler, arrive there may not be a lot of insects around, especially if it is cold or bad weather. So they can take advantage of a high-calorie food source like suet. Welcome all the migrants with feeders well-feeders with suet and a variety of seeds, as well as hummingbird nectar and orange halves for the catbirds and orioles. The great migration push is beginning, embrace the wonder.


Tuesday, April 05, 2022

The Common Birds Still Excite!

 I get asked whether the common birds excite me anymore. The assumption is that only the rare is valued and thrilling and I am jaded to the ordinary. My answer is hell yes, I get as excited by the common and known birds as much as I did the day I first saw them. Rare birds are exotic, fun, and pulse-quickening. But I look at all birds as mini-miracle bundles of wonder, there to be focused on and cherished.