Monthly Archives: May 2011

Grackles getting you down?

Take down your regular feeders, or whichever ones the grackles and/or starlings are guarding.  In our case, we haven’t seen one finch at our black oil sunflower seed/suet feeder for at least a week.  Replace the seed in your feeder … Continue reading

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The phoebe emergency

Last year we watched the Eastern phoebes fledge from our window ledge.  This year, the female checked out last year’s nest but decided on a nest inside our garage.  Perhaps the existence of the cat deterred her from her normal … Continue reading

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Monday nature walk: the wishflower

One of my daughters started calling dandelions “wishflowers” a while back, I’m not sure when.  But whenever I see them now, that’s how I call them. When I was a child I would make wishes on four-leaf clovers if they … Continue reading

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Ruby-throated hummingbird at dusk

I did not realize this was a male until I saw the flash of red.  I sat outside near the feeder for a hour at sunset into dusk, and I saw the hummingbird visit the feeder 8-10 times.  He was … Continue reading

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Eastern Phoebe Babies

Eastern Phoebe Babies                                                                           … Continue reading

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Coon tracks

Raccoon tracks spotted near the pond, May 7, 2011.  Distinguishable because raccoons have five toes on each foot, they have a walking pattern that produces paired tracks, and they walk flat-footed.

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Colorado Potato Beetle

Infamous for its insecticide resistance-building abilities.  Overwinters as an adult 12-18 inches under soil in potato fields.  Emerges in late spring, finds itself a potato plant, and mates.

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Nest count: a jewel among the rhubarb

Nests as of May 20, 2011 American robin – in rhubarb plant, 1 egg Eastern phoebe – in garage, 4 nestlings, 1 unhatched egg (hatched today or yesterday) Carolina wren – in garage, 5 eggs Baltimore oriole – in sugar … Continue reading

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Pine Siskin

Pine siskin, March 18, 2011 Pine siskins are small finches that often travel with their cousins, the American goldfinches.  This particular finch must have hit the window glass as it sat stunned on the feeder and lacked the normal “zippy” … Continue reading

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