Hummingbirds

East of the Mississippi there is one species of hummingbird. West of the Mississippi you may find six or seven species of hummers. It takes a bit of knowledge to tell them apart, especially the females and immatures. That challenge pales in comparison to trying to identify hummingbirds apart in Colombia,…

Birding the Mekong

I recently returned from a bicycle, boat, and birding trip up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia, poor countries with very wet and tropical environments inhabited by friendly people. The per capita income is about $1000 per year, and young children are evident everywhere. Vietnam is a crowded country with…

Bird Feeder Time

From spring to fall there is enough natural food around that birds don’t seek feeders. As winter approaches and natural food becomes less abundant, bird feeders become appealing. There aren’t many special tricks to attract birds to feeders, but here are some suggestions to help attract the most birds of…

Migration

[caption id="attachment_8228" align="alignleft" width="207"] Cliff Swallow[/caption] You know about the swallows returning to Capistrano. Lesser known is the festival in Hinckley, Ohio celebrating the return of the Turkey Vulture. Although one is led to believe that the arrival happens on a certain date, it is really during a variable period…

The House Finch

Another bird that we see quite often  is the House Finch. The bright reddish-burgundy coloration of the male makes it easy to identify . There are similar-looking birds, the Cassin’s and Purple Finches, but they are far less common, lack the brown streaks on the flanks of the House Finch,…