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…

Cats and Birds

There are more than 90 million pet cats in the U.S., the majority of which roam outside at least part of the time. In addition, millions of stray and feral cats roam our cities, suburbs, and rural areas. So how much of a problem are these feline predators to our…

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,…

The Yellow-billed Magpie

That black and white bird with an iridescent sheen, long tail, and yellow bill is the Yellow-billed Magpie, unique to (accurately called “endemic”) the California valley and a bit of the south coast in open woodlands and adjacent fields. The identical, except for bill color, Black-billed Magpie is found over…