Grackle Catches Sibling Eating Suet

A Season of KinderGrackle

Common Grackles aren’t a common bird at our feeders, so when at least one started making regular appearances around our deck, it caught my attention. Since I already make a habit of watching birds out the kitchen window, I couldn’t help but lock on the unique behavior of suet-dunking from one of the Grackles. When…

Rhapsody in Bluebird

My very productive afternoon of house cleaning came to a screeching halt when I happened upon this: We get Eastern Bluebirds from time to time zipping across the yard but it’s not common at all to witness them just hanging out on the deck. Clean or watch pretty birds? Clean or watch pretty birds? Let…

Cardinal Couple Courtship Male Feeding Female

Birdie Went a-Courtin’

Love; Exciting and New I was typing away at my computer when some unusually boisterous tweeting outside the office window grabbed my attention. There on the deck was a male house finch energetically bowing, curtsying, flashing some tail, and singing up a storm while a lady perched opposite him looked on. Because I had a mouthful of…

Dishpan Talons

It finally dawned on me why the birds dart away more often than not when I start to wash dishes at the sink. No dishpan talons for me! I am so sorry little friends! It never occurred to me that it must be confusing that the same nice lady who provides you with a bounty…

Birds in Their Holiday Finery

What makes a bird lover’s holiday merry and bright? Why, feathered friends conveniently cloaked in colors befitting of the season of course! Surely these winged lovelies could coax even the most obstinate scrooge into chirping out a holiday tune or two:  Australian King Parrot Santa honey, there’s one more thing I really do need…the seed.…

A Bird Crush On: American Goldfinch

Once I start my regular volunteer shifts at the wildlife rehabilitation center, my Saturdays get rather birdy which is exactly how I like it. While I’ve had a lot of fun this year caring for many feathered friends, I have to say that my crush for the season must go to the American Goldfinch. The…

Free as a Bird

My article as published in “Snitch’s Scoops” distributed by the Fox Valley Wildlife Center. Perhaps because it was the first bird to fascinate me as a child, I was instantly enchanted with a sparsely-feathered cardinal nestling that checked in to the center during my shift. Not only was it late in the season to receive…

Support Birds in the Mediterranean

I have been preparing to post a story about my recent visit to The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and put my personal spin on the ancient Egyptian artifact exhibit that showcased the omnipresence of birds in their culture. I wanted to share in picture and story what I found to be intriguing,…

Bird Pops are the Tops!

Observing the sweetness of a papa house finch tenderly feeding his little princess got me thinking about bird dads. What a convenient time for a special Father’s Day post! Even before their little ones hatch, bird dads are almost always on the job tending to mom and the nest. For altricial species, dad’s job can…

Swallows on Parade

I had caught about a minute’s worth of little dark masses rapidly swarming about the sky in my peripheral before finally looking out the window to see what was going on. There was a substantial number of barn swallows on parade. Hark! Dost this swarming of aerial emissaries warn us of a menace that lurks…

Waxing Poetic Over Waxwings

There are an infinite number of delightful and remarkable things birds do that I get to observe up close while performing the otherwise routine tasks of feeding them and cleaning up around them at our local wildlife rehab center. On one such occasion in August, I had the extreme pleasure of witnessing some extra-special behaviors…