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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Trail-blazing for the Birds!

Recently I have been working on a backyard bird trail in a patch of weeds behind my house. When I have completed this project I hope to have a nice mulch path,birdbath,a chair, and maybe a few bird feeders and hummingbird feeders eventually back on the trails. I will have more updates on whats going on in the trail as soon as possible. For now though,take care!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Finches Compliment

Picture from Internet
I have had a Budgie for over 2 years now and she is still very healthy!Recently I got two more birds,Zebra Finches!I went into the store hoping to buy one,but came out with two female finches.They were the last two the pet store had,and they were in-separable.I've had them for a month now,and there very happy here!The other day when I cleaned out there cage there was two eggs in the bottom of it.It's turns out after we called the pet store,they were complimenting me for a comfortable and safe surrounding!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Road to 2K

We have had only 1900 page views since May of 2008.We are one hundred views shy of 2,000 views!Thanks to all my readers and followers for making it this far!

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Bird's First Year of Life

Birds Have a Year round Cycle
Migrate,mate,nest,hatch,fledge,and fill up to migrate again.
Those are thing the adult birds do But what about the baby birds?
Baby birds are hatched and fed by the parents until they fledge out of thenest.When they fledge there parents will teach them to fly fly in an unknown way.Once they fledge they get fed by the parents outside the nest for another week or so until they can eat on their own.When there taught to eat the parent goes to a food source and shows the baby bird how to get food from it.Once the baby can find food and can fly it's on it's own.The Juvenile Bird will start filling up for migration.Nobody knows just how the birds know when ti migrate.Some people believe that when the days get shorter they urge to migrate or it's something to do with the earth's magnetic force. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Arizona Owls (sent in from a reader.)

Several Years ago, a pair of mated Great Horned owls mad a nest on the outside patio of Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix Arizona. At that time we were under going construction to update that site (the patio outside the dining room). The mom [ Athena]lai three eggs. Mayo was forced to hold, delay construction, until the eggs hatched, fledged and move on! I thought it wonderful that a pair of birds could bring the great and powerful Mayo oClinic to a stand still. People came from all around the world to witness this most wonderful phenomena!. It was hard to get any work done because we were always running outside to see our family! We all ate lunch outside so we could observe. Dad owl (Winston), would diligently bring food to mom ewhile she incubated her eggs. We would sit there while he brought vaarious prey to the nest to include prairie dogs, rabbits, etc.

The day he flew over my head with a snake, I was OUT OF THERE! All three eggs hatched successfully (cute as could be, eventually fledged and moved on with their life. Construction continued after they were sure they were gone for good. It was an amazing,privileged experience! I did have several picture, but unfortunately they did transfer to my new computer.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bird Profile: Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata.


  • Length: 11 inches.
  • Wingspan: 16 inches.
Nest: Hidden in a crotch of a tree 10 - 30 feet above ground.

Song:Not even a song, a harsh "jaaaaaay" call.

Habitat: Woods

Food: Seeds, nuts ( acorns & peanuts are favorites), Insects,Fruit,& other bird's eggs.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Friends of the Feeder 2;House Wrens

First of all sorry about the blurry picture,second of all sorry about not posting the Friends of The Feeder.Now I should really change this too Friends of the Backyard because the first post of the series was the American Robing who does not dine at a bird feeder.This being post #2 you can and can't call this a feeder bird,let me explain.The House Wren eats insects and occasionally fruit,the thing is if you offer meal worms at your feeding station you maybe lucky and get visits from wrens and other birds like,bluebirds,chickadees,& woodpeckers.This wren's nest is basic,usually a pile of sticks and made in very unusual places.I've heard of stories of them nesting in clothes pockets hanging on a clothesline,in and old shoe,and commonly a backyard bird box or bird house.

They Lay on average when they nest in my yard 6-7 eggs,that are colored a whits with tons of red spots almost making the egg look red.