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Before we spend the holidays eating turkey, it's only fitting that we learn a little more about these impressive birds. Click the title above to be directed to our blog post on Wild Turkeys!
Read this blog to learn all about Sandhill Cranes, one of North America's tallest birds. This blog has facts on everything from bird size, mating behaviors, nesting, food, habitat, and more! Photo courtesy: Bill Creteau.
Read this blog to learn all about Northern Flickers, a unique and colorful variety of woodpecker found in our area. Find out what they eat, where they nest, how they sound, and more, plus, see some awesome photos by Jan Palland.
Read all about our latest adventure "birding in the D"! The star of this particular walk was the beautiful Red-headed Woodpecker who made an appearance!
Fall is a great time of year to shift your bird feeding habits, clean up your station, and connect with the birds in your yard! Click the link above to read more about keeping a tidy feeding station this season and beyond.
Chimney Swifts - Aerial Artists
Click this link to see some amazing photos and fascinating facts about Chimney Swifts, the bird that flies non-stop! Photo below of a Chimney Swift in flight taken by Chuck Slusarczyk Jr... WOW!
Goldfinch Doing the Happy Dance
The goldfinch is literally a shining example of the beauty we can find in our own yards. Take a look today and see what catches your eye. Read this blog post for a glimpse into a happy morning in Rosann's yard.
Cliff Swallows are amazing birds who have adapted to the presence of humans by building their nests in places like this one, found locally! The nest that surrounds this bird is made of 1,000 carefully manipulated blobs of mud. This blog post is all about these hard-working birds.
Photo: Lisa Vreede
Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge 2017
Click the above link to read about our 12th annual Grosse Pointe Birding Challenge, a friendly competition between birders in the Pointes, full of fun sightings and smiles. Find out which of the teams won, and who found the "bonus bird" Scarlet Tanager.
Elmwood Cemetery - Birding in the D
Nothing can make time stand still and yet move so quickly as a Bird Walk in May in the peaceful setting of Elmwood Cemetery in the heart of Detroit, Michigan. The background traffic noise is negligible and the ability to stand and listen to the bird song around you is a tremendous elixir for the mind, body and soul. This particular bird walk was full of great sightings, with a final total of 45 avian species. Click the link above to read all about it, and be sure to join us on our next bird walk!
Photo: Lisa Vreede
Bald Eagles Nesting at Country Club of Detroit
For many years, Bald Eagles were scarce, with numbers declining due to DDT and lead poisoning. Fortunately, these majestic birds have seen a healthy return in numbers, and in the past few years, we've had quite a number of sightings very close to home. With some local intel and investigation, we've been able to learn of an eagle nest at the Country Club of Detroit, and wanted to share it with you! Click the link above to read more about these nesting eagles.
More Cardinals and Cooper's- Project Feederwatch Results
Project Feederwatch is an important citizen science ornithological study, conducted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada for the past 30 years. This blog post tells of some of the amazing findings discovered as a result of participation by everyday birdwatchers like YOU! Discover trends relevant to your own backyard, and find out how you can become part of this important movement to better understand our birds.
What Does Bird Song Mean? Spring?
Many of our customers have been asking us why the birds are singing this time of year, in the midst of winter. Are they confused? Are this year's warm temperatures making them believe it is spring? The answer may surprise you! Click the above link to read our latest blog post on this topic.
Beyond Thistle: Tips for Attracting Goldfinches
The American Goldfinch is one of the most beloved backyard birds in our region. Did you know, many stay in Michigan year-round? While Nyjer (thistle) seed is one of the top-recommended choices for attracting these golden gems, it's not the only seed they'll eat. In fact, we think we can suggest something even better! Click the above link to read more.
Bird Feeding in the Winter
Birds may be small and light, but they are resilient survivors! Help them survive the elements this winter with this how-to guide for winter birdfeeding. This blog post covers everything from bird baths to food options to feeder recommendations to attract the species most likely to visit during the winter months.
Wait! Wait! Don't Clean Up Your Yard!
Sometimes the best thing for the birds and for nature is to leave things as they are in their natural state. Our extensive (and sometimes obsessive) fall cleanup efforts are not only a huge expenditure of energy and time, they also damage and interfere with many natural processes as nature readies itself for winter. So relax, let nature take over your yard, and spend your time watching the birds instead. Read this post to see what you can do (or not do) to help the birds this fall.
Attract Birds by Adding a Snag to Your Yard
Find out how dead trees play many important roles within the avian ecosystem. Read this post to see how you can use dead trees to help birds and attract more of them to your backyard.
The Joys of Summer Birdsong
Read more about the messages hidden within the songs of birds, as seen through the eyes of Rosann Kovalcik. Allow her writing to takes you on a journey through the morning chorus in her yard.
(Photo: John Graffius)
Beneficial for Birds, Fun for You- It's Time to Provide Water
As lovers of backyard birds, we often think of providing food, but forget about the importance of offering water. Read this post for tips on providing water birds need.
Got birds on the brain and want more? We understand!
Follow the link below to learn more about birds from the perspective of Rosann Kovalcik- store owner, Friend to the Environment, and bird lover.
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