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How Many Maritimers Does it Take to Find a Downy Woodpecker False Face?

The idea that “false faces” are used by birds for predator deterrence floats in the ether between biology textbook case study and mythical meme. The idea that evolution can produce false faces compels and amazes us but because of the lack of … Continue reading

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What To Do With An Old Lawn Chair

Yes, I had every intention of throwing out this old weather beaten, shredding lawn chair cushion. Early May wasn’t exactly warm enough to sit on the deck, so the chair was waiting for the spring yard work urge to strike. Apparently … Continue reading

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Backyard Bird Count Goes Global

For the first time, anyone anywhere in the world with Internet access can participate in the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) February 15-18, 2013. Participants simply watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes, tally the … Continue reading

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Backyard Birdwatchers Wanted

If you feed birds in your yard each winter, why not turn your hobby into research that supports bird conservation? By joining Project FeederWatch and sharing information about which birds visit your feeders between November and April, you can help … Continue reading

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House Sparrow Explosions

Throughout most of the year, I have a good variety of birds passing through my yard, including the occasional rarity like a boreal owl or pileated woodpecker. During most of August however, I’m generally stuck with the good old house … Continue reading

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Wednesday Wings: The Word Is Yellow

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It’s Feed The Birds Day

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSOB) has proclaimed Oct 24 as Feed The Birds Day. It serves as a reminder of all the things we can do to help the birds through the coming winter. We’re pretty … Continue reading

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Featured Feathers: Siskins

Pine siskins are members of the Finch family, and are presently at my feeders in both the front and back yards. The name ‘siskin’ comes from the Scandinavian word for ‘a chirper.’ These little brown birds have prominent streakings of … Continue reading

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