birds

Another Reason To Say No To Plastic

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018 in birds, environment | 1 comment

Another Reason To Say No To Plastic

Birds use all sorts of materials for nest building—twigs, grass, mud, moss, pine needles. And sometimes, sadly, plastic.

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Why Hummingbird Feeders Are a Terrible Idea

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in birds, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 3 comments

Why Hummingbird Feeders Are a Terrible Idea

If you’re going to feed hummingbirds, think carefully about what food you’re offering to these tiny, fragile bodies.

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A Wake of Vultures

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in birds, fall, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

A Wake of Vultures

Vultures fly high over our heads, but they’re always scanning the world. They see our bald spots, our backyards, our secrets. They see us. And they smell us.

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Invasion of the Box Elder Bugs

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in birds, fall, insects, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Invasion of the Box Elder Bugs

Box elder bugs: unwelcome trick-or-treaters. They might creep you out, but they don’t suck blood, bite children, cause disease, or make the dog itch.

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Pokeweed: Summer Giant

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in birds, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 0 comments

Pokeweed: Summer Giant

This gangly, strange-looking character is pokeweed. I bought it at a native plant sale a few years ago, but it never sent up more than a few floppy leaves, and I’d almost given up hope.

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Pigeons: Two in the Bird Bath

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in birds, summer, Unmowed Blog, wildlife | 2 comments

Pigeons: Two in the Bird Bath

Putting up a bird bath, and keeping it clean and full is one of the nicest things you can do for birds in summer. Pigeons take the plunge!

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