The Life of a Female Hummingbird

She is a total badass

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Praying Mantis Snags Hummingbird

"What?!"

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Hummingbird

 I often know they are in the yard less because of the buzz of their wings and more because of their territorial calls and epic territorial chases.

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Meet the Tiniest Owl in the World

Meet the Elf Owl.

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Why Bird Watch?

I wanted to experience that every day of my life.  And, I do.

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Identifying Hawks

This is a quick article from Audobon on Identiifying Red Tailed Hawks - it's a starting point at least if you can determine whether you're looking at a Red Tail or Red Shouldered if you can figure out it is Red Tailed or not.

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Mapping Migration

Science is so cool

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Nest Watch

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is looking for more citizen scientists.

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Migration Mysteries

When I was in school I learned in the winter birds fly south.  In the summer birds fly north.  This isn't exactly the case - in fact, it is really not the case at all.

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How to photograph birds

When I finally switched over to a smart phone - and to say I was reluctant was an understatement - the selling point was the camera.  iPhones and other smart phones boast these incredible cameras that do almost as much (with the right know how) as my fancy point and shoot.  I take a lot of pictures.  And I mean a lot of pictures.  Over the years, with practice I get better at taking pictures.  Birds are by far one of the hardest images to capture well - at least for me they are.  That does not, however, stop me from at least trying to capture them in their personalities when I have the opportunity.  I am by no means professional - I consider myself a novice, but I am always looking to improve..

Auduban is here to help with this article:

How to Photograph Birds With Your Smartphone

I downloaded the PhotoExpress app which I like a lot after reading this.  I was already using Leafsnap (which is super simple) and now, I will play with the bells and whistles in the PhotoExpress to see what I can accomplish in my photos.  I'm not likely just yet to purchase the telescoping lens.  If I do that I will just invest in the DSLR and bring my photos to the next level.. For now, I'm going to stick with my fancy point and shoot and my phone.

Enjoy!

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Native Plant Search Engine

Audobon has put together a native plants search engine specific to the birds they attract

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The Northern Flicker

Flickers are one of my favorite birds - let's just be honest here - they are all 'one of my favorites'..  

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Is it A Downy or a Hairy??

When I first began birding figuring out whether the woodpecker common to my feeder was a downy or a hairy was one of the most frustrating identifications I had to work through.

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Why Male House Finches Can Be Different Colors

House Finches are common at my feeders - especially this time of year.

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Wild Geese

A beautiful video narroratted over with Mary Oliver reading her poem Wild Geese.

Wild Geese

Enjoy!

 

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The Dawn Chorus

The Dawn Chorus is relatively easy to hear this time of year with everyone singing in the morning as they pair up, define territories, and begin nest building as Spring rapidly approaches.

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Attracting Birds

People often ask me - being an obsessive bird watcher - if I have bird feeders what kind of seed do I use.

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Screech Owls Keep Blind Snakes as Housekeepers

This article from Earth Touch News Network shares the story of a screech owl and a blind snake living together in the home of the screech owl..

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8 Extraordinary Facts About Bird Eggs

#5. Rufous hummingbird eggs are 1/2 inch long and fit snugly in the 2-inch-wide nest, which usually holds two eggs.

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Bird Friendly Native Plants

Spring is springing here in Georgia - though I am personally hoping for some cold weather yet.. I can definitely feel my gardening thumb itching to dig in the soil and plant things.

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