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Q: During the last storm the red-winged blackbirds and the grackles have been at my feeder. I cleaned out the bluebird houses on Feb. 27, and the next day two males were courting the female. They … more
Spring is just around the corner, but there's still time to take advantage of one of gardening's greatest bargains: bare-root trees and shrubs. These are trees and shrubs, commonly deciduous, that … more
Q: In the summer, watching birds clean their feathers is an everyday thing. Somewhere, I read that birds need to keep their plumage very clean in order to fly. I enjoy watching birds, but never see … more
If you have a low horizon to your west, you may have already spotted a couple of bright "stars" appearing in that direction just after sunset. Well, those aren't stars, but planets.After many months … more
A reader comment: I had a bear attack my sunflower feeder Feb. 22. Caught this big guy on my trail cam on Feb. 21 at around 11 p.m. about 100 feet from house. The big guy made another visit. He tore … more
Last weekend, as I was refilling the hulled sunflower seed feeder, two rival male black-capped chickadees began their spring rivalry. Hidden from sight within the evergreen hedge we share with Al and … more
Constellations are like states. Just as the continental U.S. is divided into 48 such states — some large and some small — the heavens are also divided into 88 constellations. And just as every city in the U.S. (except … more
A READER'S 99 PERCENT SQUIRREL-PROOF FEEDERGet some old [or new] vinyl-clad clothes line at least twice as long as the distance between a [sturdy] tree branch [about 20 feet] and the ground. To one … more
Garden wildlife reminds me of teenagers — the critters eat distressingly huge meals then leave without communicating about what they have been up to or where they are going. Except in … more
Q: [A] young pileated woodpecker was a frequent visitor with his family late last summer and fall, but now comes occasionally. Regarding the red-bellied, we had a family (and more). A pair remained, … more
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