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Mother Robin doesn’t care much for me watching her atop her new nest by the back garage door…

april 23, 2014

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State of Idaho plans to poison up to 4,000 Common Ravens.

Justification: Ravens prey on the eggs of the imperiled Greater Sage-Grouse. Yet of 19 reasons for the grouse’s declining numbers, predation by other wildlife comes in at #12. Providing protected areas and requiring sustainable land management are the most important ways to conserve the grouse, not killing avian predators.

Join petition by Golden Eagle Audubon Society:

Sign the petition here.

(via: American Bird Conservancy)

It’s really close, please sign guys!

killing one species to ‘protect’ another is a horrible approach to anything. Have people not learned by now? And how many other animals would this inevitably poison? Ones that would also not only ingest the poison, but the poisoned bird carcasses.

What is wrong with people.

Crows and Ravens hold a sacred position in the Mythos of North America, they should be honored and revered not murdered. 



PLEASE take a moment to sign and reblog! Corvids are my absolute favorite bird, they’re so smart and beautiful and absolutely amazing! I can’t believe this would be approved!

The most ridiculous part about this is that the sage grouse has become endangered due to human activities - us moving into their territory, etc., and there isn’t actually any proof that killing these ravens would do anything to protect the sage grouse! It might work and it might not, it’s basically just a shot in the dark, but either way this is NOT the answer! We need to change our own behavior, not punish an animal for being a predator!

Boosting this again—at 19,015.

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the Wizard Composter, a large, slow composter becomes a bird hotel in bad weather…mostly common and European Sparrows, but hidden among the plebeians of the Kingdom of Bird are the Fox Sparrows and the Carolina Wrens

february 14, 2014

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Meep, a Carolina Wren, survived the Polar Vortex!

We were worried about the little bugger because the weather has been bugshit cray cray.

-8F and 50F in the same week. Seriously. WTF?

Carolina Wrens don’t migrate. They just slowly expand northward until a sufficiently cold winter kills them. 

Not-So-Intelligent Design, I guess.

february 14, 2014

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I’ve been chasing three Crows for a few days…they were bickering over a frozen squirrel carcass (I suspect the Cooper’s Hawk has visited again) and one of them, playing lookout, snitched me out and they took off. Here is one of them peeking at me  from behind a branch just above the prize remains…february 5, 2014

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European Starling, up in the tree enjoying the sunshine on an otherwise frigid day (7 degrees F)…january 23, 2014

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With much of North America in the Deep Freeze, now is as good a time as any to remind y’all to put some suet out for our feathery friends.

Store bought suet is fine, anything that gives the little birds some extra calories and fat will work including peanut butter, but this year we decided to make our own suet.

We rendered about 4 or 5 lbs. of beef suet (from the meat dept. or the butcher’s shop) liquid.

As it cooled we stirred in flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, dried mixed fruits, dried cranberries and steel cut oats. We totally forgot the peanut butter, but that’s okay. It’s a loosey goosey (bird joke!) recipe…it really depends on what you have on hand or what kind of birds you wish to attract. 

You can use lard in place of rendering the fat because let’s face it, the smell was vile.

You could also make your suet in the fall when you can open the windows…

We poured the concoction into some used yogurt tubs and let it cool the rest of the way and placed the suet in baggies for freezing.

As you can see, within minutes the suet cakes were visited. The bird in the image above is a male European Starling (note the blue base of his beak). 

And don’t forget to put out water every few hours because the birds have scant access to it on these frigid days.

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