Tag Archives: Birds

Dark-Eyed Juncos Have Arrived; Get Ready for Winter

  The dark-eyed juncos arrived yesterday. I was eating breakfast when I first saw them, flapping around in the waterfall out by my pond.  I wondered if they had been flying through the night to get here. About 30 of these little black and white birds seemed anxious to get a drink, take a bath, make Read More →

Native Plants Provide Fall Color & Feed Wildlife

Want to add some color to a small urban garden while helping out our native wildlife?  Try planting some native perennials. Below are a few of my favorites.   Bees need food throughout the growing season, and there are many native plants that can provide a late-season meal for pollinators. In this photo a bumblebee is Read More →

Planting for Pollinators in DC on Earth Day

This morning commuters across the District were reminded it was Earth Day when representatives from the city’s Department of Energy & the Environment (DDOE) arrived at 13 different Metro stations to hand out seed packets. “Want some seeds to help us plant pollinators?” DDOE Director Tommy Wells repeatedly asked people on their way to work and Read More →

Got Good Bird Pictures? Send them to Cornell

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology wants to see your bird pictures. Each week between now and February 29, 2016, the lab is accepting submissions for its annual BirdSpotter photography contest.  Visitors to the website will then vote on their favorite pics. Winners will be rewarded with prizes such as bird feeders, t-shirts, framed artwork and Read More →

Bumble Bees Provide Another Reason to NOT Rake Leaves

For years now I’ve been proclaiming the many good reasons to stop raking leaves in urban and suburban back yards. Leaves are the perfect mulch, and can increase the biodiversity of your soil. Leaving your leaves in place helps to provide lots of habitat of insects, which in turn provides lots of food for foraging Read More →

New Study finds Bird Eye Disease in Surprising Number of Species

Researchers working with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have found that a bird eye disease which was previously thought to only infect  finches is actually prevalent in many different species of birds that regularly visit US backyards. Until now, the bacterium, known as Mycoplasma gallisepticum, was so commonly found in the red-colored House Finches that it Read More →

Seen a Bird Nest in a Funky Place?

The Cornell Lab or Ornithology wants to know:  have you seen a bird nest in a funky place? Photograph it or write about it and you could win a prize. Some of my favorite nests have been under highway bridges, and on top of commercial signs in downtown areas. The Funky Nests in Funky Places Read More →

How to Feed the Birds Without Buying Seed

Want to Know How to Feed the Birds Without Spending Money? Let your Native Plants Go to Seed! Although I used to love having seed feeders,  I gave up using them in my yard many years ago when I was living in a little rental row home in Baltimore.  The rats in that neighborhood were Read More →

What’s In Bloom: Culver’s Root

July can be a discouraging month in the mid-Atlantic.  Its unrelenting heat and humidity can feel punishing, and the thought of doing in anything in the garden during the day seems insane.  Even the shade is hot and sultry, and I find myself aching for a breeze.  Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum), a tall native plant Read More →

More than One Hummingbird Species East of the Mississippi?

The hummingbirds have returned to our yard.  The first one arrived at dusk last week and hungrily darted around at our native honeysuckle vine which had just begun to blossom a few days earlier.  I wasn’t able to get more than a very dim passing glance – the sun was setting and the bird was Read More →

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