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How to Stop Birds Crashing Into Windows

Spring is full of pretty sounds, but one of the sounds that I really hate is the sound of birds crashing into windows at my house.  I would love to NEVER hear that sound EVER again. Sadly, there have been times when I have heard that sound a great deal.  Two of my windows in Read More →

Choosing the Right Birdhouse, part 2

Providing a Habitat for Birds Doesn’t Always Mean Buying Something In my last posting, Choosing the Right Birdhouse, part 1, I discussed the pitfalls of those cheap “Build Your Own Birdhouse” kits, and described our experience as a family with painting and personalizing a very high quality cedar house for our urban backyard. In this Read More →

Choosing the Right Birdhouse, part 1

A Birdhouse Needs to be More than Cute A few years ago my children were given a cool-looking kit with the words “Build Your Own Birdhouse” written on the box.  It came with a great set of little metal tools and a whole bunch of pre-cut pieces of wood which seemed like a really cool Read More →

Cleaning Out the Wildlife Garden for Spring

March came in like a lion this year — cold and windy.   We even had a tiny bit of snow last week. I leave the perennial plants in my wildlife garden standing all winter long in order to provide food and cover for the animals — especially the birds.  The colors and textures make Read More →

City Wildlife Gardening: What to Know Before You Get Started

People sometimes assume that you need a large yard in the country in order to attract birds, butterflies, bees and other kinds of wildlife.  But gardening for wildlife on a city lot can bring great results.  You may be surprised, in fact, by the immediate response you get from the local fauna when you plant Read More →

Do Birds Have a Nicotine Problem?

Last week an old nest lined with old cigarette butts and other types of litter blew down from the branches of our cedar tree.  I have noticed cigarettes before in other nests, and had always assumed the birds chose them was because the fibers were warm and soft and  easy for the birds to find Read More →

An eagle at the playground?

Was it an eagle or just some bizarre 11-11-11 illusion? When my husband and kids headed out to the park last Friday with a football and a kite, the last thing they expected to see was a bald eagle. Our local park flanks a busy six-lane road and is only a stone’s throw from the Read More →

Stop Raking Leaves, Start Seeing More Birds

Stop Raking the Leaves and You Might Increase Your Yard’s Biodiversity The Eastern Towhees returned to our garden this fall. If you’ve never seen one before you can imagine a robin dressed for the prom in full tux.  They are big, like mockingbirds, with suave-looking dark wings overtop of orange and white chests.  Although not Read More →

Fledgling at the Window

There’s a fledgling bird outside the window right now. I’ve been watching it, tenuously, for about an hour. At first the poor wizened, goblin-like thing was perched in the topmost branches of my winterberry bushes. Then, somehow, it managed to fling itself a few feet forward to the empty nest box. Its face still only Read More →

Barn Swallows Under the Beltway

Just beside Holy Cross Hospital on Forest Glen Road, the Capitol beltway crosses over the Sligo Creek trail. This forms a funny place to enjoy nature. You go under the bridge into a huge echo chamber. If I’m riding bikes with my kids we bellow in low long notes and cause funny sound waves to Read More →

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