Daves September Bird Chatter 2016

It seems as if we were just celebrating the arrival of our summer Neo-Tropical migratory birds, and already we’re telling them good-bye till next spring. The avian calendar is swift. We began receiving reports of hummingbirds at feeders in early August. The number of reports of folks having hummingbirds should increase through most all of…

Dave’s Favorite Bird Feeder

I have various styles of bird feeders in my yard,. After all, to attract the largest variety of birds you must consider the different feeding characteristics of backyard birds. From woodpeckers to finches and Cardinals, they each prefer somewhat specific styles of feeders. But of all the different feeders I have, my favorite and most…

Purple Martins in Omaha

Birders everywhere know about the spring spectacle of hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes on Nebraska’s Platte River, but do you know about the Cornhusker State’s other spectacle of migratory birds? Tens of thousands of Purple Martins gather every evening from mid to late August as they begin their fall migration toward Brazil. Unlike the…

Daves July 2016 Bird Chatter

After the cool spring weather relented and it finally warmed up our migrating birds finally made it to their nesting grounds. Wrens seem to be successfully nesting. Purple Martins are fledging their young, and Bluebirds appear to be having a good season with many folks enjoying them for the first time after installing nest boxes….

The Blue Jay

This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its familiar crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and loud noisy calls. Blue Jays are members of the Corvids, known for their intelligence and complex social systems. They maintain tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns has given them the nickname of the “harvester bird”….