This month our Wednesday Smiles are leading up to Thanksgiving with a turkey theme, and as the day gets closer and closer, turkeys everywhere are wary of those dinner preparations. The birds in this week’s bit of fun are certainly…
When you want razor-sharp focus and a ferocious attitude in a small package, you can’t go wrong with this week’s featured bird – the American kestrel is an amazing raptor that has many advantages over its larger cousins. Who says…
Autumn’s leaves lead to one of the top-dreaded lawn chores: hours of raking, bagging and otherwise collecting leaf litter. I have a better alternative – put your rake away and enjoy how beautiful and natural your landscape is with the fallen leaves and the birds that love them.
This month, to celebrate and enjoy wild turkeys, I’m dedicating each of our Wednesday Smiles (up to Thanksgiving) to these great gobblers. Let’s get started with this funny and ironic video!
This is the time of year when we all need more energy for all our home and holiday tasks, and there is no better bird to represent and inspire the energy and industry of the season than the ruby-crowned kinglet.
The mid-week doldrums can be a challenge, and every week we tell ourselves we’re just fine. But sometimes “just fine” means anything but – like our funny bird this week.
Today we finish our series of autumn-themed birds with the great horned owl, a bird that suits autumn in so many ways, not only in its colors, but in its associations with Halloween celebrations. What better bird to honor and study this week!
One of the most challenging parts of moving to a new part of the country is relearning what different seasons mean in terms of local avifauna, migration and breeding seasons. Here in Florida, autumn means the return of the wiggle-butts, AKA the palm warblers.
With falling leaves, spooky trees and Halloween, October is associated with owls, and what better inspiration for our Wednesday Smile? Whooo’s ready to laugh?
Let’s continue our salute to fall-inspired featured birds with a bird that reminds us to look beyond our own backyards and borders to appreciate the full world of avifauna. Meet the silver-eared mesia.