Tag: Birds

  • Are Birds Curious About Us?

    Are Birds Curious About Us?

    Are birds as curious about us as we are about them? Because they fascinate us. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that about 1/5 of the US population in 2011 watched birds, spending a combined $40 billion on their hobby. That’s a lot of birdseed and binoculars! But do our feathered friends return […]

  • Fall Flowers for Hummingbirds: Readers’ Suggestions

    Fall Flowers for Hummingbirds: Readers’ Suggestions

    Last week, I wrote about planting fall flowers for hummingbirds, and I promised to post any suggestions I received. Fun fact: plants that thrive in much of the United States will not grow in Massachusetts because it’s too cold. If you detect a touch of envy in my tone, you’re wrong. It’s sheer, blatant jealousy, […]

  • Angry Animals: Are They an Omen?

    Angry Animals: Are They an Omen?

    Is it my imagination… or is nature miffed with us lately? Even the wildlife is angry. The Evidence… The two moles tussling with each other, above ground, in the daylight of an early spring afternoon was the first sign of trouble. Was this a portent of the pandemic that would upend the human world? Or […]

  • Why Is a Woodpecker on My Bird Feeder?

    I’ve always learned that a bird’s beak should clue me in to what it eats. So why is a woodpecker on the bird feeder filled with sunflower seeds? Their bills are shaped like awls, not nutcrackers! Still, I imagine that Massachusetts insect-eaters in winter feel as I do when finding a loose screw far from […]

  • The Clown of the Forest: Black-capped Chickadee

    Was the Black-capped Chickadee overlooked when the Creator was handing out gifts to the birds? Scarlet Tanagers received color; the Hermit Thrush requested a beautiful voice; Turkey Vultures asked for size. But I think the chickadee was at the front of the line for choosing personalities. The charm it flew off with more than compensates […]