Pollinator Week — Butterflies

It’s Pollinator Week! Pollinators are animals that pollinate plants. As my friend TZ at Notes in Nature (https://notes-in-nature.org/2022/06/20/pollinators/) explains, the group includes bats, birds, and bugs of all sort. This includes butterflies. Butterflies are incredible pollinators, visiting flowers of every type, in all sorts of environments. Western Swallowtails are some of the most common butterflyContinue reading “Pollinator Week — Butterflies”

Red-tailed Hawk Gets Mobbed

We have had a lot of red-tailed hawks in our back yard this spring. I saw another one yesterday. Of course I grabbed my camera and started shooting. This guy was in the Russian Olive, looking back at something behind him. Then I pulled back on the lens a little and saw that he wasContinue reading “Red-tailed Hawk Gets Mobbed”

Birds are Back

Spring is always such a fun time to watch birds — we always get a few unusual birds stopping by in addition to the usual suspects starting to pair up for nesting. This high-stepping towhee pranced through the grass beneath our feeders, looking for early insects. With those long legs, you can see that TowheesContinue reading “Birds are Back”

Some Good News

It’s been a discouraging couple of years when you look at global climate change. The news seems to just keep getting worse, and nothing seems to be getting done. That said, the United States reached a milepost that nearly slipped by me without any fanfare at all. Fanfare is called for: On April 8, 2022,Continue reading “Some Good News”

Birds of the Bitter Cold

Temperature records fell throughout the central United States yesterday, as a cold front moved down from Canada. We dropped to -2oF, and we aren’t expected to warm up much before the weekend. We always think of our feathered friends on days like this, so I went out early to clean off the feeders. I hadContinue reading “Birds of the Bitter Cold”

My Bad … It’s a Northern Shrike After All

Last night we got a wonderful photo of a shrike. In my excitement about identifying it, I got the website windows mixed up. Upon further review, this is a Northern Shrike, not a Logger head. https://amylawscigeek.com/2022/01/26/loggerhead-shrike/ So what’s the difference? Well, everything I claimed in my previous post was for a Loggerhead is really forContinue reading “My Bad … It’s a Northern Shrike After All”

Loggerhead — OOOPS — Northern Shrike

Author’s Note — after writing this post last night, I realized that I got the two browser windows confused, and wrongly identified the bird we saw as a Loggerhead, when it was actually a Northern Shrike. I have struck out the wrong name where appropriate. My next post compares the two birds. (https://amylawscigeek.com/2022/01/27/my-bad-its-a-northern-shrike-after-all/) Like soContinue reading “Loggerhead — OOOPS — Northern Shrike”