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Birds of Snowpocalypse

For those like my mother who lives in Indianapolis (who are getting Rainmageddon) and cannot experience the white Christmas we are enjoying in the Twin Cities, I thought I’d put out my Wingscapes cam to get some photos of birds and the falling snow. I forgot that I had it set to take video, so [...]

Is Cheap Bird Seed A Good Deal?

Recently, Dennis Donath who I volunteer with at Carpenter Nature Center sent out an email announcement to bunch of us that a local large scale retailer was going to have one heck of a deal on bird seed, specifically black oil sunflower. It was one of those Black Friday deals of black oil sunflower seed [...]

Growing Nyjer Thistle In North America

Last Saturday was the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union Paper Session (a boring term for annual gathering). One of the presentations was from John and Lisa Loegering about attempts to produce Nyjer in North America.

Let’s get some basics down about this seed first, on the off chance that someone reading this doesn’t know about the [...]

Pine Siskins Hit This Weekend

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We had the Wingscapes Cam up at Mr. Neil’s this weekend and I’m fairly certain I witnessed the arrival of pine siskins. I was out and about on Wednesday and I didn’t see any. Just the usual suspects like the above tufted titmouse were using the feeders on Wednesday.

Then on Saturday, I [...]

Trying My Hand At Hand Feeding

Most of the time when I’m filling the feeders at Mr. Neil’s, the birds zip around my head and many land directly on the feeder as I’m hanging it on the pole. I’ve read how to get birds to feed from your hand but have never really put it into practice before, but [...]

The Crow: A Reappraisal


NBB’s Guide to the Bird You Saw: Crows

Okay, so hopefully you’ve gotten the identification of Sparrow down pat. If not, there’s no hope for you, and you’re destined to lead a lonely, sheltered life, fearing the companionship of your fellow man. Which, ironically, makes you a perfect candidate to be a [...]

NBB’s Guide to the Birds You Saw


Sharon’s taking a much needed Blog Vacation, and I have been asked to fill in for her once again. So without further ado, we present the following helpful series for the unwilling birdwatcher.

Birdwatching: hobby for the insane?

Surprisingly, no! Even those who are merely married to a birder can learn to [...]