Birds Have Squatters’ Rights

Birds Have Squatters’ Rights

5433 Now that the first clutches of nesters have fledged, many wild birds are heading into their second round of raising more chicks. This is the time to clean out nesting boxes, especially bluebird houses. Bluebirds will continue to build one nest on top of the...
Why and How Birds Take Baths

Why and How Birds Take Baths

5433 While I was recording the video below, I was thinking about how much watching birds take a bath is like watching an infant in a kiddie pool. Arms are flapping and slapping the water. Giggles erupt with each smack of their chubby hands. Droplets of water fly every...
Molting: A Bird’s Bad Hair Day

Molting: A Bird’s Bad Hair Day

5433 We have our natural hair color and then we have those colors that, at the time anyway, seemed like a good idea. Birds are the same. Not about hair of course, but about their feathers. Birds have their “basic” plumage, which we often see during the...
What Happens to Birds During Heavy Rain?

What Happens to Birds During Heavy Rain?

5433 Light, springtime rain showers pose no threat to birds that visit our feeders. They continue their Gene Kelly impersonations as the rain rolls off their feathered backs. Those same feathers keep air trapped against their bodies, and it’s the air that keeps them...