White-throated Sparrow

INTERESTING FACT: Although they look nothing alike and aren’t particularly closely related, the White-throated Sparrow and the Dark-eyed Junco occasionally mate and produce hybrids. The resulting offspring look like grayish, dully marked White-throated Sparrows with white outer tail feathers.

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Cedar Waxwing

What a treat to find the Cedar Waxwing in your backyard!  This bird is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. And how appropriate for this Halloween month, the Cedar Waxwing sports a bandit-like black mask!  In fall these birds…

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Great Blue Heron

If you are out on a nature hike or enjoying some quiet inlet of Lake Erie you may catch a glimpse of the Great Blue Heron. One of the most common herons, it often barks like a dog when startled. Seen stalking small fish in shallow water, it will also strike at mice, squirrels and…

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Bird of the Month: Gray Catbird

If you’re convinced you’ll never be able to learn bird calls, start with the Gray Catbird. Once you’ve heard its catty mew you won’t forget it. Follow the sound into thickets and vine tangles and you’ll be rewarded by a somber gray bird with a black cap and bright rusty feathers under the tail. The…

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Mosquitos!

Now is the time of year when we can start enjoying our backyards. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year we share our yards with the flying hypodermic needle – the mosquito. We need not surrender to these bloodsuckers.

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Bird of the Month – Scarlet Tanager

A tropical-looking bird, they arrive late in spring and leave early in autumn. The name “tanager’ comes from a South American Tupi Indian word meaning any small, brightly colored bird. A striking black-winged red bird, the Scarlet Tanager is a common species of the eastern forest interior. Despite its brilliant coloring it is often overlooked…

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Birds of the Month

Summer Birds… there is nothing else like them. Two of our favorites include the nectar loving Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and the Eastern Bluebird. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird beats its wings about 53 times a second! With all that fluttering, its no wonder these little guys love nectar. They need that sugary goodness to boost their energy.

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Magnolia Warbler

There are many kind of warblers, but one of the most common warblers in Ohio during spring migration is the Magnolia Warbler. Look for them low in trees where they feed on insects. Males often feed higher up in trees than the females. These beautiful birds were named by chance when ornithologist Alexander Wilson spotted the bird in a magnolia tree.

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Bird of the Month: Northern Flicker

Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with a gentle expression and handsome black-scalloped plumage. On walks, don’t be surprised if you scare one up from the ground. It’s not where you’d expect to find a woodpecker, but flickers eat mainly ants and beetles, digging for them with their unusual, slightly curved bill. When they fly you’ll see a flash of yellow in the wings and a bright white flash on the rump.

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