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20 Types of Shorebirds in the United States! (ID Guide) — Bird Watching HQ

What kinds of shorebirds can you find in the United States?   Shorebirds are incredibly lively and exciting! Their showy mating displays and fierce defense of their territory make them fun to watch and observe. 3,541 more words

20 Types of Shorebirds in the United States! (ID Guide) — Bird Watching HQ

8 EASY Steps to Clean Your Birdbath (AND Keep it Clean!) — Bird Watching HQ

Cleaning your birdbath will make a huge difference for birds!   Would you want to swim in a filthy swimming pool or drink dirty water? Well, neither do your birds! 1,532 more words

8 EASY Steps to Clean Your Birdbath (AND Keep it Clean!) — Bird Watching HQ

17 Types of GREY Birds Found in the United States (2022) — Bird Watching HQ

Did you recently see a mystery GREY bird in the United States? If so, I’m guessing you are trying to figure out how to identify the species correctly! 2,609 more words

17 Types of GREY Birds Found in the United States (2022) — Bird Watching HQ

Spring migration has started

Bird Watching Curaçao

Male Scarlet tanager on the island. Photo by Michelle Pors-da Costa Gomez

Spring migration of birds has started and slowly but surely some of the ‘usual suspects’ are coming to the island to replenish their fat reserves before flying back towards North America for the start of the 2022 breeding season.

True, the fall migration is the most varied in terms of species and numbers of birds visiting the island to find food, water, and a spot to rest before continuing the journey from North America to the south. But that doesn’t mean spring can not bring an interesting lot of species to the island, both those going back to North America and some species that are escaping the southern hemisphere where autumn is starting.

Some of these migrants have shocks of color, making you doubt your sanity when seen during a hike in nature on the island. Stay on…

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Bird by Bird

Backyard Bird Nerd

Not only is the title of this post a great book on writing (a classic by Anne Lamott, and definitely worth a read if you find pleasure in connecting words creatively!), it’s also the way I attempt to increase the variety of birds that visit my backyard.

I know creating a secure and well established bird habitat doesn’t happen overnight, so I tweak things here and there – like adding more water or extra shelter – and then rejoice when another bird feels safe enough to stop by.

Like this lovely lady who dropped in last night.

At my last house, Cardinals were so commonplace at the feeders that I took them for granted. But here, I’m having to make some changes to entice them. So I was thrilled when this sweet gal saw me standing there with the camera and still chose to land and perch.

She seemed content…

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9 Ways to Attract Nesting Birds (AND help them thrive!) — Bird Watching HQ

How can you attract nesting birds to your yard? Nesting season is one of the most exciting times to be a backyard birder! I love watching different species build homes for their young and seeing the baby birds thrive and leave the nest. 2,333 more words

9 Ways to Attract Nesting Birds (AND help them thrive!) — Bird Watching HQ

How to See Wildlife When Hiking — Living The Q Life

We’ve been hiking in the mountains for years and have been fortunate to see our share of wildlife. Even better, we haven’t seen any bears or mountain lions, but we’ve come across fresh tracks and have been pretty certain that they’ve seen us. They say that if you hike in the mountains of Colorado, on […]

How to See Wildlife When Hiking — Living The Q Life

The Eve

*Could be my final post for a week or so, depending on how deer season plays out*

It’s the night before opening day of rifle season for deer. Today is much akin to Christmas Eve to a young child. I’ll go to bed tonight, struggle to get anything resembling sleep, and dream about the potential prize the deer gods may put in front of my stand tomorrow.

I have what I think is a solid game plan in the morning. I’ll be sitting in a manmade (by me) ground blind over an active scrape line. Although most of the bucks I captured on my cameras were during the night, I think I might be able to play the weather to my advantage. The forecast is calling for a decent amount of rain until daybreak or so, with another front scheduled to swing by at midday, giving me a six hour window for the deer to potentially come by to freshen up the scrapes or visit the acorn stands over where my dad will be sitting.

Speaking of Dad, he’ll be about 150 yards over my left shoulder. We’ll check in on the radios every couple of hours. It’s nice to break up the monotony of a long sit by finding out if he’s had any luck seeing deer. In fact, since we started using radios, I find the day flies by. The first few days we park it in our spots from daylight to dark. Checking in every so often makes it nice. I’m happy that he can still get up in there at 75 years old.

I haven’t had a full vacation since last deer season, a calendar year. The pandemic and the shortage of workers, combined with the difficulty of receiving supplies has made for a hectic year. I think the solitude of the woods is what I look forward to the most. I enjoy the moment the woods come to life at daybreak, the songbirds beginning their opening number, the squirrels chasing each other. Most importantly, there will be no people in my vicinity.

The ringing in of a new season rejuvenates me. There’s a little extra pep in my step these days. I believe every deer hunter probably feels the same way on the eve of the season. We all believe that this is the year. We just know that the big boy on the mountain will come cruising to us. If we didn’t think this way, why would we keep hunting?

Good luck to all deer hunters out there this season! Stay safe!