Friday, July 28, 2017

Ground feeders are nice to have around because they clean up the seeds other birds kick to the ground.

Right now, wood frogs are frozen solid. The body is rigid, breathing ceases and the heart stops beating. They have perfected the cryogenic freezing process. They are literally "frogsicles."

Birds use a variety of tactics to fight the cold. Scott Shalaway explains the different survival techniques of birds.

Though gray foxes are elusive, spotting a wild bobcat is an even greater challenge. However, bobcats are surely more common than most people suspect.
cardinal in snow

Scott Shalaway first wrote a birdwatcher’s version of Twas the Night Before Christmas back in 1988, and readers responded enthusiastically. Requests come every year to reprint it, so here it is!

With only a few weeks until Christmas, here are a few suggestions for some less familiar nature-themed holiday gifts.

Seeing red-breasted nuthatches is always a treat as they are acrobatic birds that often climb head-first down tree trunks and spiral around branches.

Red squirrels make up for what they lack in size with pure pugnacity.

Assuming you have suitable habitat with some woody cover, you can expect 12 to 20 bird species to visit feeders over the course of the winter.

As great horned owls enter their nesting period, the males will continue to woo the females over the next six to eight weeks and eventually get serious and select a nest.
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