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November 04, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Larry - they are fun, and not scared off easily either.
SciGuy - the red is only on the males of both hairy and downies.


I just stumbled upon a female hairy woodpecker. I became very confused by its black head instead of the classic red feathers. Alas, nothing particularly interesting, but I did learn something new!


Downy Woodpeckers are great little birds to watch.I didn't realized that they used their sense of smell so much.

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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.