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June 12, 2012


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Ellen, I wish I was better at overhead hawks; I might have more on my list.
Margaret, sounds like you're better at overhead hawk ID than I am.
Barbara, Start! Right now! It's fun to do, it's interesting, and I think you'll be surprised how many you have! Let me know if you do, okay?


Both beautiful images Nancy - congratulations - interesting that here in Central Ontario Broad Wings are more rare and Red Tails plentiful. Love seeing your photos. And though I've watched birds most of my life have never had a count of how many I've seen - guess I should start!


Beautiful! I've heard the BW around recently, but it's been a while since I've had one sail through the yard. Your second photo especially showcases the RT's "meaty" secondaries, which can help to ID the bird even at a distance.


Nice addition! My latest yard bird is Common Raven. I have a long way to go in terms of raptors!

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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.