Baby birds of prey, entertaining all day. By, Mandi Crinigan
Previously, I told you the story of a fledgling House Finch. It’s super easy to be cute if you are a baby songbird. But can “Birds of Prey” also be cute and entertaining? Oh yes, absolutely! They can also scare the bejeezus out of you!
The happiness and happenings of my backyard buddies.
By, Mandi Crinigan
It’s routine. Before my coffee or any other household demands, I’m outside tending to my yard. Really, I’m tending to the habitat and nourishment of my backyard birds. “I have to water the plants.” really means I’m checking the bird baths, the seeds, the hummingbird feeders and yes, I am also watering the plants. I tell the birds they are making a mess, that I have their snacks and fresh water for them. They watch me move around the yard. My presence is expected and only disturbs my more sensitive visitors, like the Gambel's Quail and Mourning Doves. The House Finches are particularly busy and needy right now.
BY NANCY JENNIS OLDS
As many of us were forced to do, I was more often than not relegated to our home last May, with eagerly anticipated travel plans and airline flights indefinitely postponed while facing a pandemic of historic proportions. Normal routines such as shopping for food, for both my husband and our beloved pets were reduced to carefully planned trips armed with masks, hand sanitizer and sugical gloves, for filling the gas tank. I was having the hardest time refraining from photographing wild birds and various wildlife in our truly unique desert parks in Henderson, Nevada. Springtime in Clark County was in full bloom. Migrating birds had been building nests and their offspring were flourishing in the cooler spring breezes before the next several months of relentless heat.