Backyard Orioles Provide Summer Color

Backyard Orioles Provide Summer Color

Jun 20, 2014

  The guy standing ahead of me at the grocery checkout had just placed four jars of grape jelly on the counter.  Grape jelly.  That was it; nothing else. “Orioles,” he said with a grin.  “I’ve never seen so many.  They’re almost eating us out of house and home.” “These jars will be empty in a week,” he added.  “A few years ago we...

Adventures with Pileateds

Adventures with Pileateds

Jun 12, 2014

  With its distinctive zebra-striped head, crow sized body, and maniacal call, the pileated woodpecker is in a league of its own.  It is one of my favorite woodland birds. Finding an active territory is easy.  The equivalent of feathered jack hammers; pileateds employ powerful chiseled beaks to whack away three and four-inch chunks of bark and wood as...