Finches, Crossbills, & Grosbeaks

My Wonderful Adventure

My Wonderful Adventure

Blue-winged Warbler. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. Before I started my twenty-four-hour birding adventure, I knelt beside our creek and looked into the water. As I did, I prayed for a successful birding...

Summertime Search

Summertime Search

One warm summer day, my cousin and I had a contest to see who could find the most kinds of birds, animals, trees, plants, or leaves. We met at the trail that led into the woods. Our backpacks were...

Baby House Finch’s Adventure

Baby House Finch’s Adventure

Baby House Finch is only slightly aware of his surroundings. Instinct tells him he must get out! Frantically he pecks at the shell imprisoning him. At last he lies back, exhausted. After a short...

Spots of Red

Spots of Red

Common Redpoll. Photo © Dreamstime.com. My sister looked out the window and asked, “Is that a redpoll?”We all ran for the window. By then the birds had all flown away, so we had to go over to...

Our Birding Circle

Our Birding Circle

As I went about my morning work on November 17, the lovely day beckoned me outdoors. Why not do the Nature Friend bird circle project today? The thought niggled at the back of my mind. Why not? So...

Birding Bonanza

Birding Bonanza

Sharp-shinned Hawk. Photo © Kevin Shank. Slowly I walked down beside the row of trees—binoculars, field guide, pen, and paper in my hand, drinking in the beauty of the predawn morning. A killdeer...

Covers, October 2021

Covers, October 2021

Red squirrel. Photo © Maya Simmonds. American Goldfinch on bachelor buttons. Photo © Hannah Jones, Ava, MO.