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From Seeds to Swallows

From Seeds to Swallows

“Would you like to choose a special kind of vegetable to grow in our garden this summer?” my mom asked me. Photo © Smartstock/iStockPhoto.com. I was excited, and soon began looking through a seed...

Cat Attack!

Cat Attack!

On an unexpectedly cool afternoon, my brothers and I were biking over to a friend’s house. Crossing the creek, my brother exclaimed. “A deer! No, a coyote!” Bobcat. Photo © Chris...

A Migration Miracle

A Migration Miracle

I looked out the window. Sunlight was streaming through it onto my face. I thought, What a beautiful, peaceful morning…. Red-breasted Nuthatch. Photo © Cheryl Shank. Suddenly, “Tweep, tweep, tweep,...

A Day to Remember

A Day to Remember

The hands of the clock showed 11:30 p.m. on December 4, 2020, when I was shaken free of the irrational nonsense that filled my dreams and was brought me back into the world of wakefulness, which was...

The Heron’s Lunch

The Heron’s Lunch

“No way! Nooo waaay!” Mom suddenly exclaimed. As I followed her gaze, I was completely astounded. We were speechless at the epic sight before us. Great Blue Heron. Photo © Susan McArthur...

Summer Birding

This summer has been interesting since I started birding. One Sunday we went on an afternoon drive. As we crested the hill just past our house, we saw a Broad-winged Hawk on a telephone pole. This...

Birdhouse Contest—the results are in…

Birdhouse Contest—the results are in…

That was fun! There was some really stiff competition. Decisions were challenging! We decided to add some categories for winners. Beyond the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place that was announced, we are adding...

Our First Christmas Bird Count

Our First Christmas Bird Count

Red-winged Blackbirds. Photo © Rusty Dodson/Dreamstime.com. On Friday, our good friend Nathan came to our place and asked if we would be interested in helping him with the Christmas Bird Count. “Of...