Whoo, Hoo, Hooo’s Home?

Whoo, Hoo, Hooo’s Home?

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Owls are a fascinating family of birds. Most of them hunt at night and roost in some secluded spot during daylight hours. They are often heard but seldom seen, especially the woodland dwellers.This was the spring for the...
Sharing Birding

Sharing Birding

A Springtime Birding Contest Photo © Kevin Shank. Is anyone seeing robins in the snow yet? I suspect yes is the answer. When I was a child, it was a highlight to our family to see the robins returning—often in January. For one, robins spend the winter not far from us...
Bird Suet Recipes

Bird Suet Recipes

Suet TreatMelt together:—1 cup lard—1 cup unsalted peanut butterAdd:—2½ cups oats—2½ cups cornmeal—Raisins, nuts, birdseed “Zick Dough” SuetMelt together:—1 cup lard—1 cup unsalted peanut butterCombine:—2 cups unmedicated chick starter—2 cups oats—1 cup cornmeal—1 cup...
Barn Swallow Rescue

Barn Swallow Rescue

Last year I enjoyed watching Barn Swallows nesting and hatching babies in our barn. I even got to watch a pair build a brand-new nest constructed of mud and straw.One steamy day I was outside when my mom asked me if I had seen that a Barn Swallow nest had fallen down....
What a Splashing Success!

What a Splashing Success!

Wood Duck drake swimming. Photo © Cheryl Shank. Slowly, quietly, yet steadily, I crept along, my binoculars in hand. Surely I can sneak in here without some duck, goose, or beaver announcing their displeasure at my arrival, I thought. The gentle spring rain intended...
Big Day Birding

Big Day Birding

Canada Warbler. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. On May 13, 2022, my brother and I, along with five others, joined my grandfather on a big day birding trip. My grandfather, Andrew Troyer, keeps an annual big day birding trip in the first or second week of May. We always have a...