Ruby-throated Hummingbird on garden arborRuby-throated Hummingbird on garden arborOne of many ruby-throated hummingbirds in our garden rests on the garden arbor.

Welcome to our blog! It's all about our discoveries here in our Shady Oaks yard, a Sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. We began to restore habitat for wildlife here in 1996 and gauge our success by the diversity of species we observe and document with our photography. We hope you enjoy our images and come back often to see what's new! 

December birds 12-15-22

December 15, 2022  •  Leave a Comment


A chorus of different blackbirds came in on Sunday, 12-11-22.


Though we have had Red-winged Blackbirds this year, we had never seen so many before! The scouts must have brought in the

flock of 45-60 birds. Since these are a wetland species, it makes sense that they were attracted to our yard.


12-2-22 Red-winged Blackbird12-2-22 Red-winged Blackbird 12-2-22 Red-winged Blackbird pokes at Common Grackle12-2-22 Red-winged Blackbird pokes at Common Grackle


A Red-winged Blackbird flared its red epaulets, appearing larger in its attempt to keep a Common Grackle off the feeder. 


12-11-22 Red-winged Blackbirds12-11-22 Red-winged Blackbirds


A threesome haggle for the best spot, the bird on the right even grabbed at the upper bird's leg. It's another example of the pecking order!


12-11-22 Red-winged Blackbird on native Canna (Thalia dealbata) in pond12-11-22 Red-winged Blackbird on native Canna (Thalia dealbata) in pond 12-11-22 Red-winged Blackbird bathing in pond12-11-22 Red-winged Blackbird bathing in pond


A male looked perfectly at home perched on the hardy water canna (Thalia dealbata) before bathing near the pond's edge.


12-11-22 Red-winged Blackbird female12-11-22 Red-winged Blackbird female


A female Red-winged Blackbird has the light eye-line, and beautiful speckled pattern with warm brown feathers on its back.

  12-12-22 Red-winged Blackbirds12-12-22 Red-winged Blackbirds

12-13-22 23 Red-winged Blackbirds, 1 Common Grackle12-13-22 23 Red-winged Blackbirds, 1 Common Grackle


The flock included a few Common Grackles and European Starlings, but I could only find one grackle in the photo above.


12-11-22 FOS Rusty Blackbird12-11-22 FOS Rusty Blackbird 12-13-22 Rusty Blackbirds12-13-22 Rusty Blackbirds


Look closely, these are our FOS Rusty Blackbirds. Three came in with the mix of blackbirds. So similar to the Red-wings, but they have no red patch on the wing. These tend to march along the ground and don't spook and fly up as easily. A good pair of binoculars really helps to pick out details on these different birds. (Check out the helpful link at the end of the blog post.)


12-12-22 Twelve-point Buck under the feeders12-12-22 Twelve-point Buck under the feeders

The next morning, I had filled the feeders and come back  inside when I turned and saw this 12-point buck where I had just been. Then, I saw 'his' doe in the honeysuckle patch in the neighbor's yard. Well, that was close! 


12-10-22 American Crow12-10-22 American Crow 12-10-22 American Crow12-10-22 American Crow


American Crows must have eagle-eyes, No sooner had I put the bark butter mix on this tree, did one come to get it. 


12-9-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch12-9-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch


The cleanup crew includes woodpeckers and this Red-breasted Nuthatch!


12-3-22 Bird Buffet or Grab-n-Go12-3-22 Bird Buffet or Grab-n-Go


Early in the month, we moved a table onto the deck and I set up the 'Grab-n-Go' Bird Buffet. It takes the birds a while to get used to something new, especially the Eastern Bluebirds. This looks different from last year's table with the oak branch and disc for perches. Since they have to come in nearer to the house, I give them a week or so before I start photographing the activity.


12-12-22 Blue Jay scooping bark butter bits12-12-22 Blue Jay scooping bark butter bits

12-10-22 Blue Jay12-10-22 Blue Jay


Blue Jays were skittish at first, but quickly got used to the idea of ' Grab-n-Go'! (And we thought finches were piggies!)

12-12-22 Black-capped Chickadee12-12-22 Black-capped Chickadee


Chickadees were quick to slip in. This one has been going after the black walnut meats in the cracked shells. What a taste treat! 


12-12-22 Carolina Wren12-12-22 Carolina Wren


Both Carolina Wrens enjoy the bark butter bits and the black walnuts.


12-12-22 Eastern Bluebird12-12-22 Eastern Bluebird

12-12-22 Eastern Bluebird at the Grab-n-Go Buffet12-12-22 Eastern Bluebird at the Grab-n-Go Buffet


The Eastern Bluebirds are now quite comfortable coming in, taking mealworms and bark butter bits, too. 


12-12-22 American Robins eating beautyberries (Callicarpa americana)12-12-22 American Robins eating beautyberries (Callicarpa americana)


American Robins, bluebirds, finches and Cedar Waxwings are often in the garden, taking American Beautyberries from the stems or maybe found on the ground. 


12-11-22 Cedar Waxwings in cover of shingle oak12-11-22 Cedar Waxwings in cover of shingle oak 12-11-22 Cedar Waxwing on cedar perch12-11-22 Cedar Waxwing on cedar perch 12-10-22 Cedar Waxwings12-10-22 Cedar Waxwings


Cedar Waxwings will wait in the cover of trees like this young shingle oak (Quercus imbricaria) before approaching the water at the Bubbler.


12-12-22 American Robins at the fountain12-12-22 American Robins at the fountain


The fountain on the deck is visited all through the day by American Robins, American Goldfinches, House Finches, Eastern Bluebirds and more. It's conveniently located between a Rough-leaved Dogwood (Cornus drummondii) for perching and the Grab-n-Go buffet table. We accommodate!



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November's swan song 11-30-22

November 30, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Winter is nigh as November ends.

There are interesting nomadic birds that may yet be seen before the New Year arrives. What are they looking for?


11-16-22 Northern Cardinals in cover of Clove Currant and Arrowwood Viburnum11-16-22 Northern Cardinals in cover of Clove Currant and Arrowwood Viburnum


Cover, as these two Northern Cardinals found in the Clove Currant(Ribes odoratum) and the 'Blue Muffin' Viburnum(Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin').


11-17-22 Ten Mourning Doves resting11-17-22 Ten Mourning Doves resting


Cover, as these ten preening and resting Mourning Doves found by blending into the stones and leaves near the Bubbler.


11-18-22 Dark-eyed Junco and Nine Eurasian Tree Sparrows in cover of Smooth Hydrangeas11-18-22 Dark-eyed Junco and Nine Eurasian Tree Sparrows in cover of Smooth Hydrangeas


Cover, as this Dark-eyed Junco and nine Eurasian Tree Sparrows have found in the twiggy stems of the Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens). Are there really ten birds in there? See if you can find them all.


11-18-22 American Goldfinches eating Cliff Goldenrod seeds11-18-22 American Goldfinches eating Cliff Goldenrod seeds 11-18-22 American Goldfinches eating Cliff Goldenrod seeds11-18-22 American Goldfinches eating Cliff Goldenrod seeds


Food and Cover, as these American Goldfinches found in the Cliff Goldenrod (Solidago drummondii) planted within the driveway wall.


11-26-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-26-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch


Red-breasted Nuthatches are winter residents that continue to find food such as peanuts, sunflower seeds and even some black walnuts. (Dan has shared some after his painstaking efforts to collect and process them.)

In the Winter Finch Forecast, Red-breasted Nuthatches are passerines mentioned along with many finch species. 


Winter Finch Forecast 2022-2023


11-19-22 FOS Purple Finch female and 3 House Finches11-19-22 FOS Purple Finch female and 3 House Finches


Our FOS female Purple Finch, on the left, found black oil sunflower seeds along with three male House Finches. Let's take a closer look at some comparison photos. 


House Finch. female on left, Purple  Finch female on rightHouse Finch. female on left, Purple Finch female on right House Finch on left, Purple  Finch on rightHouse Finch on left, Purple Finch on right


In both of the photos above, the House Finches are on the left and the Purple Finches are on the right. You may get lucky and see Purple Finches at your feeders this winter. It does require careful inspection to tell them apart from the House Finches.


1-30-22 Common Redpolls1-30-22 Common Redpolls


Water, this is an irruption year for Common Redpoll like we luckily saw last winter at the Bubbler. They will come to finch feeders, but we only saw them at the water, three mornings in a row.


1-1-21 Pine Siskin on icy branch1-1-21 Pine Siskin on icy branch 1-10-21 16 Pine Siskins1-10-21 16 Pine Siskins 1-15-21 8 Pine Siskins1-15-21 8 Pine Siskins


In the winter of 2020 - 2021, we had Pine Siskins, another irruptive finch. Though our new Haikubox has been detecting them, we have yet to see any. Eyes peeled! Seedeaters like these are always a bit thirsty.



Almost ten years ago, we had Red Crossbills on two days in February, 2013. They have been seen in different parts of Missouri this fall. The crossed bill is distinctive! Like the Common Redpoll, these birds were only seen at the water features. They were finding food in the native trees.


Another possibility that would be a record for myself and birding friends is this bird, an Evening Grosbeak. One was reported at a feeder less than a mile from us in early November. This stocky finch loves black oil sunflower seed, and our tray feeder is ready!


Evening Grosbeak



While we keep a lookout, other winter visitors and the usual suspects keep us interested in their looks and behaviors.


11-27-22 Yellow-bellied Sapscuker11-27-22 Yellow-bellied Sapscuker

11-28-22 Brown Creeper11-28-22 Brown Creeper

An immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker shook water off its feathers after a late bath. A Brown Creeper investigated some rootlets for a larvae or tiny spider.


11-26-22 Carolina Wren11-26-22 Carolina Wren 11-26-22 Hairy Woodpecker11-26-22 Hairy Woodpecker


A Carolina Wren took a bit of bark butter from the sandwich feeder while a Hairy Woodpecker looked for an approach to the suet.


11-27-22 Downy Woodpecker and Red-breasted Nuthatch11-27-22 Downy Woodpecker and Red-breasted Nuthatch


A Downy Woodpecker made the Red-breasted Nuthatch think twice before entering the peanut feeder area. There is a pecking order!


11-27-22 House Finch with tumor11-27-22 House Finch with tumor

10-29-22 Leucistic Eurasian Tree Sparrow10-29-22 Leucistic Eurasian Tree Sparrow


Of course, the more you look, the more you see, and we do see anomalies. The House Finch has some sort of tumor, and the Eurasian Tree Sparrow is leucistic, lacking pigment in its wing feathers.


11-12-22 Eastern Bluebirds11-12-22 Eastern Bluebirds 11-13-22 Eastern Bluebird11-13-22 Eastern Bluebird


Eastern Bluebirds seem to come in around noon to drink, bathe or get tidbits from the window feeders.


Let's hope for a decent winter for all!













Mid-November already! 11-15-22

November 15, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

 Fall Color was beautiful but leaves have fallen away after several nights below freezing. 


11-7-22 ":Blue Muffin" Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum x Blue Muffin)11-7-22 ":Blue Muffin" Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum x Blue Muffin)


"Blue Muffin", an Arrowood Viburnum cultivar, peaked a few days ago. It was stunning!



On 11-9-22, a female Cloudless Sulphur butterfly sipped nectar from the last blooms of the Black and Blue Salvia.


11-5-22 Barred Owl11-5-22 Barred Owl


One of the resident Barred Owls rested the whole day in the woodland. Around 4:00 pm, Blue Jays and other birds gave it a hard time for waking up!


11-8-22 American Robins at American Beautyberry11-8-22 American Robins at American Beautyberry

11-5-22 Eastern Bluebird  at American Beautyberry11-5-22 Eastern Bluebird at American Beautyberry

11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird  at American Beautyberry11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird at American Beautyberry


American Beautyberry is still feeding thrushes like American Robins and Eastern Bluebirds. 


11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird 11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird


The bluebirds also spend time hawking insects in the leaves, perching occasionally for a better vantage point.

11-7-22 FOS Hermit Thrush11-7-22 FOS Hermit Thrush


The first Hermit Thrush of fall was detected early in the morning by the Haikubox and I finally saw it later at the bubbler. It has moved on.


11-8-22 FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in near-adult plumage11-8-22 FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in near-adult plumage 11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  immature11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker immature 11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  immature11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker immature


Several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been seen. A near-adult plumaged male chased the immature bird. (last three photos) That day, there was yet one more that escaped my camera. This bird easily disappears into the oaks.


11-11-22 American Robins11-11-22 American Robins

There must have been at least 50 robins here on 11/11/22. They dominated the bubbler and basin for most of the morning.


11-11-22 Cedar Waxwing11-11-22 Cedar Waxwing 11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings


Cedar Waxwings! The second photo shows a young bird with an adult. The robins moved on and these finally had a chance to get to the water.


11-11-22 12 Cedar Waxwings11-11-22 12 Cedar Waxwings 11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings

11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings


Cedar Waxwings, they squabble, then settle. What gorgeous birds they are!


11-11-22 Northern Cardinal immature11-11-22 Northern Cardinal immature

11-11-22 Blue Jay11-11-22 Blue Jay

Some of the usual suspects are seen regularly. Young Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays approach differently. Blue Jays always squawk!

11-11-22 Song Sparrow11-11-22 Song Sparrow

11-11-22 Black-capped Chickadee11-11-22 Black-capped Chickadee


A Song Sparrow shows up once in a while but the Chickadees are here every day. Now, which chickadee is it? Black-capped or Carolina? Therein lies the issue. I will take that up another time! 


11-11-22 American Goldfinch eating Cliff Goldenrod seed11-11-22 American Goldfinch eating Cliff Goldenrod seed

American Goldfinches are often seen in the garden eating purple coneflower seeds, but now I see them wherever Cliff Goldenrod (Solidago drummondii) is planted, under the feeders and along the driveway. Today, I stepped out the back door and six flew up from a patch. They are a Native Keystone perennial, supporting 97 moth and butterfly species. In the fall and winter, seeds feed the birds.


  11-11-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-11-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch

11-11-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-11-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch

11-11-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler11-11-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler


We seem to have two Red-breasted Nuthatches again for the winter. They are delightful to hear and see every morning. A Yellow-rumped Warbler comes in to drink and take a quick splash bath. 

11-11-22 FOS Red-winged Blackbird11-11-22 FOS Red-winged Blackbird


Our FOS Red-winged Blackbird showed up on 11/11/22 as well. It was in among 150 or so Common Grackles. That really was a busy day!

  11-11-22 Common Grackle11-11-22 Common Grackle


As you can see, birds like this Common Grackle really do get "into" the bubble! The Bubbler is now into its 23rd year of attracting birds.



It is mid-November. Deer are roaming the neighborhood, bucks following does. It is also time to prepare for the holidays.

Candles brighten these darker days in our home. We wish you all a warm and Happy Thanksgiving!




October is "ober!" 10-31-22

October 31, 2022  •  Leave a Comment


Cover, Food and Water


First, let's take a look at how native plants provide essential cover, or safe places to rest, nest and digest.



This is the Bubbler area, with the native smooth hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) in the upper right, surrounding the back of the Bubbler. 



From the opposite side, one can see the umbrella effect of the shrubs on the west side. Birds constantly fly into the twiggy cover of these plants. The birds feel safe as they check out the different ways to access the water, then preen and rest. 


10-22-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler in cover of smooth hydrangea10-22-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler in cover of smooth hydrangea


This Yellow-rumped Warbler flew in there after a bath, preened its feathers and then looked for any tiny insects. This is the kind of activity that I see all the time, so if you have a water feature, you might want to think about adding more native shrubs around it for cover. It helps the birds feel safe! Use this resource to find the best plants recommended by Doug Tallamy and his research, tailored to your zip code.


Native Plant Finder, “Best” = Keystone Plants:


10-19-22 Eastern Bluebird eating Virginia creeper berries10-19-22 Eastern Bluebird eating Virginia creeper berries 10-24-22 Eastern Bluebird after Blackhaw drupes10-24-22 Eastern Bluebird after Blackhaw drupes 10-19-22 Eastern Bluebird10-19-22 Eastern Bluebird

The last post showed the blue berries of the Virginia Creeper(Parthenocissus quinquefolia), and that is what the Eastern Bluebird is eating in the first photo. The second bird has picked off the much larger drupe of the Blackhaw(Viburnum prunifolium). Fall fruits help birds fatten up for the winter!


10-20-22 First winter Chipping Sparrow10-20-22 First winter Chipping Sparrow 10-21-22 First fall Chipping Sparrow10-21-22 First fall Chipping Sparrow


A first fall Chipping Sparrow had me scratching my head, consulting the field guides and my birding friends! Was it a rare Clay-colored Sparrow? No, because it has the dark eye line and a grayish rump, they kindly told me. The third photo shows a spring adult bird in breeding plumage. Birds can be tricky to identify!


Now we move on to the Cutest Bird Contest...


10-21-22 Winter Wren10-21-22 Winter Wren 10-21-22 Winter Wren10-21-22 Winter Wren


A diminutive Winter Wren is the first contestant, mousey-brown and perky.


10-28-22 Brown Creeper10-28-22 Brown Creeper 10-21-22 Brown Creeper10-21-22 Brown Creeper


How about the Brown Creeper, which I call the 'little toasted marshmallow'?


10-27-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch10-27-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch

10-21-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch10-21-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch


And the Red-breasted Nuthatches make us smile with their 'tiny tin horn' call!


10-19-22 Ruby-crowned Kinglet10-19-22 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10-19-22 Ruby-crowned Kinglets10-19-22 Ruby-crowned Kinglets


Ruby-crowned Kinglets? They definitely rank high on the humorously cute scale.

  10-28-22 Golden-crowned Kinglet10-28-22 Golden-crowned Kinglet 10-24-22 Golden-crowned Kinglet10-24-22 Golden-crowned Kinglet


There's nothing like being flashed by a Golden-crowned Kinglet! I'll leave it up to you to pick a favorite, if you can. 


10-28-22 FOY #114 Field Sparrow10-28-22 FOY #114 Field Sparrow 10-28-22 FOY #114 Field Sparrow10-28-22 FOY #114 Field Sparrow


I was really pleased to see a Field Sparrow come to the bubbler, maybe only the third time I've had one here. This species is in decline, with a Conservation Concern Score of 12, just like the next bird.


10-28-22 Mourning Dove, juvenile10-28-22 Mourning Dove, juvenile 10-29-22 Mourning Doves10-29-22 Mourning Doves


Mourning Doves are also having difficulty finding good habitat. The first photo shows a juvenile bird, the first time I've managed to photograph one. Its tail feathers are still growing out, it looks very young. Don't know where they nested, but I'm so glad to see a young bird.


Listening for birds, with a little help...


12-17-13 Bird Monitor12-17-13 Bird Monitor 11-29-14 Bird Monitor11-29-14 Bird Monitor


In 2013, I purchased a baby monitor, with the microphone mounted inside this PVC pipe that Dan put together and painted brown. It's nice to turn it on and listen to whatever birds might be calling outside, when I'm inside. Then, I step out to look for them and confirm their presence. It keeps me connected to what's happening in our sanctuary. 




We recently added another device called a Haikubox to help us know what may be here in our habitat.(It seems to be out of stock again, we were on the waiting list for a while. FYI, we receive no compensation for mentioning this on our website.) Here is an article about it and how it was developed.

Haikubox gives citizen scientists a tool to track birds


After one week, here is the list of birds detected by our Haikubox and how often they were recorded. The app alerts me to new birds, with low, medium or high confidence. Now, I did not see or hear many of these birds such as the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wild Turkey or Mourning Warbler. It sure has me looking and listening for them, though! When I can confirm a bird that is detected, I do so with the app.

Now, we've always realized that we would never know all the birds that might be here because we have intentionally provided lots of cover (safe places in the form of native plants) for them.

The best part about the Haikubox is that it is working all the time and sending the data directly to the K. Lisa Yang Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We love the idea of making this contribution to the data set of "where the birds are", 24/7.



10-26-22 Barred Owl10-26-22 Barred Owl

Barred Owl, resting in cover, quietly


Happy Halloween!








Mid-October update. 10/19/22

October 19, 2022  •  1 Comment

Mid-October and a hard freeze with 29.6 degrees on Tuesday, 10-18-22!

And, it was 28.9 degrees this morning - brrr!


Let's look at the latest migrants, which we won't be seeing again until next April.


10-9-22 Chestnut-sided Warbler10-9-22 Chestnut-sided Warbler


Chestnut-sided Warbler 


10-9-22 Black-throated Green Warbler10-9-22 Black-throated Green Warbler


Black-throated Green Warbler 

  10-9-22 Blackburnian Warbler10-9-22 Blackburnian Warbler


Blackburnian Warbler


10-14-22 Nashville Warbler10-14-22 Nashville Warbler


Nashville Warbler

  10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler 10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler 10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-14-22 Orange-crowned Warbler


Orange-crowned Warbler, yes the crown is barely visible on this little dull bird, but there.


10-9-22 Tennessee Warbler10-9-22 Tennessee Warbler
10-14-22 Tennessee Warbler with insect on Elm (Ulmus americana)10-14-22 Tennessee Warbler with insect on Elm (Ulmus americana)


Tennessee Warblers have been seen on many days finding tiny insects in the bark of this young American Elm (Ulmus americana).


10-17-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-17-22 Orange-crowned Warbler 10-17-22 Orange-crowned Warbler10-17-22 Orange-crowned Warbler


Another Orange-crowned Warbler had luck finding tiny larvae on the flower heads of Smooth Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens). 


10-17--22 Yellow-rumped Warbler10-17--22 Yellow-rumped Warbler 10-18-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler10-18-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warblers will now be around a good part of the winter.

We may yet see a stray late bird of another species but time is running out for them to make it to their winter homes. 

How about a focus on two confusing species? Tennessee and Orange-crowned Warblers can be vexing. Take a look.



There are some differences, not often easy to see before they flit away!

The Orange-crowned has a dingy breast with subtle streaking, yellow undertail coverts, and is barely pale below. It is often quite gray.

The Tennessee Warbler has a trace of a wing bar, white under tail coverts and a more conspicuous eyebrow stripe.

Underparts are paler with almost no streaking and an overall greener look. Here they are, together.



Maybe next fall it will be easier!!


10-12-22 Blue-headed Vireo10-12-22 Blue-headed Vireo


Blue-headed Vireo, always a welcome sight!


10-14-22 Dark-eyed Junco10-14-22 Dark-eyed Junco 10-15-22 Dark-eyed Junco10-15-22 Dark-eyed Junco


Dark-eyed Juncos have arrived!


10-14-22 Common Grackle10-14-22 Common Grackle 10-14-22 Common Grackle10-14-22 Common Grackle 10-14-22 43 Common Grackles10-14-22 43 Common Grackles


Common Grackles came as twenty, then a hundred. Counted forty-three birds in this screen shot at the bubbler.


10-18-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch female10-18-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch female 10-18-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch10-18-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch


After not seeing one for five days, two Red-breasted Nuthatches came in on Tuesday, 10-18-22 and went directly to the peanut feeder. Perhaps this is the pair from last winter, returning to Shady Oaks as their winter digs!


10-18-22 Blue Jay after peanut crumbs10-18-22 Blue Jay after peanut crumbs 10-10-22 Northern Cardinal10-10-22 Northern Cardinal

Blue Jay and Northern Cardinal, let's not forget the home crowd! They will keep us company now.


Friday, we will celebrate 22 years since the Bubbler first began attracting birds.

Now with 125 species and 2 hybrids documented at this water feature, 

we are adding another 'tool' to become better 'citizen scientists'. More on that exciting development next time!


Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) provides fatty blue berries for flycatchers, 

thrushes, warblers and vireos on their way south, and for overwintering birds, too.


Enjoy the wonder of fall!








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