Backyard Biology

Great Kiskadee, Alamo TX-

Great Kiskadee, Alamo, Texas.

The day after Christmas we went to the wild bird feed store and picked up a sack of our favorite mix.  Charlie, the cardinal, looked brilliant but lonely and hungry out by the fence in back, in the single digit temperatures, the frost and the snow.  I did some catching up on my favorite nature blog, Backyard Biology, by my friend Sue (whose photo of an American Redstart I was privileged to use on my first book cover three years ago).  She has shared her favorite non-Minnesota bird shots from the past year, also giving permission for me to share them with you.


Red-winged Blackbirds-Alamo, TX

Male Red-wing Blackbirds in Alamo, Texas.

Phainopepla-Tucson, AZ

Phainpepla, Tuscon, Arizona.

Gila Woodpeckers at their nest, Tucson, AZ

Gila Woodpeckers, Tucson, Arizona.

Magnificent Hummingbird-Santa Rita Lodge, AZ

Magnificent Hummingbird, Santa Ridge Lodge, Arizona.

Cactus wren-Tucson, AZ

Cactus Wren, Tucson, Arizona.

Tri-colored Heron, Padre Island, TX

Tri-colored Heron, Padre Island, Texas.

Painted Redstart (or Whitestart), Portal AZ

And my Painted Redstart, Portal, Arizona.


Happy New Year 2018 to feathered and non-feathered friends alike.  Let’s hear it for protected habitats in the year to come.