Books -- bird intelligence & birds of Europe, N. Africa, Middle East

The guide book uses excellent photos for 860 species, many of which are familiar to us, with map color choices that make sense (!!)

Merganser chicks were in a rush to leave the nest

June 19
Common Mergansers hatched in Watertown

Green Heron takes notice, takes flight

June 16
Green Heron takes notice, takes flight
A flock of swallows gave it strong motivation
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June 13

It's sort of like taking her out to dinner

Evidence that you are a good provider
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June 13

Does your air conditioner use R-22 refrigerant? Here's why you should care

Most air conditioners use one of two types of refrigerant; R-22 or R-410A. The price of R-22 is starting to skyrocket, and prices won't be coming down.
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June 12

Anyone here understand Tree Swallow?

Perhaps all we need to know is what we see
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June 8

Birding and ticks go together, unfortunately

Precautions are well-worth taking
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June 7

Scarlet Tanager photographed at Crex Meadows

The wildlife area north of Grantsburg, Wis., is a great place for birding
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June 6

Oriole behavior was unusual, and the light was perfect

Stage-lighting for a glowing performer
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June 6

Product review: Extech MO55 moisture meter

I recently heard about a new dual-function moisture meter that retails for about $80 on Amazon, the Extech MO55.
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June 5

Surprise visit by a Great Blue Heron

Common Loon pair was upset
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June 2

Low profile for bird photos works

Changing the human profile
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May 31

Your sump pump is guaranteed to fail sometime; here's a backup plan

Home Inspector blogger Reuben Saltzman says it's just a matter of time until your sump pump fails, without warning, during a rainstorm, when you're asleep. Here's how to wake up to a dry house.
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May 30

Ready, aim, fire!

Kingfisher on the hunt
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May 30

OMG, OMG !!

Great Egret and a pair of Mallards
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May 29

Kingfisher's courtship gift

He fished, then the pair mated again
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May 29

A 'blonde' Mallard duckling, an unusual plumage

Golden coloration makes the bird an easy predation target
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May 27

The eagle, the deer, and the big truck

Just outside of Two Harbors a couple of days ago
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May 26

Cliff Swallows were busy with nest building

Photos taken at old barn in western Hennepin County
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May 22

Tree Swallows almost always use feathers in nest construction

Struggle to both find them and get them in the door
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May 18

CO2 content of atmosphere has passed a mark millions of years old

410 parts per million on April 18, rising to 411.27 on May 15
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May 16

Photos of Tree Swallows mating

A brief encounter after courtship meant to find a fit mate
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May 16

"I heard you're a little psycho."

One of the agents said to me as we were walking out together "That was a fantastic class. I heard you're a little psycho though."