Food and Shelter for a Rough Winter
Jan 17, 2018

Food and Shelter for a Rough Winter

Dear Birdsquatch: I am outside of Lexington, Virginia. Like many parts of the continent, we had an extreme winter last year with heavy snow and very low temperatures. Near the end of the winter, while several feet of snow were still on the ground, the weather turned balmy for a few days and the outer panes of the windows of our old farmhouse were covered in swarms of flies and wasps. And right there to feast on the insects were several yellow-rumped warblers.
Birds Beyond the Backyard
Jan 10, 2018

Birds Beyond the Backyard

This winter has seen a huge incursion of snowy owls from the Arctic. Most of these birds are young of the year moving south trying to find food and safe spots for roosting. It seems there was better-than-normal nesting success this past spring and summer for snowy owls in the tundra-covered Arctic regions, and this bulging population has pushed south. Here in southeastern Ohio, we've already had two snowy owls within a few miles of the Watching Backyard Birds/Bird Watcher's Digest offices. That hasn't happened since the mid-1990s.