Joan Carson

BIRD WATCH: It makes perfect birdsense

The effect barometric pressure has on birds’ lives has been widely studied and written about. However, just when you think you have it down, the… Continue reading

 

BIRD WATCH: Heavy fall rains bring wildlife sightings

NOVEMBER MADE AN entrance that revealed its true colors. The recent heavy rains are only a hint of what’s ahead. We’ll survive. There are even… Continue reading

 

BIRD WATCH: Size, and more, matters

The brown creeper, a frequent visitor to the bird bath, has a unique way of approaching the bath. It lands beneath the basin on the… Continue reading

 

BIRD WATCH: Owls having a hoot

OCTOBER IS ‘OWL Month.’ It isn’t only the attention they get from the Halloween fun. This is a time of the year when owls are… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Keep an eye out for unusual birds at feeders

NUMBERS OF BIRDS continue to swell as additional migrants arrive in our yards, some to stay and some to continue farther south. It can be… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: A fine, feathered intervention?

BEING INEBRIATED ISN’T a condition known only to humans. Several days ago, I returned home to find my yard pulsing with creatures acting as if… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Song sparrows make their presence known through sound

SONG SPARROWS LIKE clean water. At least the one that came to bathe the other day was evidence of this. When I happened to glance… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: The bustle of fall arrives

“Where have the birds gone?” That’s a question heard multiple times in recent months. The easiest answer was to blame our hot, dry summer. Recent… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: See more birds by the sea shore

especially the dogs. A bleached log was lying on the tide line. Left… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Liven up a long drive with birding

A LONG DRIVE awaits you if Spokane is your destination. Many travelers look upon this adventure as long and boring torture. I never have. Think… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Now is the time to look for migrating bird visits

THERE WAS NO doubt about it. One of the first fall migrants to visit the yard was a young one. The Hutton’s vireo looked like… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Spend energy wisely as summer turns to fall

A FEW DAYS ago, I heard several people talking about the “dog days of summer.” That reminded me of Nat King Cole’s “crazy, hazy days… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: To avoid offense, give birds warning before a trip

THERE IS ONE question this column receives throughout the year but it is asked most frequently during the summer months and in the middle of… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Identifying Russian birds was no easy task

SOMETIMES, THE BIRDS we can’t identify are the most memorable. These are the ones we can never forget. On a recent trip to Russia, my… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: A Russian adventure begins

ONE HUNDRED AND twenty years ago, in 1898, my maternal grandparents left Russia. They traveled by rail from Saratov, Russia, to Hamburg, Germany. From there… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Birds are well aware of environmental changes

BIRDS ARE WELL aware of the changes that take place in their environment. They’re super-sensitive to what is happening or has happened on their home… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: When ducks are in trouble, men come to the rescue

BABY DUCKLINGS ARE very small. Their fluffy feathers are misleading and cover up the truth that a miniature creation is beneath them. Add this to… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Humdinger of a mystery

THE FIRST TIME this incident occurred, or more correctly that I witnessed it, I assumed it was a one-time thing and that a chickadee had… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Lots to see with this little bird

“Psaltriparus minimus” is quite a mouthful – especially when you consider it is a name that belongs to a very tiny bird. Hence “minimus.” Of… Continue reading

BIRD WATCH: Studying crows offers life lessons

CROWS TRIGGER VARIOUS human emotions as few other birds can. There are those of us who love them or hate them and everything else in… Continue reading