A Red Admiral butterfly was sipping nectar from the Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea) in my garden the other day. When I see a Red Admiral, I always catch my breath. It is something about the curved band of red on the dark black wings that delight me. These aren’t big butterflies but their colors are very […]
We like observing butterflies because they capture our attention with the fluttering of color as they pass by us. The blues, greens, and bright yellows advertise their presence and call attention to their beauty. On these pages we will learn about observing, their life cycle, their families and how to attract them to our gardens […]
I have been watching the ripening of the fruit on the Shadbush tree in my garden. The birds take almost all the fruit every year. But, the relationship of the birds, the plants and the seeds have much to teach us about life on Earth. In the eastern deciduous forest, where I live, over 300 […]
By planting fruit and berry plants you can bring a wider variety of birds to your garden or backyard. There are many birds that are primarily fruit eaters and they may not visit your seed feeders. A way to draw them into your garden is by providing fruit. But supplying birds with dried fruit is expensive. […]
Attracting birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and other animals to your garden is a rewarding pastime. I like the convenience of walking into my garden and seeing butterflies sipping nectar at my flowers and birds eating seeds at the feeders. I always have ready made models to photograph, draw and study. I have what is called a […]
There were many gray squirrels in my city neighborhood, until the trees (oaks, sycamores and maples) were cut down. Now just a few squirrels live near me and visit my bird feeders. I really do like watching the squirrels in my garden. Here is some information to help enhance your habitat for gray squirrels. Description: Adult […]
Two American Goldfinch males entered the garden with their fast, bouncy undulating flight, they began to tell me in excited voices that I was in their way.
Stocky and fuzzy with a tail like a lobster, the Clearwing Hummingbird Moth sipped nectar from the purple flowers of the New York Ironweed.
Attracting birds, hummingbirds, butterflies and other animals to your garden is a rewarding pastime. I like the convenience of walking into my garden and seeing butterflies sipping nectar at my flowers and birds eating seeds at the feeders. I have what is called a naturalist’s garden or a backyard habitat. You can see some photos […]
Plants are very useful in attracting birds to your garden. I snapped this photo of a male American Goldfinch eating Purple Coneflower seeds. Seeing a Goldfinch dining on flower seeds, lets us know that it is time to stop deadheading the flowers. Finches and other seed eating birds like House Finches will eat the seeds […]