Mrs. Robin builds a nest – a lesson in perseverance

Mrs. Robin is back this morning for another attempt at our garage window.

There's a robin building a next in the window of our neighbor's house. I suppose "building" is an optimistic word; she's desperately trying to build a nest without much success. We live in a village where the houses are separated by a single car driveway, so close that, if we were so inclined (which I'm not), we could talk to each other without leaving the house. I've had a front row seat to Mrs. Robin's construction attempts over the last week and it's been a lesson in failure and … [Read more...]

Celebrate birdsong on International Dawn Chorus Day, May 6, 2012

Our little village yard is abundant with birds

My friend Mike is a morning show producer here in town. He told me once that he leaves for work around 4 a.m. and he's always surprised at the  number of birds chirping at the hour of the morning. In total darkness. I think he used the word "eerie" to describe it. Back when Scout was sick and we were up every hour or so all night long, I got to hear what he was talking about. Three in the morning, and Scout and I would  be in the backyard, he not sure what he wanted to do or where, me … [Read more...]

Most popular – and wacky – pet names for 2011

top pet names 2011

Bella, Bailey, Max or Charlie - chances are if you have a cat, dog or bird, that's what you call your pet. At least that's what Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, found when it went through its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to determine the top pet names of 2011. The list shows a trend towards names that double as human names, from Max and Charlie to the "Twilight"-themed Bella. Of the nearly half a million pets … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions for animal lovers: #2 – Adopt a pet

Wally is a Brown Agouti/White/American Shorthair guinea pig looking for a home. You can learn more at the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue in Washington, DC.

As we get ready for the new year, here's another New Year's resolution for animal lovers: Adopt a pet! Before Christmas, we had lots of discussion about pet shop dogs and animal rescue: Pet sales banned at malls nationwide; rescue stores begin to replace pet shops Setting the record straight on Barkworks, puppy mills and the work of CAPS But did you know that you can also adopt ferrets and bunnies and birds and guinea pigs and every other kind of pet? Before you head to the pet … [Read more...]

Unlikely friends: The owl and the pussycat (video)

Oh, that we could learn to get along with each other the way Fum and Gerba have! Fum (which means "smoke" in Catalan) and Gerba ("frost") are both about a year old. The pair live and romp together in Tarragona, Spain. You can see more from them on their Facebook page. … [Read more...]

Join the Audubon 112th annual Christmas Bird Count

Tufted titmouse/Judy Howle

From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas will take part in what has become an annual family tradition: The 112th Audubon Society's Annual Christmas Bird Count. This is the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and help guide conservation action. And its success depends on families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists who go out on an annual mission to … [Read more...]


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