Tag Archives: birds

“I’m Molting… Mooollltttiiinnnggg….!” The feathers are flying off and Scooter’s grossing out!

It’s that time of the year, folks! Yup! Molting season is upon us. All of our beautiful Florida backyard habitats are full of the molting scourge that is… nature’s design. But, what is it… Why do birds do it… How prevalent is it… And how long does it last, are all common curiosities related to …

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It’s 4th of July, Pinellas County! Scooter says, “Let’s look at Florida’s Favorite Red, White and Blue Birds!”

Sparklers, hot dogs, watermelons and fireworks abound as Florida’s Pinellas and North Pinellas county areas prepare to celebrate this year’s 4th of July Independence Day! But aside from all the fun and great celebrations, Florida has its own “reds, whites and blues” to celebrate! We’re talking about Florida’s beautiful red, white and blue birds. But …

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Flying While Intoxicated? Fact or Fiction? Oh… It’s a Fact!

It’s a question many of Florida’s wild bird watchers wonder about. We grew up hearing about robins, in particular, who consume so many locally native berries that they become drunk, disoriented, and flounder on the ground. But, is this true? Can Florida’s wild birds really eat so many berries they actually become drunk? According to …

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Scooter is Spring Cleaning and Ready to Welcome His Wild Bird Pals… and All Their Yummy Seed!!

Well, it’s spring-cleaning time in the Northwood Commons Back Lot at Wild Birds Unlimited’s Nature Shop and along with cleaning out his garage and attic and closet spaces, Scooter isn’t forgetting his backyard habitat where his favorite Florida wild bird cousins will be gathering in the coming months… bringing seeds… and nuts… that he can steal… because his …

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Valentine’s Day for Florida’s Birds: The Romance, the Love… the Social Monogamy..??

Ahhhh…. It’s February… the month of romance! Chocolates, flowers, jewelry and… Worms? Yup! Worms! Or crickets, or seed… Peanuts are a favorite too. While we preen ourselves with jewelry and slinky attire to impress our better halves, Florida’s wild birds take a less direct approach. Read below to find out what goes on when some of …

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Florida’s Wild Bird Photography: So Easy, Even a Squirrel Can Do It!

It’s undeniable that Florida’s wild bird population is one of the most spectacular in the world. Scooter gets jealous! Photographers from all over the world flock here, no pun intended, to enjoy Florida’s numerous venues which afford them with some spectacular, one of a kind photographic opportunities. Not since Audubon’s Illustrated books covering our many beautiful …

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Florida’s Wild Bird Feeding and HOA Restrictions: Scooter wants to talk!

In his poem, “Mending Wall“, Robert Frost laments the purpose for a fence, stating, finally, that… “Good fences make good neighbors…” Well, so do good bird feeders! There are instances when feeding Florida’s wild birds can become – let’s admit it, bird lovers– a nuisance. Yes. It can. Let’s not deny that there are some …

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Hammock Bird Banding

A dynamic update on the Migratory Bird Banding Project in Hammock Park, Dunedin, Florida.