Red Gallery – Northern Cardinal

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Quoting my Friends…


“My Saturday morning is complete with these beautiful “Reds”! Thank you, HJ! ~Donna Wadsley


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What’s Up? – Rain and Suet Cakes

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Rain and Suet Cakes


After so many days without rain, we finally had the rain that so much for…and more! We’ve had rain for four days in a row and if you see the  weather  forecast is calling for some more rainy days ahead. The temperature is always over 80º F , during the day.

Suet cakes

I’ve  been trying a new brand of mix seeds for birds  from Sam’s Club. They gave me 50 lbs. for trial. The birds eat them but are picking only what they like and attracts too many blackbirds. These, are destroying  the peace and tranquility of my backyard, and making a mess everyday!  Once I finish the new mix I’m testing, I’ll return to feeding my birds with the previous mix.

I’ve made a change on the feeding department. Instead of buying the suet from the store…

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Bird’s ID – Great Grebe

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Great Grebe


The Great Grebe (Podiceps major) is the largest species of grebe in the world. A disjunct population exists in northwestern Peru, while the main distribution is from extreme southeastern Brazil to Patagonia and central Chile.

This is a very large grebe, with proportions more like a goose or a cormorant then a typical grebe. They range in length from 67–80 cm (26-32 inches) and usually weigh about 1600 grams (3.5 lb), but can scale to at least 2 kg (4.4 lb). They are buffy-rufous on the neck and chest, blackish on the back and have a whitish belly. The head is sooty gray with a reddish-brown eye. Due to its size and unique coloration, the great grebe is unlikely to be confused with any other bird, including other grebes.

The great grebe lives on a diet mostly of fish, sometimes over 11 cm (4.3 inches) long, but usually smaller. Prey competition can occasionally occur…

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Bird’s ID – Black Vulture

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Black Vulture


The Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), also known as the American black vulture, is a bird in the New World vulture family whose range extends from the southeastern United States to Central Chile and Uruguay in South America. Although a common and widespread species, it has a somewhat more restricted distribution than its compatriot, the turkey vulture, which breeds well into Canada and south to Tierra del Fuego. It is the only extant member of the genus Coragyps, which is in the family Cathartidae. Despite the similar name and appearance, this species is unrelated to the Eurasian black vulture, an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae (which includes eagles, hawks, kites, and harriers). It inhabits relatively open areas which provide scattered forests or shrublands. With a wingspan of 1.5 m (4.9 ft), the black vulture is a large bird though relatively small for a vulture…

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