Bird Blog


About this Blog

Tom Warren has had an interest in birds since the age of 3, when he lived across from the President of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, who showed Tom how to care for injured birds. Later, a neighboring grandmother taught him the songs of warblers and thrushes, and in the eighth grade, his Middle School biology teacher took his class on birding excursions every weekend. Tom has guided bird walks and owl prowls for conservation groups, and has also participated in annual Christmas Bird Counts and the Hawk Watch on Pack Monadnock Mountain. Throughout the years, he has spent time at Pt. Pelee in Ontario observing the spring migration and has traveled to a variety of other migration areas. Tom is also committed to protecting birds and their habitat as a Trustee for both Massachusetts and New Hampshire Audubon, and the Harris Nature Center.

April 25, 2018

Among the most exciting spring migrants are the hummingbirds! These tiny, truly remarkable creatures are all-American birds. They exist only in South, Central, and North America—nowhere else in the world. Enjoy these fascinating hummingbird facts … What Is a Hummingbird’s Size? These diminutive birds weigh only about 4 grams—or .141 ounce! That’s tiny! For comparison, a U.S. penny weighs 2.5 grams. The egg of a hummingbird weighs just 0.4 gram to 2.4 grams. A newly hatched bird is just 0.62... more

February 2, 2018

When you feed winter birds, consider bird food that is normally available to birds in winter. Here are some the favorites foods of winter birds across North America. “The little grain of wheat, tritucum, is the noblest food of man. The lesser grains of grasses are the food of passerine birds at present. Their diet is like man’s”.   –Henry David Thoreau, Walden At garden stores, pet shops, and numerous other stores, you can purchase seed mixes in bags from 10 to 50 pounds. Seeds will typically... more

December 6, 2017

The snowy owl is coming! This giant rare owl—which breeds in the Arctic tundra—was last seen in the northern U.S. four years ago. If you missed it then, you may be in luck! Where Do Snowy Owls Live? These large circumpolar owls live in the Arctic in open tundra. Because it’s flat and treeless, snowy owls tend to perch right on the ground or on short posts.  Some of you may recall when thousands of snowy owls descended four years ago in winter of 2013–14. It was the largest snowy owl irruption (... more

November 20, 2017

At Thanksgiving, we think of the American Wild Turkey which has graced many a plate since the early settlers arrived in the early 1600s.  The Wild Turkey needs no introduction so perhaps a brief history about our native bird is in order.  Brief History of Wild Turkeys In the early 1800’s, Alexander Wilson provided so much information on the natural history of the turkey in his encyclopedic American Ornithology that John James Audubon was unable to truly improve on the knowledge of the species... more

November 8, 2017

Henry David Thoreau once observed, “I rejoice that there are owls,”—and we have to agree. Read on to learn all about a fascinating and formidable bird of prey: the owl! The Alluring Owl Most people become attracted to owls at an early age, and they are often the first bird recognized by young children. Any grandparent can recall being delighted by the first “hoo, hoo” of a grandchild. Our interest in owls goes back thousands of years to caves in France—then Arctic tundra—where an Ice Age artist... more

October 17, 2017

How do birds know where to migrate to without getting lost? How do they navigate the dark night sky? Read on to discover the secrets of bird migration! In autumn, millions of songbirds migrate at night to their winter homes in Central and South America from breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canada. Warblers, thrushes, and buntings are just some of the species that are night migrants, and occasionally these birds can be observed (with the aid of binoculars) crossing the full... more


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