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I first created this site back in 1998 to document the wild plants that I encountered.  But it has grown into a clearinghouse of information on landscaping, backyard birds, butterfly gardening, plant identification and making paper from plant fiber. After leaving Kansas, I thought of deleting the site. But realize it has a wealth of information that people rely upon.

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Birds > Species

Backyard Bird Videos

About Yard Birds

These are of birds in my yard in Topeka, Kansas or Mitchell, South Dakota. The birds come partly because of the habitat found in my yards such as trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers. These plant provide shelter and food.

Additionally I've supplied nest boxes to attract cavity nesting birds.

Furthermore supplying supplemental food in the winter attracts more birds to my yard.

Bird and Native Plants

More birds are attracted to my yard because of the native plants found there. These plants attract butterflies & other insects. The insects attract the birds. Almost all backyard birds raise their young on insects. Without insects few bird species could raise their young. Without birds reproducing there would be few birds.

Most birds are insectivores and insects need plants to survive. The native plants provide excellent feeding opportunities for birds searching out insects including insect larva like caterpillars.

Video Playlist of Backyard Birds

I've compiled some Youtube playlists of birds nesting and feeding in my backyard.

Northern Flicker Woodpeckers

Red-headed Woodpeckers

Great-crested Flycatchers

Eastern Bluebirds

Carolina Wrens

House Wrens


Birds at Suet Feeders

All Yard Birds

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