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My name is Susan Kelly, and I am the owner of A Home For Wild

As a bird lover and enthusiast I live in British Columbia, Canada. My home is on a lake, in the Okanagan Valley; a valley that is a destination spot for birders. Some of the best birding in North America is here!

Hollywood has also discovered my area for bird watching! Parts of the movie The Big Year, a comedy about bird watching were filmed here!

Every May the Meadowlark Nature Festival is held in the area, offering over 90 events including bird watching, guided walks, bike rides and horseback rides, canoe trips, nature photography, starry nights and so much more. Meadowlark Festival.

Living on a lake has it's advantages. Some of the birds in my back yard include Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Herons, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Loons, Swans, Kingfishers, Mallard ducks and Hooded Mergansers. While not everyone can live on a lake, one of the best things you can do to encourage birds in your own back yard is to provide water for birds.

Western Meadowlark
Reiher Huge
Hooded Merganser

My front yard includes Meadowlarks, Ring-Necked Pheasants, Cedar Waxwings, California Quail and my favorite; Cassin's Finches that serenade me throughout the day.

I also live on a migratory flight route for many birds. These Sand Hill Cranes visited last fall on their way to Texas from the boreal forests of Canada. We counted over 100 of them! Twice a year, we hear the honking overhead of Canada Geese as they return from whence they came in their V-shaped flying form.

Bird holidays are often on my agenda as well. There are wonderful great places to go on our quest for more birds. My favorite to date, has been the Galapagos Islands. We recently visited Peru and the jungles of Bolivia. I added 50 species to my bird list.

This site is for bird lovers everywhere to share their love. Our motto is help and be helped.

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Looking for positive ID of this baby bird 
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How many mealworms? 
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Isn't this unusual behavior for a mama bluebird? 
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TN bird 
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L Spence 
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Karen hudgin 
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Answer about my nesting duck? 
Hi, I submitted twice between late April and early May (second with a photo) asking for help identifying my nesting duck. I can't find the entry with …

What to do about a Mourning Dove building a nest on my balcony? 
Hello from Dallas, Texas! My name is Skylar and I woke up this morning to a beautiful Mourning Dove and her baby (babies?) happily living in a nest …

Bird Hotel Help Question 
Good Morning, I'm not sure if you can help or not, I just dont know who else to ask. We have a bird hotel for finches outside, the bird hotel is falling …

old bread? 
My neighbor puts lots of old bread out for the birds. There aren't as many birds as there used to be. Could the bread be the cause. I know she was feeding …

Hummingbird migration  
We have been trying to attract hummingbirds for the last couple of years and this year finally did. We thought they'd migrated last month so brought in …

Retired Teacher 
I just wanted to share my first ever siting of a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak today around 3:40 pm, April 23,2014. I live in Watkinsville, Georgia just below …

Mama house finch just died - eggs in the nest 
I have a house finch nest that gets used every year. I have never known if it is the same nesting pair or what. Today the mama flew into the window glass …

Bird Killed Wren At Feeder 
What type of bird is this that killed the wren? Was it the result of the winter storm?

Injured mourning dove - need help locating a sanctuary 
We live in WV and had a rather horrific event happen last week. We have an enclosed/screened-in back porch that opens onto an open back deck. Since it's …

I think a Juvenile Flycatcher flew into my glass sliding door... 
Hi Susan, I am located in the middle of Carbondale and Redstone, and about 10 minutes ago I heard a loud thump that sounded like a bird had hit our …

Bird Watching Guide 
Hi Susan, We had our resident expert and guest author make 3 bird watching guides. I was wondering if you can mention it on your site. I think it would …

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Have you considered birding in Belize? Belize is a home of over 576 species of birds that can be seen all over the country of Belize. Here at Black Orchid …

need help with ID Not rated yet
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About the Carolina Wrens nesting. Not rated yet
We had 2 of them this year, they are always together, as I was watching them out my patio door I saw them bring straw or any thing else they could fine …

Where do Eave Roosting Carolina Wrens lay there eggs? Not rated yet
This web site has informed me I have 2 Carolina Wrens roosting on the corner eave of my front porch. One came first and evidently found a mate so now I …

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