Spring songbirds : peeking into the nest. The bluebird effect ; Tree swallow : the early bird wins my heart ; Speaking of starlings ; Chickadee : tough tit ; Barn swallow : old friends and eggshells ; Carolina wren : kitchen sink ornithology -- Summer work : drawing, raising, and saving birds. Hummingbird summer ; Osprey : hooked by round talons ; Nobody can cuss like a titmouse ; Chimney swift : high-maintenance aerialist ; Rose-breasted grosbeak : close encounters of the bird kind ; Scarlet tanager : a voice in the canopy ; The summer of phoebes ; Piping plover and least tern : you do what you must -- Autumnal reflections : pondering the imponderable. The strange case of the companionable grouse ; White-throated sparrow : the song in my heart ; Savannah sparrow : forever wild ; Orchard oriole : I know why the caged bird flutters ; Touched by a redtail ; Ivory-billed woodpecker : not saying goodbye -- Winter musings : birds we feed, birds that feed us. Love and death among the cranes ; Mourning dove : the meatiest songbird ; Northern cardinal : stoking the red fire ; Turkey vulture : the unlikely totem ; Chestnut-fronted macaw : first comes love-- .