Bird Lady Blog

About me, the birder/blogger

My name is Margaret Dyekman, and I’m a weekend summer resident (because I have a J-O-B)  of Munds Park, Arizona. I’ve been a birder since at least age 10 when I used to keep a small diary of the birds I’d seen each day in the Chicago area. Blue Jays and Cardinals were always a big treat for me back then. Today I’m lucky to live with my family in Arizona with its diverse birding life. I asked to write for the Pinewood News about birds in Munds Park because so many people I had spoken with had the same interest as I do – watching birds. I’ve turned to a blog to stay in touch with Munds Park birders and others in Northern Arizona and to just have some fun writing, researching, and learning more about the birds that inhabit this great place to live and visit. I hope you will enjoy the posts and add your comments when it suits your fancy.



  1. Hi Margaret,
    My wife and I enjoy you articles and are bird lovers, no experts, just lovers. She printed your articles and have them in a folder for easy reference.
    Our cabin backs the forest off Mustang. Yesterday my son and I saw a Red Faced Warbler. We were not sure what it was, but identified it in our field guide that says it is only in Eastern AZ and NM. Then we read your article about it being seen in Munds. It did not hang around long, I can keep you posted if it becomes a regular.
    One observation is that there just seems to be a lot less birds around. Did the wind blow them all to NM?
    Our neighbor house has had construction going on, maybe this has kept them away.
    Also, what is that bird that is singing all night long? I cannot seem to see it.
    Thanks, Tim

    Comment by Tim Genrich — June 13, 2010 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  2. Margaret,

    Do you have a book that I can buy about the birds here in Munds Park?????? If not, why not???????


    Comment by Joann Anderson — August 2, 2010 @ 7:34 pm | Reply

  3. Hi,
    Because of your columns in the Munds Park newsletter, we have started to become avid bird watchers in our yard! Thanks for introducing us to this delightful passion! We have put up a suet feeder, hummingbird feeder and a seed bell and are amazed at the variety of birds that we’ve seen. It is hard for me to identify them all, but looking in a reference guide, I think we’ve seen the williamson’s sapsucker and the strickland’s woodpecker as regular visitors to ur feeders. also, perhaps the mountain bluebird and many other unidentified birds. We live on Green Mountain. I do have photos of the sapsucker and woodpecker (I think that’s what they are) but don’t have a way to attach them to this email address. If you are interested or want to positively identify them, let me know another email address for me to send them to. Thanks so much for starting us on a new hobby!
    Linda Ott

    Comment by Linda Ott — September 28, 2011 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  4. Hello fellow Bird Lady Blog! I also have a Bird Lady Blog over on Blogspot. I blog about birds in the Eastern Washington area. I signed up to be a follower of your blog!

    Comment by Sherrie Steele — January 6, 2013 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  5. Hi Margaret! I am so happy to have found your blog. I moved to the Grand Canyon this summer, and I’ve just begun identifying birds in the area. With more than 300 feathered species living in/visiting the park, it can be an overwhelming hobby to begin! I’m going to follow your blog now, but if you have any extra-special advice for a new Arizona resident/bird enthusiast, please pop over to my blog and tell me! I’m beginning to document my birding adventures there. ^^

    Comment by Whit B Nimble — August 19, 2013 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Margaret, The beautiful and stunning, neo-tropical Western Tanager made a stop at my dripping bird bath a few days ago. The Male with its vivid yellow body and red head is so gorgeous. Friends on my porch nearly screamed with delight! They had never seen one before. The female who is mustard yellow was hiding out in my oak tree.
    More on my other encounters with this bird coming up! I can now call them with my bird AP when I am hiking on the Crystal Point Trail.
    Martha on Reindeer Dr.

    Comment by Martha Thomas — July 26, 2014 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

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