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More Birds in the Neighborhood

Eastern Blue Jay

Eastern Blue Jay

Northern Cardinals, Boat-tailed Grackles, Eastern Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, House Finches, White Ibis, Northern Mockingbirds, and a pair of Brown Thrashers were all spotted here on my street and in a neighboring yard on the next street over in the last week.  Additionally, we have had Eastern Bluebirds, Crows, Chickadees, and Carolina Wrens around.   The finches were rooting around in a lot under construction where a new home is being built.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

Mourning Doves

Mourning Doves

Sparrows

Female House Finches

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

 

Juvenile White Ibis

Juvenile White Ibis

Male Boat-tailed Grackles

Male Boat-tailed Grackles

Brown Thrashers

Brown Thrashers

 

Happy Independence Day!

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Our National Bird, The Bald Eagle

Here are some pictures that you may enjoy!  Hooray for the Red, the White, and the Blue!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  Have a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

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Eastern Blue Jay

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Snowy Egret

 

 

Cool Fun (and Grub) for the Birds

Bluebird, House Finches

Bluebird, House Finches

Songbirds such as Eastern Bluebirds, and House Finches enjoy the refreshing cool waters of the bird bath.  One of my neighbors has a bird bath next to the really nice bird feeding station that they have set up.  I know the little birds are enjoying the cool water and refreshments quite a lot.  It was 93 degrees F. here yesterday.

A small group of young Morning Doves like the tasty bird seeds that fall from the tray feeder (I also have spotted one of the doves up on the tray feeder itself).   I enjoyed watching the birds’ splash party!  It is such a nice thing for homeowners to include food and water for the songbirds in their front or backyard landscape!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.

Finches at the feeder

Finches at the feeder

Morning Dove

Morning Dove

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird Female

 

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Bluebird and House Finch

Bluebird and House Finch

Neighborhood Songbirds (Ibises, too!)

White Ibises

White Ibises

House Finches, Morning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, White Ibises, a Carolina Wren, and a male Northern Cardinal were all spotted in the past few days here on my street or in my yard.  A neighbor has a very popular bird feeder that is patronized by many of the birds I saw this week!

The White Ibis flock casually strolls the neighborhood’s streets in search of tasty bites of worms, insects and the like.  The Ibises are not here every day but do come by several times a month.  One of the ibises sure had a vividly red face, legs and feet, didn’t it?  We delight in seeing them!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  As ever, enjoy!

House Finch male

House Finch male

Morning Dove

Morning Dove

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Cardinal male

Northern Cardinal male

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Nesting Northern Mockingbirds

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A pair of Northern Mockingbirds has decided to build their new nest in one of the local shrubs.  I love hearing the two sing!  Such melodies they have.  The two have been collecting grasses, sticks and soft tender plants to line the new nest.  I think they will be laying eggs soon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

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Woodpeckers on Wednesday

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a hen Downy Woodpecker, were spotted in my huge old Live Oaks a few days ago on a cloudy morning.  The Red-bellied Woodpeckers are a young pair that is in the process of building their first home.  There has been a lot of pecking and drilling going on.

It has been raining here off and on for the last four days.  I have noticed that woodpeckers are active in damp weather as the moist bark is easier to chip away for building a home and for uncovering any insects or grubs in the tree bark.  I love woodpeckers and am quite happy to have two or three here!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

 

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

The pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

A female Downy Woodpecker

A female Downy Woodpecker

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the neighbor's feeder

A female Red-bellied Woodpecker at the neighbor’s feeder

A Flock of Goldfinches

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A  flock of Goldfinches arrived several days ago here in my neighborhood.  Our neighbor across the street here has recently put up a bird feeding station with great success, and another family behind them also has a feeder (the blue feeder shown).

The Goldfinches and other songbirds just love the Sunflower Seeds, a “Finch sock”, Dried Meal Worms, and a Suet block that are available at that neighbor’s feeder station.  The finches love the “Finch sock”, and the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.  I think the small birds also like the tray feeder a lot.

These are the first Goldfinches I have spotted here in my new neighborhood.  I think they are a migratory flock just passing through and resting here a few days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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All Woodpeckers Today!

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Here are photographs of Woodpeckers that I took way back in 2011 when I lived at the lake house in Tennessee.  I hope you enjoy seeing the gorgeous birds!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo of each woodpecker.  Wishing everyone a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker

Downey Woodpecker

Downey Woodpecker

Handsome House Finches

There have been a few male House Finches here that are just exceptionally handsome in their Salmon-red colored breeding season feathers.  Soon the red will become much duller but for now, wow, are these boys handsome!  The females are similar without the red over-tones.  These finches have been enjoying their bird seed treats of Millet quite a lot.  They also enjoy Niger or Nyger Thistle seeds which I do not have in my feeder.  I took these pictures in my yard yesterday afternoon (Nov. 10, 2012).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Yard Birds

Here are some pictures of some of the songbirds that regularly show up here in the yards.  I often see Tufted Titmice, Brown-headed Cow Birds, Northern Cardinals, House Finches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Common Crows.  I took these pictures in my yard on various days in the last several days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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