Happily, this female Eastern Bluebird decided my front yard Magnolia Tree was a great place to perch and rest the other day. We have been having very rainy weather recently after having experienced a long period of drought.
The Eastern Bluebird is a great insect hunter! I am glad to have these beautiful small songbirds around. They like just about any insect or worm they can find. By the way, this lovely bird really blended-in with the green and rust coloration of the Magnolia. Nature’s camouflage. The male Eastern Bluebird has a much brighter tone to its color. I did not see the male on this occasion. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This cute Downey Woodpecker, a hen, was spotted recently pecking on the metal and plastic yard lamp in a neighbor’s front yard. Unfortunately and innocently, woodpeckers love pecking on hollow man-made objects as they enjoy the booming loud noise their drumming produces. This bird circled the globe of the lamp.
This little gal is new to the neighborhood and is likely a migratory bird from up North. It is no secret that I adore woodpeckers of all types; so, welcome little cutie to the neighborhood. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Songbirds abound in my neighborhood these days. On Thursday, February 6, 2014. I walked around taking pictures of various birds I saw in the trees, bushes, bird bath, and on the street. I saw an American Robin, a Yellow Rumped Warbler, a male Northern Cardinal, an Eastern Phoebe, a Carolina Wren, a Red Shouldered Hawk, and a Palm Warbler.
These are really nice and useful birds. Some of these birds catch flying insects such as gnats and mosquitos. A few are seed and fruit eaters. The warblers tend to flit about in the higher branches of the trees or calmly stroll around the streets near the curb trying to find a tasty bite to eat. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
This Pine Warbler is a newcomer to the neighborhood. Although I took the photograph while the little yellow, black and white bird was in the leafy branches of an Oak Tree, the bird was just feet from two towering older Pine Trees. Pine Trees are the preferred home for these beautiful small birds. Pine Warblers eat insects, seeds, small berries and some fruits. I took these pictures on January 7, 2013 late in the afternoon.
Eastern Bluebirds have returned to the back yard area next door to my home. The family has a Bluebird house up which was used by a couple of the Eastern Bluebirds this past Spring. I think that these birds were the same that were raised here but had been away due to the presence of the former resident Sharp-shinned Hawk. That hawk was chased away by a huge flock of Crows about two weeks ago.
The Eastern Bluebird male is the brighter of the two. The males also seem to be a bit rounder in shape. The female is a more light steel-blue in color. Both are keen insect hunters. Having these beautiful birds around is really nice! I took these pictures on October 9, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Common Crows are about the only birds that I see each day here on my street now. I hear their cawing before I actually see the small group of three or four individuals. They come and go and move from tree to house and so on all down the block. They eat insects, fruits, eggs, and various carrion. We have a lot of water around with the rainfall retention ponds now having many inches of fresh water in them. Additionally, several neighbors do have bird baths.
Like the vultures, Crows are nature’s clean-up squad. I do think though, that these handsome and very intelligent birds like fresh foods best. I took these pictures from my front yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Red-headed Woodpeckers and a Pileated Woodpecker were the focus of my picture-taking efforts on several days in the last couple of months. I took the photographs of the Red-headed Woodpeckers at a small pasture area where there are lots of dead standing Pine Trees. That pasture is very close to the entrance to the development where I live. These tall dead trees provide the woodpeckers a place to live and also sometimes have many insects that the birds eat.
The Young Pileated Woodpecker was spotted in my own front yard. That was the only time I have seen a Pileated Woodpecker here in Florida in the few months I have made my hone here in Marion County, Florida. I had also seen a Downy Woodpecker here in my front yard once, and that was back in March. Sorry to say, I missed getting a picture of that particular bird here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. I hope you’ll enjoy these pictures. I really love spotting and photographing my favorite birds, the Woodpeckers!