This Eastern Blue Jay was just chilling out, totally relaxed on a hot muggy Florida afternoon. The beautiful blue, black and white bird was perched in an Oak branch fairly near my neighbor’s bird feeder. Smart bird. This bird just was perched there in the cool shade, not moving much at all. There has been a number of Eastern Blue Jays around the neighborhood in recent days.
There is an abundance of food now so the birds are quite happy. Eastern Blue Jays are enjoying the small Acorns of the Live Oaks here. I took these pictures on Sept. 18, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This tiny Carolina Chickadee is such a cute bird! I took several pictures of this little chickadee yesterday afternoon at about 4:00PM. The bird was feasting on a variety of bird seed at my next-door neighbor’s bird feeder. I was really glad to see this bird. I rarely see chickadees here. The Carolina Chickadees eat seeds, small insects, nuts and fruits. They really love the Black Sunflower Seeds, which seem to be an almost universally beloved seed for seed-eating small birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay
Smaller birds have been visiting in my neighborhood recently. I tok these photographs on Oct. 8, 2013 and again on Oct. 9, 2013. We are likely seeing the first waves of migrating birds from up North.
I was happy to see a Carolina Chickadee, a Carolina Wren, Eastern Blue Jay, Northern Mockingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker (one of a pair), and a bright Palm Warbler. I also have seen a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, and many Tufted Titmice, Common Crows around. These are all welcomed birds which I happily enjoyed! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, and House Finch were among the birds that were out and about for a short time yesterday. The weather was grey and nearly cold. We had a short period of rain so the air was misty when I took these pictures in my yard. I also saw the Red-bellied Woodpecker and a flock of Mourning Doves but they were camera shy and fled before I could get the camera focused and snap their picture. Oh well. I took these pictures on November 6, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Female House Finch
The Red-shouldered Hawk came to stalk birds that were enjoying their daily meal at the bird feeder. The feeder is next to my front porch. Luckily for the little birds, the porch offers a lot of shelter when the hawks are around. The hawk perched in one of the Oaks that are next to the little farm pond.
The hawk was scoping out both the feeder area, and the over-all fields and pond areas. Hawks will eat mice, gophers, small birds as well as pond critters such as small Coots, ducks, and frogs. The hawk here got its mouse and the birds were spared. I took these pictures yesterday afternoon, October 31, 2012, from my living room window. It was windy and cold when I took the photos. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Red-bellied Woodpecker has been coming to the bird seed feeder just below my front porch for several weeks now off and on. At first, the woodpecker could not make sense of the feeder and would only take a seed from the flat plastic bottom tray of the feeder. Now, the bird has learned to put its long pointed bill into the opening of the seed cylinder and take a seed. It prefers Sunflower Seeds to the Millet. I took these pictures from my living room window on October 26, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! I will close with my prayers and best of luck to those in the path of the hurricane Sandy in the next few days in the East. Our weather here in Tennessee where I live is not really affected much and we are going to be absolutely fine here.
There are Tufted Titmice in my yard and boy oh boy are they entertaining little birds. They are flitting around the porch and some even have flown quite close to me when I was walking up my front steps! Mostly they are sociable and not terribly wary of people. The small grey birds have huge personalities and musical whistle songs. The birds eat several types of insects and lots of different kind of seeds, nuts and fruits. I know that they love the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. They will often sit on the porch railing and crack open the Sunflower Seed shells. I took these pictures in my yard on October 22, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!