Another little sweetie, a Carolina Chickadee, was spotted two days ago in one of the large Live Oak trees in my yard. I seldom get to see any chickadees here in my yards.
Carolina Chickadees are really active and quick birds that flit around leaf to leaf, hunting for the small insects that they enjoy eating. I especially appreciate all the birds that are insect hunters here in my yards as they help keep mosquitos and flies under control. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This male Northern Cardinal was flying between the shrubbery and the thickly leafed Magnolia Tree where I took its picture. The little Black-capped Chickadee was trying to find a tasty bite up in the Live Oak in my front yard. My front yard is very shady as I have two large Oaks and a medium-sized Magnolia. On that humid cloudy day the birds were hiding in deep shady leaves. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. I took these pictures on August 6, 2014 in my yard and also across the street near a rainfall retention basin. Enjoy!
Titmice, Cardinals, Carolina Wrens, and Carolina Chickadees were all spotted in the trees and around the yards along my street in the last few days It appears that some of these birds may be molting (seasonally shedding and regrowing feathers).
It has been a while since I have seen so many songbirds here. The acorns are now dropping from the Oaks, so maybe the food supply of acorns and related insects is more plentiful than was earlier in the Summer here. Perhaps, too, the resident hawk has not been around as often. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Tufted Titmice, a lone Carolina Chickadee, a solitary male Northern Cardinal, and a mystery bird, likely a Palm Warbler but maybe it is a Blue-headed Vireo, were all spotted in the last week here near my home in Marion County, Florida.
That Northern Cardinal was sitting on the top of what I used to refer to as “The Woodpecker Colony” in a seldom used cattle pasture near one of the entrance gates to this housing development. The Titmice are residents of the yards here at my house and the Chickadee is a frequent visitor. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Palm Warbler? Blue-headed Vireo?
Palm Warbler? Blue-headed Vireo?
Blue Jays, Chickadees, Robins, Warblers, Mockingbirds, Wrens, and Woodpeckers all were seen flitting, stalking, perching, feeding, and pecking in my neighborhood gardens trees and lawns yesterday, Jan. 26, 2014. It was a banner day for bird watching here.
I think I spotted twelve different types of birds! What fun! Here are some of the pictures I took. I hope you enjoy seeing them. Some of these birds are migrant visitors here for the Winter. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker
Eastern Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadees are precious little birds! A few are here with the other smaller songbirds that have been arriving in the last two weeks. These grey, buff and black birds are super fast and flit around a lot. They are hard to photograph because they don’t stay perched in one spot for very long. The neighbor here has a bird feeder that has been delighting the Chickadees. This feeder is under a covered porch also shaded by the huge Oaks.
The Chickadees have been flying from the large Live Oak trees along the street behind us, to feast at the bird feeder. These birds love seeds, small pieces of nuts, fruits, berries and small insects and spiders. I am sure that I’ll be seeing more of these cuties in coming weeks here. It’s been very windy here and a bit cooler. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These Carolina Chickadees came to the bird feeder here yesterday in both the morning and afternoon. They were here with the Tufted Titmice, Northern Cardinals, House Finches, and Mourning Doves. I sure do think that they are cute! The Carolina Chickadee and its cousin the Black-capped Chickadee are so similar in looks, it is really hard to tell the two apart. The Carolina is ever-so-slightly larger and has a larger black bib on the upper chest and neck. Otherwise, they are the same.
The Carolina and Black-capped Chickadees eat insects, seeds, small fruits, and small pieces of nuts. They love to pull-out the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds out of the feeder and leave the Millet. Their call is a sound like their name that is repeated six or seven times and is soft-sounding. I took these snap-shots yesterday, Nov. 19, 2012 from my yard and have cropped them so you can see what the tiny birds look like in better detail. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger snap-shot. Enjoy!