Eastern Blue Jay
The weather has been very windy here so I have not been seeing many birds out. It also is the beginning of nesting season and that may also be a factor in not seeing a lot of birds. I did spot a cheerful Eastern Blue Jay squawking as it hunted for bugs on the lawns and in the shrubbery near my home.
I saw what I think is an Eastern Phoebe in my Magnolia Tree and another Eastern Phoebe on the neighbor’s roof yesterday afternoon. We also have had a few Common Crows, some Boat-tailed Grackles and a Carolina Wren that is quite shy and did not pose for my camera. By the way, it was good I got those pictures of the egrets and herons the other day as my access to that section of the pond/lake is now pretty much gone. The owner of the lot has started building his new home there. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger size of that picture. Enjoy!
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
If this Eastern Phoebe could talk in a way you and I could easily understand, it would tell us about the day it witnessed a battle in the skies between a hawk and several rather agitated crows. The action happened on March 9, 2014 in a cattle pasture that I refer to as “The woodpecker colony”.
The Eastern Phoebe was minding its own business, sitting on a barbed wire fence in the cattle pasture when a Red-shouldered Hawk flew by, full-speed! The poor Phoebe almost panicked but soon realized, whew, that the hawk was actually fleeing from a gang of angry Common Crows. The crows set upon that hawk and chased it for several minutes before both the crows and that hawk disappeared out of sight! The Eastern Phoebe and I were then off to other adventures on that late afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. The Phoebe and I hope you enjoy the photographs and the Phoebe’s short tale.
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!