These birds may be Common Nighthawks. I have not seen any Common Nighthawks before so I am not completely sure if that is what these birds are. About fifteen came by last evening at dusk. I was surprised at the sudden appearance of these pigeon-sized, very fast birds that swooped all around the pond area. They were either way up in the air or were racing around the pond so it was hard to take their picture. The Common Nighthawks live all over the United Staes of America but only spend the Spring and Summer here. In Fall, they migrate South all the way down to South America! These are insect eating birds and are especially good at catching flying insects. They also are not really any kind of hawk.
I was amazed though, that all of the other birds and waterfowl left the area quickly when this flock of visiting birds appeared. Even most of the cattle got out of the pond. Strange. Guess they were wary of the new birds that may have been both an annoyance and a competitor. I took the pictures here in the yard on August 25, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy. I would appreciate any birders who can let me know what these birds are. Thanks!
When not in the trees nesting, the Eastern Bluebirds here are on the hunt for their meals. They soar and swoop or just get tired and perch on the electric line or other handy place for a moment. They are busy! Nesting is hard work. Soon there also will be little hungry mouths to feed in the nests. The Eastern Bluebirds are gorgeous little birds. They are electric blue, orange, and ivory-white. They are alert, and intelligent birds. They are insect-eaters and hunt in the grass, on the leaves of shrubbery and in the trees. They are wonderful to see and listen-to. I really enjoy them a lot! I took these pictures on April 12, 2012 and also yesterday, in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Red-shouldered Hawk perched in one of the large Oak Trees here at the little farm yesterday afternoon. We had just had a thunderstorm roll-through our neighborhood here, and once it stopped raining, I decided to go outside and take some pictures. i was out on the shore of the pond when I looked up and saw to my amazement, a very large brown bird way up in one of the oaks. I saw that it was a hawk. Due to the presence of the predator here, the bird song was temporarily silenced. There is a lot of potential food for the meat-eating bird here, both on the land, and in the water.
Red-shouldered Hawks live here in TN all year around. They are fabulously quick powerful fliers. I so enjoy having the chance to see birds of prey up close. This hawk has a reddish-brown back, buff with brown streaked chest and banded brown and white wing feathers. It has sharp eyes and a powerful bill. I took these pictures in my yard on March 16, 2012. Wishing everyone who celebrates, a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! P.S. Thanks to a wonderful blog reader, I have now corrected the identification of this bird. It is a Red-shouldered Hawk and not a Red-tailed Hawk. Correction made by Wildlifewatcher on 3/17/12 at 2:47pm Central.
Blue Jays often can be seen in the tallest crowns of trees here and fly from one woodland lot to another. I took these pictures of Blue Jays soaring on the breeze just down the street from my house on September 16, 2010 at two different times of the day. The Blue Jays are usually around in small groups of three to four and announce themselves with a lot of loud squawking, almost similar to that of a crow but higher pitched. Blue Jays will eat insects, and seeds, nuts, berries, and small fruits. Earlier this year in the spring, we had a lot of Blue Jays come around our neighborhood, but I have seen fewer these recent days. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
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