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The Nuthatch

There are several White-Breasted Nuthatches here that live in the Oak grove that is next to the little farm pond.  These tiny birds are a lovely grey, white and black with a long pointed bill and appealing eyes.  They behave a lot like woodpeckers do but are not actually a woodpecker.  They eat seeds, nuts and occasional insects.  They make a thin high trill that is slightly like a Downy Woodpecker’s trill.  The White-Breasted Nuthatches here will often fly from the Oaks to the bird feeder, and will even wait patiently on the porch railing if there are larger birds eating.

The nuthatches will sometimes eat with the Brown-Headed Cow Birds, the House Finches, and the Northern Cardinals, but dislike the male Red-Winged Blackbirds.  I took these pictures on April 17, 2012 and again on April 28, 2012 in my yard and from my living room window.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

The Blue Jay in the Oak

Eastern Blue Jays have started to come to the area of the Oak grove next to the little farm pond in recent days.  They are at the feeder in the early mornings.  Eastern Blue Jays are a bit larger than the Western Jays or the Scrub Jays.  They are a bright blue, and white with black accents.  They have a long pointed medium-thick black bill.

The Jays roost in the woods in front of the little farm here.  The Blue Jays eat seeds, fruits, nuts, some spiders and occasional worms or caterpillars. The Blue Jays have a very loud screeching song and also have a musical couple of high-low  notes for the calls.  I am glad to see these beautiful birds!  I took these pictures on May 1, 2012 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


A Double Woodpecker Wednesday

The Red-bellied Woodpecker was sitting in an older, pecked-up, branch of an Oak in the yard just at the shoreline of the pond.  It was a chatty bird calling to other woodpeckers.  This is a wonderful bird!  It is a beautiful red, black and white medium-sized bird.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker eats insects as well as seeds, berries, fruit and nuts.  It nests in hollowed-out tree cavities.

The other woodpecker I saw yesterday was the Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker.  I saw two.  The male has the black mustache-like marking on its face.  This woodpecker is among the larger of the woodpeckers.  It also eats insects, nuts, seeds, and berries but unlike the Red-bellied Woodpecker, it likes eating on the ground just as much as eating in a tree.  It has beautiful mustard yellow feather shafts which are easily seen when the bird is in flight.  I also like the black spots on its tan belly.  I was quite pleased to take these pictures in my yard yesterday, March 27, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Lot of Drumming by a Little Bird

A female Downy Woodpecker was working at pecking or drumming,  on a dead hollowed out tree branch in a pond-side Oak here.  The drumming sound was very musical and sounded like someone was playing two different notes on a Marimba musical instrument (like a wooden xylophone).  The little bird was persistent at pecking with its sharp,  strong,  bill on the wood.  Woodpeckers peck to communicate, to find insects, or to shape holes to make nests or food pantry caches.

I think that communication and food were the topics on the mind of this little lady.  Note, I said lady.  The females lack the distinctive red spot on the back of her head that the males do have.  The Downy Woodpecker is one of the smaller woodpeckers.  These lovely woodpeckers have a white underside,  black and white barred wings, and a white head with a broad stripe of black over the eyes.  These birds eat insects, seeds and nuts mostly.  I was quite happy to have seen the bird and took its picture in my yard on March 22, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Tiny Bird, Big Tree

A Carolina Chickadee was flitting about in a tall Oak located along the end of the driveway here.  This is an area that is pretty close to a fringe of woodlands and the small gulch that is near the dam of the pond here.  Chickadees are quick, agile birds!  They don’t spend a lot of time in one area unless resting.  This behavior may be defensive in nature.  They are active hunters and catch a lot of insects.  The Carolina Chickadees also eat fruit, seeds, and small cracked pieces of nuts.

Carolina Chickadees have a black cap, grey back, white undersides and a strongly defined black bib under the chin. This is the beginning of nesting season in Cumberland County, TN for many songbirds and Chickadees are among those pairing up.  The Chickadees nest in tree cavities.  I have seen several such cavities in trees here.  There are a lot of tall Oaks lining the street  here, and many other small trees in the gulch area.  It is always nice to see the Carolina Chickadees!  I took these pictures here in the yard on March 20, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Red-bellied Woodpecker in the Oak

I just love seeing these woodpeckers!  This Red-bellied Woodpecker is likely the same one that has been here several times before.  It explores the grove of about ten Oak Trees that grows right along the shoreline of the little farm pond.  Woodpeckers like hardwood trees a lot.  This woodpecker eats seeds, nuts, insects, and berries.  Likely the bird was hunting for insects in the tree bark, or maybe getting an acorn stored-away long ago.  The Red-bellied Woodpecker has a black and white barred back, a pinkish-white chest and a white head with a large bright red spot on the crown of its head.  The sharp long bill is strong and helps the bird peck into the bark of trees.  The bird usually will create a larger cavity or hole within the trunk or large branches of the tree.  This area is home and will house the nest.  I took these pictures in my yard on March 18, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Wet Red-shouldered Hawk

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.

American Robins

There are a flock of American Robins here in the trees at my little farm.  These are primarily insect-eating birds.  The birds like to browse or hunt for insects, worms, and grubs in the pasture grasses here.  The American Robin is not a true Robin such as are found in Europe.  The American Robin is a type of Thrush bird.  They have a burnt-orange chest, grey-brown back, yellow bill and a white broken ring around each eye.  They are beautiful medium-sized birds that are about the size of a European Starling or an Eastern Blue Jay.  They have a nice song and are quite musical.  I am so happy to have had these songbirds here.  They are year-around residents of the area but I have not had them in my yards this Winter.  I took these pictures in my yard on March 13, 2012 and again on March 14, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

An Eastern Meadowlark in the Oak

Yesterday I spotted a spot of yellow way up in the crown of one of the Oaks next to the little farm pond.  I looked closely and found the bird to be an Eastern Meadowlark.  It was sitting in the tree and was silent.  I think it was just resting.  The Eastern meadowlark will perch in trees unlike their cousins the Western meadowlark.  These birds are the size of a dove and have a brown back, buff and brown streaked underside with brilliant yellow on its chest.  The bird has a black “V” marking on its yellow chest.  There are a number of these meadowlark birds here but they usually are around my neighbor’s large yards.  The Eastern Meadowlark love eating insects, worms, and grubs.  They use their long pointed bill to help them find the insects, often in the grass and in low shrubs.  I was very happy to see the meadowlark here yesterday afternoon at about 4:00 pm.  I took the photographs in my yard on March 11, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

American Robins

I occasionally see a few American Robins here in the yard.  I saw one on Saturday, February 18, 2012 and snapped a few pictures of it.  It was hunting for worms and grubs and other insects in the grassy pastures here.  I also saw one up in a mid-level branch of a large Oak that is near the pond.  American Robins are medium-sized birds with burnt-orange breasts, grey-brown backs and heads and a broken circle of white around the eyes.  They have pointed slender bills.  They usually eat insects.

American Robins, usually just called “Robins” are not true Robins but are a member of the Thrush family of birds.  They are wonderful parents and the male is the primary teacher of the juvenile birds.  Robins build sturdy nests which sometimes are built quite high up in the trees.  I don’t usually see a lot of Robins here but in my former neighborhood, sometimes saw twenty Robins at  a time on a lawn.  I am glad to have seen the birds here!  I took the pictures in my yard on Feb. 18, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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