Eastern Blue Jay
Northern Cardinals, Boat-tailed Grackles, Eastern Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, House Finches, White Ibis, Northern Mockingbirds, and a pair of Brown Thrashers were all spotted here on my street and in a neighboring yard on the next street over in the last week. Additionally, we have had Eastern Bluebirds, Crows, Chickadees, and Carolina Wrens around. The finches were rooting around in a lot under construction where a new home is being built. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
Female House Finches
Juvenile White Ibis
Male Boat-tailed Grackles
A Carolina Wren is that other Carolina in my yard this last week. The rust-colored chirpy little bird is loud active and fun to see. The Carolina Wren is similar in nature and looks to the House Wren. Both wrens like being near homes and tend to like to explore the shrubbery around porches in their search for insects to eat. I took the pictures last weekend. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
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
A hen Northern Cardinal, a Palm Warbler, and a small flock of White Ibises were all visitors to my yards this past week. I took the pictures of the cardinal and warbler from inside my home through the window. The Ibises had taken advantage of the rainy weather to seek out grubs and worms in the lawn. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Hen Northern Cardinal
Palm Warbler on the Live Oak
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!
A Carolina Chickadee came to the bird feeder yesterday morning here at the little farm. This bird was the first Carolina Chickadee I have seen here this year. I used to see a lot of the Carolina Chickadees where I just moved from at my lake home. That home was located in a heavily wooded neighborhood. My present neighborhood does have woodlands but also has a lot of cleared pasture lands. I am hoping to see more of the cute little Carolina Chickadees.
Carolina Chickadees are grey with a black head, white cheeks, white chest and a little area of black at the throat and upper chest (sometimes referred to as a “bib”). They eat berries, fruits, seeds, and many insects. Both the males and females look-alike. Young chickadees also look similar to the adults but of course are small. These birds tend to hang out with other small birds like the Tufted Titmice. They often sound like: “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee”. I so enjoyed seeing this perky bird yesterday. These pictures were taken from inside my living room through the window and porch railing. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A lovely pair of House Finches came to dine at the bird feeder on Sunday February 26, 2012. The male is the one with that striking coral-red tone to his head. Both genders are a medium brown in color with a bit of lighter streaking on the body. They have a small wedge-shaped beak. The House Finches like to eat Millet, Sunflower Seeds, and Thistle Seeds best. They also will enjoy bits of nuts. The House Finches often stay close to structures including porches, sheds, garages and homes. This pair probably lives in my next door neighbor’s yard and comes here to the little farm to hunt for food (I am seeing the finches daily at the feeder here). The House Finches are small pleasant birds. I am very happy to have them in the yard! These pictures were all taken from inside my living room through the windows and the front porch railing. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.
I got to see this Tufted Titmouse rather up-close and personal when it was on the bird feeder. Unfortunately for me, I had the long lens on my camera and I was inside my living room. I took these pictures from my front window through the window screen and through the wooden porch rails. Thus, the unusual-look to the pictures. Tufted Titmice are handsome little birds. They are a medium-grey in color and have a wedge-shaped beak. They also have a little top-knot crest of short feathers on the top of their heads, much like the Northern Cardinal birds have.
The Tufted Titmice also have a buff color to their sides that has an area that takes on a rather golden hue. They eat insects, seeds, nuts and fruits. They are very fond of sunflower seeds as well as millet. These small birds tend to be around other small birds such as the finches, nuthatches and wrens. The call is a whistle similar to that we humans make when calling our dogs. I was very happy to see the Titmouse here as this is one of the first here in my yard. I took these pictures on February 23, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture . Enjoy!
Here are a few photographs of songbirds that have visited my yards in the past week. I so enjoy seeing birds here that have been away for a few months or weeks. I saw a pair of House Finches, an American Robin, several Eastern Bluebirds, an Eastern Blue Jay, and a White-breasted Nuthatch. These birds are those that are quite lovely. That House Finch is now in its breeding plumage. I did not see the female House Finch around but she looks much like the male but a lot more muted in color. That is the case too, with the bluebirds. I took all of these pictures in my yard in the last several days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture, Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay