Welcome, finally, to a new blog for the birds... birds of all kinds, in their natural habitat.... all over the world. :)
2012, goodbye, hello to 2013!
First photo of New Year. Happy New Year to all Weather Undergrounders.
Wishing everyone a Safe, Healthy, and Happy New Year!!!
I think this is a Short-eared Owl, all I can see is part of his head that is poking out of my Wood Duck House. Now I know were all my birds are going.
Juvenile Bald Eagle On the Boise river
In the New Year Sunlight (BoazR
And the fields are still open for grazing and the pond isn't iced over yet. Happy New Year to all!!
Hovering over the headlands.
From our visiting migrators, our wonderful snow birds, the Sandhill Cranes. Happy New Year!
we had to wait for several to cross the road
I'm sure that's what this thrush was thinking.
is to sit in warm sunlight!
As I was taking sunset shots last evening, this owl was sitting at the top of a tree hooting at me!
This latestes cold snap has brought the chipping sparrows back to the south.
When the bugs and grubs are nowhere to be found on land, hit the open water.
Very willing to pose for me-- on Marko Island- 1st day of the New Year
On El Camino del Cerro.
on the way to the fishman supplying lunch
...you showed up with some peanuts!
I was happy to see the Goldfinch have arrived today.
These photos are of four bald eagles I saw yesterday morning. I believe two are juveniles. There was a third adult but I couldn't get close enough to get his photo. In fact I never got closer than about 600 yards from these. It was quite a challenge to get these photos.
Mockingbird walking the fence just outside my window
Nice surprise to find a couple of Robins today!
Taking in the view from above.
It was 14º this morning so needless to say I wasn't outside for very long! :)
It was 14º this morning so needless to say I wasn't outside for very long! :)
It was 14º this morning so needless to say I wasn't outside for very long! :)
This young Steller's Jay is still trying to get a free lunch from Dad! :)
This is a Costa's Hummingbird at the magnificent new Wings of the Tropics exhibit at Fairchild Gardens.
The bluebirds were out today like it was the first day of spring - First sunny day in awhile after many cold cloudy overcast days.
After sitting still for quite a while, the eagle starts to spread his wings to take flight.
Not sure what kind of hawk this is. Caught it in a cottonwood tree near the house.
More than 20 Great Blue Herons were gathered this afternoon fishing in a small area on this slough that had not yet frozen over. Cropped from original frame.
A raven hangs suspended briefly, over the ocean....
I'm not sure what kind of bird this is. It was having breakfast yesterday on a sign post near our house.
Sunrise on the Boise river with 4 Bald Eagles and a crisp 6 drgrees
This bird only landed for a moment for be to get a picture.
With you?? Well.... okay!
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) singing on the tree (TanyaMass
I noticed this little bird by its song.
The whooping cranes were actually chasing off the deer! Whooping cranes are the tallest North American bird-average almost five feet with a wingspan of 7.5 feet! No wonder the deer would retreat to the woods for a few minutes when the whoopers came at them! The white whooper with brown markings is a juvenile. Whoopers are on the endangered list, but we are privileged to have some of them winter on Goose Island and the Aransas Wildlife Refuge.
.. if you please...
Lumberjack Perisoreus canadensis comes to the deck for a scrap of bread.
I was so thrilled to see a swan out at the park this evening. It even did a fly by for me.
I am not sure of the id. It appeared to be larger than the bluebirds I typically see.
Was happy to be greeted by flock of at least 200 Redpoll again today when I came home from work! I was able to sneak up on this little female while she was eating snow.
...while waiting for a peanut :)
Both of us were trying not to be seen.
Greater Spotted Woodpecker (Derek1
1st time visit in 15 years living here!
Female Mallard Duck (Ralfo
Close as birds of a feather can be, always together.
That time of year when the eagle make their way to our neck of the woods...these were taken at the lock & dam just north of Burlington on sunday
Actually it is very mild for time of year, but did not stop the swans constant bickering over the best grazing spots.
Black-crowned Night Heron (noneinc
Flummoxed by a few crystals.
They spend winters in Southern Ukraine.
A Great Blue Heron with her new chicks. I think they are about 3 days old. Not the greatest shot but I had to share my excitement.
I think I have seen the sun once in the lat two weeks.
Black Vultures - (Coragyps atratus) (Beigh
Feeding on a deer carcass in the side yard of our suburban home.
Birds can get themselves in the strangest positions - not always the greatest model as they can never be still.
with Snowy Egret in background.
This hawk's yellow legs caught my eye down by the river this AM.
January 12,2012 - Both parents are at the nest and it looks like the babies have doubled in size since yesterday. These are Great Blue Herons
A Bald Eagle giving me the eye at Lock & Dam 14 in LeClaire, Ia
This Great Blue Heron was busy all morning working on yet another nest. It is a banner year for Great Blue Heron nests and only time will tell if we have an abundace of babies.
This little one is quite the mouse hunter.
Two Anhingas are courting.
This is a Blue Wing Teal (Male) that is showing off his colors while he is making sure he completes his belly button inspection.
The Western Snowy Plover is an endangered species. Ours nest along our coast and spend their winters (normally) a bit farther south. This flock, a lot of them banded for research purposes, have been spending their winters here as well, for the last few years or so. The flock is growing, too. I counted about fifty today :)
The tricolored heron is about 22 inches in length and has a wingspan of about 3 feet. It has slate blue feathers on most of its body, except for a white chest and belly and a rust-colored neck. It has long yellow legs; a white stripe that runs up its neck; and a long, pointed yellow bill that turns blue during breeding season. Males and females look alike. Info from WWW.NHPTV.ORG
There are lots of these big birds on the roads here in Lapland. They are eating small stones. There are big flocks of them, even 100 birds in one flock.
Don't know if he can see forever, but he is cute.
We have some very cool birds this morning.
Not terribly visible, but poor little guy has frost crystals on his tail.
I think this is a sharp-shinned hawk. Caught him in a cottonwood eyeing our birdfeeders.
A common snipe searches for food along the waters of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Although my book says this bird is common, this is the first time that I have seen this bird.
....this is my tree, go find your own!
The berries are getting limited so a robin will stake his claim and run off all of the other birds. This one was sure putting up a fight..
In the willows along The Haul Road below the Ten Mile Bridge.
Wurdemann's Heron, Ardea wurdemanni, was named after a former Smithsonian Institute collector of the 1850s, Gustavus Wurdemann. The American Ornithologists Union (AOU) - the final judge of bird classification in scientific circles has determined that the Wurdemann's Heron is to be considered another color form of the Great Blue Heron; much to the chagrin of bird watchers. It can only be found in very limited numbers in the Florida Keys, catching his fish and often begging from local fishermen. This heron has a pure white head situated on its grey-blue body.
This is a Junco, one of the most difficult color contrasts to photograph. Many attempts have failed, today I got lucky.
Robin, Erithaccus rubercula
Loggerhead Shrike stops by for a drink from our drip pipe before hunting for breakfast.
Okay folks, I think mama heron had a late arrval. If you look at the left hand side of the nest you will see a little fuzz ball. I think she had a baby that hatched late. It was moving but it is several days younger than the others so the survivial will be iffy.
Just filled the feeder with sunflower seeds.
I think this is a small falcon called a merlin. Lisa? Kathy? What say you?
It likes to perch in our cottonwood and look at the birdfeeders.
Caught this little girl having breakfast at one of our feeders.
A tiny flake of snow on his shoulder. I didn't even see it until I got the photo onto the computer. Very light snow falling.
I'd gotten a report that there was a Burrowing Owl north of Fort Bragg, so I had to go find it... I needed help... I found a Yellow Lab, whose human knew right where the bird was :)
This one seemed to be watching the ducks on the river before it noticed the guy with the camera. I don't know if they'll eat ducks or not. There was a juvenile in the next tree over. I'll post those tomorrow.
I saw multiple viewings of Loggerhead Shrikes while at John Prince Park in Lakeworth Florida. Info about the Loggerhead Shrike:
A small gray, black, and white bird of open areas, the Loggerhead Shrike hardly appears to be a predator. But it uses its hooked beak to kill insects, lizards, mice, and birds, and then impales them on thorns to hold them while it rips them apart. Info from http://www.allaboutbirds.org/labs/
So glad to be outdoors without getting soggy! And the eagles cooperated!
First time I have ever seen a Bohemian Waxwing. It is similar to the cedar waxwing but has a grey belly with rust coloring below.
my first eagle (not counting the one hiding in the trees in Gold Beach) on my way home form Newport along the beach.
Now, where are those bugs? (Okiemom
Trumpeter Swans and Ring Neck Drakes on Magness Lake.
These little birds are difficult to shoot photos of; I had to crouch down and still, after six shots, only this, the seventh and final, was clear .... before a Malamute and his owners showed up and the bird flew off....
this guy flew right over my head! not a Shane or the Captain shot, but pretty good for me! I usually get so excited I totally miss the shot!
Surfbirds share a rock during low tide.
Florida sandhill cranes are long-legged, long-necked, gray, heron-like birds with a patch of bald, red skin on top of their heads. Sandhill cranes fly with their necks outstretched with powerful, rhythmic wing beats. Florida's sandhill cranes are a threatened species that are found in inland shallow freshwater marshes, prairies, pastures and farmlands. Sometimes they can be seen on lawns throughout Florida. They are sensitive birds that do not adjust well to changed environments and high human populations. Sandhill cranes are usually seen in small family groups or pairs. However, during the winter, Florida's sandhill crane population increases as cranes from northern states spend the winter in Florida. Sandhill cranes are omnivorous, meaning they eat a variety of plant and animal matter. Some of their favorite meal items include seeds, plant tubers, grains, berries, insects, earthworms, mice, snakes, lizards, frogs and crayfish. Unlike other wading birds, such as herons, sandhill cranes do not "fish." The voice of the sandhill crane is one of the most distinctive bird sounds in Florida. This "call of the wild" has been described as a bugling or trumpeting sound, and can be heard for several miles. Florida sandhill cranes stay with the same mate for several years and young sandhills stay with their parents until they are about 10 months old. Like their endangered relatives the whooping cranes, sandhills live to be older than most birds. In fact, some sandhill cranes live up to 20 years.
Information from - http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/education/interactive/springscoast/sandhillcranes.shtml
I Must Go My Darling, For I Am Hungrey!!
Several thousand shorebirds roost on two small islands in Klopp Lake, part of a wildlife refuge adjacent to the town of Arcata, California.
This is a once in a lifetime scene. I have been shooting eagles at this time of the year for a number of years. Never have I seen this many in one place at one time. I had an open view, no other human company and time to shoot. The background also worked well. I knew this day would come and it did!
The Burrowing Owl continues in a spot where normally, it would have left by now. We are beginning to wonder if he has a nest nearby that he is protecting....
A Male Northern Cardinal on an inbound flight to the feeding platform
The Red Wings were active this morning moving from cattail to cattail singing out in hopes of attracting a mate..
Euroasian Kestrel (Deira
Not the best shot, but I wanted to show you how ravens will sometimes fly upside-down :)
Female Flicker getting some dried up berries :)
Young Bald Eagle: It's Pay Day!!!
Dusk falls on the first day of Spring.
...you can see his beautiful purple hood sparkle. Male Anna's Hummingbird that stays the winter.
This Red-headed Woodpecker at Newport News Park stopped by for a chat and to enjoy the peanut feast.
This little Pine Warbler is checking out a peanut at Newport News Park.
Seems they are not ready to migrate yet.
These are the only pair I have seen so far this spring. Soon there will be plenty.
Black-crowned Night Heron (catilac
Immature Bald Eagle after release
The parent carefully gives its baby some food. Sandhill Cranes.
Sage grouse dancing on lek
This is a snow bunting, (Plectrophenax nivalis), a male by his striking white plumage. Most white of any small bird in Alaska. A few have been known to hang around all winter, but most us us think of them as the first 'migrator' to arrive in very early spring.
The squabbling of the redpolls was brought to a halt when this bird arrived in the wind and driving snow today. I have never had one of these visit any of my feeders, never.
Pileated woopecker - male's head was in and out working on nesting cavity after he got it large enough to get in and turn around - busy throwing wood chips out!
drying out between dives...
I've never seen one, or had the chance to photograph one. There were a pair and they had a nest inside a small rock crevice on the face of a sheer rock just ahead of Middle Falls.
Hunting at Hat Rock Pond. Fish and Game stocked it with trout a couple of weeks ago.
These large parrots, native to New Zealand, are now endangered.
I saw these at Pukaha, Mt Bruce, National Wildlife Centre. They know when it's feeding time and fly down from the Ranges (sometimes missing your head by a few inches!) and gather in the trees all around you. Ideal time for great photos!
This Western Tanager recently showed up in Western New York State! Maybe he took a wrong turn or was blown off course by storms in the midwest. This beautiful vagrant is WAY out of its normal range by over 1,000 miles.
Not sure if this is a yellow-crowned night heron or a black crowned, there were about 6 night heron's in a tree by the lake..
Repair on your truck will have to wait. Your brother parked it out back and didn't get back to it's repairs soon enough. Now it will have to wait a while.
A male American Eider enjoying an afternoon swim in the Atlantic!
Marbled Godwit had to dig deep under cold water to find a worm
hiding in meadow foam
I've been under the weather for a week trying to acclimate to the heat but the weather keeps changing. Boredom got the best of me. Even with the threat of rain I had to get out. I'm still under the weather.
Spruce chicken that is, (Falcipennis canadensis) , (spruce grouse, but we call them chickens), and he DID cross the road, but I haven't figured out... WHY?
Crowds at the lunch counter.
....I didn't know you could blur your feathers like that. (Sanderlings bathing at the mouth of Virgin Creek)
On the Glass Beach Headland Trails
Heard this bird, and found it singing in the Lilac bush...
female House Finch on grape jelly, male Bullock's Oriole
This little guy kept calling out, and would change direction with each call. I guess he was trying to attract someone's attention, so he could show off what he'd caught.
According to Audubon the western and eastern (formerly Baltimore Oriole) were once considered separate species, but interbred when trees were planted on the Great Plains. Anyway, that's what Audubon's Field Guide to Western birds says. Taken in our yard this evening.
Snowy plovers are primarily visual foragers, using the run-stop-peck method of feeding typical of most plover species. They forage on invertebrates in the wet sand and amongst surf-cast kelp within the inter-tidal zone, in dry, sandy areas above the high tide, on salt pans, on spoil sites and along the edges of salt marshes, salt ponds and lagoons. They sometimes probe for prey in the sand and pick insects from low-growing plants.
Snowy plovers make nests on sand spits, dune-backed beaches, beaches at creek and river mouths and the banks of lagoons and estuaries. The nests, or scrapes, are made in small depressions, often human footprints in the sand, and are constructed using pebbles, shell fragments, fish bones, mud chips, vegetation fragments, or invertebrate skeletons.
Not sure of ID on this one. May be a Willet or may be a Sandpiper. Anybody have any idea?
These birds are here every summer. I don't know who they are as I cannot locate them in my bird book (Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds). If you have any idea what they are, please let me know. Thanks!
Funny how the young Robin would go crazy when Mom or Dad found a worm =)
Papa Cardinal- GREAT GREEN GLOBS (BEME
Feeding the crew
This male House Finch was staying busy helping feed the little one's that have just left the nest.
come on, Granny! Chase me. I'm a hurt bird. The Killdeer has a nest very close and really put on the "hurt bird" act to get us to chase it.