Category: Wild Birds

To catch a flycatcher

The identification of the various flycatcher species of birds is described as challenging, at best – especially to the more novice birding enthusiast like me. Some species have clearly definable traits that make identification far easier. For example, the Eastern Phoebe’s bill is all… Continue Reading “To catch a flycatcher”

Mama’s keeping track

I have been watching a pair of House Wrens rear their chicks for a couple of weeks. A few days ago (which turned out to the the last day the chicks occupied their nest box – as the following day they had fledged), I… Continue Reading “Mama’s keeping track”

A Great White – but not a shark

This is a Great Egret. This species is not terribly common in my neck of the woods. We appear to be on the line between breeding area and only migration. I’ve seen one before on our property (last year or maybe the year before… Continue Reading “A Great White – but not a shark”

A Murder…of Crows

I do believe I was visited by a Murder of Crows. There were close to one hundred birds congregated in our newly cut hay field. I don’t remember when I learned that a group of crows is called a “murder” but the assembly of… Continue Reading “A Murder…of Crows”

Hummer in the Milkweed

Yesterday, Robert counted 21 hummingbirds at our feeders! I suspect that the parents are bringing their fledglings to show them how to negotiate the “artificial flowers” before their exceedingly long (especially for such a tiny bird with a super fast metabolism) migration. When he… Continue Reading “Hummer in the Milkweed”

Dragonfly Photo-bombers

I found this pretty incredible. Dragonflies photo-bombed my attempt to film this duck from about 300 feet away! If you are using a small device, I’m not sure you will be able to see the dragonflies – so drag out from the center to… Continue Reading “Dragonfly Photo-bombers”

On Today’s Menu

 “For your Starter, we are presenting only the very freshest and delectable Arachnid Crudo. Bon appetit!” On 7/30/22 I opened box #19 (in the South-east corner of Sham’s paddock) and took a quick snapshot of these little gems. They are so helpless at that… Continue Reading “On Today’s Menu”

A Handful of Hummers

This morning I went out to the patio to feed my goldfish and fill the nectar feeders for the hummingbirds. There were so many birds that I had to take a quick video. I have several feeders. There are three 16 oz size, a… Continue Reading “A Handful of Hummers”

A Sing-Off!

I have been hearing the song of a Blue Grosbeak nearly every time I go out looking around. This is a species that I ache to film. While I have a few decent pictures, none displays this handsome bird’s brilliance. I usually hear them… Continue Reading “A Sing-Off!”

The old “what flycatcher is this?” question

Two years ago, I filmed a little bird that was flitting back and forth in the mowed corridor between two over-grown sections on our property. It was then that I learned about the challenges faced when attempting to identify the species within the genus… Continue Reading “The old “what flycatcher is this?” question”