Tag: Northern Cardinal

Great Start to the Year

Diversions, like planning and going on our 20th anniversary trip (good interruption) as well as dealing with a failing golf cart which I use to get around our property when I go out birding (bad experience), business constraints (good for business – bad for… Continue Reading “Great Start to the Year”

Winter Friends

Some bird species migrate long distances between the breeding and non-breeding seasons. Others are full time residents. Here are a few birds that I consider welcome friends during our chilly winters. We live on a line between the Black-capped Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee… Continue Reading “Winter Friends”

Can’t Win ‘Em All

The tongue-beak dexterity of this female Northern Cardinal is quite impressive. Birds that crack open seeds and nuts have a very well developed tongue. I know this from having parrots as pets. A parrot’s tongue is a powerful muscle. It feels more like a… Continue Reading “Can’t Win ‘Em All”

Couple Up cardinals!

The number of species that spend the winter here on our property isn’t very extensive. Many that do winter here will leave for more northerner areas to breed. But, the Northern Cardinal is here all year long. Recently, I’ve heard the males begin to… Continue Reading “Couple Up cardinals!”

Rear Window

In the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie, Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart plays a photojournalist who recently broke his leg. To alleviate his boredom while confined to a wheelchair, he takes up peering out of his back window at his neighbors. When we first built our… Continue Reading “Rear Window”

Lovin’ The Rustic Look

I take pictures, but I’m not really a photographer. I keep the camera setting on auto-focus because I can’t fathom having to do that on my own with the speed and directional changes that birds make. I only minimally understand the lighting “stuff” about… Continue Reading “Lovin’ The Rustic Look”

It’s A Boy! I think.

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to film a female Purple Finch at the platform feeder in the Pond Meadow. You can read about that HERE. While this is a year when it was more possible than other years, it was still an unlikely event… Continue Reading “It’s A Boy! I think.”

THREE Minutes of Avian Delight

The sun was shining and I had filled the platform feeder in the Pond Meadow with black sunflower seeds, safflower seeds and peanuts. It didn’t take long before the “Usuals” showed up to receive my offerings. It was a glorious day – partly because… Continue Reading “THREE Minutes of Avian Delight”

Obscured

Birds live in trees. I get it. But, why do those branches have to get in the way of a pretty photo? Yesterday, after several days of overcast skies, rain and then snow, I endured the cold in order to take advantage of a… Continue Reading “Obscured”

Camo – No Camo

This is a Song Sparrow. They are sweet, little birds that stick around all winter. In the summertime, true to their name, they sing…. let me rephrase that, THEY SING! But, in winter, unless I look very closely, I would completely miss them. Rather… Continue Reading “Camo – No Camo”