There’s a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that starts with the words: Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye, Four and twenty blackbirds Baked in a pie. A few weeks ago, I realized that our resident Red-wing blackbirds had all “flown the… Continue Reading “Four and Twenty Blackbirds”
I was able to capture images of a couple of birds that are spending a lot of time in the underbrush at this time. The Brown Thrasher and Gray Catbirds are feeding their chicks lots of insects, as evidenced by what they have in… Continue Reading “In the Shadows”
Red-winged Blackbirds abound around our pond. They are described as residing in most of the lower 48 states year round. However, I rarely see them here in winter. In autumn I often see them flocking in large numbers, sometimes including Brown-headed cowbirds and other… Continue Reading “Blackbird”
Ever since I was a kid growing up in northern Illinois, I was familiar with the summertime call of Red-winged Blackbirds. I named their song as a “trill-tweet.” I doubt that’s the official manner in which the bird experts refer to it. But, it… Continue Reading “Trill-Tweet”
It was pretty hot and humid when I decided to sneak out between pop-up thunder storms that were moving through the area. I was surprised to view the photos of several birds that I took because they were all panting from the heat. Barn… Continue Reading “Sweltering”
I’m still waiting for a few of my favorite birds to arrive, like the Eastern Kingbirds, the Indigo Bunting and the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. But, this past few days I’ve noticed a couple of other returnees. This is the Brown Thrasher. Yes, what a horrible… Continue Reading “Returnees”
This handsome fellow is perched on the spent cattails from last autumn. It’s a fitting background for the photo as these birds tend to nest very close to the pond’s edge.
Such a strikingly beautiful bird.