For years, I have attempted to attract Baltimore Orioles to oranges during migration. I would see them in the yard, but they turned up their noses, er, beaks, at the expensive gift that I put out for them. Finally, last year, not one, but several came to sample the small Clementines that I put out […]
Siskins are Sassy! Their needle-sharp beaks and quick movements are good for two things: for eating you out of house and home, and for fighting off each other and their rivals at the thistle feeder. Not seen every year, these finches have an irruption year when food is scarce in the north where they usually winter. […]
How do birds find enough to eat in the winter? They are very resourceful, even though there may be a thick blanket of snow on the ground. Discovering how Horned Larks find food in the winter is both entertaining and amazing. They are ground nesters and foragers, thus a good example of adapting to the environment in […]
A previous post about Orioles to check out from last year is Baltimore Oriole Nest.
Scarlet Tanagers, with their sing-song Robin-like voice, are the eye candy of the woods. Their bright orange-red body and black wings and tail make for a startlingly beautiful sight! The fact that they are larger and slower than the warblers also makes for one of the easier woodland birds to focus binoculars on. The female […]
Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a tiny, active bird, even smaller than a warbler. Its ruby crown is usually hidden, but this little guy was singing in the multi-flora rose and he was excited enough to show a red-orange stripe on top of his head. After I played his song only once, it became excited enough to […]
This week I am continuing to relive last winter’s trip to Canada to see Boreal birds. I still haven’t seen any Snowy Owls this season, though everyone else has, but at least I have pictures from our trip and don’t feel like traveling hundreds of miles to get a picture of a white […]
It was a blue kind of day–Blue-headed Vireo day, that is! These little guys were everywhere it seemed, and not too shy either. I would welcome comments on the immature bird below, as Sibley has no picture of a streaked young bird. I’m assuming it’s newly fledged. It’s feathers look rather wet or oily.
Maybe it’s because red is my favorite color, or maybe it’s because there are fewer warblers around to enjoy close-up; but anyway, scarlet tanagers really knock my eyes out when they show up in the dense forest. It’s hard to catch them in the sunlight, but when you do, they really light up the […]