Thank you Resin for the new thread. Interesting Pied Wagtail and Ring Ouzel? Nice pic of the Hairies Adel, I'd like to see some of those quails in person. GG I hope Nanny's Pileated wps would migrate down here. lol
I finally get to see Brown Thrashers on suet feeder, no pic. yet. It's quite windy outdoor.
Iris, I enjoyed all your photos on the last thread.
Thank you for the new start Resin. Love that pretty Pied Wagtail and the Ringed Ouzel stands just like our blackbirds. I wonder if they could be related?
Nanny, cute variety of birds. Who needs a break from the Pileated-certainly not me. Congrats on the oriole arrival.
Adel, I didn't know the blackbirds hadn't been to your area yet. Bet you really got a show with the fighting quail-great capture. Nice shot of the Hairy wp too.
Lily, is that a loon?
Here's a passing Bald Eagle, a female Purple Finch, a new arrive-Ash-throated Flycatcher, this female Ash-throated Flycatcher gave me the "look" for being too close to the birdbath, and another new arrival, an American Goldfinch.
I had the honor of birding on part of Fort Hood this past weekend. I got to see two endangered species, the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo. I was able to snap a few pics of the Warbler, but not he Vireo. The Vireo was very elusive, so I felt lucky to catch a glimpse. I also got to see a Bronzed Cowbird in a Brown-headed Cowbird trap. I had a close encounter with an Eastern Phoebe that had a nest nearby, that was at my in-laws in McClennan County. I also got to see three White-eyed Vireos sitting on nests at a park not too far from Fort Hood. Some other interesting birds that we got to see were Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, Bell's Vireo, Baird's Sandpiper, Tree Swallow, Cave Swallow and Barn Swallow. Migration is on! Interestingly, a Canyon Wren had a nest in the Ladies' Restroom at the park.
Thanks Resin for the confirmation on the Common Loon. It must be a female then? For it's now must be in a breeding season for them? I was looking for that brightly colored breeding plumage. Love those shots you've got Duc. I've seen Northern Flickers down here but haven't got a chance to take pics. of them.
A pair of Canadian Geese, and one of my lovely Eastern Bluebird.
This male Pileated Woodpecker flew in this morning to the suet. He was not happy that there were a 2 squirrels already in the tree heading for the suet. Pileated won and dined for about 12 before he moved on.
Margaret, you slay me! Beautiful birds!
Adel, you even make a cowbird look good!
Resin, love the wagtail! Great start.
Wonderful pics everyone!
I had a great day yesterday. Went to see the Tropical Mockingbird reported in Sabine Woods -- 1st US record. It was a stunner, but the woods were crawling with great birds. Crawling is appropriate b/c lots of thrushes and thrashers and ovenbirds.
Must get going this morning but thought I'd share the Mockingbird and my best ever Orchard Oriole pic.
Love seeing the Pileated again Nanny. And your Loon as well Lily.
You had a successful outing at the In-Laws, Missy, great collection of birds there. Duc,love your Oriole, and Flicker, great pictures of your birds. Congrat on getting a lovely pic of your Orchard and Mockingbird, Elphaba, I read your having a great year, with your bird list. Adel, my Brown headed Cowbirds are increasing here too, but not as bad as Grackles. A nice flock of birds, Margaret, nice to see you on the thread again. It good to see, a new kind of Thrush, Resin. You have been on a roll this year too.
Some of mine a couple of days ago.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, A.Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, A. Goldfinch, and a Downy WP.
Just got the news that the new Birds and Bloom magazine for June/July has one of my photos in there. The photo is one of my hummers playing in the solar fountain.
Here's a couple brown-headed cowbirds, a ash-throated flycatcher, a scrub jay and a California thrasher.
Oh my Elphaba, so many beautiful birds. You really are lucky to see the scarlet and summer tanagers, while I just get to enjoy the western tanagers that are just yellow with a tiny red on their head. Great catch on the sora, warbler and the kingbird.
Unfortunately the male cowbirds are beginning to show off for this one lady. The only good thing is they really put on a show with their feathers.
Thanks for the hugs Mrs-Ed, needed it to stay warm these pass few weeks.:)
I appreciate your comments Elphaba, and GG.
GG I never seen a Robin on the suet! Wonderful capture.
Elphaba very nice series of birds. You are having a great year birding! I love your variety as well Duc. Those Brown-headed display are great.
Birds from PEI
1. Osprey, 2.Pintail ducks, 3. Ring-billed Gull, 4. American Black ducks with a gull, 5. Great Blue Heron.
Great pictures everyone. I'm new here and just started my bird obsession over the last month.
These pictures are pretty bad, hopefully I get better at this ha! I was so excited about some new 'visitors' this week. If any of my Id's are wrong below for my pictures, please let me know as I have been working really hard with my field guide to figure out what is what.
Blue Jay, Red Bellied Woodpecker, White Crowned Sparrow, Gold Finches, and Pileated Woodpecker (really bad pic but this was so exciting to see in my yard).
My other sitings so far are a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker, Red Winged Blackbird, Tufted Titmouse, White Breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal, House Sparrow (yuck), House Finch, Downy Woodpecker (both male and female), Chipping Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Grackle (yuck again), and Robins.
Lovely photos everyone!! I just am not taking many photos right now but I do have a few to share. First up is the FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeak!! It showed up this morning. also have more Baltimore Orioles & Gray Catbirds every day. Our adult son has moved in with us and while not really "into birds" he is enjoying seeing all the different birds and watching their behaviors.
The last photo is an male Eastern Towhee as it leaves the yard! lol
Great shots everyone!! I hope everyone is enjoying migration...the first big waves of birds have started coming through the last 2 days here. I had the Baltimore Orioles/Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Ruby-throated Hummer's all show up on Monday and within a half hour of each other. I have a few photo's to share with you all. First a Hooded Warbler (lifer) that I found on Good Friday, a Virginia Rail (lifer), a Peregrine Falcon, a Summer Tanager (lifer) and an American Woodcock (lifer).
Ive just spent over an hour trying to upload 5 photo's to the thread and its not working..i have the latest Firefox so that's not the issue. I will try to upload what ive posted right here. Sorry gang but I feel my time here is about spent. For whats its worth i had a blast being a member of Dave's and i want to thank each and everyone of you who guided me with birdwatching and photography. For those who have facebook just send a friend request to Dave Clark that's where i post all my photo's now if your interested. Thank you all for everything.
Sorry, to see you go Dave, I've enjoyed all your wonderful Warblers, and birds in flight. You will surely be missed, Thanks for sharing so much with us. Congrats on all your lifers.
Duc, thanks on my sister's behave, she's the one, that took those pictures on PEI. She told me I could share them with you all. Love your pics.
Welcome Sprout13, it great to see you joining us, and sharing what you see. It's a nice place to learn to identify our birds.
I'm hoping to see the Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder this year, Glad it already showed up at your place, and the Orioles also, Nanny.
Adel, I'd love to see some Quails, someday.
Your have a neat shot of your little Wren and house, so cute, Lily.
Chilli, your son does have a good eye for photography, for his young age. Tell him to keep up the good work. It's a lovely shot of the B Jay.
My highlight of the day, was a visit from an Indigo Bunting. I was so thrill to see it. He's a lifer for me.
3. Purple Finch, 4. Savannah Sparrow.
Burn, love the Indigo Bunting and the PURPLE FINCH!! I may just have to replace the bristles on my broom and head up your way. LOL
In addition to a suet-eating Robin, I have two Mourning Doves who have managed to park their large butts on my little finch feeder. I could not figure why it always went empty before the other feeders. Now I know. They sit there and eat for a good half hour at a time.
I like your Mourning Doves, GrannyGrunt. I think they are great birds to have around. They harass the Grackles and House Sparrows to my satisfaction when they plunk itself in the middle of the platform feeder and won't let any other in, except its mate.
Great excitment. Looked out bedroom window this afternoon & there was a dark colored hawk on the beech tree in the front yard. Its back was towards us as I called for DH & he just saw it for a moment as it flew off. Dark back, white breast & I think tan under wings as it flew. On a low trajectory so might have been after a chipmunk.
We suspect a immature broad wing after I got dowstairs to find our Hawks of North America paperback.