Friday, June 19, 2009

Carolina Wren Serenade

I got a few shots of this Carolina Wren late this afternoon as it was singing outside my window. He (or she) was full of life, singing and chirping loudly for several minutes.


These little birds are fun to watch. They are 'busy bodies' for sure. Always on the move and not still often to get any good pics. But not today, as it was 'still' for several minutes allowing me to get a few pics.

Good Birding and God Bless!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lake Monticello Flycatching

I did a little birdwatching this weekend at Lake Monticello on Saturday morning. I saw several flycatchers: an Eastern Kingbird, several Barn Swallows, and a few Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers.



I went back later in the afternoon and saw this Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher. He was perched next to the road and stayed there several minutes, almost posing. I was able to get several good shots and thought I share them!

Update: I went back and looked at this photo a little closer and I now believe that this is indeed a juvenile. The tail is not as long as it should be for an adult. The underparts are not the 'salmon-pink' color that an adult would have.

Good Birding and God Bless.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Hey Mom, Look What I Found!

The juvenile Red Bellied Woodpecker activity has been in full effect in my backyard this weekend. I've identified two juveniles after the recent departure from their nest. The adults are feeding the juveniles regularly from the suet and peanuts out of the feeder.

Today one of the juveniles made his way down to the top of the feeder to find out what it had to offer. They have not been able to get the hang of coordinated flight to get on the suet log or peanut feeder just yet!




I also noticed while taking these pictures that this juvenile has started to get a little red tinge of color on the crown of his head. Guess that this juveniles turns out to be a little baby boy!




Thanks for visiting! Good Birding and God Bless.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Red Bellied Arrivals

Well, the Red Bellied juveniles have started to get 'their wings' so to speak. They have been out and about, getting fed by their parents and beginning to figure things out. It is different seeing them with their colorful parents as their are without color in their juvenile plumage.





I hope to get more pics of these little ones are they begin to get the hang of the suet feeders.

Good Birding and God Bless!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Little Bit of Color This Morning

I woke up to a very nice surprise this morning. It was a 1st Spring Male Tanager. This young male is just starting to get his color after his first winter.


His color is beginning change over the bright orange-red that Tanagers are known for. This visit was especially nice for me because it was a Lifer because I'd never seen a young male before.



He seemed to like the suet in the feeder as he came back later on the day to get a few more bites!



Good birding and God Bless!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

And The Winner Is . . . Brown Thrasher!!! And on Mother's Day, How Fitting!

This year's first juveniles were Brown Thrashers. I thought this was especially fitting that this years first additions were seen on Mother's Day.


This picture is a little grainy as it is a little bit dark and rainy here, as you can see. Happy Mother's Day!

Good birding and God Bless!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Flurry Of The Grosbeaks

I've had a lot of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks in my yard today. The weather must have driven them in. Several males and females were at the feeder for hours today.


-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Time Finally Came

As far as blogging goes, I would probably win an award for the worst blogger of the year. As anyone who did follow this blog knows, I haven't been very regular.

That being said, I would like to follow up on the last post I did make from last summer. The little one in the nest turned out to be two! There was a much anticipated flurry of activity once they got their wings.

They didn't take long getting the 'hang' of eating on the suet log. Mom and Dad took their turns showing them how it was down.



It was very different seeing the juvenile without any coloration to distinguish it as a male or female. They stayed around for several weeks, feeding on the suet log.

I did also have at least two, maybe three Red-Head Juveniles last summer also. Hopefully, I'll get those pics up soon!

Friday, July 25, 2008

I'ts About Time!

I've been patiently waiting without trying to get my hopes up about the Red-Bellied Woodpeckers nest in the tree in my front yard. They have been in out and of that nest over the last few months with out any juveniles! They had some eggs back in the spring but they got pushed out of the nest by one of the many squirrels, I think.

Well, about two weeks ago, I started to hear some faint chirping up in the nest. It has steadily gotten louder and louder until now, the little juvenile is about to burst of the nest at any minute.





The father (below) and mother have spent many trips back and forth to the feeder. They appear to be attempting to coax the little one out of the nest now. They are not having any luck yet but I hope to see it on the feeder sometime soon!


Good birding and God bless!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I'm Still Alive!!!

I've been fairly busy lately and haven't been good at all about posting on the blog. My apologies to the faithful few who read it. I'm still birding and it has slowed down a little around here for me. I believe things will change soon on the birding front ...

Any way, back to what has been going on with me over the last month and a half that I've been away from my blog. I took another business trip to Phoenix, AZ. I was able to get a little sight seeing done at the end of the trip.

We were able to hike up Camelback Mountain which sits within the Phoenix city limits. We didn't actually make it to the summit due to our limitations, meaning we weren't in shape to do it! We didn't want have to get hauled to the emergency room. That doesn't make for good sight seeing or birdwatching!




I did add several new additions to my life list on this trip. Below is a Verdin which is a very distinctive bird. This is a male which has a yellow head and throat. Females have less yellow on their head but are similar in markings. They were very quick little things and didn't feel like posing for any pictures!



Verdins also make very unique nests. They make a completely enclosed nest, not like most birds nest I'm used to which are bowl shaped. This particular tree had at least 6 nests in it.



This is a close up of one of the nests which has the entrance hole. I'm glad I got to see the Verdin's as they are unique from what I normally get to see in Arkansas.



I also added a Cactus Wren and a Gambel's Quail to my life list on the Camelback Mountain trip. I also made another visit to the Grand Canyon on this trip. It was a great birdwatching trip as we actually made a hike down into the canyon. Check back for the recap!!!

 

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