First breeding season in our new home

A selection of images of some of our backyard parents and their kids. The bluebirds had three clutches in a new house I built just for them after I noticed them interested in (but not buying) an older house I’d put up. The Tanagers were summer-long visitors to our feeders, which was a real treat, and the Broad-winged Hawk was one of three fledglings who seemed unafraid to use our birdbath during the summer heat.

Carolina Wren feeding Brown-headed Cowbird fledgling

A hungry Brown-headed Cowbird fledgling begs for food from Carolina Wren in my backyard.

Cute pair of 3

Mourning Doves

2022 Blackbirds

House Wrens

Baby Bluebirds

Young House Finch Bathing

Song Sparrows

Chimney Swifts in Summer

Red-bellied Woodpecker Pair

This appears to be a copulating pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, but if you look closely at the bird on the bottom in the third photo, it looks like its red crown is solid without a patch of gray like a female would have. Is this just a trick on the lighting? What do you think?
Photos taken on April 11
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T7

Downy/Hairy Woodpeckers Copulating

I was able to witness a pair of Downy/Hairy Woodpeckers copulating. I’m unsure of where they nested or if they had any successful broods. Sorry for the bad photo quality.
Photos taken on April 13, 2022
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T7

Sweet Pair of Mourning Doves

I was lucky enough to witness a pair of Mourning Doves copulating on a fallen tree. I was never able to locate the nest but this was still a special experience. The doves rubbed heads before breeding, afterwards, the male fanned his tail feathers in the direction of the female for a few minutes, why did he do that?
Photos taken on April 14, 2022
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T7

2022 Breeding Birds

American Goldfinch Eating Thistles

Northern Cardinal

Taken from the window on August 15, 2022

2022 Summer Red-winged Blackbirds

Willow Flycatcher family

I was on the border of Maryland and Pennsylvania collecting data for the Maryland-DC Breeding Bird Atlas when I discovered this family of Willow Flycatchers. (Too bad I was in Pennsylvania and not Maryland!) I first discovered the parents communicating with each other and bringing food into a tree. I stood under the tree peering through the thick leaves and was delighted to find these three fledglings patiently waiting for lunch to arrive

Common Grackle Feeding

Breeding birds of Boulder

Various capture of young birds with parents from the past summer.

Female cardinal on her eggs(The brood that didn’t hatch)

The cardinals had 3 eggs in the first brood(in June 2022), & they didn’t hatch(they only had one brood)Hoping that they would nest in 2023!

Still Hungry?!

Here is a Blue Bird Dad feeding his baby. It seems he is not feeding him enough worms because is he always hungry.

Blue Birds and Hummingbirds

Hello There!

While on vacation with my family I was at my grandmother’s house sitting in the grass watching all the different birds going to and from the feeder. When this adorable juvenile Dark-eyed Junco appeared in the grass in front of me. This was the first time I’ve seen a younger Junco.

Hello Handsome

At first seeing this bird I was Ooo it’s a Summer Tanager. But with some more research I discovered this is a non breeding male Scarlet Tanager! A couple years back I was able to see the bright red one in the yard, this year a yellow one appeared!

Immature bald eagle.

Feeder birds.

feeder birds.

House sparrow.

Common loon/osprey.

We saw an bald eagle swoop down and get a fish,eat it on a branch.

We saw a osprey but we did not get a picture of it.

Rufous Hummingbird is back!

Rufous is back!
See more pictures of Rufous on eBird:

Hummingbirds/I think it is a rock pigeon.

2 female hummingbirds attack!!My feeder not yours!!

Hummingbird back.

visitors again!

these cute titmice come in this tree every morning.


The baby is on the left and the adult on the right.while we were driving by the great lakes,in michigan.

Titmice/woodpecker nest that survived the first brood:the 2nd brood:chicks got eaten by a snake):sad.

eastern phoebe and mr.cardinal.

House Finches

House Finches!!

ID please!!

ID please!!

American Goldfinches

Most likely a breeding pair of American Goldfinches, as they are late breeders ~ July, August, September.

Fledged titmice

Baby Great-Tailed Grackle

Mother Grackle feeding baby grackle, Sorry for the bad photo! Here is another time we saw Great-tailed Grackles and took pictures ~

In bush.eastern towhee.


Lots of dove pictures I found.

Canada Geese

Goosey and Geesey the Canada Geese enjoying the lake. Goosey is the gander and Geesey is the goose.

Blue Jays!

Blue Jays!!!

Blue Jay

Blue Jay in grass


cardinal nest & bird.


Drying off

Cardinal Visits Feeder!!!

After months of waiting for the cardinals, there finally here! There are at least 5.


They are at a blueberry farm.

on watch!

there is a scarlet tanager out there in this tree in may.

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, Roseate Spoonbills and a Great Blue Heron

The Black-Bellied Whistling Duck was also seen with a female Black-Bellied Whistling Duck watching Spoonbills the day after.

Mama Jana H and her 30+ babies (Wood-ducks)

Out for a waddle.

A male and female Mottled duck wadding off. 🦆

Unknown Species, Any help ID’ing Appreciated

While out for birding along the Matchedash Wetland Trail in Matchedash Bay, Ontario (Nearby Coldwater, Ontario) this morning I accidentally flushed a mature bird off of a nest that was located in a derelict Milk truck from the 60’s or 70’s (If my guess is right) unfortunately I was unable to get a clear look at the matter individual before it flew off out of a broken window. I
I took a quick cell phone pic of the nest to see if there was any eggs or young in it; The photo revealed 2 Eggs and 2 Hatchlings.
My research so far has turned up the possibility that the egg on the left is that of a Black-Capped Chickadee, But I am unsure. (My knowledge on nesting/identifying eggs is weak).
I am also unsure about the egg on the right, and the hatchlings.
any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance,

Lovely Island!

Male and female Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks on Island

Papa Bluebird on Guard

The male of my Bluebird pair is very protective of his nest box.

Lonely Spotted Towhee

Mate died and now he’s lonely.. Singing many different calls, heartbreaking to listen to him.

Pair of House Finches

This pair of house finches vist the feeder almost daily together. Think this is the pair eyeing my Christmas wreath as a potential nesting spot.

Visitors having breakfast today

Northern Flicker and Cardinal visitors

This Loggerhead Shrike Was Gathering Nesting Material!

Loggerhead Shrikes

This Loggerhead Shrike presented a Brown Anole to its mate!

Mourning Dove Ritual

I just spotted this pair of Mourning Doves in my Maple tree bobbing their heads up and down at each other.
I read this is a ritual they do prior to mating Ah ~ spring is in the air!

Male House Finch

This male House Finch has been visiting my Christmas wreath with a female. I expect to see the beginnings of a nest soon.

Cozy home

House finch checking out wreath for nest. The finch nested in my wreath last year and had four or five broods.
Wreath is on a window tucked under our small covered front porch. When they arrive we use the back entrance!

Red Junglefowl Chicks

Cute chicks

Nest photos 2021

Bow Chicka Wow Wow

Mating Mississippi Kites. A rare visitor to the northeast.

Indigo Bunting

Indigo bunting during breeding season

Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird during mating ritual

Fledgling Bluebird

This little bluebird fledgling just left the nest and is looking around, taking it all in, and looking for mom and dad!

Mamma bluebird feeding her fledgling

Breeding Birds

Costa’s hummingbird nest

Costa’s hummingbird nest in a dead chaparral yucca stalk

First attempt

Installed January 12/2022


Black backed gull

The seagull is doing a call called The long call which they use in there complex social Hierarchy to keep the colony under control and try to keep fights to a minimum.

Red Tailed Hawks!

Blake and Emma are the Red Tailed Hawks that live next to our house. They have a nest in a pine tree, where this past year they successfully raised 3 chicks, Olive, Jessie, and Whiz. I can’t wait to see what the next season will bring!

Beautiful Blue 💙

Happy House Wren

Juvenile Bluebird Perched on the Deck Post

Waiting patiently as their brothers and sisters hog the mealworm dish.

Robins nest outside our stairwell at school, Odenton Elem., Odenton, Maryland

A robin built her nest on top of a light fixture outside a stairwell at our school in 2018. This location gave our students a first-hand view of the babies from eggs to fledglings.

Juvenile red-shouldered hawk and sibling calling, July 3, 2021

This is one of three juvenile red-shouldered hawks from a nest in our yard this summer. Video was taken through a monocular attached to an iPhone SE.


Two great horned owlets give me the eye, but one wanted a different perspective!

Yellow Warbler feeding baby

American Robin feeding baby

Red-winged Blackbird feeding fledgling

Red-winged Blackbird feeding fledgling at Huffman Prairie Flying Field 7/25/21

Yellow-crowned Night Heron on nest.

My Turn

These two Brown-crested Flycatcher were using a nestbox (19) at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, San Antonio, TX. The nestboxes were part of my son’s Hornaday Project for Boy Scouts.

House hunting

Backyard Beauties!

This year I have seen more Eastern Bluebirds in my backyard. I counted a number of four one day. These birds are such a delight to see. Their blue feathers are so beautiful, makes you want to get a glimpse or try not miss an opportunity to capture a shot of. I was thrilled after I put a nest box up they started becoming regulars. Though they never used the new box, they however nested in my martin apartment I have up, which was different but a wonderful experience none the less.

A Bird

Seagulls Black headed gulls



Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology