I think this is some type of Heron. Spotted it in a natural area on Shleburne Falls Road in Hinesburg, Vt

Juvenile male rose breasted grosbeak

We have been watching grosbeaks for years. We’ve never seen a juvenile like this before. It must be migrating through from someplace further north.

Titmouse ~ Goldfinch

Tufted Titmouse and foraging American Goldfinch. 10-2-22.

The Peep

The Peep loves his mealworm suet!

Female downy woodpecker

I believe this is a female downy woodpecker. 9-27-22

The Peep was practicing singing!

The Peep was practicing singing! He knows 3 songs!

Male house Finch

Male house finch visited this morning 9-24-22 For the past three years the house finches have built their nest in my Christmas wreath to raise their broods. Hoping for lots of nestlings this spring.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker stopped by today. 9-21-22

ID please!!

ID please!!

Molting American Goldfinch

Molting American Goldfinch 9-16-22

ID PLEASE!!/Baby seagull eating crab,seagull,cormorants.


Happily the hummers are still hanging around. 9-14-22

ID please!!

ID please!!

ID please!!Maybe fox sparrow/Baby & adult seagull.

ID please!

ID please!

Hummingbird Advice Needed.

The hummingbirds at our feeder are attacking and chasing each other! Yesterday I saw three female Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds fighting! We got two feeders and put them in different places but they are still fighting! What can I do to make them not fight? I saw a male that got attacked and the feathers on his belly were coming off! Also 1 adult female Ruby Throat has a strange scar. She didn’t have that before. I saw her one day with now scar and the next day with a scar. She has been attacking the other females and males. Also, we saw an adult male with the same problem. See photos

Loons,20 turkeys,sharp-shinned hawk or a cooper’s hawk,double-crested cormorants.

Baby seagull,rock pigeons,birdhouse wall,immature bald eagle.

Birdhouses on wall,not being used.


Young Cardinals, a Nuthatch, and a Sparrow with a beak full of something! The White Breasted Nuthatches have been displaying dominant behavior at the feeder by fanning their tails and wings.

Blue Jay

Early morning Blue Jay visit ~ 9-4-22.


This Hummer looking straight up ~ she could hear the other hummer approaching. Still alot of hummers around ~ preparing for the long trip ahead!

The peep #2

Here are The Peep’s parents

The mockingbird who got attacked by the other mockingbirds looks so much better! Part 1

The Peep (As he has been named since the day I met him) looks so much better!

I figured out why he was so skinny and got attacked! Mockingbirds are supposed to have 2 weeks with their mother feeding them (Which he had) and 2 weeks of training from their father (The Peep didn’t get any training from his father which means he didn’t learn how to eat or defend himself.) The poor Peep would sit outside and scream all day at his mother and she wouldn’t feed him because she thought the father was taking care of him. The poor little guy. I’m so glad he’s looking better! He looked so bad before. (Much much worse than the pictures above.)

The Cardinal Family

The Cardinal Family

Bald Eagle nest from February

This is a Bald Eagle nest from February in 2022. These are a few of the photos I took. One of the adults was incubating eggs/babies while the other was perched in a tree not too far away. The adult in the tree then flew to the nest and I managed to catch a very tender moment where the adults touched their heads together.
We never followed back up on the nest after a couple of visits so I’m not sure what happened to the eggs or babies.
The owner of the land said that the bald eagles made the nest about 4 years ago, and since Bald Eagles can mate when they’re 4, I’m assuming this pair is about 8 years old. I can’t wait to monitor the nest this coming year!
I think the nest is about 5-6 feet tall and wide.


The hummers are still hanging around ~ hopefully for another month or so. I had a hawk in my front yard yesterday ~ and again this morning . Hope to get a good shot and post it. The tail tips were white.

Canadian geese

Think these are Canadian geese in Lake Champlain ~ South Hero, VT

Canadian Geese

Think these are Canadian Geese (white chin strap) on Lake Champlain in South Hero, VT~8-29-22

Sparrow in Eastern Bluebird House

I put up this Eastern Bluebird box early this spring hoping to attract a bluebird. Not much interest until today ~
with this sparrow going in and out. Maybe shelter for the winter?

Goldfinch ~ Chickadee

Early morning visitors. The birds love the zinninas. 8-29-22

Hot Sparrow

Caught these guys resting on the fence. He looks hot! Both fine ~ flew away. 8-28-22


Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. The baby was there too but it left.

Wet House Sparrows

House Sparrows splashing in a puddle


Lots of hummers still around. This one feeding at the oriole feeder.


Here are the hummingbirds that visited yesterday. We also saw a male and female black-chinned hummingbird. (Not at the feeder) Also. the shimmery part of a male hummingbird’s throat is called a gorget.

Tufted Titmouse and friend

Tufted Titmouse and Carolina Wren or Chipping Sparrow or someone else ? 8-24-22

Mother Cardinal Feeding Fledgling

Mother Cardinal and her baby

Rufous Hummingbird at our feeder!

Young male Rufous Hummingbird at our feeder! He’s been here 6 times so far!

Goldfinch ~ Hummingbird

The hummers have been busy chasing each other away from the feeder. 8-22-22

Juvenile Cardinal

Juvenile Cardinal 8-21-22 ~ what a head!


Osprey on edge of salt marsh Cape Cod Mass 8-20-22.

Cute baby wren,not soaking in the birdbath,in a puddle.

Cape Cod Birds

Birds in the salt marsh Cape Cod Mass 8-18-22.

The hurt Mockingbird looks so much better!

The hurt mockingbird looks so much better. He loves peanut butter!

Taking a drink

He or she showed up yesterday

Ibis on a powerline

I didn’t know that ibis sat on powerlines.

Mrs. Cardinal

Mrs. Cardinal came back. She was eating the safflower seeds that I spilled.

Female Cardinal at suet feeder

Look on the left side of the feeder. Hopefully, I can get better pictures of her if she comes back. I took these through a window and binoculars.

Father House Sparrow feeding son

Male house sparrow feeding young male. One reason to keep your feeders up in summer is so that the parent birds can feed the babies! Suet is one of the first things many birds feed their babies so it’s very important to leave it up all year.

Northern Cardinal

Quite the crest! Lots of cardinals around.

Mockingbird eating peanut butter

The mockingbird that was getting attacked looks much better. He loves peanut butter!

Female Blue Jay flying

Male Cardinal in our Oak tree

Male Cardinal in our Oak tree. The picture was taken through binoculars. I also saw a young red-tailed hawk in our oak tree too. They were making chip calls.

White House Sparrow

White House Sparrow from earlier this year.

Blue Jays

Three Blue Jays eating suet

Meet Petey the Hummingbird

This is Petey (by the way my mom named him). He’s adorable and I’ve gotten some really cute photos of him but he’s become a feeder bully. He only recently started to guard the feeder like this. Before this, sometimes you’d see one hummingbird chase another away, but now it’s gotten to the point where the only time other hummers can get a drink is in the morning. Sometimes, a female will fly towards the feeder and Petey will start attacking her, then while Petey’s still attacking the first female, another will come. This has happened 4 or 5 times but every time he somehow manages to chase them both away without either one getting so much as a sip. I hope he lets off on the feeder guarding soon.
8 / 10 / 2022

Hummingbird preening

I have so many hummers I’m going to have to buy another feeder. It was fun to catch this one preening as they are always on the move and so quick!

Injured Mourning Dove Update

Update: The male mourning dove’s wing has gotten much worse. It might be angelwing or something else.

Mother and baby dove eating suet and need feather ID

Mother and baby dove eating suet. The baby clung to the suet cage and was swinging around. What a silly baby dove.

The feather was found at Paul D Rushing’s Chain of Lakes when we were going to visit the (empty) mockingbird nest. It is a blackish brownish white feather. It was about 5” long and pointy.

White-winged Dove eating suet

I didn’t know that doves ate suet. Google says that they don’t. We got some new birdseed with milo, millet, and basically no sunflower seeds. (the birds don’t like it) We normally buy Economy Mix Wild Bird Feed Bird Seed Blend. It has black oil sunflower seeds, striped sunflower seeds, milo, millet, wheat, and corn. The birds love it. We get white-winged doves, mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves, house sparrows, European starlings, cardinals, house finches, and blue jays. Most of the birds are eating suet now. We are getting the good birdseed today so the birds will come back.

Mockingbird Nest Fate! 😭

Tweet and Barney nest fate… SO sad! 😭😭

Ruby- throated hummingbird

Ruby-throated hummingbird hanging out in the Chinese lilac tree early this morning. 8-9-22

Mr. and Mrs. Jay

Mr. and Mrs. Jay trying out the new feeders!

Nuthatch, Chickadee, Hummer

Red breasted nuthatch, Black capped chickadee, and hummer cooling off in the sprayer mist on Dogwood.
Hummer hard to see, but she’s there! So cute to watch them rub themselves all over the wet leaves.

How do I report a banded Shorebird sighting?

While on vacation at Dauphin Island, I photographed a lot of birds. I didn’t even realize this guy was banded until I looked closer at the photo. He has a bright orange band on his top, right leg and a light blue band on his bottom, left leg. I can’t remember how many other birds were around or what the weather was like. How do I report this sighting? Sorry for the bad photo quality, I had to take a picture of the picture from my camera.
Photo was taken July 25, 2022.

Half white House Sparrow

Rare half white house sparrow. His tail and back are white. There are two like this in our yard.

Injured Mockingbird Returns

Injured mockingbird eating suet. He gets attacked by the adult mockingbird. They dig their claws into him as you can see the black marks. I finally got some pictures to show how bad it is. The adults are really rough at him. They attack him in mid-air, chase him and dig their claws into him. They also scratch him with their claws too. 😟😢

Young male House Sparrow

Young male House Sparrow eating birdseed

Birdwatching at the Beach!

During a vacation this past week, I watched a black backed gull catch a small fish and peck at it for a bit before swallowing the remainder of it whole. Very neat! Two laughing gulls were getting some morning sun on the sand. I also spotted a female house sparrow feeding her nestlings at an outdoor restaurant that I visited!

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove just hanging out in the shade of the Maple tree on a very hot afternoon. 8-6-22.

Hurt Mockingbird

We watched this mockingbird grow up from a newly fledged bird and watched his mother feed him. Lately, for the past couple of weeks, he gets attacked daily and the adults that attack him dig their claws into him. The poor bird couldn’t defend himself because he was very thin at the time. His feathers were matted and in horrible shape. He has gotten bigger since he has been visiting the peanut butter “swing” but still looks horrible. Any ideas? He has lost a lot of weight.

Baby Grackles!!

Baby Great-tailed Grackles!

Immature Great-Tailed Grackles!

Immature Great-Tailed Grackles and European Starlings came to eat birdseed

I maxed out at five photos and have one photo left so please see the other photo!

Help! What’s wrong with this mockingbird!

As can see from the photos this mockingbird is not in good shape. He gets attacked daily and the adults that attack him dig their claws into him. The poor bird couldn’t defend himself because he was very thin at the time. His feathers were matted and in horrible shape. He has gotten bigger since he has been visiting the peanut butter “swing”.

I also saw an adult mockingbird with no head feathers. It looks like a vulture! This isn’t normal in mockingbirds. (It is normal for blue jays and cardinals to lose their head feathers.) Please help! This is really concerning as there are lots of sick/injured birds in our yard!

Downy Woodpecker

Look carefully. She’s on the feeder. I’ll try to get better pictures.

Mr. Cardinal

Mr. Cardinal and two other cardinals (a male and female) came to visit.

The starlings are here!!!

Unlike most people, I love starlings! They are colorful and fun to watch. It’s exciting to have them visit. It’s sad that people don’t like birds like European Starlings, House sparrows, Rock Pigeons, Muscovy Ducks, Canada Geese, seagulls, Cowbirds, and other birds and they feel the need to kill, trap, poison, chase, and destroy their nest, eggs and young. 😭😢


Sweet little ruby-throat hummer.

This Finch dreams of being a Hummingbird

I set up our hummingbird feeder right next to the Ring camera so that we could watch the hummingbirds come to the feeder. One day, I was looking through the footage and was surprised to this male House Finch land on top of the feeder. He sat there for a minute, he even preened himself, then he just flew off. I’m assuming he was just attracted by the colors.
Screenshot was from July 7, 2022

Cozy Baby Dove

Cozy baby dove

Baby Dove has hair!

Baby Mourning Dove has hair!

Dove fledgling

Baby dove from a while back. He couldn’t fly and his mother fed him.

Foraging Finches

Lots of activity. The Goldfinch has been visiting alot and the hummers are frequent visitors as well. Trying to get a shot of the hummers bathing on the Dogwood ~ really cute.

Song Sparrow Loves Bird Bath

The song sparrows have been loving the bird bath, a few house finches (not pictured here) have also joined in on the fun during this excruciating heat wave. Our cardinals aren’t quite sold on the setup yet…

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch enjoying the Blue Fortune Anise Hyssop.

Feeding time

Family outing


Winter cardinal

Juvenile Cardinal

Lots of cardinals around. Check out that head!

Cool Cardinal

Cardinal cooling off.

Hummingbird visitor

Cute little hummer stopped by today.

Sparrows taking a look

Sparrows checking out wreath.

Mockingbird loves peanut butter!

This little mockingbird loves to eat the peanut butter I put out.

Mourning Dove

5 inches away from a young wild Mourning Dove. The pictures were taken with a phone. I took it on video and did a screenshot.

Ruby-throated hummingbird

Ruby – throated hummingbird coming in for a landing.

Burlington, VT

Hummingbird enjoying the nectar of the trumphet vine.

Possibly injured Mourning Dove

I’ve been seeing this dove for months now. His wing looks like it’s falling off. I’ve also seen two birds with black intentions on their neck and belly. (Adult mockingbird and young male sparrow) Also, two birds were all puffed up and leaning over. Their beaks were open. (adult mockingbird and female sparrow) The mockingbird wasn’t moving for about 3 hours. The sparrow had trouble walking and was acting weird. There also was a mockingbird fledgling. I noticed it was very skinny and different looking. Then I saw it weeks after and it was very skinny and had matted feathers. I saw yesterday that an adult mockingbird was attacking the fledgling! Why do you think this is?

Mr. Dove

Mr. Dove eating at one of our feeders. He was very friendly and let me get within less than 2 feet of him until the door scared him.

Male Ruby- Throat hummingbird

Bright spot in my yard on a rainy morning. Three seperate shots although they look pretty much the same.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology