The Peep loves his mealworm suet!
The Peep loves his mealworm suet!
I believe this is a female downy woodpecker. 9-27-22
The Peep was practicing singing! He knows 3 songs!
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 stopped by today. 9-21-22
Molting American Goldfinch 9-16-22
Happily the hummers are still hanging around. 9-14-22
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
Birdhouses on wall,not being used.
At the visitor center,we saw this bird in the parking lot we saw this bird,we scooped it up with a book,than it flew on my cloths,than it flew on my sisters arm.ID please!!I think it is a immature nashville walbler.
An old nest of a Red-Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
Nest attempt – A1475036
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.
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!
Here are The Peep’s parents
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
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.
We saw a osprey but we did not get a picture of it.
Think these are Canadian geese in Lake Champlain ~ South Hero, VT
Think these are Canadian Geese (white chin strap) on Lake Champlain in South Hero, VT~8-29-22
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?
Early morning visitors. The birds love the zinninas. 8-29-22
A very flat bird nest in a tree. It was about 4” from end to end.
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.
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 Carolina Wren or Chipping Sparrow or someone else ? 8-24-22
Rufous is back!
See more pictures of Rufous on eBird:
Mother Cardinal and her baby
Young male Rufous Hummingbird at our feeder! He’s been here 6 times so far!
The hummers have been busy chasing each other away from the feeder. 8-22-22
Juvenile Cardinal 8-21-22 ~ what a head!
Osprey on edge of salt marsh Cape Cod Mass 8-20-22.
Birds in the salt marsh Cape Cod Mass 8-18-22.
The hurt mockingbird looks so much better. He loves peanut butter!
He or she showed up yesterday
Mourning Dove nest in our neighbor’s backyard. The parents took turns feeding the young.
I didn’t know that ibis sat on powerlines.
Mrs. Cardinal came back. She was eating the safflower seeds that I spilled.
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.
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.
Quite the crest! Lots of cardinals around.
The mockingbird that was getting attacked looks much better. He loves peanut butter!
these cute titmice come in this tree every morning.
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 from earlier this year.
Three Blue Jays eating suet
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
The baby is on the left and the adult on the right.while we were driving by the great lakes,in michigan.
we put up our suet feeders in the winter,and then we participate in the great backyard bird count.In febuarary
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!
Update: The male mourning dove’s wing has gotten much worse. It might be angelwing or something else.
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.
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.
Tweet and Barney nest fate… SO sad! 😭😭
Ruby-throated hummingbird hanging out in the Chinese lilac tree early this morning. 8-9-22
We visited the nest later than we wanted today, (Almost dusk) we thought that the mother would be there. When we saw there was no mother we took the video of the nest and saw, it was empty! The nest wasn’t damaged so was probably a Blue Jay, Crow, or squirrel. Hopefully, we can find another nest to watch soon.
Mr. and Mrs. Jay trying out the new feeders!
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.
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.
Rare half white house sparrow. His tail and back are white. There are two like this in our yard.
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 eating birdseed
Barney hatched today! Now we’re waiting for Tweet! Happy Birthday Barney!! He has a few downy feathers on his back. His eyes are closed.
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 just hanging out in the shade of the Maple tree on a very hot afternoon. 8-6-22.
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 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!
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!
Look carefully. She’s on the feeder. I’ll try to get better pictures.