Northern Cardinal - Papa and Baby

Backyard Birding

August 27, 2020 - A few hours of backyard birding in mid-August yielded baby cardinals, doves, and a lifer Rock Dove for our feline ornithologists!


SpaceX launch!

May 30, 2020 - The clouds cleared and gave us a great view of the SpaceX launch this afternoon. It's so great to see Americans flying from the Space Coast once more!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The One We Missed

February 24, 2020 - Backyard photos of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird nectaring at a penta flower

Painted Bunting

Birding in my Parents’ Backyard

February 15, 2020 - An afternoon of backyard bird photography with my parents - Painted Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Banded Hummingbird

Hummingbird Banding with my Mom and Dad

January 19, 2020 - Fred Bassett did hummingbird banding at my parents' house. He banded a first-year male and a second-year male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Western Tanager

My Turn with the Western Tanager

December 27, 2019 - I photographed my lifer Western Tanager in my parents' backyard on Christmas Day. I guess I'm not on the Naughty List after all!

Northern Cardinal feeding Baby at Nest

Cardinal Nest

June 3, 2019 - Shoving furniture aside to photograph a cardinal nest is a perfectly normal activity for this nature photographer! ;-)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Migrant

The Last of the Backyard Migrants

May 23, 2019 - One morning in late April, I spent a couple of hours in the backyard with my camera, hoping to see our first-of-spring baby Cardinal and maybe a few migrants. It was a cool morning and pleasant to hear the calls of “my” birds as they woke up. We’ve been seeing the occasional Eastern Bluebird, although […]

Painted Bunting (Male)

I Miss my Painted Buntings!

May 16, 2019 - Last springtime backyard photography with my Painted Buntings. Is it October yet? I can't wait for them to return

Painted Bunting (Male)

Springtime Backyard Bird Photography

April 11, 2019 - Springtime backyard bird photography including Painted Buntings, Gray Catbirds, American Goldfinches, Northern Cardinals, and cute bunnies :)

Painted Bunting (Male)

Colorful Afternoon in the Backyard

April 3, 2019 - Backyard bird photography - Painted Buntings, Brown Thrashers, and first-time visiting White-crowned Sparrows

Painted Bunting Squabble

Addicted to my Painted Buntings

February 7, 2018 - Painted Bunting photography in my backyard - fun with flight shots! Plus a visiting Gray Catbird

Painted Bunting Greenie

An Afternoon in the Bird Blind

February 3, 2018 - An afternoon in the backyard bird blind yielded Painted Buntings, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, and my dad's favorite - a Northern Cardinal

Gray Catbird at American Beautyberry

Welcome Fall Birds!

October 22, 2017 - Our fall birds are returning to the backyard. Gray Catbirds, Palm Warblers, and Painted Buntings are here to stay. The American Redstarts are just passing through!

Drinking from the Firebush

Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Lee

October 11, 2017 - Meet the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds who have made our backyard their home since the passage of Hurricane Irma.

Breaking News!

October 8, 2017 - Our winter backyard celebrities are coming back! First of fall Painted Bunting seen today :)

Mourning Dove

The Survivors

September 17, 2017 - Backyard birding after Hurricane Irma

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Summer Backyard Birding

August 17, 2017 - Summer backyard birding is fun with a visiting Ruby-throated Hummingbird and growing baby Northern Cardinals and House Finches

Stars and Beaks Forever

Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2017 - It’s our country’s birthday!  To celebrate, Goldy (our resident feline ornithologist) is issuing a challenge to our blog readers.  She wants you to get out and find as many red, white, and blue bird-birds as you can!  Some suggestions: Red: Northern Cardinal, Summer Tanager White: White Ibis, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, juvenile Little Blue Heron, […]

Great-crested Flycatcher

Great-crested Flycatcher

May 30, 2017 - Just a quick post this morning…I’m still going through photos from a very productive long weekend! On Friday I went over to my parents’ house.  We heard the call of a Great-crested Flycatcher from a neighbor’s tree, so  I grabbed my camera and went to investigate.  He was sitting out in the open, perched nicely […]

Northern Cardinal (Female)

Northern Cardinals

May 24, 2017 - My Northern Cardinals wish a very special person a very happy birthday today!

House Finch

Can You Tell?

May 11, 2017 - Rich cracked me up so hard and I just have to share the joke.  Recently I finished editing this image and I took the laptop to him, asking “Can you tell?” His response was priceless. “I don’t know if there was a branch, and I don’t know if there was a bird!” Such are the […]

April Showers Bring…May Migrants!

May 7, 2017 - A cold front blew in migrant birds to Fort De Soto yesterday - lots of Bay-breasted Warblers, Indigo Buntings, tanagers, grosbeaks, and more!

American Goldfinches on Finial

Birds on Bird Finials

May 5, 2017 - I started to notice something funny in my backyard...all the birds like to pose on finials!

Painted Buntings

Backyard Bird Feeder Fun

April 30, 2017 - Fun photos of visitors at our backyard bird feeders - Painted Buntings galore :)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Male)

Early April in the Backyard

April 20, 2017 - Backyard birding is best in early April - Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, warblers, Painted Buntings, a juvenile dove (already!), and a hilarious Brown Thrasher photobomb!


The Bunny Hop!

April 16, 2017 - Happy Easter! Our backyard rabbits celebrated by doing the bunny hop (literally!)

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Migrant Blue-gray Gnatcatchers

April 15, 2017 - Migrant Blue-gray Gnatcatchers passed through the backyard and posed for my camera. Their song was so different than our Floridian gnatcatchers!

Cedar Waxwing

First Cedar Waxwings of the Spring

April 11, 2017 - My first of spring Cedar Waxwings have shown up in the backyard, along with more beautiful Painted Buntings and American Goldfinches

American Goldfinch

Happiness is…

April 3, 2017 - Happiness is… …watching the American Goldfinches turn yellow and play in your flowers :) … seeing the female Indigo Bunting from last weekend – she stuck around! … finally snapping a picture of the elusive Prairie Warbler who has been mocking you for the past three mornings, and as a bonus, getting to hear him sing! […]

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Welcome, Migrant Hummingbirds!

April 1, 2017 - Photos of a migrant hummingbird nectaring on coral honeysuckle. A beautiful Ruby-throated Hummingbird with a gorgeous red throat!

American Goldfinch on Salvia

Backyard Birding Bonanza

March 28, 2017 - Backyard birding paradise - Painted Buntings and goldfinches! I filled my memory card and exhausted my camera battery. Bonus Indigot Bunting!

American Goldfinch

Springtime Morning of Backyard Birding

March 21, 2017 - Recently I spent a weekend morning in my backyard – rather unusual for me, since mornings are usually when I venture beyond the backyard.  It was fun to see my yard in morning light.  This is the time of year that I love backyard birding the best.  Flowers are blooming, the air is fresh and […]