Red Knot in Breeding Plumage

More Fun Birds from Outback Key!

June 25, 2021 - Great photography on Outback Key - Red Knots, Reddish Egret, drunken Willet, Piping Plover, a tired Western Sandpiper, and Least Terns!

Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover Family

May 22, 2021 - Snowy Plover family at Fort De Soto: Mom, Dad, and two adorable fuzzballs! Tiny plovers are hard to photograph as they dart along the beach

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Migratory Hummingbirds in the Backyard

May 7, 2021 - A Ruby-throated Hummingbird stops at my salvia bushes to nectar before continuing on her migratory travels to her breeding home

Painted Bunting

Say Goodbye to our Painted Buntings

April 25, 2021 - My last photography visit with my wintering Painted Buntings, who stocked up on grass and salvia seeds before heading north on April 15

Eastern Bluebird

Springtime Birding in the Backyard

April 7, 2021 - Springtime birding in the backyard yielded Painted Buntings, Indigo Buntings, Gray Catbirds, and Common Ground Doves in breeding colors

Osprey Nesting-building

Nesting Ospreys in the Neighborhood

April 5, 2021 - A pair of Ospreys eyed a dead palm tree in my neighborhood. Repeating calling and arrangement of palm fronds are early signs of nesting!

Orange-crowned Warbler

Backyard Birds in Late February

March 14, 2021 - Enjoying my winter birds before they leave...Painted Buntings, Gray Catbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, and the cardinals are nesting

Orange-crowned Warbler

Backyard Birding: Early January 2021

February 3, 2021 - A morning of backyard birding yielded a nectar-hungry Orange-crowned Warbler, my favorite Painted Buntings, and first-of-spring Purple Martin

Northern Cardinal Pair

Birding in the Backyard

January 11, 2021 - A morning of backyard birding and photography yielded an Orange-crowned Warbler, a beautiful pair of cardinals, and my Painted Buntings


From the Birdcam: Visitors to the Birdbath

January 3, 2021 - Photos from my backyard birdcam. Surprise visitors included Eastern Bluebirds, a Prairie Warbler, and "Bow Tie" the Yellow-throated Warbler!

2020 Christmas Ornament - "looking out from the panedemic window"


December 28, 2020 - Backyard photography of Monarch butterfly caterpillars transforming into chrysalides and then into butterflies

Painted Bunting Male

They’re Ba-ack! First of Fall Painted Bunting!

October 15, 2020 - It’s reassuring to know that in the midst of a crazy year, the birds are right on schedule. Our first of fall Painted Bunting showed up in the backyard on October 14. :)

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, […]