Male Painted Bunting on Coral Porterweed

First of Fall Painted Bunting

October 3, 2015 - I spotted my first male Painted Bunting in the backyard this morning!  Let the fall birding begin! He’s about two weeks ahead of schedule.  Last year I saw my first bunting on October 12, and the year before that on October 11.  But this year he’s right in time for my grandfather’s 90th birthday.  :) […]

Pied-Billed Grebe

9 Seconds, 9 Hoodies!

December 21, 2013 - Yesterday afternoon I went down to our local retention pond where a flock of Hooded Mergansers can often be found diving.  I got lots of funny looks as I walked down our residential street with my big camera and lens, carrying my groundpod.  (The only bad thing about the groundpod is that it is incredibly […]

Bow Tie

Bow Tie is Back!

December 8, 2013 - Our neighborhood Yellow-throated Warbler is back!  We call him Bow Tie because his black and white colors remind me of a tuxedo, and his bright yellow tummy is his bow tie.  We’ve seen him for the past couple of winters.  He’s one of my regular suet customers, although my first shot of him this year […]

Ruby-throated hummingbird

Yard Birding

November 22, 2013 - Sometimes it’s great just to bird in your own backyard.  Like on a gray, drizzly morning when you’re stuck at home waiting for a workman to show up.  This morning I had several Painted Buntings (both males and greenies), a pair of American Goldfinches, a couple of House Finches, and an Eastern Phoebe (an occasional […]

First of Fall Goldfinch

First of Fall Goldfinches!

November 17, 2013 - This was a gray icky weekend – why is it that we have bright clear skies during the work week, then cold fronts over the weekends?  It’s a Florida winter pattern!  So the cats and I birded from our house windows this weekend, and the pictures below were taken through the windows in the drizzle. […]

Juvenile Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Knock, Knock!

August 6, 2013 - Our cats were enchanted by a guest visitor to our front trees last week. A juvenile Downy Woodpecker flew in and tried to find food. You could tell from his behavior that he was a juvie – the poor little guy was wearing himself out, pecking at a live tree, trying to extract sap from […]

My Backyard Winter Wonderland

January 15, 2013 - I’ve had lots of time to enjoy the birds in my own backyard lately.  It’s a backyard winter wonderland! All the winter migrants are here and the backyard is full of activity.  It’s great!  This weekend I had all these different kinds of birds: American Goldfinch Pine Siskin Painted Bunting Eastern Phoebe American Robin Cedar […]

Favorite Wintertime Birds from my Favorite Wintertime Blind

January 8, 2013 - My favorite wintertime birds are back – the American Goldfinches! I know, you’re wondering why my favorite birds are the common goldfinches when I’m so fortunate to have Painted Buntings in my yard each winter. The Painteds are beautiful, and definitely great to have visiting, but they stay so aloof. They call to each other […]

Looking Down at You

December 16, 2012 - This is my mom’s nemesis bird – the hawk that disturbs her little birdies at their feeders! He flew up on top of this phone pole the last time I was there. I grabbed the Beast and hand-held a few shots before he flew off. We knew he was either a Cooper’s Hawk or a […]

Visiting Warblers

December 10, 2012 - I love our winter bird visitors! The backyard is so active these days. We have plenty of Palm Warblers that hop through the yard, and I finally saw Bow Tie, our Yellow-Throated Warbler that seems to come back from year to year. He likes to hop up on our window and peck at the glass. […]

First-of-Fall Goldfinches

December 3, 2012 - Our first-of-fall American Goldfinches arrived in the backyard right before Thanksgiving.  These cheerful little guys are some of my favorite wintertime birds.  Their happy calls that sounds like “Potato Chip!” and “Gold-y!” are such fun.  Our cat Goldilocks loves to sit out on the porch and wait for her “Goldyfinches.” I went out on Sunday […]

My Painted Buntings

November 3, 2012 - My Painted Buntings are getting more active in the backyard.  Starting in early October, we’d see a single male at a time.  Now we see males and females together, with a high count of two males and a greenie.  You can hear them calling to each other from within our viburnum hedges.  They are such […]

Birds of a Feather

October 30, 2012 - Whiskey Loopy was very intent on the window this weekend, and when we investigated, we saw these two little Common Ground Doves preening each other in our front tree.  One of these guys was huddled on our porch during the strong winds – I guess our house offered him some shelter.  The two together were […]

Out-of-town Guests

October 6, 2012 - Goldilocks and I had a nice morning on the porch. We had breakfast al fresco and saw lots of birds in our backyard. (Goldy also caught a lizard.) The best birds were the returning out-of-town guests. We saw our first Palm Warbler of the fall (the one who comes up to Goldy’s window is known […]

A Visit from a Hummingbird!

August 12, 2012 - Sometimes it’s good to just stay home and be lazy. Goldy and I were eating breakfast out on the porch when a hummingbird visited our yard! I didn’t get a very good look at the hummer, but I think it was a female or juvenile Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. It hovered over my pentas plants that surround […]