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!

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

Lawn Service

October 27, 2016 - The other night I snuck into my blind for a few minutes after I mowed the grass.  The little Palm Warblers were quick to hop out and enjoy the bugs that I stirred up with my mower.  I think they enlisted themselves to help with the yard service… The mockingbird knows that I’ve been wanting […]

Hurricane Matthew Update

October 8, 2016 - We were very fortunate that Hurricane Matthew stayed offshore.  We got 4 inches of rain and a long, boring day of wind.  The cats thought it was great because we brought all the patio furniture inside, giving them ample new places to hide.  Gosh they look small out on the empty porch… The doves didn’t understand […]

First of Fall Painted Bunting

First of Fall Painted Bunting!

October 1, 2016 - October 1 tends to be a good day in our backyard.  Often it’s the first day that we start seeing our winter Palm Warblers.  (I’ve been hearing warblers overhead for several weeks, but I’ve yet to see one.)  Sometimes October 1 brings cooler weather.  (Haha, not this year.)  Sometimes we even see a hummingbird. This year, October 1 […]

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Backyard Birding from my Blind

February 21, 2016 - I have to make a confession.  I bribed some birds today. I had a few free hours (gasp!) and I decided to do some backyard birding.  I confess to waiting to refill the bird feeders until it was prime photography time – after the household chores were done, the camera was outside, and the light was […]

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.  :) […]