Ducks at the Backyard Feeders

March 27, 2010 - Goldy’s ducks were back this morning! Both Pete and I grabbed our cameras and went to take pictures. You know when you have good neighbors when they don’t think it’s strange to see you hanging out the upstairs windows, taking pictures of birds! :)

Goldfinches

March 26, 2010 - I’m not seeing nearly as many goldfinches as usual this year. There’s a pair that comes faithfully to my feeder; usually by now I’ve had to pull out the 24-port feeder and even then I’m turning customers away! Oh well, at least these two have stuck around, and one is a male, so I get […]

Baby Sand Hill Cranes

March 25, 2010 - Sorry, Goldy, I accidentally erased the pictures of the ducks that visited the backyard on Monday…because I was in such a hurry to get out to take pictures of the baby sand hill cranes that were on the golf course tonight!!! :) There were two parents and two babies altogether. Aren’t they cute?

Eagle

March 20, 2010 - Dyeyo and I went to Circle B Bar Reserve this morning, and then we saw this eagle circling my papitos’ house this afternoon. I’ve seen an eagle flying over my own backyard this winter, too, but I haven’t gotten a picture of it yet. They’re so majestic when they fly!

Cedar Waxwings

March 19, 2010 - The oak tree was full of cedar waxwings this morning. They stayed for about 10 minutes, until the brown-headed cowbirds took over the tree. I saw about 8 robins when I left work this afternoon. It’s been several weeks since I’ve seen any – I thought they were all gone by now. This migration year […]

Yellow-throated Warbler

March 16, 2010 - Our resident yellow-throated warbler, nicknamed Bow Tie, has been visiting almost every day.  He likes to hang out by Carla’s back window, and then he gets a snack from our front tray feeder. Note: We stopped seeing Bow Tie shortly after this post.  So I think he leaves to go back North around mid-March.  Come […]

Goldfinches

March 1, 2010 - We’ve been enjoying the cheerful sounds of the goldfinches each morning. They’re so cute! It seems like some of them have left the yard, since the niger seed isn’t disappearing as quickly as it was a few weeks ago, but we still have a couple of faithful guys that come every morning.

Beaky found a wife-wife-wife?

February 21, 2010 - Good news for Beaky! I went into the backyard this afternoon and found him chasing around TWO female cardinals in the crape myrtle. Maybe all his calls for a wife-wife-wife-wife-wife are starting to pay off…

Mr. Warbles!!

February 18, 2010 - Mr. Warbles came to visit Goldy and Squirt! Note: Mr. Warbles is a palm warbler that visits each year.  How do we know which warbler is Mr. Warbles?  Well, he’s the one that comes up to the bay window to visit the cats.

Cedar Waxwings

February 13, 2010 - There were hundreds of robins and cedar waxwings by the town center this morning! Then some of them came to visit Goldy and Squirt at our house. I got to use my new flash extender – the morning was very cloudy and gross, and the only way I could get decent pictures was to use […]

Great Backyard Bird Count weekend

February 12, 2010 - Finally! Bow Tie posed and I had the camera ready. I’ve been trying to get a good picture of this little yellow-throated warbler since he came back in September. He’s so cute! This weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you have a Dove Detector named Squirt, all you have to do is count […]

Posing Piggy

February 11, 2010 - Usually by the time we get home from work, the only birds in the yard are the “piggies” (red-wing blackbirds, grackles, and brown-headed cowbirds). This piggy looked so nice by the sunset light that I couldn’t resist snapping her picture.

Robins

February 10, 2010 - Robins! In the fall it seems as if they migrate very high, and we only hear them from a distance. But in the spring they come down and hang out in the oak trees. It’s fun to have them around!

Eastern Phoebe

January 31, 2010 - Goldy and I were surprised to look over and see this Eastern Phoebe sitting in our crape myrtle this afternoon. Goldy was even more surprised when I grabbed my camera, laid down on the floor (to get a blinds-free view of the bird), and then scooted backwards until I reached a minimum focus distance and […]

Robin

January 10, 2010 - This robin spent some time hanging out in the crape myrtle tree in our bay window this afternoon. It’s the first robin I’ve seen up close this season. This picture was actually taken through our blinds…not bad, huh?

COLDfinches

January 9, 2010 - Today we had COLDfinches in our yard! So my cousin from South Dakota heard about our cold snap this week and called to ask if we had furnaces in Florida. “Furnace”, how cute–around here they are called air conditioners, and we put them in “heat” mode for a couple of days a year! Well, cuz, […]

Bow Tie’s a-beaking!

January 5, 2010 - Bow Tie has been spending too much time watching Beaky! He’s started to come peck at the window over the front door, just like Beaky. Goldy and Squirt get really excited when they hear the noise and see him hopping around. Happy house cats!!

Cowbirds

December 29, 2009 - While Rich and I were at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge today, these brown-headed cowbirds pigged out at home.

The goldfinches finally arrived!

December 22, 2009 - We got an early Christmas present today when we saw three goldyfinches in the backyard. I even got pictures! It’s frustrating that the migration is so slow and irregular this year, but it makes the first sightings even more exciting. :)

Eagle overhead

November 29, 2009 - I saw an eagle flying over the backyard this afternoon! He was flying really low, so I saw his head and beak in wonderful detail. Unfortunately I had just put the camera inside, or I could have gotten an amazing picture. :-p We’re excited that the eagles are back this year; we finally found their […]

Slow migration year

November 21, 2009 - Finally! Goldy saw some birds in the backyard! The migration has been really slow this year, and we haven’t been seeing very many customers at the feeders. So we were overjoyed to see this flock of brown-headed cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds descend upon the bird feeder. Now if only the goldyfinches would follow suit…

Fat lazy doves

October 3, 2009 - We haven’t been seeing as many birds as usual this year. We have a few resident house finches, a couple of cardinals, and plenty of doves. Carla tells me that she’s seeing baby cardinals, too, but Rich and I haven’t seen them in our yard. So I’ll post a picture of what we see most: […]

Bow Tie is back!

September 30, 2009 - I saw Bow Tie tonight! So now I’m sure that I’ve been hearing him for about two weeks now! (Bow Tie was our yellow-throated warbler visitor from last year. He regularly visits our front feeder after hanging out in Peter’s palm tree.) Picture coming soon… :)

Hummingbird!!

September 4, 2009 - There was a hummingbird in this picture….yep, that’s right, I saw a hummingbird in the bottlebrush tree this morning!!! I was so excited, and ran to get the camera, but it wasn’t there when I came back.

Baby Cardinal

June 13, 2009 - Mr. C brought by his latest offspring to meet me this morning. The baby was so cute to watch, begging his dad for food, and then getting annoyed and lunging at his dad to grab what was in his beak. Don’t worry, Peter and Carla, I don’t think this is Beaky…both daddy and baby were […]

Baby mockingbird

June 8, 2009 - With baby birds starting to venture out of the nest, there’s a lot of extra fussing in the backyard these days. This baby mockingbird was especially vocal!

Mum-mum’s Great Crested Flycatcher

May 16, 2009 - I finally got a picture of Mum-mum’s Great Crested Flycatcher! Although I usually only post pictures from my own backyard on this page, I think it’s worthy to make an exception when I finally capture a decent image of a bird Mum-mum’s been chasing for about a month. ;-) More pictures from this weekend at […]