A cold front blew in migrant birds to Fort De Soto yesterday – lots of Bay-breasted Warblers, Indigo Buntings, tanagers, grosbeaks, and more!
I started to notice something funny in my backyard…all the birds like to pose on finials!
Fun photos of visitors at our backyard bird feeders – Painted Buntings galore :)
Painted Bunting portraits from my backyard
Mourning doves are the backyard birding clownarounds – they always make me laugh with their antics!
Backyard birding is best in early April – Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, warblers, Painted Buntings, a juvenile dove (already!), and a hilarious Brown Thrasher photobomb!
Happy Easter! Our backyard rabbits celebrated by doing the bunny hop (literally!)
Migrant Blue-gray Gnatcatchers passed through the backyard and posed for my camera. Their song was so different than our Floridian gnatcatchers!
The House Finches are back in the backyard with their bright red colors and cheerful songs
My first of spring Cedar Waxwings have shown up in the backyard, along with more beautiful Painted Buntings and American Goldfinches
Golden moments in golden light with my goldfinches!
Breaking news from Goldy’s window! An Eastern Bluebird visited this morning!
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! … watching the cardinals take a bath in the birdbath that you cleaned for them yesterday (it’s always nice when they appreciate your efforts!) … admiring the colors as your goldfinch poses in the shade while the background behind him is alight with color. …watching the Painted Bunting hop out onto the “waiting perch” as he considers a flight to the feeder. …laughing at the Palm Warbler as he finds every mealworm you’ve dropped under the feeder… …listening to the happy calls of the American Goldfinches as they circle your yard. “Baby!” “Potato chip!” …saying hello to the Brown Thrasher and realizing that since the pair of them have stopped visiting together, his mate must be busy sitting on eggs at a nest nearby. … laughing at the Red-winged Blackbirds who are so certain that they are missing something because they can’t get into the […]
Photos of a migrant hummingbird nectaring on coral honeysuckle. A beautiful Ruby-throated Hummingbird with a gorgeous red throat!
Backyard birding paradise – Painted Buntings and goldfinches! I filled my memory card and exhausted my camera battery. Bonus Indigot Bunting!
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 not too hot, the goldfinches and buntings are getting into their best costumes for spring, and knowledge that they will soon be leaving makes the quiet opportunities even more special. Within a few minutes, the alert was out. Fresh food at the feeders! Fresh food! Come and get it! The Red-winged Blackbirds are like birdseed magnets. They pose in the nearby shrubs as they alert the neighborhood. The little Palm Warblers came to see if I put out any fresh mealworms. They don’t mind having me around. This one perched in the flowers very close to where I was sitting. So close, in fact, that I could barely focus on him. (That’s a nice problem to have!) Our Common Ground Dove flew in and landed on the feeder perch. He looked a little scruffy. He’d lost some feathers since the last time I’d seen him. One of […]
The joke was on me when I tried to con a bird into perching on pretty flower stalks
Lesser Scaups didn’t winter in Winter Garden this year, but a few showed up on their spring migration north
Photographs of the hummingbirds at my mom’s backyard feeder
I had an especially good morning birding in my backyard last weekend. Painted Buntings, yellow goldfinches, and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in breeding colors!