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 […] Read more

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 […] Read more

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 […] Read more

Babies on the Way…

April 18, 2012 - ...I glanced out the window into our backyard last weekend to see our pair of Common Ground Doves initiating a mating ritual.  Rich laughed as they mated and I raced for the camera.  By the time I got outside, all I got was a birdie portrait… Read more

From the Kitchen Window

November 3, 2011 - ...Your house can be the best bird blind, if you can attract the birds close enough to the windows.  I recently did my fall window cleaning, getting the glass nice and clear for winter shooting.  So I was excited when one of our Common Ground Doves came into the nearby flower bed, and didn’t freak […] Read more

Calling All Hummers…

September 10, 2011 - ...The weather forecast called for rain, so I stayed home this morning. Then of course it didn’t rain. Oh well! :-p So I spent the afternoon working in the backyard, planting more hummingbird-attracting plants. As I worked, our neighborhood pair of Common Ground Doves flew into the yard. Usually these guys are very skittish, and […] Read more

Common New Visitor

May 11, 2011 - ...A couple of Common Ground Doves have been visiting the yard lately.  They miss my grapefruit tree just like I do.  At first I thought they were fledgling Mourning Doves, but then I saw their orange beaks.  These are Common Ground Doves!  They are pretty skittish, but I finally got a picture.  ? Read more