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

Northern Cardinal

Birds on Bird Finials

May 5, 2017 - Red-winged Blackbird on Finial Male Painted Bunting next to Finial Greenie Painted Bunting Next to Finial Northern Cardinal on Finial Mourning Dove next to Finial American Goldfinches on Finial Hehe, yep!... Read more

Northern Cardinal

Happiness is…

April 3, 2017 - watching the cardinals take a bath in the birdbath that you cleaned for them yesterday (it's always nice when they appreciate your efforts!) Northern Cardinal in Birdbath ...... Read more

Northern Cardinal

Backyard Birding Bonanza

March 28, 2017 - showed off her fresh spring colors on a pretty perch (not one of mine, but still pretty!) Northern Cardinal (Female) The Painted Buntings love my birdbath, and I love watching them splash around.... Read more

House Wren Steals a Worm (Don't tell the mockingbird!)

Welcome Back, Winter Birds!

October 9, 2016 - Other birds that I heard this morning included our neighborhood Northern Cardinals, a Red-bellied Woodpecker who seems to have taken up his winter residence nearby (I guess our trees are getting big enough to be enticing to woodpeckers!), a pair of Sandhill Cranes, and an unidentified Swallow flying overhead.... Read more

American White Pelican

Finally! Nice Weather for a Walk at Circle B

January 12, 2014 - ...As you will read in upcoming blog posts, the weather wasn’t so great over my Christmas vacation.  So when the forecast called for sun today, I headed for a nice walk at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  I wasn’t the only one, either!  There were tons of people there.  I took the Alligator Alley trail […] Read more

American Goldfinches Fight for the Feeders

March 7, 2013 - ...My backyard has been filled with American Goldfinches for the past few weeks.  They empty my six-port niger feeder in just a few days, so finally I had to break down and get out the 24-port feeder!  They are eating us out of house and home.  It’s a good thing they are so cute and […] Read more

A Visit from Beaky

July 11, 2012 - ...Our resident backyard cardinal’s name is Beaky (since he goes and “beaks” at Carla’s window). He’s one of our most reliable feeder customers, but lately, he’s been branching out and acting like what my mom calls a “real bird.” I left some sunflowers to go to seed, and he discovered them. Now he sits on […] Read more

Goldy’s First Hummingbird

November 1, 2011 - ...This weekend we had a very special evening in the backyard.  All three cats were on the porch with us as we ate dinner.  First we saw Baby C, the latest offspring of Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal.  We were surprised to see him this late in the year, and the cats were quite entertained by […] Read more

Baby Cardinal

July 19, 2011 - ...We’ve had a bumper crop of baby mockingbirds in our neighborhood this year, but not as many young cardinals as usual. So we were happy to see this young cardinal feeding at Goldy’s window feeder. He didn’t mind when I got closer to the window to take his picture. Read more

We Found Woody!

June 18, 2011 - Red-Headed Woodpecker The nature center at Chinsegut is open only on Fridays and Saturdays.  We found it to be a really cool little place.  The best part was outside the center, where there's a butterfly garden with a ton of bird feeders.   There were a ton of birds, most of…... Read more

From my Favorite Blind…a.k.a. my Back Window

April 27, 2011 - ...This weekend I spent some quality time at my favorite bird blind, my back window.  I had fun watching the birds hopping around the backyard in the evening.  I’ve been letting the wild grasses and weeds grow a bit in the rosebeds, because the Painted Buntings clearly enjoyed them.  Apparently they also promote good bugs, […] Read more

Birdbrains…

March 22, 2011 - ...We were walking near the back side of Pebble Ridge tonight when we came across Mrs. Beaky attacking the passenger side mirror on a car.  My camera attracted the attention of several neighbors, who all came out to laugh at this silly bird.  I wish I could explain to her that the mirror image is […] Read more

The Nest-Building Begins

March 18, 2011 - ...We saw Mrs. C. in the backyard today, and it looked as if she was starting to build a nest in the grapefruit tree!  I watched her take several twigs up to the same place in the tree.  She then went over to the flowerbed and started picking up other nesting material.  I got the […] Read more

One for Carla

March 1, 2011 - ...These cardinals are too much!  Beaky earned his name by “beaking” at the Smith window.  Carla and Peter and Aaron learned to tolerate him.  Then Mrs. Beaky picked up the habit.  We caught a video of her as she repeatedly flew at the front room window and then retreated to the palm tree.  Silly bird! Read more

You Know it’s Springtime at Circle B Bar Reserve if…

February 20, 2011 - American Bittern American Bittern We saw several Northern Cardinal pairs this morning, all in breeding plumage.  I like to say that the cardinal around my house sounds like he's calling for a "wife!... King Rail Species List: American Bittern, American Coot, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher,…... Read more

It’s a Cardinal Bird

October 27, 2010 - ...We like to make fun of our bird call CDs, where the announcer starts off the cardinal sound by saying that “the cardinal is a bird…” Goldy knows all about cardinal birds. She was very happy to welcome this one to our feeder, and she sat with her tail twitching as she watched it eat. Read more

Papitos Backyard Birds

October 9, 2010 - ...Mum-mum and Dyeyo are enjoying the return of the warblers to their backyard. Dyeyo and I took our cameras outside this afternoon to photograph some of the customers at Missy’s Diner. The hummingbird didn’t show herself, but the sparrows sure did! I was a little concerned when I saw the pictures of this House Sparrow, […] Read more

Cardinal Molting Season

October 7, 2010 - ...Tonight I was going out to water the new sod when I stopped short, having just seen this cardinal hopping around in the flower bed right beside the door. He didn’t mind when I came back with my camera and shot a few pictures through the window in the door. I’m not sure if this […] Read more

Songbirds at Bok Tower Gardens

May 9, 2010 - ...A rose-breasted grosbeak was recently seen at Bok Tower Gardens, so this morning Rich and I went to bird-watch at Bok.  We didn’t see a grosbeak, but we did see some fun songbirds. The first bird we saw this morning was a male Eastern Towhee.  He was on the ground, rooting through the grass, digging […] Read more

Roses and Baby Birds at Leu Gardens

May 31, 2009 - ...Rich and I went to Leu Gardens this morning to see roses and turtles. We were pleasantly surprised to see a Common Moorhen in the lake, with her baby nearby! The baby was fussing its head off (it reminded us of Squirt when he’s hungry). We saw a juvenile cardinal, too. Nearby, Daddy Cardinal kept […] Read more

Callaway Gardens – Summer 2008

August 25, 2008 - ...After two years of talking about it, Rich and I finally made it to Callaway Gardens…and thanks to Tropical Storm Fay, it rained the whole time we were there! But I saw my first hummingbirds, we were pleasantly surprised to run into some of our FL winter bird friends, and two of the butterflies in […] Read more