Friday, November 23, 2018

Pine Siskin

Thanksgiving Day 2018, First Pine Siskin of the Season

Photos combined for comparison with female House Finch. 
Smaller Siskin has yellow on wing feathers, shorter tail and pointier bill. 
I'd say a bit more definition/contrast too. Feisty little fellow.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


S'posed to rain tomorrow, thought I'd better cut some grass.

That got me thinking about the divisive political dichotomy (which I try to stay out of publicly). Couldn't help wondering if there might be an inverse proportion of disposition between my (say) musician friends vs the folks who (say) drop cigarette butts and Bud Lice cans at the end of my driveway.
Is it unfair to throw in the unsub who blasted their shotgun at my mailbox?

It's sometimes hard not to rant.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Bluebirds June 2018

June 2, IMG_0604-5.gif
When I was a kid we had chickens (I don't think they were stolen from the rich folks' yard). Anyway it was fun to pick one up and move it from side to side because of the way its head would stay fixed in space. Just like these young Bluebirds, swinging on their tray.

Meanwhile, as of 6pm today all 5 eggs have hatched. Could have crossed the finish line yesterday, I didn't check between yesterday morning and this evening.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bluebirds May 2018

May 18

One of the Bluebird kids. IMG_0056-c

 Proud Papa. Soon the leaves will make it harder to see the winged ones.

May 13 IMG_9995-9.gif First sighting of the Bluebirds that fledged about a week ago.

May 20
 I must say I've seen a heck of a lot more of this kind of feeding on the part of the male. There were four kids early on but I was reluctant to disturb the nest after the Wren episode. I can't say for sure that four fledged, only that the nest was clear, so I like to think it's possible there's a fourth that I've not seen yet.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring 2018

April 23 was eventful. First I found the 4 Bluebird babies (pics on April Bluebird page). 

Second: the first Thrasher of the season. 
Was very patient with me, staying put for quite a while until I got a bit too close.

Third nature event of the day: Eastern Milk snake on stairs, must be spring! I'd rather make this discovery going up the stairs to bed than first thing in the morning going down bleary-eyed (as happened years ago). This is my favourite snake, very pretty I think. Also non aggressive, I picked it up bare-handed and it didn't even strike at me. 
Even though I know they aren't poisonous, reading about it later gave me pause where it said it looks a bit like a Copperhead!

Backing up a bit, the mighty morphing Cardinal wishing us a happy 4/20. 

April 29, Pine Siskin, a combined image to show size with Goldfinch. Those yellow edges on the wing feathers are the giveaway, else I'd have guessed little House Finch.

Was hoping I'd see a warbler soon, then this one showed up as if on cue.
We're thinking it's a Pine Warbler. Top: another comparison with Goldfinch. Bottom: a bit of a mock-up. I had another shot like it (with Cardinal) but liked these two better. Needless to say, that suet feeder didn't stay empty much longer. Hope he comes back!

Carolina Wren in a characteristic pose.  

End of April and still ice on the bird bath, but I put up the hummer feeder in hopes of Orioles. Didn't see any yet, the first customers are Downys. IMG_9511-c
This afternoon began the great Carolina Wren escapade. Gotta clean up the mess I made rescuing this foursome before I take time to explain. Maybe on another post.

May 4, White-Crowned Sparrow, 9740-c.

Cinquo De Mayo and it's hard to get fired up about cutting the grass with all the flowers around. 9833-c.

The orioles have been here for a few days now. 9800-sc.
As have the Grosbeaks. 
My fave is the male that isn't quite there yet, as regards breeding plumage. He'll lose that eyebrow in time. IMG_9826-c. 

May 18. I'm not the only one to close my eyes when singing. IMG_0074-c

May 20, IMG_0177,8.gif
One of those warblers I could easily convince myself was a Goldfinch if not for bill colour.
Nancy: this is that flowering tree your pointed out, that I didn't think was apple. 

I often ignore the more common visitors, like this House Finch. But today this one caught my eye, especially with that background. They have a sweet song.

Bluebird pictures moved to May Bluebird post.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Bluebirds April 2018

April 1, 2018 
The second egg appeared this morning.
I heard or read that she waits until all the eggs of the clutch are laid before sitting on them. That way they'll all hatch about the same time.
April 2, 2018
I've seen many birds passing food to their young. Less often I've seen a male Cardinal give food to an adult female, perhaps a mate or prospective mate? I've heard or read that we think they're saying "Mate with me, I'll be a good provider to the kids". Before this special day I'd only seen Cardinals do that.

April 3, 4 eggs. 

 April 4 - Kitchen Window.

April 5 - Kitchen Window. 

April 22 - Kitchen Window
Converted to GIF from video. Possibly first time photographing them at the window worm feeder with the window open.
A short silent video including a slowed-down segment from which the above was taken, along with some high-speed (slow-mo) bits of other birds coming to the same feeder. 

Later on, in the wonderful light of the diminishing sun I had a narrow window to shoot through (both time-wise and physical window). I was hoping for something good and who should come along but her very self.

April 23, kids!
I noticed Ma & Pa behaving quite differently this morning, making deliveries. 
They weren't acting like that yesterday.