Tuesday, August 31, 2010

An ordinary day

In-the-window bird watcher.

I'm waiting for more hummingbirds, but in the meantime there are interesting "regulars". These are 1/2 and 1/2 starlings- immature-into-adult.

Weirdest grackle I've ever seen....... young-into-adult?, or scalped? Looks more like a vulture-to-be.

Definitely becoming an adult grackle.

Here we go again, bread to be dropped into water for softening. The only difference this time was that no other bird tried to grab the hunk of bread. Only this grackle ate it. Winner takes all?

There's always one pokey squirrel who has to stare into the lens. No trepidation.

Yummy. Good catch. Black-and-white warbler with moth.

Bath time in the Gill.

The sweet flasher- the redstart.
Young titmouse having caught a caterpillar. First titmouse in a while.

Red-eyed vireo.

Canada warbler.

And back here, rear grass near path, every afternoon, Red. At least he's not roaming on the sidewalk any longer. Most of the other robins have now left the area. Heading south??


Monday, August 30, 2010

Out in the world

The baby hawks have fledged. They are such exquisite creatures. Huge, but still babies. Now it's up to us to be the baby sitters, to keep humans at a safe distance when they're on the ground, to try and educate the curious about the ways of the young hawk, to try and keep the babies from wandering onto the highway. Maternal instincts off the Richter scale.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

The young ones

It's obvious that the cardinal nests have been many and successful. The juveniles are learning to watch people. They are charmers.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Quiet corners

I tried roaming today in corners where there were few other birders. Saturday brings out lots of enthusiasts and I just needed some quiet time. I did see one hummingbird, a glimpse, not a photo op. First, the redstart, female.

Lazy dove.

This was a young blue jay. I don't know what it was planning to do with this bit of twine.

Even younger....

The tiger swallowtail butterfly.

And finally, the carolina wren, song heard first. Followed the song. Sweet wren came out in the open and posed.