I watched several Tree Swallows recently and noticed that when they stuck their head out of the hole in the nest box, it looked as if they were panting. After a little research, I found that an open mouth is one sign that a bird might be overheating and working to lower its body temperature.
Common Grackle – Quiscalus quiscula Earlier this Spring, we were over-run with Grackles. They went through suet like it was going out of style, consuming 2 – 3 cakes a day. Because of our cloudy and wet Spring, I was never able to get a good photo of the Grackle, highlighting its iridescent purple and […]
Northern (Yellow Shafted) Flicker – Colaptes auratus I am not going to woo you with a photo of a bird with sharp, sparkling eyes. Nor will I pique your interest with a photo that presents a bird with a beak full of insects. As a matter of fact, you can’t see the eyes or beak on this […]
This male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was defending “his” nectar feeder and chased away any bird that dared to approach it, including Chickadees and Goldfinches. This particular Hummingbird has a favorite perch above the feeder, which made it somewhat easy to photograph. I’ve never attempted a half body portrait on such a small bird before. It took a […]
Brown Thrasher – Toxostoma rufum This is the first Brown Thrasher to visit our yard in four years. I first noticed it Saturday afternoon on one of our suet feeders. I’ve never seen a Brown Thrasher at a feeder, let alone a suet feeder. Has anyone else ever seen this bird at a bird feeder? What surprised […]
The Mill Pond on Parker Head is a great place to find Osprey fishing. This morning, I was just a tad too late to photograph the Osprey catching herring. A kind lady, who came out to greet me, said that I should have been there an hour or so earlier. Oh well, you win some, you […]
American Mink – Neovison vison The American Mink spends most of its time in the water hunting for food. It is a good swimmer and can dive as deep as 16 feet. When a Mink feels threatened, it will spray the intruder with a foul-smelling liquid, just as a Skunk does. Unlike the skunk, the […]