Florida 1999 Birds

  • Common Loon
  • Brown Pelican (7/1)
  • Anhinga (7/1)
  • Magnificent Frigatebird (7/1)
  • Canada Goose
  • Laughing Gull (6/29)
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Eastern Kingbird

Finally a Junco pays a visit

I used to get a lot of dark-eyed juncos at my feeders, then one year they stopped coming, or at least it seemed that way — but if they were there, I didn’t see them.

I set up the birdcam again — for how long? Who knows. Until my laptop is moved to a different room perhaps — but yesterday I had it going and a junco stopped by for a bit of seed.

I’ve got a brick of birdseed (supposedly for woodpeckers, but I’ve only had one woodpecker eating from it so far) set up on the air conditioner unit that is attached to the wall in my attic office. I’ve got a camera attached to my laptop and pointing out the window at the seed.

Yesterday I had the following visit the feeder:

  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • White-breasted nuthatch
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Wren
  • Dark-eyed junco

Here’s the woodpecker I mentioned

Finally! The mystery is solved

[cross-posted from Clutch Cargo Lips]

For the past several years I’ve been puzzled by a bird sound I hear in the spring. For a while I thought perhaps it was not a bird, but a delivery truck with squeaky wheels, but why was I only hearing it in the spring and early summer?

Yesterday I caught a glimpse of what I thought might be the bird, high in the tulip poplar that looms over my house. I knew it was a warbler, by its bill and the way it was moving. It was black and white with a bit of yellow.

I ran into the house and Googled warbler images and found the bird on a web site — Myrtle Warbler. Then I tried to locate a myrtle warbler on the Cornell Birding site, only to be redirected to yellow-rumped warbler. Hmm, seems like more names have been changed…

I checked out the sound of the yellow-rumped warbler and yes indeed, that was the sound I’d been hearing.

As much as I love my worn copy of Peterson’s, I have to love the internet for helping me quickly ID the bird.

Road birds

sandhill crane

A little over a month ago I drove to Illinois to visit my mother for 12 days. On the drive there I thought I saw a great blue heron flying east while I traveled west. I was probably in Ohio at the time, or maybe just into Indiana. Anyway, I took a closer look at the bird and realized that its neck was sticking out and not pulled back. I realized that I’d just seen a sandhill crane! A first for me.

golden-crowned kingletMy mom has several bird feeders around her property and it was nice to see the juncos again. We have not had juncos at our house in Maryland for years, it seems.

On Saturday, April 5th we were in Lake in the Hills and while we were waiting for the cannon to be fired I followed a small bird flitting around in the vegetation by the lake. I noticed a flash of yellow on its head and thought kinglet. Neighbors let me look at their Petersons and I confirmed it was a kinglet, but was still not sure if it was a ruby-crowned or golden-crowned kinglet. When I uploaded the washed-out photo I’d snapped, I was more sure it was a golden-crowned.

What do you think?

Birding while I work

I’ve set up a makeshift smörgåsbord for the birds outside my 3rd story office window. All I need to do is turn my head to the right and I can see who’s visiting the 3 feeders.

picture-4.jpgI’ve got a suet feeder that currently is filled with a blueberry flavored suet mixture. The woodpeckers, starlings and even mockingbirds like that one. Until I put up other feeders by this window, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice and white-breasted nuthatches fed upon it. I cannot directly see the suet feeder, but I’ve set up a mirror so I can see what bird is eating suet.

picture-47.jpgAbout a week ago I put up a tube feeder, filled usually with a mixture of peanuts, cracked corn, sunflower and safflower seeds. The chickadees and titmice immediately decided that was their personal favorite feeder, but competed with Red-bellied wookpeckers and house sparrows for a perch on it.

picture-56.jpgWhen I noticed that cardinals were looking forlornly at the tube feeder, I wedged a l large plastic container lid under the window and poured seed on that. The cardinals were delighted. Currently that’s the view you have on the Birdcam.

I’ve ordered a window feeder from Duncraft, so the ugly plastic container lid may be gone as soon as I get the new feeder. But perhaps not.

My husband just shakes his head.

I do get work done. Honestly!