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August 18, 2018

Not what you want to see perched above the bird feeders in your back yard:

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

It flew off just after I snapped this pic.  A few minutes later, I spotted it again up in the canopy, tearing apart some unidentified prey.

August 11, 2018

Early this evening the cat and I sat on the deck, the day drawing slowly to a close.  The sky still had some brightness, but everything was still and silent, except for the whine of insects that waxed and waned.  I saw movement in the canopy in the woods behind our house, and then picked out the features–pointed face and ringed tail–of a raccoon at least sixty feet up in a tree.  Here it is, about ten feet below where I first saw it:

Raccoon in Tree

July 28, 2018

To Westminster Woods  to see Gram.  We saw this Little Blue Heron:

Little Blue Heron

On our spin, we met Joyce and Rick Snell, who live in Eastwood.  Ann came by with her little white dog, Joybee.  Later, we saw Irwin with his dog, Sugar. 

July 1, 2018

In Philadelphia this past week I saw this young Peregrine Falcon:

Peregrine Falcon

I was also surprised to see how common Gray Catbirds were in downtown Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, back at home, and in the back yard today, I saw a couple of regulars:

Northern Parula

Northern Cardinal (male, in molt)


June 23, 2018

To Westminster Woods with my better half (at least, that’s what the Coke Zero can said this morning) to see Gram.  We saw a couple of birds:

Snowy Egret

Green Heron

May 15, 2018

Late this afternoon I watched a male Northern Cardinal feed two youngsters in our back yard.  Here he is with one of them:

Northern Cardinals

And here’s a juvenile by itself:

Northern Cardinal (juvenile)

May 13, 2018

To Westminster Woods to see Gram.  There were half a dozen Eastern Bluebirds just outside her hall, on the lake side.  Here’s a juvenile:

Eastern Bluebird (juvenile)

Across the lake, a Great Blue Heron was on the hunt for a meal.

Great Blue Heron

May 7, 2018

The back yard is brimming with juvenile birds.  The family of four Carolina Wrens still mob the mixed-nut feeder together.  Over the last few days I’ve watched a male Downy Woodpecker feed a juvenile male and a juvenile female.  Today I watched the juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker land on the cage I’ve put around the mixed-nut feeder, and fly away empty-beaked.  I just put the cage up yesterday to thwart the Common Grackles.  One of the two male Northern Cardinals has figured out how to shimmy inside.  Also today I saw at least three juvenile Tufted Titmice, all clamoring for food–at least one parent obligingly brought them mixed nut bits and seeds.  Finally, I’ve seen a male American Redstart over the past two days.  It appears fond of the oleander.  I can’t wait for the oleander to grow back–our yard will get a lot more traffic, especially migratory birds looking for a drink from the bubbler.