March 19, 2018

First back-yard sighting of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird! I just put the hummmingbird feeder up yesterday.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet are still coming to the mixed-nut feeder.  It’s raining right now, and the Kinglet’s ruby crown is gleaming.

February 24, 2018

To Westminster Woods to see Gram and attempt to dry out a hearing aid that took a dip in the toilet.  Gram was fast asleep in her chair, so I took a quick look outdoors to see the bird life.

Little Blue Heron

Muscovy Duck

February 4, 2018

A few images from our recent trip to Colombia at the end of January:

Andean Motmot (in El Parque de la Vida, in Armenia, Colombia, 1/30/18)

Great Kiskadee ((in El Parque de la Vida, in Armenia, Colombia, 1/30/18)

Vermilion Flycatcher ((in El Parque de la Vida, in Armenia, Colombia, 1/30/18)

Saffron Finch (in El Parque de la Vida, in Armenia, Colombia, 1/30/18)

Tropical Kingbird (Circasia, Colombia, 1/29/18)

 

Black-billed Thrushes, Green Honeycreeper (female), and Great Kiskadee (Jardin Botanico del Quindio, Calarca, Colombia, 1/28/18)

Blue Gray Tanagers (Jardin Botanico del Quindio, Calarca, Colombia, 1/28/18)

Scrub Tanager (Jardin Botanico del Quindio, Calarca, Colombia, 1/28/18)

Thick-billed Euphonia (Jardin Botanico del Quindio, Calarca, Colombia, 1/28/18)

Black-throated Mango, Male (Jardin Botanico del Quindio, Calarca, Colombia, 1/28/18)

Black-throated Mango, Female (Jardin Botanico del Quindio, Calarca, Colombia, 1/28/18)

Brown Violetear (Jardin Botanico del Quindio, Calarca, Colombia, 1/28/18)

Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Jardin Botanico, Calarca, 1/28/18)

Western Emerald (Jardin Botanico del Qunidio, Calarca, Colombia, 1/28/18)

White-necked Jacobin, Male (Jardin Botanico del Quindio, Colombia, 1/28/18)

January 22, 2018

Colorful birds have been in our back yard all day:  Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Eastern Bluebirds . . . and this Orange-crowned Warbler:

Orange-crowned Warbler

January 21, 2018

To Westminster Woods to see Gram.  Five Wood Storks were sitting by the edge of the lake just outside Gram’s building.

Wood Storks

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Meanwhile, on the far side of the lake, several Ring-billed Gulls were in a frenzy, jostling in the air and at the lake’s surface to pluck something out of the water.  Passers-by told us that there was a fish die-off during the cold snap this past weekend.  Here’s an Anhinga about to enter the water:

Anhinga

January 14, 2018

To Westminster Woods to see Gram.  Lots of bird life at the lake:  Canada Geese, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Egrets, and–in the singleton category–a Muscovy Duck (first time I’ve ever seen one out there), a Wood Stork, and a Great Blue Heron (hides in the brush at the southeast end of the lake).

Hooded Merganser (male)