Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 16, 2017

A Black-and-white Warbler taking a bath in the bubbler this afternoon:

Black-and-white Warbler

Here’s Lefty, one of three male Northern Cardinals who come to our back-yard feeders.

Lefty, the one-footed Northern Cardinal

From the kitchen I caught sight of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and rushed outside to photograph it.  It promptly vanished.  While waiting for it to show up again, I spotted these two birds:

American Goldfinch

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Even though I have a feeder full of sunflower chips hanging up in the pergola, the American Goldfinches are not hitting it yet.   Instead, they pass through through my back yard, usually in mixed flocks with Eastern Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler has been eating at both the mixed-nut feeder and the suet feeder.  It’s a tenacious, accommodating bird.  Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, and Northern Cardinals run it off the feeders, but it comes right back and finishes eating.  I’ve seen only one at the feeder at a time (and only one drinking at the bubbler at a time), but several of them have been in the woods behind the house.  They call a lot, sounding a bit like Northern Cardinals.

And while still waiting for the Ruby-crowned Kinglet to come back, I saw this pair of Bald Eagles soaring overhead.  Not every dark shape aloft is a Turkey Vulture!

Bald Eagles

January 15, 2017

This morning my better half and I walked to Nathan Krestul Park, where this juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk was keeping a keen eye out for breakfast:

Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk

Although I spotted the Red-shouldered Hawk, my better half did me one better by pointing out an American Kestrel.  We also saw three Northern Flickers and heard several Red-bellied Woodpeckers (and spotted one).  Other birds seen include a Northern Cardinal, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Carolina Chickadee, Palm Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Common Grackles, and Eastern Bluebirds.

In the afternoon I went to Westminster Woods to see Gram.  We saw three Anhingas, including this one:


I also stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way back home and saw another Anhinga (who landed awkwardly in a tall tree), an Eastern Phoebe, several Palm Warblers, and this Tricolored Heron:

Tricolored Heron

Late yesterday at the bubbler in our back yard a Gray Catbird and an Orange-crowned Warbler showed up to bathe.  A Yellow-rumped Warbler, along with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, has been hitting the mixed nut feeder regularly.