A startled squirrel is wary of Sam the dog’s sudden appearance in the backyard. Things calmed down quickly when Sam showed no interest in the squirrel so it went back to grazing on the feed that the birds had spilled to the ground from the feeders overhead.
More rescued photos from a few winters ago. This time of Indigo Buntings in the backyard. These photos feature the now rotted away purple log cabin bird feeder with the green roof. A classic that the birds seemed to enjoy visiting. Handy identification tip: Blue Indigo Buntings are males while the brown ones are females. Patchy blue and brown are juveniles. A Painted Bunting posing next to an invasive air potato hanging off the vine. An Indigo Bunting perched atop […]
Rescued photos of Painted Buntings in the backyard from a few years ago. Just a reminder that the green ones are most likely adult females though the juveniles of both sexes have similar, if duller, plumage. And, of course, the adult males are covered in brilliant colors of different hues. Passerina ciris is considered a medium-sized Finch.
Ahh, the life of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the suburbs. All those nice people who attract birds by dotting the landscape with feeders that are just ripe for the picking. Fat, seed-filled repositories in almost every backyard ready to be pounced upon and emptied for the sake of a full squirrel belly. Thank you, bird lovers, everywhere! Sciurus carolinensis takes a break from raiding the bird feeder. Editorial note: This blog is pro-squirrel.
A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers are constantly at the backyard bird feeders. A male and a female that seem fairly inseparable. Given all the bird feed they eat all day they must be two of the fattest Red-bellied Woodpeckers in the neighborhood. More power to them. Look! The infamous red plumage on their belly that gives them their name. Mmmm! Lots of good things to eat in here. Looks a bit like a red mohawk. Photos from a rainy day […]
The Gray Catbirds in the backyard don’t seem to have any interest in the bird feeders but prefer to forage for insects while keeping to themselves most of the time hidden away in the dense foliage. The only way you know they are there are from their distinctive cat-like cry, hence the name. On this particularly dark and overcast day the Catbirds came out of hiding and, surprisingly, the camera was at hand. Dumetella carolinensis for the masses!
There is not much to say about the Painted Bunting’s appearance anymore that would not sound like a cliche. The male Painted Bunting’s stunningly bright plumage with its mix of color variations can’t fail to impress the casual viewer. And the electric green and yellow of the female Painted Bunting is distinctively unique enough to make her as almost as peerless as her mate. So here are photos of the colorful male Painted Bunting and greenish-yellow females plus possibly a […]
The diminutive Indigo Buntings approach the backyard bird feeders with great stealth and wariness and are prone to disappear in the blink of an eye if anything seems amiss. They perch in the shadows inside the bushes watching, biding their time for when they think it is safe to come out. The males carry the resplendent blue plumage, though when they molt annually they can look very spotty. There are no females pictured in this post, thought they visit the […]
The Northern Cardinal is a frequent visitor to the bird feeders in my mother’s backyard. Not only a beautiful guest but one whose name is so fitting for its appearance. The red plumage of the male Northern Cardinal inspired the comparison to the red robes of Roman Catholic Cardinals making for a far more interesting name when juxtaposed against the less than inspiring names so many other birds are stuck with. And then there is the male’s black “beard,” which […]
Outside last night with Sam we found this night roost for Zebra Longwing Butterflies right outside the backdoor. The firebushes planted in the yard a few years ago have gotten quite large making for a convenient food source for the adult Longwings all day long. That, and the fact the passionflower vines, the larval food for the caterpillars, have also started to run riot in the backyard means there is a real resident population growing up right in the yard […]