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Baltimore Oriole

on Sun, 09/21/2014 - 9:00am

Icterus galbula   |  ORDER: PASSERIFORMES   |  FAMILY: ICTERIDAE

On this last day of summer we say goodbye to our migrating friends, the Baltimore Oriole, (though I think they left a couple of weeks ago.) It was great to have them build their nest right above our outdoor sitting area so I got a lot of wonderful photos of both parents feeding their young big juicy green worms! See more photos of them both on the homepage slideshow.

 

08/07/2013

The past few summers have been fun with them too. Here is a male Baltimore Oriole taking a bath.

Summer 2012 two views of a male Baltimore

Great Egret

on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:00am

Ardea alba  |  ORDER: PELECANIFORMES   |  FAMILY: ARDEIDAE

It is so exciting to have caught so many wonderful photos of this Great Egret on the Grand River, south of the Shotwell Bridge! Check out the 3 other photos in the homepage slideshow.

Double-crested Cormorant

on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 9:00am

Phalacrocorax auritus  |  ORDER: SULIFORMES   |  FAMILY: PHALACROCORACIDAE

We were on another pontoon ride on the Grand River with our friends and saw this very unusual bird, a juvenile Double-crested Cormorant. We weren't sure what it was at first but knew it was something very different! Adult Cormorants are almost black in color. From the book National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America the juvenile Cormorants "...vary in coloration below, from very dark blackish brown to almost white." See two more photos in the homepage slideshow.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 8:08pm

Archilochus colubris  |  ORDER: APODIFORMES  |  FAMILY: TROCHILIDAE

Photo of a male Ruby-throated hummingbird
This year I was blessed to catch the Ruby-throated hummingbirds again. And for the first time, the male (though a tad blurry) his Ruby-throat is still just spectacular! (New photos of the female are in the slideshow on the homepage.) 

 

 

Female Ruby-throated hummingbird sitting on a pink Zinnia flower

08/18/2013

A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird has been making daily visits to the Zinnias (new to the garden) and the Russian Sage plant. If we had known she'd like the Zinnias so much we would have planted them a long time ago.

Osprey

on Fri, 07/25/2014 - 7:00pm

Pandion haliaetus  |  ORDER: ACCIPITRIFORMES  | FAMILY: PANDIONIDAE

We were on a pontoon ride on the Grand River with our dear friends and were all blessed to see (and I photographed) so many wonderful birds, Green Herons, Belted Kingfishers and these beautiful Osprey. We hadn't noticed it until after I downloaded the photos ... do you see the fish in the left Osprey's talons? (Also see slides 3 and 4 on the homepage.)

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology "Unique among North American raptors for its diet of live fish and ability to dive into water to catch them..."

08/07/2013 - Another

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