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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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


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


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.


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


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

The List

on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:11am

Below is a list of 52 birds that I have photographed to date. NEW to the list this winter, a Ring-necked Pheasant (31 - photo below) and a Hairy Woodpecker (52). Also, seen for the first time this winter but not photographed, a Northern Shrike. Another very interesting bird!

I am also working on building pages for each bird and have started with the Eastern Bluebird (2) and a series of Woodpeckers (50-52).

  1. Blackbird, Red-winged
  2. Bluebird, Eastern
  3. Bunting, Indigo
  4. Cardinal, Northern
  5. Chickadee, Black-capped
  6. Crane, Golden-crowned (Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park)
  7. ***, Sandhill
  8. Crow, American
  9. Dove,

Brown Thrasher

on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 2:22am

Brown Thrasher | Toxostoma rufum
* L 11 1/2" WS 13"

Brown Thrashers are mimics, along with mockingbirds, catbirds, and starlings. So many times I have listened intently for any kind of defined series, a repeated pattern, but no matter how hard I tried, I can never hear one. And no wonder! The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (website) says, "The Brown Thrasher can sing up to 2,000 different songs and may be the champion mimic in North America."

*National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America, (book)"... In the early spring males deliver varied song (over 1,000 recorded

Eastern Bluebirds

on Sat, 02/08/2014 - 12:59pm

Eastern Bluebird
(Sialia sialis | Order: Passeriformes | Family: Turdidae) Unlike the Robins, around here we see Eastern Bluebirds on a regular basis throughout the winter, like this one on the left who stopped by for my birthday (02/08/14 :). In fact, we probably see them more in the winter than we do in the summer. Of course it does help to have a heated bird bath outside of your front window! We also have many of the wild fruit trees and shrubs with berries that they like to eat such as Cedar, Chokecherry, Pokeweed, Wild Grape, Virginia Creeper and Sumac. 

Six Eastern Bluebirds, one Northern Cardinal
Eastern Bluebirds
Eastern Bluebird bathing in a puddle.
Eastern Bluebirds