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Blue Jay

on Sun, 02/08/2015 - 12:00pm

Cyanocitta cristata   |  ORDER: PASSERIFORMES   |  FAMILY: CORVIDAE

Photo of a Blue Jay, Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

I have caught so many good photos of Blue Jays throughout the years, I cannot believe that this is the first entry that I have made just for them. Especially since they are one of my very favorites!

Photo of two Blue Jays, Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

Photo of a Blue Jay, Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

Photo of a Blue Jay (right) and a Northern Cardinal (left), Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

 

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.

 

Photo of a female (L) and male (R) Baltimore Oriole - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

08/07/2013

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

Photo of a male Baltimore Oriole taking a bath - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

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.

Photo of a Great Egret flying over the Grand River - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

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.

Photo of a Double-creasted Cormorant (Juvenile) - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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

Archilochus colubris  |  ORDER: APODIFORMES  |  FAMILY: TROCHILIDAE

Photo of a male Ruby-throated hummingbird - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

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 - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

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. And now that we do, we'll be planting lots more next year!

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