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Eastern Bluebirds

on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 12:00pm

Sialia sialis | Order: Passeriformes | Family: Turdidae

Two Eastern Bluebirds on the edge of a birdbath. Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

February 8, 2014

Photo of an Eastern Bluebird - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner
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 - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner
Photo of Eastern Bluebirds on the bath - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner
Eastern Bluebird bathing in a puddle - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner
Photo of Eastern Bluebirds on the bath - Photography by Vanessa L. Mitchner

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

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