Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

Bluebird

I look out the picture window beside my computer. It’s a pear tree that’s been dead for several years.

I just leave it for the birds.

Bluebirds show the most interest in it.

This is an immature bluebird,

and this one is nearing adulthood.

They still show interest in the long-dead tree.

I will leave the tree until it’s on the ground and is no use for the birds.

I definitely have had years of enjoyment from it and the birds.

 

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Eastern Pewee

An eastern wood pewee, a flycatcher, landed on a stick on our cistern.

Notice the pale yellow low on the front of its belly. It also lacks eye rings,

It sure looks like it has an attitude with me watching it (from inside the house).

A pewee call’s a whistled “pee-a-wee.”

I do hope it sets up residence in our yard, or returns at some point this summer.

The Cooper’s Hawk Came Back

The Cooper’s hawk returned to our yard this morning. It first came here on July 7 and stayed most of the time until the 19th.

Today is August 12th, and it’s back.

It seems to be getting used to our backyard.

When it’s in the yard, its presence reduces the number of birds in the area.

A few birds still continue to visit our yard.

… The hawk just flew across our backyard. I hadn’t seen it all day.

  It will be interesting to see how long it stays in the neighborhood this time.

You can tell by this picture that it can easily stay hidden in the thicket in the back corner of our yard, unless it flies.

Backyard Surprise

We woke to little excitement a few mornings ago.

A small bird was determined to run a larger bird out of our backyard, and keep it out.

  The rounded shape of the end of the hawk’s tail identified it as a Cooper’s hawk (the top picture better shows the rounded end of its tail). Sharp shinned hawks are smaller, and the end of their tail is squared.

I could only see the dark shape of the hawk from the distance, and had to take pictures from in the house.

The smaller bird repeatedly flew at the hawk and continually dived at its back. This went on for most of the day.

  The hawk wasn’t fazed by the repeated attempts.

 The hawk stayed in our yard 2 1/2 days. The other birds didn’t like it and made their opinions known.

 This is 3 days later,  and the hawk’s staying here in our yard, hunting for birds.

 

Pear Condemenium

This pear tree died several years ago,

I left it for a perch for any bird that might be interested in nesting there.

Obviously, it has had previous occupants.

Then today, three or four bluebirds showed interest in the dead tree.

I started getting excited.

They checked the dead tree and its surroundings.

 I was sure they would nest in such a “perfect” place.

Well, it turned out they didn’t stay and use any of the holes for nesting.

I still keep my fingers crossed and hope they … or another pair return.

A Pair of Killdeer

My husband and I went for an evening drive. We usually stop at Ingram Hill for the long view to the mountains. It was close to sunset.

Two killdeer were busy in the gravel.

Killdeer are a vocal bird with a loud voice.

They don’t build nests in trees or shrubs.

They do place small rocks in the gravel for their nesting area.

These two didn’t try to draw our attention.

They probably used the color around them for protection. It was close to sunset and the light fading.

We went back the next night and there wasn’t a killdeer to see or hear.

A Blue Grosbeak

I do apologize for the quality of this picture. I was in the house, and the bird was near a tangle of vines in the yard.

I quickly took four pictures, because I haven’t seen a blue grosbeak in years. The red on its side is the red patch on its upper wing.

Grosbeaks have a bigger-proportioned beak to use for cracking seeds open.

And here was one … in my yard … posing for the pictures.