Friday, August 19, 2016

Feathers on Friday for 8/19

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird


Happy Friday!  August has been a busy month for me and my family so I haven't had much time to post.  I don't know why it took me so long to buy a hummingbird feeder but I finally bought one and almost instantly, we had two females visiting the feeder.  A male has now joined them as a frequent feeder.  My two boys have loved watching them and their amazing flying.  I was able to get these two shots of them.  I have lots of not so good ones as anyone who has tried to take pictures of these fast moving, small birds know.  


The Hummingbirds love to drink from the milkweed plants too.  Though, we haven't gotten any Monarchs this year just Swallowtails.  


I posted this picture on Twitter but I figured I would post it on the site too.  This is our garden friend, the Pickerel Frog.  While trying to ID this guy, I discovered it is the only native frog in the United States that is poisonous.  I never knew there was any poisonous frogs in the U.S. but, this little guy secretes poison out of it's skin that can irritate the skin and eyes.  

Have a great weekend and Happy Birding!  

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Feathers on Friday for 8/5

Eastern Bluebird with a Friend


Happy Friday and first weekend of August!  The Eastern Bluebirds are back in my backyard eating some sort of bugs in my lawn.  He was joined by a Chipping Sparrow friend in this shot.  They are both very active today and foraging for bugs.  

Have a great weekend and enjoy the nice summer weather.  Happy Birding! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.  


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Feathers on Friday for 7/22

Turkey Vulture in Flight



Happy Friday!  This Turkey Vulture was circling near my house looking for something.  The Red-shouldered Hawk family was not very happy and they were sounding the alarm until the vulture finally left the area.

Enjoy the warm weather and your weekend!  Happy Birding!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Feathers on Friday for 7/15

Scarlet Tanager



Happy Friday!  I was struggling to find a picture to post today and then this molting male Scarlet Tanager paid a visit to my yard.  What a striking bird! Have a great weekend and Happy Birding!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Feathers on Friday for 7/8

Trip to Canada


Happy Friday! Happy Belated Canada Day and 4th of July!  We traveled up north for Canada Day in Quebec this year.  I got this shot of a male Peacock at Parc Safari.  We travel up there every summer to spend a few days checking out the animals and playing in the water park with my two boys. 

We mixed it up this year and stayed in Venise-en-Quebec right on Lake Champlain.  I grew up in Vermont so I have spent a lot of time near and on the lake but it was fun to check it out from over the border.  I did get to do some birding in the morning on the lake before trips to Montreal and Parc Safari.  There was nothing too exciting but I did get a shot of this Snow Goose walking on the beach near our hotel.


Have a great weekend and Happy Birding!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Be Careful of What is Lurking...

Junior Practicing Hunting



The immature Red-shouldered Hawk has been busy practicing hunting in my yard since his first visit.
I have seen two unsuccessful attempts at getting, what I think was, a Chipmunk from under this feeder.  The birds and squirrels in my yard like usual are very unconcerned with his presences.  I guess you never know since Red-shouldered Hawks do take birds but so far junior has stuck to trying to master the art of hunting rodents.


Here is a shot of him from his first visit.  I have seen very little of the adult pair.  Maybe they allow their offspring to figure it out on his own?  Typically, the parents keep feeding the newly fledged hawks for a time but I'm not sure if they are still doing this or not.

Happy Birding and enjoying the new additions to the bird world!





Friday, June 24, 2016

Feathers on Friday for 6/24

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak and Black-Capped Chickadee


Happy Friday! This one is for my 5 year old son who is becoming a good little birder.  We made this homemade bird feeder to attract one of his new favorite birds, the Pileated Woodpecker.  I'm not sure they can fit in it but the other birds love it!  

Have a great weekend and Happy Birding!


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