White-Throated Sparrow

Here’s a sweet sparrow for ya. The white-throated sparrow resides in the mid-Atlantic region during fall and winter. As a new birder, I honestly thought fall/winter would be boring, but have been proven wrong! These little fellas are quite plentiful and sing a beautiful song! On our hikes, it makes my heart happy to hearContinue reading “White-Throated Sparrow”

Assateauge Island, MD

It’s been awhile since my last post. Been having computer issues but now I’m back! Been going through some older photos I thought you might like, but also working on some recent ones to share with you very soon. Three years ago we visited Assateague Island, MD, famous for it’s wild ponies. Looking back atContinue reading “Assateauge Island, MD”

Black Crowned Night Heron

Awhile back I posted a photo of a juvenile black crowned night heron. Maybe the coolest-looking bird I have seen up-close in the last few months. Now, I can share with you a photo of an adult black crowned night heron! Can you believe the difference between the young and the adult?? The adult blackContinue reading “Black Crowned Night Heron”

Black-Bellied Plover

Look at this cutie pie! Another bird I had not heard of prior to this summer. The bird above still has some black on it’s belly, but likely diminished by the time of this post. During breeding, the face, throat & chest become black. In winter, they become pretty plain & lose the black bellyContinue reading “Black-Bellied Plover”

Don’t Mock Me!

Taking a short break from the shorebirds, here’s a sweet northern mockingbird who was hanging around the Cape May Hawkwatch in September. To be honest, I see them everyday at home and have taken these lovely birds quite for granted. They are really pretty birds! Northern mockingbirds measure about 9-11″/23-28 cm & are named asContinue reading “Don’t Mock Me!”

Greater vs. Lesser Yellowlegs

Yeehaw look at them legs! Again, thanks to boat movement, not the sharpest shots. But these are great birds! According to Bob, the Captain of the Osprey, these are greater yellowlegs. As a novice, I would not be able to tell the difference between greater or lesser yellowlegs, as they are very similar in sizeContinue reading “Greater vs. Lesser Yellowlegs”

Great vs. Snowy Egret

Confession time… This post was going to be about the Great Egret only. I had some decent photos, so I thought. But wait… something is wrong here. The egret below does not have a yellow bill. It is a SNOWY egret! The egret pictured above is pretty large, somewhere between 20-27″/51-69 cm. This feathered friendContinue reading “Great vs. Snowy Egret”

Mute Swan “Ornamental”?

Ahh the mute swan. What a beautiful bird! This native of Eurosiberia was introduced to this continent in the 1870s as decorative, captive waterfowl. Some of the captives found freedom in the early 1900s and we now enjoy them throughout the continent, mostly around lakes. Mute swans are reported to mate for life. Above isContinue reading “Mute Swan “Ornamental”?”

Butterfly Break

Hello there! Hope you don’t mind my taking a little break–a butterfly break!! This has been a pretty good year for butterflies around here. I was happy to see monarch butterflies in my own yard. The flowers I planted a couple years ago are paying off. Do you have plants in your yard that attractContinue reading “Butterfly Break”

Take a Tern on the Royal Side

To be honest, when I took these photos, I may have thought these were interesting looking gulls rather than the royal terns they are! They look like balding old men to me. The royal tern is about 18-21″/46-53 cm. During breeding, it has a black crest that covers the top of it’s head, but thisContinue reading “Take a Tern on the Royal Side”