Wood Duck Wednesday

Well, look at this pretty lady! What is it about wood ducks? Is it their dramatic eyes? Their crest? The pretty blue feathers mixed in with the soft browns? While I haven’t spotted the extravagantly colored male, I’ve really learned to appreciate the females this season! I hope you are having a good week focusedContinue reading “Wood Duck Wednesday”

No Such Thing as an Ugly Baby

Do you believe there’s such a thing as an ugly baby? Today, I was with someone who chose another elevator because there was a baby on the first one & she “doesn’t like babies.” Waaa? I am just the opposite–I love ’em! Big, little, fat, scrawny, long, short, quiet or loud… If I could getContinue reading “No Such Thing as an Ugly Baby”

From the Bridge (part two)

Continuing with the baby series, although now we are really getting into juvenile birds. These birds are on their own, but not quite fully with their adult plumage. Last time, I highlighted a juvenile black capped night heron we spotted from a bridge that crosses a marshy part of a lake. At the same time,Continue reading “From the Bridge (part two)”

Bring the Camera Every Time!

When I started to do a series of “baby” posts, I didn’t know how many baby bird photos I had taken and would take! Last week, my walking/hiking/birding buddies and I were on an EXERCISE walk, NOT a birding walk. Recently, I decided to carry my camera on EVERY walk & hike, not just birdingContinue reading “Bring the Camera Every Time!”

Sweet Swallows

Can you stand the cuteness?!? These adorable little tree swallows appear to be getting their courage up to fledge their nest. On the day this photo was taken, there were several bird houses, all bursting with baby bird preciousness–tree swallows and bluebirds. Above, proud parents tending their young. Below, this brave almost-fledgling working on it’sContinue reading “Sweet Swallows”

What the Hawk?!?

Continuing with my baby bird series… Last year, I noticed a hawk family had taken up residence in the woods behind my home. I wasn’t “into” birding at that time, but was certainly interested in this new development. The impact they would have on my feeder birds was of concern as well. At that time,Continue reading “What the Hawk?!?”

Mystery Solved

How about this beauty? Any idea what it is?? We beginner birders were stumped. Upon asking around, we heard people say it was a snowy egret, a little egret, maybe a young great egret… It is amazing the small differences that separate two different species or subspecies. At the time of this photo, I couldContinue reading “Mystery Solved”

Duck, Duck, Goose

Do you remember the children’s game “Duck, Duck, Goose”? I just loved that game back in the day! This season, I feel like I’ve been playing the adult version of the game, with so many duck and goose families popping up wherever I go walking or birding. Is there anything cuter than a duckling? CanContinue reading “Duck, Duck, Goose”

Little Pop of Color

Here’s another installment of the baby bird series! Look at this cutie!! A little female northern cardinal youngster. Everything I read says that juvenile northern cardinals have black beaks until their first molt… but this little lady had her orange beak, but with what looks to me to be juvenile plumage. No matter what herContinue reading “Little Pop of Color”