Eastern Screech Owl

Hi there! It’s been awhile since my last post. But now, I’m ready to get going with some great new posts!! I took these photos back in November and it has taken this long to work through the hundreds of pics to share the best with you. Three of us were going about our business,Continue reading “Eastern Screech Owl”

Happy New Year!

Before saying goodbye to 2020, here is 35Sparrows year in review. Enjoy! Welcome 2021! Thank you so much for following my blog & commenting. This has been a fun journey. Looking forward to sharing more bird & nature pics with you!!

Very Special Pine Siskins!

One day this fall, looking out the window, I saw a flock of small, heavily-streaked birds with just a touch of yellow on their wings. They were a little like goldfinches, but not really. A quick search revealed these birds were pine siskins! You may ask, “What is so special about pine siskins?” Pine siskinsContinue reading “Very Special Pine Siskins!”

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

What do you think of this sweet juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker? Such a pretty bird! This happens to be the most migratory of the woodpeckers. This bird is eyeing the fruit on the tree & we had the pleasure of watching it put a big dent in it. Sapsuckers are known to drill uniform rows ofContinue reading “Yellow-bellied Sapsucker”

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”

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”

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”?”

Whimbrel

Well, here is another bird I had never heard of before this summer! What a beautiful bill!! This is another photo taken from the boat and I did not know at the time what exactly this bird was. The whimbrel is a shorebird that’s larger than most, at 17″/43 cm. Notice how the bill curvesContinue reading “Whimbrel”

American Oystercatcher

This season has been shorebird heaven for me! While visiting Cape May, NJ, my friends and I took a boat ride to explore what shorebirds might be there. Whoa! Were there shorebirds!! There were many American oystercatchers like the one above. They were walking along during low tide, poking their bills into the sand, foragingContinue reading “American Oystercatcher”