Scarlet Tanager

Hi there! Confession time: Until recently, I mistakenly thought the most beautiful birds could only be found in the tropics, or at least anywhere BUT the mid-Atlantic U.S. I thought the only wild red bird in the midatlantic was the northern cardinal. While the northern cardinal is an absolutely gorgeous bird, it is quite common.Continue reading “Scarlet Tanager”

Cedar Waxwing

Hi there! One of my goals for this spring was to get a decent photo of a cedar waxwing. Just one was all I wanted. Finally got my wish. Here are some of the best ones: Cedar waxwings look airbrushed, don’t they? From a far distance, you might think it’s a female cardinal, but upContinue reading “Cedar Waxwing”

Beautiful Orchard Oriole

What a beautiful bird the Orchard Oriole is! I had not seen one in the wild before this spring. The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, in Cambridge, MD, was chock full of them!! Above is a female orchard oriole. As you can see, the male is a chestnut and black, while the female isContinue reading “Beautiful Orchard Oriole”

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”

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”?”