The Harbinger of Spring

The first (and so far the only) robin of the season arrived just over a week ago at the end of January. A couple of days later I saw it again and followed it all around the back garden until I finally was able to capture it in this photo. Robin’s Come by William Warner…

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Cold

It’s my first time participating in Dutch Goes the Photo‘s Tuesday challenge.  You can participate or view other interpretations of cold here.

Our Daily Visitor: The Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpeckers live year-round in our part of the Southeastern U.S., but we haven’t seen many in past years.  In the past few weeks, however, we’ve seen them daily at the bird feeder. Red-bellied woodpecker facts: These birds sometimes wedge large nuts into bark crevices, then whack them into manageable pieces using their beaks. They also…

Headed North?

The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a small woodpecker, winters here in the southeastern portion of the U.S. and then migrates northward as far as northern Canada to breed in the summer.  Most of our winter birds are still here, but the sapsuckers must be headed north, as they have disappeared.

Winter Birds: Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee facts: The Carolina Chickadee looks very much like a Black-capped Chickadee, with a black cap, black bib, gray wings and back, and whitish underside, but Carolina Chickadees are found in the American South, while Black-capped Chickadees are found in the North.   In a narrow band from northern New Jersey to Kansas, however, Black-capped and Carolina…

Winter birds: Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse facts: The Tufted Titmouse is a regular at backyard bird feeders, especially in winter. They prefer sunflower seeds but will eat suet, peanuts, and other seeds as well. Tufted Titmice hoard food in fall and winter, a behavior they share with many of their relatives, including the chickadees and tits. They store many of the seeds they…

Winter birds: Blue Jay

  Blue Jay facts: A large crested songbird, the Blue Jay is larger than a robin but smaller than a crow.  It is quite familiar to most people in the U.S., especially in the central and eastern portions of the country. Blue Jays have a large variety of calls that carry long distances, including raucous jeers, gurgling sounds,…

Winter birds: Fox Sparrow

    At least I think these are Fox Sparrows.  If anyone knows differently, please let me know. Fox Sparrow facts: Fox Sparrows vary greatly across their range but generally are rust-brown above with a mix of rust and gray on the head, and heavy brownish splotches on the flanks and the center of the chest. They…