Old Friend, New Location

July 27th, 2009 Comments Off on Old Friend, New Location

The Painted Bunting has been seen on several occasions. Once at Cedar Ridge Preserve, and once at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. But today, just for a few seconds, I saw a Painted Bunting in our back yard! I couldn’t believe it. I was just sitting on a couch in our sun room when a small red, blue, and yellow bird flies on to a nearby fence. It was so cool! After it stood there, it flew away.

Turkey Day

November 27th, 2008 2 Comments

Today is Thanksgiving Day, so I figured that I should do a blog on the turkey that appears on our table. The Turkey we have is called Meleagris Gallopavo ( Wild Turkey, go figure ) and because of people transferring them for reasons of conservation they exist in 49 states. Turkeys look so funny (living) because they look so fat and fluffy, and suprisingly they can fly but only short distances.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

November 3rd, 2008 Comments Off on Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Today, I was doing school when my mom told me to come down to look at this bird. She said it looked a little bit like a Downy Woodpecker flitting around one of our trees. I look at it through binoculars and thought to my self,”The beak is to long. The body is too big. Weird feather patterns. Wow, a white wing bar!” Luckily the bird stayed in our yard for a while, so I could observe it in flight. And sure enough, while it was in flight, I saw a yellow belly. I then consulted my Sibley’s Guide, and concluded that it was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Molting Season

September 9th, 2008 1 Comment

Here is a note to birders who may be confused identifying birds.

Right now it is molting season. The season were juveniles turn into adults. And the season were birds change there feathers. This is called molting. Some birds molt to simply get a new batch of feathers; others molt to change there feathers. Such is the case with baby birds turning into adults. It is a little harder to ID birds if there molting and you don’t into that consideration. For example, a few days ago my dad was leaving for work, and as we are saying good-bye we see a weird looking bird. It had a VERY short tail, it was hard to tell the color, and it had a long black, blackbird-type beak. At fist glance, I thought it was a Meadowlark. But when I looked closer is saw it was just a molting male Great-tailed Grackle. So just be careful not to be to hasty with identifing birds, espesially in this season.

Bird of the Week

August 5th, 2008 1 Comment

The Bird of the Week is the:

Northern Cardinal

The Northern Cardinal is the state bird in:

Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
North Carolina
Ohio
Virginia

The Cardinal like the following seeds:

Black Oil Sunflower

Millet

Cracked Corn (especially)

Milo

Wheat

Birds I saw in San Antonio

July 19th, 2008 Comments Off on Birds I saw in San Antonio

Hey everybody, I think this is the first blog I’ve written since I’ve come back from San Antonio. Here is a list of birds I saw (though I’m sure there were more) names with stars by them are new birds.

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Rock Pigeon

Northern Mockingbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

* Bronzed Cowbird

Barn Swallow

* Killdeer

House Sparrow

Blue-winged Teal

Brown Thrasher, Only Seen For an Instant

June 15th, 2008 Comments Off on Brown Thrasher, Only Seen For an Instant

Firstly, Happy Father’s Day to all you father’s out there. OK, It started like this. Mom and Dad are eating sushi (yum!), and for some reason I don’t remember I go to the kitchen sink and look out the window there. All of a sudden a brown jay-winged but a little smaller flies into one of our bushes. I knew in an instant it was a Brown Thrasher. In the 06-07 breeding season a pair of Thrashers nested in our yard. This year (07-08) two Carolina Wrens nested. Who will come next?

Red-tailed Hawk Makes Appearance

June 11th, 2008 Comments Off on Red-tailed Hawk Makes Appearance

A long time ago, I read that Blue Jays, though they are pests, can assist in knowing if a hawk or eagle is around. The Blue Jays will usually start screeching. With that in mind, today I heard Blue Jays going CRAZY up in our tallest tree. To look up I had to bend down (far) and look up. When I finally get into a comfortable position and I study the situation-5 to 8 Blue Jays (screeching and dive-bombing hawk), 1 squirrel (apparently dead), 1 Red-tailed Hawk (devouring squirrel). Actually, I wasn’t able to ID the hawk until it flew away. While the hawk was around, My sister noticed a LIVING squirrel hiding and still as a statue plus petrified. I got a little worried about the small songbirds when the hawk came 4-5 times. eak!

 

Sorry, Not Much Dedication

June 9th, 2008 Comments Off on Sorry, Not Much Dedication

Hey everybody,

I haven’t had much time to expand this blog because¬†I have other priorities. Also expect a three week silence starting June 19th until some time during the first week of July(I think).

-Jonathan (Admin)

Lots of Birds at our Back Porch

May 27th, 2008 Comments Off on Lots of Birds at our Back Porch

Mourning Doves occasionally come to our back porch, and House Sparrows discovered it a few days ago. But today was different. As me and my sister were getting her camera, then I froze at the sight of tons of birds on our porch. I froze that not only to get a better look but to not scare them away (House Sparrows are very touchy). I was blown away at the number of types and population. There were Mourning (1) and White-winged Doves (7), House Sparrows (?), and Brown-headed Cowbirds (2).