Archive for the ‘Irregular Visitors’ Category

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.

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!


A Downy Woodpecker

May 9th, 2008 Comments Off on A Downy Woodpecker

Today while watching House Sparrows devour the seed from my bird feeder, a small bird flies into our largest tree. By reflex, I look at it (through binoculars of course) and I see a small woodpecker with a red patch on it’s head and a short beak. I get my sisters camera out and start taking pictures. You must realize how hard it is to take pictures of ever-moving woodpecker in a dense tree. So, the first picture I take is the best and only picture of this bird, but not that great.

Cedar Waxwings Seen in a nearby tree

April 23rd, 2008 Comments Off on Cedar Waxwings Seen in a nearby tree

Cedar Waxwings have come to our yard before. But that was a long time ago. So here is a picture of them. Not the best quality.

Two male Goldfinches

April 22nd, 2008 Comments Off on Two male Goldfinches

My mom took this picture with my dad’s camera. I looks pretty good doesn’t it.