Archive for the ‘New Sightings’ Category

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.

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

Eastern Wood-Pewee! (Oh, boy!)

May 15th, 2008 Comments Off on Eastern Wood-Pewee! (Oh, boy!)

It seems that ever since I started blogging, new birds are just attracted to our yard (or me) like magnets. The latest magnet, I mean bird, is the Eastern Wood-Pewee. It was a small mostly black with two slightly faint wing bars, and a orange lower mandible (lower part of the beak). It was cool how it darted off of its perch and tried to catch little bugs out of air. The beak looks white because it is really shiny. I may have a video of it soon, so watch for that.

Now a Swainson’s Thrush!

May 14th, 2008 Comments Off on Now a Swainson’s Thrush!

Looking off into the dead bushes to the side of yard, mom sees a mockingbird-thrasher thing. I look through binoculars and as fast a possible I say, “That’s a Hermit Thrush!” I’m usually wrong on the first guess, and this was no exception. I was fairly close, after some digging through my Sibley’s guide, I find that it was a Swainson’s Thrush. It was so funny watching it’s Robin-like runs and there upright stance. At one point there were two hopping around under the bushes.

While watching a House Sparrow (its always a House Sparrow) I see a little tiny bird moving around in a small bush. I look and see an approximately 5 inch bird with a blue mask, black eyes, yellowish flanks and belly, greenish wings with no wing bars. I was so surprised and tried to take a picture, but the batteries weren’t charged. That’s why I included a description. Here is a link to some info about the Mourning Warbler.

After the Great Crested Flycatchers, had gone I look into our bushes to see a little bird flirting around. I didn’t look like a House Sparrow, but I wasn’t too concerned. The first thing I notice, is a bold white ring around the eye. After seeing this beautiful bird, I am speechless. Me and my dad try to take good pictures, but they were so little (5-5 1/2 in). I looked through my Sibley’s Guide, and after some process of elimination, I finally got the Least Flycatcher. The Least Flycatcher is only found in Texas during its migration.

The bird is at the top of the bushes.

Great Crested Flycatcher on our Wire

May 13th, 2008 Comments Off on Great Crested Flycatcher on our Wire

While my sisters where washing dishes, one runs to me and tells me to look at the birds on the wire outside our backyard. Looking through my binoculars I see two Great Crested Flycatchers. After watching for a bit, they start catching flies. I was so cool to watch. They swoop into the air and catch a little fly, in mid air too. This is the first time we’ve seen them in our yard.

Baltimore Oriole Seen!

April 23rd, 2008 Comments Off on Baltimore Oriole Seen!

While looking for the Cedar Waxwing, a “Robin” flies into the same tree. For no particular reason, I looked through my binoculars at this bird. Of all things, I looked at it and said, “That’s no Robin, it’s an Oriole. I think the Baltimore Oriole.” I was right. I took the best pictures I could. It turned out there was a Robin in the tree also.

Male & Female American Goldfinch Sighted

April 19th, 2008 Comments Off on Male & Female American Goldfinch Sighted

No other finch-type bird had ever come until this morning. I was preparing to follow through with the dull task of mowing the lawn when my mom says we have the Yellow Warbler. She points the bird the bird out to me; I then observed it through binoculars which was then proceeded by my statement in which I sayed that it was an American Goldfinch. Afterwards another adult was seen then followed by the sighting of two adult  females. The excitement was high so no pictures were taken.

Eurasian Collared-dove Sighted!

April 15th, 2008 Comments Off on Eurasian Collared-dove Sighted!

Today I come home from school and looked out my bird watching window and there was a white pigeon-sized bird under my bird-feeder. I grabbed my binoculars to get a better look at this new bird. After looking through my Sibley’s Guide to Birds,I concluled that it was the Eurasian Collared-dove. No pictures are available because the batteries for my sister’s camera were not charged. I will attempt to gain pictures and post them ASAP.