I think today was such good bird day  I decided to record all the birds seen or heard. It is so cool to watch all these birds having fun in our yard. Italicized are bird heard not seen.

Mourning Dove

Great Crested Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Wood-Pewee

House Sparrow

American Robin

Northern Mockingbird

European Starlings

Blue Jay

House Finch

Northern Cardinal

Common Grackle

Great-tailed Grackle

Downy Woodpecker

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.

7 Sparrows in a Tree

May 12th, 2008 Comments Off on 7 Sparrows in a Tree

House Sparrows love our yard. They mostly like the seed. We saw enough Sparrows to make anybody sick of them. Once there were 10-20 Sparrows under our bird-feeder. Most of the time anywhere from 6-30 birds were around. But not one male. I think there were only juveniles and females (Maybe even no females). My dad took this picture of 7 birds in one branch.

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.

Sir, Carolina Wren the Loud Beak

May 8th, 2008 Comments Off on Sir, Carolina Wren the Loud Beak

Carolina Wren are small in size but big in voice. They are so loud. In case some of you do not know what these hyperactive birds look like, I included a picture. It was shot a few days ago.

Carolina Wren audio clip

Me and my dad went to Arbor Hills Nature Preserve today and a after 10 minutes walking, I heard the Painted Bunting. We followed the sound until we saw it in a tree. We got several pictures until it flew away. We heard it at other times during our walk along with the Indigo Bunting.