The hummingbird we see most often around our house is the Rufous Hummingbird. I can usually hear their wings buzzing by before I actually spot them.
Birds ’round Here: Evening Grosbeak
A flock of Evening Grosbeak’s showed up last week, which is why I chose them to highlight this month. The bold color of the males are pretty awesome.
Birds ’round Here: Violet-Green Swallow
Nature has a beautiful way of letting me know spring has arrived. The trilliums are the first to bloom and the Violet-green Swallows are the first migrating birds to arrive. They usually show up with about 30 of their friends and spend their days darting around catching insects.
2017 Great Backyard Bird Count
Another year, another Great Backyard Bird Count. Typically I do a combination of counting birds in public areas, as well as around our home. This year I only counted birds near our house. Everyday I pretty much saw the same species of birds. A number of them were the same birds that have been around awhile. But, the Golden-crowned Kinglet, Black-capped Chickadees, and Hairy Woodpecker
Birds ’round Here: Gray Jay
The bird I picked for March is the Gray Jay. They have a bit of a nasty reputation for being food thieves, but I like them anyway. I’m not going to lie, the majority of the reason I like them is because they aren’t too frightened of me. I can get close-ish for photos. They don’t pay much attention to me and continue with whatever
Birds ’round Here: Spotted Towhee
This month I am highlighting the Spotted Towhee. Their bold color pattern is a lovely contrast to our mostly even toned birds.
Birds ’round Here: Golden-crowned Sparrow
It’s no secret that I love birds. Since getting a decent camera I have enjoyed trying to take photos of these mostly shy creatures. To help me sort through photos of individual species, and learn along the way, I’m going to highlight one bird species we see at our house each month through 2017. This first highlighted bird is a common one ’round here: the
2016 Great Backyard Bird Count
This weekend was the once a year Great Backyard Bird Count. This is my 6th year participating and 2 things are for sure. I’ll seek and find birds. It will also rain. This year the weather did cooperate a little more than usual, meaning it rained and was foggy but wasn’t crazy stormy. Sometimes I even saw the sun. Friday, I went to a park
2015 Great Backyard Bird Count
This is my 5th year participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count & for the first time the weather was great. We have had a very mild winter & it seems spring is arriving early. Unfortunately, it was a busy weekend & I didn’t get to look for birds as much as I had hoped
2014 Great Backyard Bird Count
This last weekend was The Great Backyard Bird Count. It’s a citizen science project that simply requires us to record the birds we saw over the weekend. I’ve taken part in the GBBC the last couple years & one thing’s for certain – the 2nd weekend in February at our house is going to be crummy weather & terrible for birding.
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