Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) feeding 17 year Cicada's to nestlings

July 07, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The explosion of the 17 year Cicada happened in my area last summer. It was quite a feeding frenzy for the birds.

This Eastern Bluebird fed its nestlings all day on the ends of the cicadas.

 

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 5494Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 5494Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), bringing food to nestlings. Feeding on 17 year Cicada, Late spring. Western Pennsylvania. USA
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Wood Thrush on her nest

May 19, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

While out walking my birding trail I came across this female Wood Thrush incubating her eggs.

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 6575Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 6575Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), female on her nest. Western Pennsylvania, USA -
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American Woodcock

May 05, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

I found this American Woodcock sitting on eggs. It was very cold out this day. Only 40 degrees.

 

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 6557American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 6557American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) female on nest. Western Pennsylvania, May 2020. Early Spring. Weather very cold only in the 40’s today.


Northern Mockingbird

December 26, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Northern  Mockingbird,( Mimus polyglottos) 6166.tifNorthern Mockingbird,( Mimus polyglottos) 6166.tifNorthern Mockingbird,( Mimus polyglottos),Early Winter. The bird was eating berries.
Western Pennsylvania, USA
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Northern Mockingbird,( Mimus polyglottos),Western Pennsylvania.Early Winter.

The bird was eating berries.

 


Eastern Bluebirds in Winter

December 26, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)-6267Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)-6267Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) Western Pennsylvania.Early Winter. Foraging on the ground for insects.
Fruits are especially important when insects are scarce in the winter. Some preferred winter food sources include dogwood, hawthorn, wild grape, and sumac, and hackberry seeds. Supplemental fruits eaten include black raspberries, bayberries, fruit of honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, eastern juniper, and pokeberries. Bluebirds feed by perching on a high point, such as a branch or fence post, and swooping down to catch insects on or near the ground. The availability of a winter food source will often determine whether or not a bird will migrate. If bluebirds do remain in a region for the winter, they group and seek cover in heavy thickets, orchards, or other areas in which adequate food and cover resources are available.
From Wikipedia
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)-6270Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)-6270Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) Western Pennsylvania.Early Winter.The bluebirds were very active and flying in and out of my nest boxes.

Bluebirds were everywhere this morning. It was quite warm for December in Pennsylvania. They were flying around and fighting

with each other. It was more like spring behavior.


American Goldfinch- male and female, eating seeds from purple coneflower.

November 10, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

American Goldfinch, (Spinus tristis) Western Pennsylvania, on Purple Coneflower, seed head.

Goldfinches love the seedheads of coneflowers. They gather every fall on my flowers.

American Goldfinch-(Spinus tristis) 6646American Goldfinch-(Spinus tristis) 6646American Goldfinch, (Spinus tristis) Western Pennsylvania, on Purple Coneflower, seed head.

 

American Goldfinch, (Spinus tristis) Western Pennsylvania, on Purple Coneflower, seed head.

Goldfinches love the seedheads of coneflowers. They gather every fall on my flowers.


Bald Eagle, getting a drink just before dark.

July 15, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) -5670 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Allegheny National Forest, Kinzua Reservoir. drinking water.
Early summer, Western Pennsylvania. This eagle flew down for a drink just before dark. The eagle was wearing a blue leg band.

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 5670Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 5670Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Allegheny National Forest, Kinzua Reservoir. drinking water. Early summer, Western Pennsylvania. This eagle flew down for a drink just before dark. The eagle was wearing a blue leg band.
Kinzua Reservoir is listed as an Important Bird Area in the Allegheny National Forest. Western Pennsylvania. USA

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Osprey - Nestlings

July 13, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Osprey, adult and nestlings. Kinzua Reservoir in the Allegheny National Forest.

early July.

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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 5606Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 5606Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Allegheny National Forest, Kinzua Reservoir. Nest with 3 nestlings and adult. Early summer, Western Pennsylvania.


Singing Wood Thrush

May 26, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

The Wood Thrush returns to my woods every spring.  They sing all morning and then again

in the evening, while claiming their territory.

 


Florida Scrub-Jay

April 13, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

My first ever photo of a Florid Scrub - Jay. The photo was taken in the Ocala National Forest, near Astor, Florida.

Several of the birds were wearing bands on their legs. One had blue bands and the other had Red, on the left leg

and silver and white bands on the right leg.

There was a nest nearby with 4 eggs.

 

Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) 4637Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) 4637Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens), seen in the Ocala National Forest. There was a nesting pair, with other Jays nearby. Nest was found with 4 eggs.


Saint John's River - Astor Florida - Images

April 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Double-crested Cormorant eating a fish.

Taken on the Saint John's River, near Astor Florida. Cormorant, Double-crested, (Phalacrocorax auritus) 3132Cormorant, Double-crested, (Phalacrocorax auritus) 3132Cormorant, Double-crested, (Phalacrocorax auritus) , eating fish caught in the Saint John's River.

 

 

 

Limpkin Mom with fluffy little chicks. Saint's John's River, near Astor Florida.

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) 2781Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) 2781Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) along Blue Creek, on the Saint John's river near Astor Florida. Female with small chicks swimming across a creek.

White-tailed fawnWhite-tailed fawnWhite-tailed fawn, digital art, Pennsylvania

 

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Birding Links of Interest

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 8678Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 8678Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) male, Western Pennsylvania. Spring American Birding Association

 


Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1911Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1911Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) male, singing for a mate in early spring. Western Pennsylvania Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

Northern Cardinal-male-5076.tifNorthern Cardinal-male-5076.tifNorthern Cardinal,( Cardinalis cardinalis) male, Western Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology

 

 

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 3795Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 3795Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) The eagle was watching fish down below in the water and flew down and carried one off. Kinzua Reservoir is listed as an Important Bird Area in the Allegheny National Forest. Western Pennsylvania. USA

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