February 28, 2013

February 27, 2013

Checking out our front yard.

We had a group of seven turkeys come into the front yard the other day.
They stayed a few minutes then something spooked them and they flew up into the trees.
Turkeys were reintroduced to our area about 10 years ago and seem to be doing very well.

Always fun to watch them fly.

Taken through the kitchen window.

Meleagris gallopavo

February 26, 2013

Do you come here often?

Do you come here often? by ricmcarthur
Do you come here often?, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
There were about 20 American coots feeding on grass at the edge of a road, looked like a flock of free range chickens.

They would wander over and drink from this roadside puddle.

Fairly large at 15 inches they are a ducklike bird with a blackish head and neck, slate grey body and a white bill. It's big feet are lobed.

Fulica americana

February 25, 2013

This explains why there were no birds at the feeders.

A coopers hawk was sitting in the tree at the back of the yard.
From there he had a good view of the entire feeding area.

After he left it took 10 minutes for the smaller birds to come back to the yard.

Accipiter cooperii

February 22, 2013

Evolutionary adaptation?

Evolutionary adaptation? by ricmcarthur
Evolutionary adaptation?, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
American bitterns extend their necks and freeze blending into the background.
Frogs and fish don't seem to realize the bird is there until it is to late.
When we drift by they raise their heads to blend in even more.

botaurus lentiginosus

February 21, 2013

A windy day

A windy day by ricmcarthur
A windy day, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
This great egret is in full breeding plumage and the wind has ruffled the plumes.
A large bird at 39 inches, white with mainly yellow bill. The legs and feet are black.
This was taken in Texas at a nesting site.

ardea alba

February 15, 2013

Look up, way, way up.

Look up, way, way up. by ricmcarthur
Look up, way, way up., a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
At the very top ot the tree there is a golden-winged warbler.
Not one I see very often and this is a typical look.
Birders suffer from warbler neck during migration.
Wonder why they call it warbler neck?

vermivora chrysoptera

February 14, 2013

Ruby throated hummingbird

Ruby throated hummingbird by ricmcarthur
Ruby throated hummingbird, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
A little taste of summer.
These are regular summer visitors to our yard, we have had as many as 15 at one time.
They spend more time chasing each other than they do feeding.

archilochus colubris

February 11, 2013

Our pink toed, rat tailed visitor

We have two or three opossums that visit our feeders for a free meal.
With their pink toes and bare tail they are almost cute.

February 08, 2013

Waiting for the food truck, a.k.a. Mom

There is a heron rookery across the bay from the park with about 12 nests.
Each spring we go over on the boat to get a few photographs.

Ardea herodias

February 06, 2013

Crested Caracara

Crested Caracara by ricmcarthur
Crested Caracara, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
A large, long-legged,big headed, long necked bird of prey that we saw in Texas.
They are fairly common along the gulf coast.Caracara cheriway

February 05, 2013

Brown jay and a red winged blackbird

While in Texas last year we had a brown jay cross the border and visit a feeding station we were at.
You can get an idea of its size by comparing it to the red-winged blackbird.

cyanocorax morio

February 04, 2013

Not rare, not fancy

Not rare, not fancy by ricmcarthur
Not rare, not fancy, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
But the American goldfinch is still a touch of colour in the middle of winter.
Third straight day of snow.
Bah, humbug.

Spinus tristis 

February 01, 2013

Box seats

Box seats by ricmcarthur
Box seats, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
With the Super Bowl coming up even Crash and Oz want box seats for the big show.