Category Archives: Bird List

Dickcissels!

I’ve added several bird species to my lifetime birding list in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been trying to spot a Dickcissel for several years now, and this year they have descended on the area in large numbers. My … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Common Bird

When I glanced at this bird in our lawn the other day, I just assumed it was a Fox Sparrow. A pair of Fox Sparrows spent the winter in our neighborhood, and visited our arborvitaes and feeders almost daily.  After … Continue reading

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Buzzing the Tower

I opened the shades yesterday and gasped at the sight of a black bird with a 6-foot wingspan coming in for a landing in my front yard. It was about 3 feet from my flowerbed when it caught a wind … Continue reading

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Spicing Up Things Around Here

The snow just missed us to the east where they had up to 9 inches with 50 mph wind gusts. We got the original estimate of 1-2 inches. I’ll take it! It’s been a bleak time for photography in my … Continue reading

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The Garden Inspector

As I was tucking my seedlings into my flowerbeds the other day, this bird watched me thoughtfully from the telephone wire above my head. He stayed there for a very long time inspecting my work. I had a pretty good … Continue reading

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Cheerio, Good Neighbor!

Last night after supper two birds coasted overhead and landed at the very top of a neighbor’s White Oak tree. I’m used to seeing little tiny warblers so these birds looked huge in comparison. I exclaimed “What the bloody heck … Continue reading

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The Best Birding Day Ever

For weeks I’ve been waiting for the warblers and tanagers to show up, but the oak trees have been empty. Meanwhile family and friends have reported seeing migrating birds they never get in their yards like Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings … Continue reading

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Another New Visitor

One evening last week I was looking up into the trees for any migrating birds. At first I thought I spotted an American Redstart because the bird kept flicking his tail around as redstarts often do. I snapped a few … Continue reading

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Where’s the Rest of the Gang?

This huge hawk was sitting in our neighbor’s Silver Maple the other morning watching the traffic whiz by. After I viewed it through binoculars I knew it wasn’t a Red-tailed Hawk and the bird was much too big (and the … Continue reading

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A New Arrival

I was watching some thrushes through binoculars this morning when this little bird appeared in the shrub by my window. It’s a good thing I snapped a few quick photographs before it flew away because I just assumed it was … Continue reading

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