Category Archives: Bird ID

Feathered Friends: Brown Thrasher

I was excited when a Brown Thrasher visited my platform feeder for a few days in early September. I assumed it was a bird moving south to its winter home in the Southeastern United States. But last week another Brown … Continue reading

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Feathered Friends: Orchard Oriole

I was thrilled when a male Orchard Oriole appeared at my feeders in early May. The birds have beautiful chestnut-colored breasts and a black hood. They are only in the United States briefly in the late spring and early summer … Continue reading

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Feathered Friends: Summer Tanager

There are always a few birds that wander off their normal spring migration pattern and cause a stir among local birders. This spring our wanderer was a Summer Tanager. This bird was especially cooperative. It hung out in some trees … Continue reading

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(Not Such a) Speed Racer

There’s just never a dull moment around here. Yesterday morning I heard a very strange bird call. I only heard it once, and soon I was distracted and forgot about it. About two hours later I heard some fluttering wings … 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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Hungry Hermit

This afternoon a Hermit Thrush flew into the yard. I snapped some photos to compare with the Ovenbird that appeared this morning: At a glance their markings are similar, but the Ovenbird has an orange crown, olive back, brighter white … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Red-bellied

Mrs. Red-bellied Woodpecker made a rare appearance at the feeder recently, and I was able to snap a photo before she flew off again. You can tell the difference between male and female Red-bellied Woodpeckers by looking at their heads. … Continue reading

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Hairy and Downy

When they are flitting about in the trees, it can be difficult to tell the difference between Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers because their markings are nearly identical. If you can get a closer look, there are a few characteristics that … Continue reading

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