Birds, Birds, Birds…

Birds, Birds, Birds…

Here are a few more birds that I’ve seen recently while I’ve been walking through the woods…

These are pretty easy if you want to try to guess what they are.

This is the lovely, lol, Turkey Vulture. They can be found throughout all of the US and Mexico.


Here’s the Northern Flicker. This one is the Eastern “Yellow-shafted” form. It has bright yellow under its wings and tail. The Western “Red-shafted” form has salmon-pink under its wings and tail.

Here’s the last one…

The Eastern Phoebe. This one was eating berries on the edge of a swamp.

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Just a few Birds…

Just a few Birds…

It has been getting cooler and that has made it very nice to take more walks in the woods.

I haven’t seen any new bird species lately, even though there are reported sightings of many warblers in the area!

Here are some of the birds that I have seen lately. Try to guess what they are…

This is the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. They will breed up in Canada and winter in southeastern US, but they also go south to Central American and the West Indies.

Guess this bird.

This one might be a bit harder since the photo isn’t that great… But it’s the Red-shouldered Hawk. Most small birds will go silent and still whenever their around.

Last one…

This is the female Summer Tanager. They breed south from New Jersey down and over to Southern California and Northern Mexico. They winter in the tropics.

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Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Hurray! I finally managed to get a photo of a Blue Jay!!!!

Years ago I used to get lots and lots of Blue Jays eating the seeds on the ground below my bird feeders. Unfortunately, I was not a big birder at that time, so I never took any photos of them…

Lately I realized that I never had many photos of the common birds that I see or hear and the Blue Jay was one of those.

I’ve been trying to get a photo this whole year, I’ve noticed that the Blue Jay seems to stay pretty high up in the trees.

They often have a loud harsh cry, but they also have many other calls, one of them is almost identical to the scream of the Red-shouldered Hawk.

They can be found throughout all of eastern US west to the Central US.

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Photos from the Woods

Photos from the Woods

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve visited a few different parks or wildlife refuges.

Of course I was looking for birds, but there are still lots of leaves on the trees, which makes it difficult to get good photos of them…

I did want to show you some of the creatures that I did manage to see while out in the fresh air.

This is a marbled orb-weaver or pumpkin spider. They can be found in 19 states in the US and are most often seen in the fall.

This is a green frog, not to be mistaken to the green tree frog, this one was found swimming in the swamp!

I tried, I really tried, but I couldn’t figure out just which caterpillar this is! I don’t know if it will become a moth or a butterfly!!! After looking a hundreds of caterpillars on line, my best guess is the Great Ash Sphinx. It’s a moth that is found throughout most of the US… let me know if you have a better guess.

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Here are the latest visitors to my feeder.

The Carolina Chickadee and the Northern Cardinal.

The Northern Cardinal is the only red bird with a crest in North America. The female is a lot duller almost tan compared to the male. They don’t migrate, so if you see them in the spring they should be around your area in the winter too.

The Carolina Chickadee is also a permanent resident and will not migrate. They look almost identical to the Black-capped Chickadee and the only true way to properly identify them is by the location of where you see them.

Their range goes up to central New Jersey across the US to Texas and south through the southeast states.

The Black-capped Chickadee’s range is from northern New Jersey across the US to Oregon and north up into most of Canada.

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Visit to a New Park

Visit to a New Park

Last week we found a new park to go to near our home. Birders had posted seeing several bird species there recently that I hadn’t seen at all this year.

Mostly I was looking for the migrating warblers. I packed my binoculars and camera along with our lunch and some frisbees for disc golf, since there is a course at this park.

We got there, it was a bit hot and humid, but I was excited about seeing some birds!

First thing my husband wants to do is play disc golf! Oh well, I can still find some birds while playing in the woods…

I have my camera in a backpack stuck to my sweaty back, binoculars swinging around my neck as I take each of my shots for all of the 18 holes!

Let’s just say that it wasn’t one of my better games… I did really bad and I never did see any birds…

This week we decided to go over to the park again. This time I told my husband that I would walk through the woods along the course with him, but I was only looking for birds.

That actually worked out better for both of us, I got to look at birds and he was able to have a good game of disc golf without having to wait for me to shoot 2 or 3 shots for every one of his…

I never did see any new species, but I saw a lot of birds. When we got to the 18th hole, up ahead of us I saw a large brown bird fly towards me and land on a branch above my head.

It was a Barred Owl. It’s funny how I don’t know if I had ever seen one in the wild during my whole life and now I not only see one very close as it checks me out during my walk in the woods, but I have them living in my neighborhood and hear them a few times a week.

I tried not to take too many photos of this one since I have way too many photos of the one that keeps flying into my backyard!

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New Furry Friend

New Furry Friend

Recently I posted about the poor squirrel in my backyard that has the botfly larvae in its neck…

Well the other day I saw a new squirrel that had come into my backyard for a visit.

This is a fox squirrel or eastern fox squirrel. They are the largest species of tree squirrel native to North America.

I’ve seen them before around the southeastern US. They are only active during the day and they spend more time on the ground than other types of squirrels.

They are great jumpers and can easily go fifteen feet in a horizontal leap. They have no problem jumping down twenty feet or more to another limb or the ground.

Let’s hope that this one doesn’t discover my roof and attic! It took a lot of time and money to cut down all or the trees and limbs that were too close to the roof and have all the squirrel holes patched up last year!!! I don’t want another squirrel getting into my house!

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Hummingbird Feeder not Just for Hummingbirds

Hummingbird Feeder not Just for Hummingbirds

The Hummingbirds are beginning to migrate south.

I have been seeing them at the feeder each day still, but I don’t know if it is the same Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that I had nesting here over the past few months or I am seeing new ones that are migrating south.

I’ll probably keep the feeder up for a few more weeks, just in case there are some that are passing by that need some energy.

The other day I was watched as a Tufted Titmouse landed on the Hummingbird feeder.

I have seen this before, you think that the bird is just taking a rest. It found a quiet place to stop for a bit, but no…

It starts to tip over and move down the pole…

Then it takes a big drink of water from the center section of the Hummingbird feeder. It is an area that you fill with clean water to try to catch any ants that might try to get into the feed.

Birds are always looking for fresh water. I do have a bird bath nearby, but I guess it was just too much trouble for this Tufted Titmouse to fly over to it.

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The other day I thought I saw a squirrel that had a weird collar around its neck.

I thought that maybe it had gotten something stuck around its neck and it was not going to be okay…

I’ve been looking for that squirrel for the past couple of days, then today I finally saw it again.

Warning… here is a photo of the squirrel, don’t look if you are squeamish…

Can you see the large lumps on its neck? No, its not wearing Christmas bells or a hideous collar. I looked it up online to see just what the heck is happening to this squirrel…

Turns out there are fluid draining warbles or the botfly that lay their eggs on vegetation around where the squirrels live, then the larval enter the squirrel through its mouth or nose. As the larval grow, their waste eventually cause the swelling and sores.

Soon a grub like warble comes out of the sore and the squirrel will actually heal and usually grows fur again before winter hits…

So for good or for bad, this squirrel will be okay… who knew…

Sorry to have posted this, I hope I didn’t ruin your appetite! I just thought that I would pass along what I learned…

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