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.
Here are a few more birds that I’ve seen at my feeders in my backyard.
Try to guess what species these birds are… let me know how you did.
Here’s the American Goldfinch. This is the male, they have very bright bold colors. In the winter their colors will vary from a yellowish brown to a gray. I’ve seen some that look greenish, the first time I saw that I thought I found a new bird species!
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still around. I’ve had a couple of females all summer long, then a couple of weeks ago I saw a male, but I haven’t seen him in a while.
I decided to put up my bird feeder a bit early this year, since I can’t do as much birding as I would normally be doing, I thought that I’d see if the birds would start to come back if I offered them some food…
Well I guess “if you build it they will come“ is happening…
I’ve started seeing a few more birds than I had been seeing this past summer. Like the Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Carolina Wren and Eastern Bluebird. Some are just more of the same, probably the adults with their 1st years that they are still teaching.
I have also seen a few birds that weren’t in my yard at all this summer. Like the American Goldfinch, Summer Tanager, House Finch and Chipping Sparrow.
I am keeping my eye out for migrating birds. Most of the Warblers should be passing through soon and I would really like to see some of them.
Here are some photos of the birds that I have been seeing. Try to guess what they are…
This is the Tufted Titmouse. See how it has a sunflower seed, those are their favorites. They will take one seed at a time and go off and break it open with their bill, then come back for another.
Here is a House Finch. A couple of weeks ago I saw one with a growth on its bill, but this one looked okay. I haven’t seen any in my yard for a few months, but now they’ve shown up again.
The Carolina Chickadee has been around this summer, but now they are more visible since I’ve put the feeder out.
I went back to the wildlife refuge again this past week… it was a dark cloudy misty day and we saw absolutely no one!
Since we’ve been in the house basically since March (other than our birding expeditions), we’ve now started looking to find other parks to go to. We haven’t tried any new ones yet, but soon we will go to a new one and hopefully there will be different birds there that I can photograph and show you. 🙂
Here is one of the birds I saw in the swamp.
This is an juvenile White Ibis. They start out brown and will become patchy as it matures and finally becomes white.
At one point we were looking out over the large swamp and in the thick woods behind us we heard a low howl! At first I thought it must be some kid pretending to be “Bigfoot.” Then came several other crazy loud howling/screaming sounds. (I slowly moved closer to the car)…
After listening to my bird app (I was assuming it was a bird), we decided that it was probably the Barred Owl. Let me know if you’ve ever heard them calling with those howls and screens. I’ve heard a pair of them making calls sort of like it at my house, but this was only one and it sounded a bit different…
This bird we found in another smaller swamp further into the refuge.
It’s an immature Little Blue Heron. At first glance you may think it’s a Snowy Egret or a Great Egret, but when you look closely at this bird you’ll see the identifiers. The legs are greenish, not yellow with yellow feet or black. The bill is bluish with a black tip.
The 1st year they are white, then in the 2nd year they will go into the “calico” phase, where they are a patchy white and blue. Finally when they are adults they will be a solid dark blue-gray.
It’s funny how the Little Blue Heron starts out white then turns dark and the White Ibis starts out dark then turns white…