Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks [Dendrocygna autumnalis] are one of the oddest North American ducks. These “tree ducks” do nest in trees and will use nest boxes much like the more common Wood Ducks. However, these ducks share similarities with geese and swans with “their lack of sexual dimorphism, relatively long-term pair bonds, and lack of complex pair-forming
The White-crowned Sparrows with brown crowns (aka, 1st year birds), always seem to be a bit more bold than those with the sharp white and black crowns. Digiscoped with our sweet Swarovski 80 HD spotting scope and “old reliable” the Canon Rebel XTi.
The Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) is a marvelous majestic bird we always get excited about. Cranes are fun to watch, especially if you get a chance to watch them dance! The “dance” of the Sandhill Crane is well known. Pairs engage in elaborate bowing displays with outstretched wings and leap high into the air. Often,
This week’s Skywatch is a Red-tailed Hawk that was busy making his presence known. Gotta love their screeeeee!! Check out more Skywatch photos!
The Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) is a spunky little brown species with a chattery call. This year, our luck finding these guys was touch and go. One explanation might be that they are very nomadic and never stay put for long. We also found out from our local bird experts that they will move south
Graceful in the sky, Turkey Vultures are far from ugly The Turkey Vulture is often unappreciated even with their important role on the carrion clean-up crew. Although they will also sometimes eat crops and other vegetation, carrion comprises most of their diet. Turkey Vultures have a well-developed sense of smell (more than most other birds)
Orchard Orioles [Icterus spurius] are a burnt orange color and are often under-appreciated when compared to their more flamboyant cousins, the Baltimore Oriole. But these important pollinators are a great joy to have visit your yard, and can be attracted to nectar feeders like other orioles. Only loosely territorial, the Orchard Oriole is often described
Wood Ducks [Aix sponsa] are colorful ducks of the woods (no kidding!). They easily can be considered the most beautiful of all the waterfowl but it is what their nestlings do that is most attention-grabbing. The Wood Duck nests in trees near water, sometimes directly over water, but other times up to 2 km (1.2