This is a selection of some of the birds around where I live.
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) These are common in open fields. They're so pretty, it's a thrill every time I see one.
Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) This beautiful little guy came to my window today and peered in curiously. He then flew up to one of the porch rafters and sang his lovely song very loudly.
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major ) There are quite a few in the neighborhood, but none right around my house. That's okay, because once they discover a birdbath, it's almost impossible to keep it clean and filled. They remind me of jays with their crankiness and lack of fear of humans.
House finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) There are scads of these around. Across the driveway from me is a one-room house that the owner uses to store stuff. These finches have easy access to the interior as the tin roof fits loosely on the eaves. It's quite an experience to go in there and see the place full of birds -- and it's loud. Be sure to listen to their song in the link -- most pleasant.
Those house finches really get around,we have them here,I love them. Their song is quite loud as you say. And the grackles,thousands.Quite a nuisance in some areas but fortunately not in my garden. I think the crows keep them at bay.
I have a very large Pachypodium lamerei ("Madagascar palm") on my porch which is in my line of sight when I sit at the computer. A bird kept visiting the plant, but I couldn't get a good look because he'd be hidden by the leaves. I finally saw that he was building a nest in the crotch of the very spiny branches: These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago. You can see the nest was in its early stages: . I kept trying to get a good look at the bird, but even with the binoculars it was hard, as he'd be in silhouette against the light, plus the pachypodium is in full, showy flower right now:
Lately the bird has been sitting on the nest, singing loud arias that are amplified by the metal roof right over his leafy house. I finally got a good look, and it's a house finch (2nd to the last bird in the OP). Today I got up on the ladder and saw how nicely the nest had been made and what a perfect cradle it is for the four little eggs inside:
OMG! What a gorgeous blue! Have never seen a bird that deep a shade. I've seen the Rose Breasted Grosbeak once on a telephone wire while riding my bike late one summer in NY. His song caught my attention. Nothing compared to your lovely blue guy. I'm sure you'll be keeping your eyes peeled for future sightings! What a treat!
I was pretty thrilled. I thought it was an indigo bunting, as that's the only other bird I've ever seen in that shade. Looked it up, & the indigo bunting is apparently only here during the winter. It's no good for taking along bird watching, but the internet really helps with bird identification. I guess the trick would be to take along pencil & paper to make notes on bird sightings.
Seeing that rose-breasted grosbeak must have been super exciting.
Thanks, Tilly. This is the niftiest house for watching birds. It was empty for five or six years, so the birds are really used to flying through the porch. Also, the windows are slightly tinted, so they can't see me moving around inside. I finally got a (somewhat blurry) picture of "my" vermilion flycatcher: .
I'm hoping other people will want to start threads about birds where they live. I still also use a bird book for identification, but the internet is fantastic for that.
Until you write your book on the hunched hawks of Notre Dame, familiarize yourself with your surroundings with this audio aid. It took un an et un jour to load, but it's worth it, not least because the rainette verte is included. (also the vent!)
Yet another bird update, with a photo taken yesterday. They create quite a racket now when they want to be fed. I couldn't figure out what those fat objects on the edge of the nest were in the photo above. When I took the picture yesterday, light dawned -- that's poo-poo! Erk. And in the new picture, the teensy white specks are the lice walking around on the birdies. Nature is disgusting!
Look how the pachypodium -- the tree hosting the nest -- is still flowering so nicely!
Those little guys have grown so fast! Yes,most all have lice,the parent birds pick them off until they are old enough to groom themselves. What a beautiful "house" they chose for their nest. Thanks for these.
That would be great, Gringalais, as you seem to be our sole South America "correspondent". Always love reading about where you live and your travels.
Well, the baby bird saga is ended. Yesterday afternoon there was a bunch of activity around the nest, as all the aunts and uncles came to help teach the little guys to fly. There were at least four adults involved, flitting back & forth from the nest to the nearest tree, the eaves of the porch, and the nearby power lines. I tried to catch four together on the power lines, but only got one and one taking off. Just a few minutes ago I was outside leaning over the new porch planting when I felt little eyes on me. Less than two feet from my face was a baby bird looking up curiously. Zipped back for the camera, but when I came back out he flew away. Although sorry I didn't get his picture, I was glad to see he was able to fly and recognized possible danger. I then climbed up to peer into the nest, which is indeed empty. I'd wondered what happened to the fourth egg, and there is a baby bird corpse in the abandoned nest.
Bixa, it has been very special following the saga of your birds! I have never been so 'close' to this. It must be wonderful to have all of these beauties flying so close to your home. Since it was abandoned for so long they are not afraid and probably are wondering about you.
We have had two pair of cardinals that have been hanging out. Kirk has pictures so I will see if he can send them to me.
We also have a Harris Hawk that lives in our front tree. No picture. We also have many of the hummingbirds, and a tiny little bird with green and yellow.
Bixa, the first bird on your post, reminds me that yesterday hanging from our hummingbird feeder. we think it was s a Hooded Oriole, which I checked in our Field Guid for Birds of North America. He went away too fast, no picture but we hopefully will get another chance.
When you're chewing on life's gristle[br]Don't grumble, give a whistle[br]And this'll help things turn out for the best...[br]And...always look on the bright side of life...[br]Always look on the light side of life.[br]Monty Python's Life of Brian[br]
Oh, I am so thrilled to see that woodpecker. There used to be tons of them when I first moved to Covington in 1990, when there were still lots of trees & way fewer people.
I miss cardinals, T63! I used to love to see a pair of them at the bird feeder, the way one would watch out so the other one could eat with security. There aren't any here. Hope you get to see the oriole again.