Category Archives: Bird Behavior

Long-legged Feeders

Some birds, like these Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Great-blue Heron, stand still and suddenly strike their prey. The Reddish Egret is known for its “dancing” to scare up fish. This guy was resting when we saw him. This Tri-color … Continue reading

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Gone Fishing

Sally spotted a Green Heron while we were birding at South Padre Island Birding Center and we watched him get lunch. When he leaned way over, he nearly toppled and I missed the shot because I laughed, but he recovered … Continue reading

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Nesting Time

One of our favorite birds has become the Phainopepla. We just love how this guy struts his stuff, posing like a male model, feeding like a flycatcher, whistling and calling like a Northern Cardinal. The other day at Organ Pipe … Continue reading

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Companions

While I record each species we see and use eBird to track birds as we travel, my birding partner is more interested in "slow birding" – taking time to "smell the flowers" – to mix metaphors. It’s got me seeing … Continue reading

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Watching Wood Ducks — A Guest Post

Yes, even though it’s a cool spring, the real estate market is hot!!  Location, location, location… This neighborhood has mature trees, a small pond, is close the commuter rail and is frequented by birds and birders often during spring migration. … Continue reading

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The Amazing Buffleheads

A wonderful guest post by Sue McGrath … I’ve been watching a small flotilla of Buffleheads on Plum Island this week. It’s Butterballs’ diving that forces me to stop and linger, to observe for understanding. I watch the thrusts, leaps, … Continue reading

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Why Are Hummers So Mean To Each Other?

As I try to heal from a torn meniscus or two from my birding mishap, I have had a lot of time to sit and quietly observe the many birds at our feeders. We have dozens of young Purple Finches … Continue reading

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Mid-July Birds

After a nice cold front passage, the dawn chorus this morning, starting before five, was lovely. Several very persostent and loud American Robins sang non-stop, nearly drowning out the other singers. Song Sparrows tuned up as did Common Yellowthroats and … Continue reading

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Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are a thrill to watch! Their brain is about the size of a BB. The nest is constructed of plant down, spider webs, lichen & tree sap. Hummers eat about every 10 minutes. Their long tongues aid in nectaring. Hummingbirds’hearts are … Continue reading

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Bath Time

We have had sweltering days with high humidity and afternoon storms for nearly a week.  The birds are looking pretty bedraggled but they are active because there are lots of bugs.  It’s not unusual to see a grosbeak or robin … Continue reading

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