Jon and I spent Thanksgiving with my grandmother in the suburbs of Chicago. She has several feeders where the birds come and they’re pretty used to people so I got some fantastic shots. It was better than all my birding in California the last couple of months. My favorite was the female cardinal. [...]
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Mockingbirds are so funny. There is a mockingbird that owns a tree in my father-in-law’s yard. He was in the exact same spot last year. Mockingbirds are extremely possessive of their territory. I watched two mockingbirds fight with each other. They were growling at each other. They were completely engaged in fighting until the real [...]
I was going to regale you with pictures of orioles that I saw in Arizona, but then yesterday I saw a Western Tanager in Utah!!! Specifically, I saw him at the Red Butte Gardens. I saw my first Western Tanager almost two years ago in Golden Gate Park. But I only saw the female who [...]
“Hepatic” is the Greek word for liver, which is a very red organ. Hepatic Tanagers are named for their brilliant red color. We haven’t had a tanager on this blog for years. And in that case I only got pictures of the female so this is my first post of a bright looking tanager. We [...]
Growing up in Massachusetts, I saw Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays every day. So going to Georgia and South Carolina was a chance to see my friends again. Unfortunately, cardinals are shy little guys. At least in the South. The picture above is a male. The female is substantially more subdued. Sharon has some great [...]
Golden Gate Park is wonderful in the fall. New birds have moved in, some of the days are clear, the tourists are fewer in number. Yesterday was a great day for birding; I saw my first western tanager. This is my favorite picture. I love how her eyes are focused on the berry. This is [...]