Hello Red-eyed Vireo..

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Here is another favorite visitor I look forward to gracing my yard during migration. They must feel more comfortable here now as they come down quite freqently to our birdbath behind the pond. When I first saw this bird, a few years ago in our yard, it was when I captured a photo of it drinking in the birdbath with many Cedar Waxwings. When I went to look at the photos I downloaded I had no idea what species this bird was. One of my “go to” people at Madison Audubon Society told me what it was. You’d think I’d just seen an extinct creature….I thought it was quite the find. I’m thrilled now I know what to look out for and enjoy this bird quite regularly now, and hope you enjoy him too. Happy birding everyone!

The Little Stinker…

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

This Tufted Titmouse flew into my viburnum bush and immediately went to tearing apart my blossoms. He wasn’t like my little warblers that came into the shrubbery and caught insects so delicately that I believe this little guy was on a mission of destruction to shred these beautiful blossoms. What a stinker! It was kind of fun to watch, however, but I was also glad when he left. The lengths these birds go through to become part of my photo blog……ha! Have a good day everyone and happy birding!

Chestnut-sided warbler

Chestnut-sided warbler

Chestnut-sided warbler

Another cute warbler visiting our pond in our yard this springtime. There are still a few warblers that I’ve either missed coming through the yard or they by passed us all together. Thankfully, this Chestnut-sided warbler came back. The Wisconsin Birding group on FB has still been actively seeing different warblers around the area, but I’m afraid I haven’t gotten out of my yard to go seeking them. I like to let them come to me so I can get a nice close-up of them when they come down from feeding and need a drink or bath. I’m sure we still have a few around, but the weather has not been cooperating and I’ve been busy. Hopefully sometime this weekend I’ll get out to see what’s still around. Have a good day, enjoy the Memorial Day weekend and happy birding!

The Blackburnian Showed Up!

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

I’m so happy that this year the Blackburnian Warbler showed up again in our yard. For awhile there I was afraid he, along with a few other species, wouldn’t make it. It just so happened I had 14 different species of warblers show up in my yard on one day and thankfully the Blackburnian was among them……So thrilled. It was an amazing day! Enjoy your day and Happy Birding!

Seeing in Black and White..

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Love that this little Black and White Warbler came down to the pond for a lot of nice close-ups. Such a pretty little bird and now they’ve pretty much moved out of the area. I did have a good couple of weeks with these little ones visiting and it’s never long enough. This year I saw a few new species, but unable to capture a photo of all that I saw. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to see them again next spring. They may come back through during their fall migration, but then their colors are a bit drab and I don’t always recognize them. Enjoy your day and Happy Birding!

Mrs. Scarlet Tanager

Female Scarlet Tanager

Female Scarlet Tanager

So, what is your opinion, is this female Scarlet Tanager pretty like her mate? The lst time I saw her, I had no idea what bird I was looking at since she is the total opposite in color of her counterpart.  I was able to observe her getting a large insect and then eating it. It took her awhile, but it sure was interesting to watch. In my opinion she is a pretty bird and I only wish I could have captured both of them at the birdbath. Enjoy your day and happy birding!

Hello Handsome!

male Scarlet Tanager

male Scarlet Tanager

Last year I only got a glimpse of this colorful Scarlet Tanager and I was so disappointed he wasn’t seen again all summer long. This year, however, he and his mate have been in our yard in and around the pond and birdbath for 3 days. I hope they like it enough to stick around for the season. I can’t explain this birds coloring, but it is SO brilliant and not exactly red, but red orange….whatever the color, it’s beautiful! I hope some of you are able to see this bird in person. Happy birding everyone!

Grape Jelly is my Favorite!

male Baltimore Oriole

male Baltimore Oriole

I have had so many Baltimore Orioles visiting our yard in the last week. They’ve been singing in the tree tops and I hadn’t realized how pretty their sound is. I guess I was used to just hearing then “chatter” to one another. It’s been fun watching as many as five line up for the jelly dish. The poor orange doesn’t seem to get touched when they have the jelly to gobble down, but that’s okay, sometimes the finches enjoy the orange. I’m happy to say these birds stay around all summer long and it’s fun to watch the “little ones” come to the feeder after they have left the nest. Happy birding everyone!

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

Tennessee Warbler

This handsome Tennessee warbler seemed to arrive a little bit late this spring, but I was VERY happy he came back to our yard on his yearly visit north. These warblers are some of the prettiest birds that we’re lucky enough to see this time of year. I may get a glimpse of this little one on his fall migration back to warmer climates. In the meantime, I can’t get enough of watching these birds. Time to hit the patio now as our window into these warblers in mass is getting close to ending. Happy Birding everyone!

Check Out This Crown..

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

The Orange-crowned warbler tends to be a dull colored warbler, rather drab in fact. This little guy wasn’t shy and after his bath he actually showed off his “orange crown” which is something rarely seen with this little bird. You can imagine my happy surprise then when I was able to see it. I’m still loving the warbler migration and they are still coming, but I’m afraid it is getting close to winding down. Happy birding everyone!

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