In late spring, I heard some birds screaming in the backyard. I peeked out the bedroom window and saw the above, baby starlings being fed by the parents. I ran and grabbed my camera and took the above through the window. I didn’t want to go outside and spook them. These almost fully grown babies were very aggressive, almost attacking the parents to be fed. This went on for 20 minutes. They must have wiped out all of the worms, bugs and caterpillars we had in the backyard. Maybe I should have scared them off.
This was the last I saw of my neighborhood kingfisher back in late April, sitting on our dock. Hopefully she’ll show back up in late October again.
Now we get a lot of house sparrows on our dock.
A little blue heron walking through our yard.
Blondie and her babies came by the house recently. This beautiful cream colored mallard lives in our neighborhood. She usually has 2 sets of babies each year.
One of the “I get no respect” birds. Blue jays are pretty even though they are annoying.
That lunch looks yummy.
Female house sparrow getting a bite.
Keeping an eye on me.
I don’t see woodpeckers at feeders often. They like what ever is in this feeder.
Red bellied woodpeckers were everywhere.
And the usual titmouse.
I’m still figuring this one out. I first thought it was a prairie warbler or a white eyed vireo. I was hoping it was the female summer tanager that had been spotted there recently but they don’t have the white underneath. Any ideas?
I thought I was catching him in the act.
Later, I was told this was the squirrel feeder.
I didn’t want to give away the secret but these guys have done a great job. In a strip mall that backs up to some woods with a creek running through it, there’s a Wild Birds Unlimited store. They have deck out back and they have put up bird feeders and nest boxes all around. They have built this great little oasis near one of the busiest intersections in town.They must have only been getting the most common birds at first. Then someone spotted a summer tanager recently. The store owner told me people have been lining up to get pictures. He couldn’t believe people were coming all the way from Orlando to see this bird. He was very friendly and we talked for a few minutes about the different birds he was seeing. I hope all of this birding traffic has helped his business. I’ll be back to visit him (especially since there’s a great little cafe with amazing deserts a few doors down).