Whether bird watchers are enjoying birds from their backyards or out in the field, many individuals are faced with the question, is that a hairy or downy woodpecker? These two species are quite common, year-round visitors in North America and once you know what to look for, it is not as difficult as one would […]
This category contains all my blog posts about birds and birding. In my posts, I discuss how to attract birds to your yard, the many different species of backyard birds, bird photography, and more.
As the seasons change and time moves on, so have a few of the species of birds here in Maine. With seasonal migration, many birds will move from one place to another to gain more advantages of the favorable conditions of their surroundings. This is quite an exciting time for bird watchers and photographers alike, […]
There are three different areas of the property where I put my hummingbird feeders out. The old feeders I used in these areas were getting cracked and leaking, so I bought three new ones. The first feeder I bought is called the Droll Yankees Easy View Hummingbird Feeder. This is a tough plastic feeder that […]
While taking bird photographs, I felt like I wasn’t achieving the kind of images I wanted to capture. I recently upgraded from a Canon 18-135mm lens to a Canon 55-250 lens. I got by with the other lens, but I want to take my photography to the next level. I also upgraded to a Canon […]
Hairy woodpeckers (Leuconotopicus villosus) have a much longer bill than the Downy Woodpecker, which has a thorn-like bill. Hairy Woodpeckers are black and white. The black wings are checkered with white and the head has two white stripes and a large white patch runs down the center of the black back. Males have a patch […]
The following photographs are of just a few of the birds that I have visiting my backyard every year during the winter. I also provided some information about each bird. The black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is a small, nonmigratory, North American songbird. They are the state bird of Maine and Massachusetts in the United States […]
A male white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis). A blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) in the snow. A female yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) in a birch tree (Betula). A black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) on the trunk of a birch tree. A singing white-throated sparrow. A visiting dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). A white-throated sparrow perching in an apple tree […]
A yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) perching on a birch tree (Betula). A summer chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina). A close-up of a ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). An eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) during the summer. A female common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas). An eastern phoebe fledgling in the grass (Poaceae).
A male rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) perching on the branch of a birch tree (Betula). A female ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubrisn) feeding from a bee balm flower (Monarda). The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird belonging to the family, (Corvidae). A white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) perching in an apple tree (Malus). A female […]
A juvenile American robin (Turdus migratorius) in the yard. A male yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) clinging to a tree in the backyard. A female red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) perching on a fence during the early summer in Maine. A male rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) perching on a fence in New England. A chipping sparrow (Spizella […]