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 […]
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.
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 […]
The following photographs are of just a few of the frequent avian visitors that come to the feeders on a daily basis. I provide these little guys with a variety of foods to keep them going through our harsh Maine winters. A mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) sitting on a wooden post in the falling snow. […]
The eastern phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), is one of the earliest migrating birds to return in the spring. These particular eastern phoebes come back every year and build their nests inside the garage or in the back of the house. An eastern phoebe perching on a cut piece of wood in the early spring. An eastern […]
The white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis), belongs to the Passeriformes order and the American sparrow family Emberizidae. This attractive bird is not only known for its attractive markings, but for its distinctive song. Their song can be heard frequently during the spring breeding season, as well as the winter. This white-throated sparrow was taking a break […]
The American tree sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) is a plump and medium-sized sparrow also known as a winter sparrow. Field markings include a rusty-colored cap and eyeline on a gray head and brown wings with white bars. The beak is small and the upper part is dark and the lower part is yellow. The breast is […]