|Little Blue Heron by Phil Fowler|
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
|Spotted Sandpiper by Lee Weber|
Thursday, July 7, 2016
|Great Egret by Taylor Piephoff|
|Little Blue Heron Juvenile by Phil Fowler|
|Adult Little Blue Heron by Lee Weber|
|Snowy Egret by Jeff Lewis|
Thursday, June 30, 2016
The red-shouldered hawk is the most common and conspicuous residential hawk. The attractive adult is shown below.
|Adult Red-shouldered Hawk by Lee Weber|
|Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk by John Ennis|
The adult Coopers hawk is somewhat similar to the adult red-shouldered with the rusty breast but has a steel-blue top side.
|Adult Cooper's Hawk byLee Weber|
Juvenile Cooper's, like the red-shouldered, are vertically streaked on the breast. the streaks are finer and more defined.
|Juvenile Cooper's Hawks by Jeff Lewis|
The red-tailed hawk adult is easily distinguished by the bright rufous tail, even in flight from below.
|Adult Red-tailed Hawk by Phil Fowler.|
The juveniles lack the rufous tail, and can be separated from the other two species by the unmarked white upper chest with a variable belly band underneath.
|Juvenile Red-tailed Hawks by Phil Fowler.|
Monday, June 20, 2016
I have been getting a lot of questions from concerned backyard birders about a perceived shortage of hummingbirds right now. The concern is that most of the folks have been enjoying good numbers of birds in past years but not this year.
Don't worry, there is no decline or crash in the ruby-throated hummingbird population, either locally or nationally.
I suspect those I am hearing from are remembering when seemingly dozens of birds were fighting over the feeders and providing entertaining aerial and chase sequences. You can expect the same thing in just a few weeks. Remember hummingbirds are territorial and will not tolerate intruders during the nesting season. Feeders may get periodic visits from a pair of birds if it is located in their territory but the constant activity of August and September will have to wait.
By late July nesting is pretty much over and the business of fattening up for the fall journey begins in earnest. Young and mature birds disperse and start to inundate feeders, providing non-stop activity. Nectar and sugar water becomes the major food source for fat gain instead of the protein dominated diet of the previous months.
So be patient and keep the feeders fresh and stocked, I can virtually guarantee it won't be too long before the feeders will be a-buzz with action.
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Phil Fowler|
Friday, June 10, 2016
I have written about rarities that are attracted to large inland reservoirs but I never thought I would be writing about this one; a brown booby has appeared at Lookout Shoals Lake on the Catawba County / Iredell County line, specifically at the Sharon Boat Access area. I have seen the species only twice in North Carolina; both times at the coast.
|Brown Booby at Lookout Shoals by Lori Owenby|
To get to the Sharon Boat
access area, take I-40 to exit 141 and go north on Sharon School Rd for 1.4
miles and turn left onto Island Ford Rd. Follow Island Ford Rd for 0.4
miles and turn right onto Old Lion Rd and follow it to the end where the
boat access is. The Booby flew (presumably to feed) toward the Catawba
County side and out of sight. If you look for it from the Catawba County
side, the rock it is favoring is the smaller rock ledge to the left of the
large rock face that is most visible.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
|Prairie Warbler by Jeff Lewis|
|Wild Turkey by John Ennis|
|Grasshopper Sparrow by Jim Guyton|
|Eastern Meadowlark by John Ennis|