Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Birds everywhere

Needless to say, this is the time of year we're dripping with birds. Here are a few we've seen.

Western bluebird.

Robin. Still one of my favorite birds.

Black-chinned hummingbird.

Barn swallow.

Tree swallow (down at the lake).

Osprey (down at the lake).

Loon (down at the lake).

Canada geese (with wood ducks behind)(down at the lake).

Mallards (down at the lake).

Eurasian collared dove.

Killdeer (three of them).

Meanwhile we have a blackbird nest in the corner post of the garden.

Here's the mother, eyeing me suspiciously.

She's sitting on five eggs.

A few days later, the babies had hatched.

Bump the post slightly, and mouths pop open.

Here's the mother, scolding me with her mouth full.

Here's a male red-winged blackbird. We have numerous nests in the cattails in our pond.

As a side note, yesterday a hawk flew low over me clutching a squirrel in its talon. What a windfall for the hawk. For the squirrel, not so much.


  1. Wow, you have quite a variety! We have sparrows, doves, blue jays, and cardinals. This year for the first time we had a red winged blackbird, which was a pleasant treat (such an odd call though).

  2. We have bald eagles here. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, I always stop and watch them.

  3. I saw a pair of Townsend's Solitaires this year. First time - I think they were passing through. Also a Northern Waterthrush and an Ovenbird. My (Black headed) Grossbeaks are back, but no Orioles this year. Natokadn

  4. Here in AZ, Eurasian collared doves are an invasive species and you can shoot them all year long with no bag limit. They're tasty too. If the law allows you to, consider harvesting them as need arises.