Category Archive: birds

Beneath My Feet

Sometimes as I walk in the woods, I see a tell-tale splash of white on bark and fallen leaves, that tells me a large bird has been roosting in the tree above.  Then… Continue reading

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

For the last few weeks, whenever I walked past a certain thicket, I would hear a Geiger-counter of a scolding start up.  I would think that any bird scolding me for encroaching on… Continue reading

Bird Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz on out-dated bird names, as found in a 1988 US government report. 1 — burrion goes with picture E, the House Finch.  (This is a female.) … Continue reading

So You Think You Know Your Bird Names

I love complicated and ridiculous bird names — Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, and Flammulated Owl are a few of my favorites. But when I am reading very old bird books, I sometimes come… Continue reading

Pairs

Favorite Nature Writers – Florence A. Merriam

I love the tone of old nature guide books.  Reading one is like sitting by the campfire, chatting with a nature expert, after taking a long hike in their company. One of my… Continue reading

Sparrow Cheat Sheet

A tiny bird caught my attention the other day.  From one set of weeds it would dive into another, always just a few feet from me but never clearly visible.  Finally it landed… Continue reading

Birding a Barrier Island

We are very blessed in Texas to have so many types of habitat so close to each other.  Where I live, three ecoregions come together, and within a 2-hour drive, there are 10… Continue reading

An Ordinary, Glorious Day

I spent this morning with another volunteer, walking a private property, helping the landowner by searching for a certain endangered plant.  We didn’t end up finding any, but we did find a close… Continue reading

Bird Fanfares

Most days I hear bird sounds in the background throughout the day.  There is an automatic cataloging of the ones I know — “Blue jay… Carolina wren…hummingbird… can’t remember that one but I… Continue reading