Category Archive: birds

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

Warm Colors of July

 

The Elusive Bird 90

My husband and I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau nature specials, and we sometimes like to imitate him in our bad French accents when we talk about the “elusive and dangereuse” wild animals… Continue reading

A Great Week for Raptors

On a Thursday afternoon, I saw Mississippi Kites flying over.  These birds are one of the easiest for me to identify even though they fly high up, because their silhouette is so simple… Continue reading

The Return of the Red-tail

The Red-tailed Hawk was back today, and while I did not get nice sharp pictures like I did the last time it visited, I got some of it taking flight. Hawks show so… Continue reading

A Whole Day of Photographic Delight

On Saturday I got to spend a whole day at our place in the Texas Hill Country — with nothing to do but take pictures!  What heaven! Now since I don’t get out… Continue reading