Category Archive: birds

Lists and Life Studies

I am not the most alert birder in the world.  We used to live about an hour south of Houston, in Sugar Land, and now we live an hour and a half to… Continue reading

Great Egret

Great Egrets stop by often, but they usually keep their distance.  The other day, one did not see me right across the creek from it, and I was able to get some shots… Continue reading

December Highlights

All of these are from the last three days of warm and sunny weather.  A cold front is supposed to blow in this weekend, and I am curious to see what changes it… Continue reading

Mystery Bird Revealed

Did you guess the bird in yesterday’s post? Here it is, the ordinary Great Blue Heron.  Normally I see it walking along the edge of the water, but one day I saw one… Continue reading

What Bird?

Sometimes an unusual angle gives you a whole new outlook. The answer — tomorrow!

Those Aren’t Geese!

Last week, after a day of storms and tornado warnings, we had a gorgeous day of 70 degrees with clear blue skies. As I was out on my walk, I heard a sound… Continue reading

The Sapsucker

Usually I only see Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers in the shade as they make their way quickly around the trees, but this male stayed out in the sunshine eating persimmons, long enough for me to… Continue reading

Fifteen Minutes

Spare a thought for the poor, unappreciated warbler in fall — stressed by migrating for miles through unfamiliar surroundings, it can’t relax into its regular routine, it can’t find its usual diet, it… Continue reading

Ready, Set, Go!

Usually when I am photographing birds, I can’t really get a good look at them.  They are far away, or shaded by branches, or it’s just too bright outside — when I get… Continue reading

Favorite Nature Writers – Anna Botsford Comstock

About nine years ago, I came across The Handbook of Nature Study in a used book store.  It was a 937-page book about teaching children how to study nature.  This edition was from… Continue reading