Tag Archive: birds

Birds on a Water Break

This past week we were at our place in the Texas Hill Country, and I had been working near a water trough for about an hour, when suddenly birds started flying in.  This… Continue reading

Tonight’s Performance

Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight we are honored to bring you…  (cue music from “Rocky.”)   Vultro il Magnifico!   Defying death while he perilously balances on the frailest of fallen logs… Risking wing… Continue reading

Smith Oaks Rookery

Six years ago I went on a birding bus trip and got to see the Smith Oaks Rookery in High Island, Texas.  It was amazing to see of hundreds of giant nests stacked… Continue reading

The Beauty of Little Brown Birds

This winter I have been very inspired by the work of nature writer Florence A. Merriam.  She was the first to write about observing birds alive in the field, rather than relying on… 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

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

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

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