Category Archives: Photos-Birds

Photos that I have taken of Birds.

Nature’s Ornaments…..

Nature's Ornaments
Melting Snow
Melting Snow
Afternoon Shadows
Afternoon Shadows

A lovely day today in northern Colorado! The second snow storm has finally stopped, leaving an accumulation of five inches or so. It is beautiful and will soon disappear.

The warmer mid-day temperatures begin to melt the snow laying on the broad branches of the Blue Spruce, Austrian pines and other trees in my yard. The melting snow along with lower afternoon temperatures creates icicles that hang from the tips of the tree branches. It appears as if someone decided to decorate the trees with ornaments. I don’t recall seeing such an occurrence – nature has created a delightful site!

I continue to place bird seed out for the birds. Their frantic searching for food is evidence that these early spring snow storms and freezing temperatures have caught them off guard. The American Robins seem to have moved on, possibly because they have eaten all the berries in my juniper trees! The 30+ Dark-eyed Juncos are still here enjoying the full bird feeders.

Dark-eyed Junco ~Gray-headed~ This photo was taken a few weeks back as we were traveling through New Mexico.
Dark-eyed Junco ~Gray-headed~
This photo was taken a few weeks back as we were traveling through New Mexico.

Other visitors to the feeders have included: Chipping Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Spotted Towhees, Townsend’s Solitaires, Black-capped Chickadees, Scrub-Jays, Morning Doves and Ring-necked Doves.

A simple pastime – gazing out the windows of the house, observing the wonders of nature, leaves moments of joy.

Let It Snow!…..

Looking for Berries
Looking for Berries

Here is Loveland, Colorado we are experiencing our second snow storm within a week. Last week it snowed for three days straight leaving us with an accumulation of two feet. This storm, which started mid-morning, will have accumulations of 4 to 6 inches continuing over night.

During the storm last week I found two frozen Mountain Blue Birds. I think they were migrating through Loveland to higher elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park and sorry to say got caught in this usual spring weather. It left me feeling very sad.

We have several juniper trees that produce berries and the Robins and Townsend’s Solitaire are enjoying them during these snow storms!

We have always made a conscience effort to plant trees, scrubs and flowers in our yard that produce food for wildlife and it has always paid us back with many colorful creature visits!

Found a few Red Berries!

Florida Scrub-Jay…..

Florida Scrub-Jay
Eating a cached acorn

Florida Scrub Jay, endemic to the state of Florida. This beautiful Jay is listed on both the federal and state threatened species lists with 4,000 breeding pairs estimated to be left in the state of Florida. Note the bands on the legs.

These Jays are omnivorous – they eat acorns, seeds, peanuts, insects, tree frogs, turtles, snakes, lizards and mice.

Back view
Beautiful Florida Scrub-Jay

Here is a photo I took this summer of “my” Western Scrub-Jay.

In my yard all spring and summer!
In my yard all spring and summer!

An unincorporated town, an inlet and a beautiful bay…..

A fun place to walk around, eat lunch and take photos! Port Salerno, Florida!

Port Salerno, Florida is an unincorporated town located in Martin County, Florida. Presently, it is a functioning fishing village with lots of activity – boats coming in to port with their catch-of-the-day and going back out with hopes of more and tourists looking for a fun time and some good food.

A Little History of Port Salerno….In the 1920s a small settlement was created on the southern shores of the St. Lucie River Inlet.  It was named “Salerno” because the main settlers were emigrants from the Italian city of Salerno.

The area increased in population and importance after World War II, with many snowbirds from the northeast moving south to live in warm Florida. In 1960 the name was changed to Port Salerno, in order to differentiate it from that of the Italian city of Salerno.

The St Lucie River Inlet is a very dynamic and ever-changing entrance to what some people call the “crossroads of the Intracoastal Waterway.” Just inside the inlet, the Indian River, Saint Lucie River, Okeechobee Waterway and the Intracoastal Waterway meet.

Manatee Pocket is a gorgeous bay about a mile from the main Intracoastal Waterway channel located within the St Lucie River Inlet. The bay is easily accessible for boats, which makes it a very popular stopping off point.

The Manatee Pocket bay area within Port Salerno hosts several marinas, fabulous restaurants and an array of other businesses such as galleries, resorts and even ship builders.

We love going to Manatee Pocket either by car or boat. Howard’s brother has a boat and we are sometimes lucky enough to be treated to a ride and lunch! It is always fun to dock the boat at a restaurant, hop off and eat lunch.

I can spend a lot of time in this area watching the boats and the birds. The ambiance of this unique area is funky, playful, intriguing, and serious all rolled into one.

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Sandhill Cranes…..

December 8, 2012

“At last a glint of sun reveals the approach of a great echelon of birds.
On motionless wings they emerge from the lifting mists, sweep a final arc of sky, and settle in clamorous descending spirals to their feeding grounds. A new day has begun on the crane marsh.”–Aldo Leopold

Look what you might see while driving around Hobe Sound, Florida!

These Sandhill Cranes were wondering around a neighborhood we were driving through. The warm climate and abundant food supply must draw them to this area.

They did not show any concern when I got out of the car to take a few photos, which truthfully surprised me. Of course I did not approach them too closely.

If it looks like a duck - it might not be a duck!
If it looks like a duck – it might not be a duck!
"I wonder what's under here"
“I wonder what’s under here”
A pretty Sandhill Crane
A pretty Sandhill Crane