Less than 1 minute later, he took off! Felt like I got there just in time ☺️
The multi-colored male Painted Bunting is one of everyone’s favorites here at the feeder (sometimes shared with a female Cardinal or other larger bird). He and his lovely, yellow-green female companion return here every year and this is a great spot to catch a glimpse of them . . . because they actually stand still […]
The Common Gallinule is one of the most common wetland birds in our area of the southeastern U.S., and they are very prolific. They have 1-2 broods a year, and each clutch can have as many as 3-15 eggs (All About Birds). Formerly known as the Common Moorhen, this member of the Rail family is […]
Ithaca, New York, home of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was a relatively short 3-hour drive from where I lived most of my life in upstate NY. But it wasn’t till this past summer – after having lived in Florida for 10 years – that I finally had the opportunity to visit the Lab and Sapsucker […]
The Pie-billed is the most widespread Grebe in the New World, according to Audubon. I love All About Bird’s very apt description of the Pie-billed as “part bird, part-submarine”!☺️ They paddle cheerily along on the surface, then suddenly disappear under the water to forage on small fish, insects and other aquatic creatures, only to pop […]
We took a fascinating side trip to the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins on our way from the jungle to the beach.
Many thousands of elegant Snowy Egrets were “slaughtered for [their] plumes in the 19th century, but protection brought a rapid recovery of numbers, and the Snowy Egret is now more widespread and common than ever.” (Audubon). Today the species is found throughout the United States, Central and South America (for a Range Map and more, […]
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Mama and her ducklings enjoy the plentiful and delicious duckweed on the pond!!
That certainly seems to be true of our Green Herons, who seem utterly oblivious to all the human visitors strolling by on the boardwalk. In fact, they sometimes appear to be putting on a show! As I walked along the boardwalk one recent morning, this little guy trotted off right down the middle of the […]
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (BBWDs) can be found year-round here in Florida, across much of the rest of the southern U.S., and throughout Central and South America. (eBird) They are frankly always handsome, but during the breeding season, they seem especially scrupulous about preening and bathing and looking their best! 😉 These charming birds are endlessly […]