Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Flying Colors

A Rose-breasted Grosbeak in a vocal mood.

Throughout the month of May keep your eyes to the trees for the migration has begun!

I found this Bay-breasted Warbler at Magee Marsh last year. I'll be out there again this weekend to look for more warblers!

Black-throated Green Warblers have been spotted already!

This past weekend we took a little time out to see a few of our first warblers of the season. I've also been watching the changing of the guard at the feeders in our gardens. The Dark-eyed Juncos are all but vanished, being replaced by the incoming White-crowned Sparrows and the Eastern Towhee that has been a regular here every spring. We've also been lucky enough to have a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the sunflower feeder out front.

This Eastern Towhee has been working the hidden corners of the gardens along with a Gray Catbird.

The Tree Swallows have been zooming all around our trees collecting insects. They must be excellent entomologists...

The warm weather and the rain has brought things to life in the yard. What was once just the stubs of life, have grown and blossomed into our early wildflowers and shrubs. The hastas are growing quickly, the Bleeding Hearts have bloomed and things are looking better and brighter around here.

But, best of all, the air is full of song! Every morning, we're awakened by the glorious sounds emanating from the trees and bushes surrounding our little home. What a way to start the day...So until morning arrives again, enjoy a few of my favorites!

Soon, the Baltimore Orioles will arrive. We have our feeders in place and ready.

An Indigo Bunting shopping for seed.

A Palm Warbler from below. We saw quite a few this past weekend, most of them feeding on the ground.


  1. the Indigo Bunting photograph. He looks so nice mixed in with the Queen Anne's Lace. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is gorgeous, and what a nice Black-throated Green!

  2. Hi Dave,
    Waht a nice spot with all this nice pictures. My favorite will be the Black-throated Green Warblers. This is a cute bird and you got a nice shot.

  3. What an amazing variety you have over there! It must be the start of the most exciting season :)
    Love the Swallow photo! The composition and the branch and the bokeh...

  4. We are SO lucky to live in this area of the United States. The migration here is awesome!
    Thanks for the comments everyone,

  5. back at ya...thanks for the photos, and for taking the time.The world needs more Daves:>)

  6. Now THAT'S a scary thought!

  7. You really do have a nice selection of birds on this post. I think I have seen them all here in my back yard but not sure about the one. I would have to check. Anyway, your photography is excellent.