Jim, as always those are some great pic's and informative writing to go with it. Thanks for what you do. A friend sent me a pic of a falcon nesting in a tree, I thought I'd share it. http://i.imgur.com/YW6Fufm.jpg
Feathered visitors in our apple tree
Submitted by JIM NIGRO on August 12, 2013 - 8:01am
The first time I saw a house finch I thought I was looking at a sparrow/cardinal hybrid. Like many song birds, this one perched in our apple tree no doubt looking for insects.
Having spotted me, he immediately took what he felt was appropriate action............
As I understand it, this bit of displaying is something birds do to mark their territory to intruders or in hopes of attracting a mate.
Here's a literal bird's eye view of a visitor whose incessant squawking often gives him away long before he comes into view...........
unlike other songbirds, the noisy Bluejay didn't come here in seach of bugs. The apple tree is lush this year and no doubt he's here to gorge himself on fresh fruit. He must have been hungry -- despite my close proximity, he refused to leave.
For the past couple of weeks this little songster had been singing its heart out, while hidden amid the apple tree foliage. Its song was pleasant, and a sound I either had not heard before or perhaps just hadn't been mindful of. Try as we might, Claudia and I were unable to get a look as it flitted from branch to branch. If we attempted to move in for a closer it would fly off into an adjoining woodlot.
As I took its picture it began belting out the same melody we had been hearing previously....... the closest resembling photo I could find in either the Smithsonian or Audubon field guides indicated it might be a Veery thrush. Still not certain, but its sound was most pleasing to the ears.
Again your pictures are wonderful! Thanks again for sharing.
Awesome as always, Jim. Thank you! I love bird watching ~ so much to learn.
Dave ~ coffee spew! Not what I was expecting. Ha ha.
Great pics,Jim. I always enjoy them,along w/ your narration. Have you been down Rt.77 through the swamp(couple miles west of the flashing light of 63/77)? Reason I ask is that last year,there was a huge nest right on top of a telephone or power pole on south side of 77-when I went by a couple weeks ago,looks like someone built sides on top of pole,nest was there,and I saw a head sticking out of it-I believe Howard said it was an Osprey- any pics of them? I always get a kick going down 490into Rochester-I always usually see a hawk or two perched on top of the light poles,looking for their next snack..... usually between Westside Drive and 390 split.....
Jim--might be a Carolina Wren? Veery has more speckles on its upper belly and a staighter beek. Carolina Wren has a white eyebrow, more of curved beek. Hard to say though without knowing size and hearing the song. Veery sounds like a dying Pac-Man or one of the whistles kids playwith that adjusts sound like a tiny trombone. My Mother always calls it the "twizzler" bird. Veery usually hides out in the woods and you usually only hear it sing closer to dusk. Great photos though! You always get some outstanding shots!
Jim, is this the song of the bird you are trying to identify?
Here's the Carolina Wren
Doug, esta ave habla español
Oigo las vacas en el fondo
In that case, I'd say it's time to moo-ve.
Have a good day, Doug!