Friday, May 13, 2011

Always Good to See Them

The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata), it is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. The bird's name derives from its noisy, garrulous nature, and it sometimes also called a "jaybird". The female Orchard Oriole, (Icterus spurious), is the smallest North American species of icterid blackbird. These birds enjoy living in shaded trees within parks along lakes and streams. The Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), in contrast to the many songbirds that choose a prominent perch from which to sing, the catbird often elects to sing from inside a bush or small tree, where it is obscured from view by the foliage. The White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis), is a stocky small bird, with a large head, short tail, powerful bill and fun to watch. The Tufted Titmouse, is now considered a separate species (B. atricristatus). They forage actively on branches, sometimes on the ground, mainly eating insects, especially caterpillars, but also seeds, nuts and berries. The Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota), like all swallows and martins, subsist primarily on a diet of insects which are caught in flight.

Blue Jay


Orchard Oriole-fm
Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird

White-breasted Nuthatch
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

Cliff Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cliff Swallow
 

2 comments:

texwisgirl said...

wish we saw catbirds here! we get tons of mockingbirds which are similar but there's something about the charcoal grays of the catbird that is so beautiful. nice shots!

Steve Ferendo said...

Larry, This site looks better everytime I visit. Good work.