Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Splish Splash, this Gray Catbird is loving our bird bath in this unseasonably warm weather here in southern NH and really getting into it, splashing and dunking its head underwater. This is the ideal bird bath in that it has a non-slip surface, a fountain to recycle the water (birds love fountains) and it is just the right depth. This is the time of year that birds are molting their feathers, they may also have feather mites, so a nice good cleaning is just what they're after. Provide them with a really good bird bath, some daiquiris and monogramed towels and they will line up!
See our Stokes Bird Gardening Book for more great tips on bringing birds to your yard.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still migrating through here in southern NH. Here's one I just photographed feeding at the Salvia Lady in Red blossoms in a planter on our deck. Note the whitish forehead, which is pollen from flowers. Rubythroats help pollinate flowers by carrying this pollen from one plant to another. Keep your hummingbird feeders filled with fresh nectar, during this migration time and usually by mid-to-end of Sept. here, they will all be gone.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
View from our deck
Nighthawk migration is in full swing here in southern NH and last night we counted 1,234 from our deck! These dramatic birds can be seen in numbers during their fall migration time. Watch for them at dusk especially along river corridors. They feed on flying insects and last night there were large numbers of flying ants dispersing into the sky. Such exciting birds!
Friday, August 15, 2014
Announcing our new book, The Stokes Essential Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America. Available Oct. 14th. Covers 250 North American bird species with beautiful large photos and lots of identification information and more. Even tells which birds come to feeders. Perfect for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. Fits in your pocket, just grab it and some binos and start birding!
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Here's a young male Common Yellowthroat warbler in our garden. Look at his lower face and you can see a spot of black. He does not look like the adult male yet, but will when the rest of the black feathers of his bandit-like adult mask grow in. Look closely at Common Yellowthroats you see this fall and look for hints of black on their face, it will help you distinguish the young males from the females.Young birds like this are newly independent and begin to wander. We are already seeing some warblers on the move here in NH and this morning we saw some Chestnut-sided and Black-throated Green warblers migrating through.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Black Guillemot, cute seabird off the coast of Acadia National Park
This is their habitat.
I had to climb out on the rocks and hope one would come closer.
I was in luck. Note their white underwing and top of wing.
They have red feet but who know they had a red bill!
After diving down this one caught a crab.
The white on the wings makes them visible from a distance.
Resting on the rocks.
These are very cute little seabirds in the group known as Alcids. Alcids, which include Dovkie, murres, guillemots, murrelets, auklets, and puffins, spend most of their time at sea and breed on remote islands. Many have breeding and non-breeding plumages and the sexes look alike. Alcids use their wings to propel them during dives.