Camouflage Expert

I wandered down to the overflow pond to see who was there. A mallard duck was resting on the outcrop between the two pools of water and looked up at me. I watched closely, though, because there appeared to be …

Riverside Birds

This spring has been very cold and perhaps that is why I have been seeing some unusual birds.  Yesterday as I walked home from the train, I saw a variety of warblers that were new to me.

Tennessee Warbler

I’m …

Myrtle Warbler

I’d not seen a Myrtle warbler before – and hadn’t known it under it’s Yellow Rump (or “Butter Butt”) name.  The purpose of this site was to help with my observation skills and visually I’m better, but the birds make …

Singing Sparrow

The sparrows seem to be the least concerned about passersby.  The finches and warblers move on very quickly but a sparrow will sit and sing despite me stopping to watch.  I haven’t identified this one – I need to do …

Oriole in the Tree Tops

The Oriole was in the trees at both sunrise and sunset and I can’t help but take advantage of its willingness to stay in place for a photo.  I’d assumed it was a Baltimore Oriole and hadn’t heard of a …

Goslings Get Their Feet Wet

The Canada Geese have given birth to their goslings.  Like the world needs more Canada Geese.  Still, the little tykes were down by the water, shepherded along by the adults and making their way to the river in fits and …

Yellow (Northern) Flicker

A loud call was coming from up on the electrical pylon that is situated on one side of the river.  My eyes weren’t sharp enough to see what it was but it looked a bit like a woodpecker.  Once I …

Yellow Warblers

The undergrowth is thick with American goldfinches.  I can usually see groups of four and five flitting around.  The yellow warblers have appeared again too, although I only ever see the one pair.  They move just as fast, and …

Cedar Waxwings Get Spring Berries

The Cedar Waxwings are back along the Holland River.  There are two bushes that have kept berries from last year, one black berry bush and one that has what look like cherries.

cedar-waxwing-sunrise-holland-river

Three waxwings have been in and out of …