Several Scarlet Tanagers have been flitting around the trees in our yard over the last week or so. They’ve been so quick that the photo below is the best snapshot I could get. Click here for a post from 2013 that has some better tanager photos.
This bluebird splayed out in the sunshine for about 15 seconds, then flew away. Click here for a similar post about a blue jay.
This hawk sat on a tree limb, in our backyard, for well over an hour yesterday afternoon. Click here for a post from last summer that also shows a hawk that didn’t seem to mind the rain.
This black vulture was hanging out in a tree at Bent Tree’s Saddle Club Horse Park.
Yesterday, there was a flurry of activity in the dogwood tree (the same one from Saturday’s post). Several juvenile tufted titmice were flitting around the branches for a few minutes, so I grabbed my camera and started snapping pictures (see below for a couple of different shots of one of the birds). In the midst of all of that, a hummingbird landed on a branch long enough for me to get a pretty good shot (see header photo above).
This hawk sat on the same branch for over an hour in the rain, yesterday. For most of that time, it was standing on one foot. According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website “Birds will often stand on one foot to minimize heat loss.”
Saturday morning, I was taking photos of a green heron at Lake Tamarack (see first photo below), trying to follow it as it flew from branch to branch along the shore. After a while, a second green heron came onto the scene (see second photo below). At one point, I was able to get them both in one photo (see photo above). Click here to link to a post with more green heron photos that were taken in May.