We stopped at Boat Meadow Beach and there, on the beach, was this unusual bird… or was it? It looked like a Willet digging into the sand looking for food. We both took a double take and realized it wasn’t a bird but a rock that looked just like a bird.
Have you seen it there? Pretty cool, don’t you think?
It’s been so much fun watching all of the little chicks fledge and then get fed by their parents in our yard. This dad Cardinal was very attentive to his little who was perched in our evergreen tree. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
We couldn’t figure out if the little one was a male or female. Does anyone know?
Once in while we get to see an Eastern Towhee in our yard, but it doesn’t seem like it’s very often. We usually see it rummaging among the leaves or wood chips.
The Eastern Towhee is “a strikingly marked, oversized sparrow of the East, feathered in bold black and warm reddish-browns – if you can get a clear look at it. Eastern Towhees are birds of the undergrowth, where their rummaging makes far more noise than you would expect for their size.”
My Dad taught me the call of the Towhee when I was pretty little. I always remember him when I hear, “Drink your tea!” out in the woods.
You can see mom and dad Bluebird racing back and forth from our meal-worm feeder to the birdhouse to feed their little ones. They are so cute! Look at that little guy looking out the window. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
You can hear them chirping very loudly when they are hungry. This 2nd photo is of dad who just arrived with the meal worm in his beak as I tried to get a photograph. He’s definitely giving me the “evil eye.”
We drove out to Duck Harbor in Wellfleet to see if there was anything interesting going on and there, sitting on top of the tree, was a Kingbird. He was just beautiful! (Click on blog link for other photo.)
The Kingbird prefers semi-open or open areas. These birds wait on an exposed perch and then catch insects in flight. “The genus name, Tyrannus tyrannus, is the Latin word for ‘tyrant’, as these birds tend to defend their breeding territories aggressively, often chasing away much larger birds.”