Tag Archives: Bird

Red-Shouldered Hawk

This red-shouldered hawk frequents the pond area and the open meadows around it.  There are usually plenty of rabbits and snakes in the grass, and the pond holds crayfish, snakes, frogs and toads.  In spite of the ample opportunities, so far I’ve only managed to capture two clips of this bird.  It is very elusive and always spots me well before I spot it. Continue reading Red-Shouldered Hawk

Yellow Rumped Warbler

This little bird, a yellow rumped warbler, made these cedar tree berries seem like a pretty big meal.  I was a little surprised that it was able to swallow the berries.  It did seem to take it’s time, especially compared to the waxwing birds that were also feeding. Continue reading Yellow Rumped Warbler

Cedar Waxwings Eating Cedar Tree Berries

Right around Thanksgiving, a large group of migrating cedar waxwings, and a few other birds, decided the berries on this tree were ripe and ready.  There were plenty of berries to go around but not enough space for all the birds at once.  They would take turns visiting the cedar tree for a meal, while the bulk of the flock waited in a nearby oak tree.

These birds are very considerate to each other and have been known to form chains and pass berries along.  When the flock is larger than the tree, cooperation is the key!

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Monarchs and Crow

Here’s a gallery of images from a monarch habitat in Santa Cruz.  Located within a small forest of eucalyptus trees, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this city park is home for full time resident monarch butterflies and a treasure for their admirers.  Also in this gallery is a rare event of a few crows having a feast on the lofty suntanning insects. Continue reading Monarchs and Crow

Mule shoe Bend Recreation Area

0117O-004 It’s been about 15 years since I’ve visited Mule Shoe Bend. I used to break up a monotonous work week, of any random long summer day, and zip through the hill country in my Honda coupe right after work to drop a line in the water for some catch and release fishing. I had found a hotbed of some kind of inedible bass that were a blast to catch.  It was a favorite getaway, from a summer years ago and I wasn’t expecting a return trip to compare. Continue reading Mule shoe Bend Recreation Area