Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Grasshopper Sparrow

The Grasshopper Sparrow nests on the ground in tall grass and vegetation.  Due to human activity such as mowing and pesticide use, the population of this handsome little bird is in a horrible decline.  It is listed as a species of "special concern" in New York State.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mourning Warbler

Mourning Warblers spend the winter in Latin and South America and breed right here in Western New York during the summer.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cottontail Rabbits

"We are all ordinary.  We are all boring.  We are all spectacular.  We are all shy.  We are all bold.  We are all heroes.  We are all helpless.  It just depends on the day."  ~  Brad Meltzer 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bleeding Hearts

These old-fashioned and ever popular spring perennials are known as "Bleeding Hearts."

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blackpoll Warbler

This amazing little warbler spends the winter in South America and migrates all the way north to the boreal forests of Canada and Alaska to breed and raise their young.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hibiscus and a Hummingbird

This tropical hibiscus is one of my houseplants.  After a flower opened yesterday, I placed it outdoors for the hummingbirds.  As soon as I turned to walk in the house, a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was on it!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Blue-headed Vireo

The Blue-headed Vireo's diet consists mainly of insects.  The photo below shows a Vireo with a very large flying insect on the branch next to it.  I don't know what went on between them, but it almost seemed like they were having a heart-to-heart discussion.  The Vireo eventually flew away and let the insect be.

Magnolia Warbler