Category Archives: Songbirds

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

After having seen a hummingbird at the Powdery Alligator-flag two years ago I always give it a once-over when I pass by a patch.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

A thunder storm was closing in on us and the light wasn’t great but it didn’t stop this Carolina Chickadee from gathering some snacks.

Carolina Chickadee with Powdery Alligator-flag Seed
Carolina Chickadee with Powdery Alligator-flag Seed

The light changed again, giving me hope that the storm was going away.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

The extra light was brief and it started raining a short time later.

Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag
Carolina Chickadee on Powdery Alligator-flag

Yellow-rumped Warblers Everywhere

This winter I have seen Yellow-rumped Warblers at all my birding spots.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

Sunday was no different when they were zipping all over Magnolia Cemetery.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler showing off his name-sake

This fellow gave me quite a few poses.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The decaying plot fences around the cemetery are common perching spots, if only for a moment.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler on metal fence

The tangled shrubs that hang over the pond were the favorite spot that afternoon, perhaps because there was ample sun to warm the birds up.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler On The Hunt

A very busy Yellow-rumped Warbler was zipping back and forth over the edge of a small pond.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

He found small twigs to perch on between forays.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

And then totally surprised me by landing in the water, which is much deeper than just to his ankles.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The carpet of vegetation, or perhaps a stick under the surface, was enough to hold up hisĀ  0.4-0.5 ounce (12-13 g) body while he poked in the water.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

He got his treasure and skedaddled showing off his name-sake rump.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Carolina Chickadee on Sweet Gum Ball

From my research the seed balls of the Sweet Gum (or Sweetgum, depending on where you read) tree should be empty of seeds by mid fall.

Carolina Chickadee on Sweet Gum
Carolina Chickadee on Sweet Gum Seed Pod

Clearly this tree didn’t follow the program and several Carolina Chickadees were feeding in its upper branches on this mid-January day.

Carolina Chickadee on Sweet Gum
Carolina Chickadee on Sweet Gum

The dried pod stems are still quite sturdy, although this little bird doesn’t weigh much at 0.3-0.4 ounces (8-12 g) per All About Birds.

Carolina Chickadee on Sweet Gum
Carolina Chickadee on Sweet Gum

If you’ve ever touched one of these balls you’ll likely remember; those spikes are quite sharp.

Carolina Chickadee on Sweet Gum
Carolina Chickadee on swinging Sweet Gum seed pod

Fellow blogger Mike Powell has captured similar scenes in Virginia where there is overlap in both the tree and the bird, including his post Acrobatic Chickadee