Tag Archives: Perching Bird

Eastern Kingbird

Since I walked this path a month ago the water has been drained out of the pond behind this Eastern Eastern Kingbird.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Dragonflies were hovering over the mostly dry pond bed and the Kingbird was taking advantage. He had a nice snack of what looked like an Eastern Pondhawk between these two images. Unfortunately swaying reeds on the bank ruined all images of that!

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

A chick joined the adult calling to be fed. The adult didn’t seem impressed and soon they swooped off together. Time for the juvenile to catch his own lunch.

Eastern Kingbird and Chick
Eastern Kingbird and Chick

Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird is a perky flycatcher known for being tyrannical. These two entertained me as they called and flitted along a tree line running between two ponds.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

There may have been a third one, it was hard to tell the way they were moving around.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

At least this one was behaving like a juvenile waiting for food to be brought.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

He made a few forays out over the water after bugs but I’m not sure he caught any before getting safely back to his perch.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Male Summer Tanager

Yesterday I spent some time in a quiet corner of Magnolia Plantation where pine forest and marshland come together. There is a small field that is kept mowed around a few scraggly trees, perfect for a Summer Tanager to hunt for bugs.

Summer Tanager
Male Summer Tanager

I watched this one flit back and forth in the higher tree branches until he took a break down closer to the ground.

Summer Tanager
Male Summer Tanager

Grackle Bath Time

There had been a heavy rain the night before and the leftover puddles of water made a great bird bath. This Common Grackle showed off his iridescence before he jumped in.

Common Grackle
Common Grackle

Head first, he splashed some water around.

Common Grackle Bathing
Common Grackle Bathing

Grackles tend to hang out in flocks and make a lot of noise. This one was off on his own and quietly went about his bath ritual.

Common Grackle Bathing
Common Grackle Bathing

Splish, splash.

Common Grackle Bathing
Common Grackle Bathing

This wider view shows the trail and a Squirrel ignoring the bathing proceedings.

Common Grackle Bathing, Squirrel Watching
Common Grackle Bathing, Squirrel Watching

Northern Mockingbird

His animated behavior brought my attention to this Northern Mockingbird perched in a well clipped hedge. He seemed to have an itch and something to say.

Zoom in on this first image to see the papillae or spines on the roof of his mouth, something I rarely see in my bird photographs.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

He was not at all concerned that I was watching.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

All fluffed up after his scratching episode this fellow looks like a youngster. It was the last day of October and the references say Mockingbirds can have up to three broods a year.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Finally, he struck a Mockingbird pose then went about his business down the hedge.

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Palm Warbler

I had been watching some small birds flit in and out of the underbrush at the side of the road. The sun had just come up and they were hunting for breakfast in the lowest, darkest parts of the vegetation. This Palm Warbler finally took a break in the sun on a reed frond.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

I was able to get a few steps closer and get a few images at a different angle before he went back to foraging.

Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler