Tag Archives: Song BIrds

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinals have a wide range across much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains and down into Mexico and northern Central America. I frequently see them but rarely get a good shot.

Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal, singing his heart out, Click on photo for larger view.

This male Northern Cardinal was singing loud and clear in a tree above me but I just couldn’t spot him. I expected him to fly away as two people approached from the opposite direction. They could hear, and see, him, and seeing my dilemma kindly pointed him out.

Carolina Chickadee

This Chickadee was zipping around in the tree line and surprised me when he landed very close. Too close to get him all in focus before he flitted away.

I watched him go in a hole in a dead tree branch. He spent some time enlarging the hole, paused again for a look around, and then flew away. I waited but he did not return. I’ve been by the branch a few times since then and don’t see any sign of activity.

I’m calling it a Carolina Chickadee based on Cornell’s explanation that the range of the Carolina and Black Capped versions do not overlap. They also say there are differences in their voices, but my ear is not that good to distinguish a “a four-noted song, and a faster chick-a-dee call.”

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

The tree lines around Magnolia Plantation are active with small birds going about their business.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

These Yellow-rumped Warblers have a chirpy song that gives you a hint where to look, but they don’t stay in one place for long and I didn’t get any good shots of the patch of yellow on their rump.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

They seem oblivious to the herons, egrets and other water birds carrying on in the pond just to the edge of these trees.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

This time of year before the trees leaf out is likely the best chance to photograph them.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC, 02/13/2017.

Bull Island Walk

On the walk across Bull Island from the ferry landing to the beach we were entertained by a number of small songbirds like this Phoebe singing his heart out.


Others were busier looking for their next meal in the reeds


or the underbrush.


A single Yellow-bellied Sapsucker seen working a palm tree out in the open defied the bird size trend of the morning.


Bulls Island, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Awendaw, SC.

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Island Warbler

This Warbler was at the edge of the beach on Bulls Island, nicely camouflaged by his surroundings when he stayed in the undergrowth.


With a steady wind coming in from the Atlantic Ocean he limited his time on higher perches.


North America has more than 50 Warbler species, many that are quite distinct and easy to ID. This one seems to fit a few options to me, perhaps a Palm Warbler.

Bulls Island, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Awendaw, SC.


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Marsh Variety

On a return trip to the Audubon Garden at Magnolia Plantation I was able to focus more on the non-heron activity. Their nesting activity was still amazing to watch, but these birds also caught my eye.


A number of Blue-winged Teals were zipping about, mostly ignoring the Red-Shouldered Hawks watching from the trees.


This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was one of a variety of elusive small birds darting through the thick underbrush.


On this visit the only Woodpecker I saw was this Red-bellied, nicely offset by the Spanish Moss.