Our House – Happy Reflections

Library Post 1: I have a new project, and I’m going to organize it on this site and some other FB pages where I post bird notes.  For several years, the Holmes Beach Manatee County Library has displayed my bird photos in their entrance display case several times a year. … Read more

The Fishing Village of Cortez Florida

Library Post 2: “That’s a Snowy Egret,” you say! Well the Snowy Egrets are fooled also. This is a first year Little Blue Heron (post photo) sitting on a crab trap in Cortez Village. During its first year of white plumage, the Snowy Egrets allow these immature Little Blue Herons … Read more

A Silly Moment with Mr Blue Eyes

Library Post 3: Florida’s Double-crested Cormorants (post photo) do not migrate. They are actually a subspecies of Phalacrocorax auritus (Phalacrocorax auritus floridanus), and one ID feature associated with this is that their breeding plumage head crests are black. We usually don’t even notice them as opposed to the white crests … Read more

Apology to a Canada Goose

Library Post 4: This Canada Goose (post photo) entry is just a follow-up to my Double-crested Cormorant and Rubber Ducky post. For the record, I do find myself talking to birds. I often scold them for not sitting still when I take their picture. I also hold serious silent conversations … Read more

I Talk to Birds

Library Post 5: The Yellow-crowned Night Heron (post photo) is a very special bird: Fossil records from canals in our own Bradenton, Florida area indicate that this bird dates back about one million years – SMITHSONIAN MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTIONS VOLUME 85, NUMBER 2 THE AVIFAUNA OF THE PLEISTOCENE IN FLORIDA. Some … Read more

The Joy of What’s Next

Library Post 6: This Snowy Egret photo was taken on AMI beach. The Snowy Egret is looking at a fisherman’s catch. It seemed to understand it’s dilemma, but that did not interfere with its desire. This is a bird story for three young ladies that I know who are at … Read more

Reflections: “Redemption Song”

Library Post 9: Northern Cardinals (post photo) are year round residents in the mid-west and east US (north and south). The males are fiercely intra-species territorial. They are known for fighting their own reflections in reflective surfaces. I’ve seen this up close and personal in my own driveway. Between the … Read more

Tomorrow

Library Post 11: This is a Black Simmer (post photo inset) at sunset! .Now most people would look at this photo and think AMI beach sunset, and they would be correct. I’ll admit that I was sitting on an AMI beach bench at 49th street when I took this photo … Read more

The Fishies are Out O’re the Sea

Library Post 12: I sat quietly on AMI beach watching this Sandwich Tern (post photo) give a fishing lesson to a child. It involved many flights by the adult out over the sea. On some trips, a fishy was brought back – on other trips nothing. During a prolonged absence, … Read more

An Odd Duck

Library Post 13: This Black-bellied Whistling Duck photo was taken at a small lake near a local shopping center. It’s a nice urban birding location. They really are ducks, but they have a lot of Canada Goose like behavioral characteristics, including strong pair bonding. They do not put a lot … Read more

The Song in My Head

Library Post 14: Since I insist that I really do talk to birds, I’m going to let this Eurasian Collared Dove (post photo) tell its own story: “Hi y’all, Back in 1970’s my relatives escaped from a pet shop in the Bahamas during a burglary. The frustrated shop owner decided … Read more

A Mini Raptor

Library Post 15: I photographed this Loggerhead Shrike (post photo) on an evening walk along Palma Sola Blvd. It’s a songbird, but that only masks (get it, get it! – see photo) that it’s really is a mighty raptor. This bird is a year round resident in southern US states. … Read more

The Stick Dance

Library Post 16: This Great Blue Heron photo was taken at a small bayside lake near our home. My verse describes a ritual dance that I captured with this photo. This male Great Blue Heron is showing breeding plumage. That stick that its holding was subjected to tossing and twirling … Read more

A Symmetric Relationship

Library Post 17: The Mottled Duck (post photo) is closely related to the Mallard. It has uniquely adapted to southern coastal living, particularly in Florida. In the photo below, the male is on the left and the female is on the right. This is a classic bonded Mottled Duck pair.  … Read more

Unrequited Love

Library Post 18: The nuisance duck in the photo is a male Mottled Duck (post photo). I’m pretty sure both of the bonded pair ducks are Mottled/Mallard hybrids. It’s possible the female is pure Mottled, but her black wing speculum has a touch of white (not quite visible in inset … Read more

“Peace of Mind”

Library Post 19: This is a pure Mottled Duck female (post photo) guarding two ducklings. Note the female’s solid blue/black wing speculum. They are, as they say down here, Florida born ‘n bred. I could make a case that this should be our state bird, but the Northern Mockingbird (Mimus … Read more

“Bird on a Wire”

Library Post 20: This is Florida’s State Bird, the Northern Mockingbird (post photo). Its name bespeaks its behavior. It imitates other birds. European Starlings do this also. I still intend to get back to that subject in another post. My verse title is a Leonard Cohen song. Opening Lines: “Oh, … Read more

A Shared Meditative Moment

Library Post 21: This Ruddy Turnstone photo was taken bayside across the road from my favorite AMI ice cream store – Two Scoops. This bird’s name describes its plumage and its feeding pattern. It pecks and probes for food, sometimes turning over stones and shells to find a tasty treat. … Read more

Petty Larceny

Library Post 22: One on one, a Red-shouldered Hawk (post photo) would win this type of a fight, but Crows are extended family birds that work together. The food theft works both ways. Crow vs Hawk food fighting is fairly common. I took this Red-shouldered Hawk photo on Palma Sola … Read more

“Hello Old Friend”

Library Post 23: The Wood Stork (post photo) is the only Stork that breeds in the United States – Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. You cannot go for an extended walk on Anna Maria Island and the near by mainland bay communities without seeing these birds. Their behavior towards humans … Read more