Monthly Archives: April 2015

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanagers are fairly common but seldom seen since they seem to hang out behind the leaves in the tops of tall trees.For this shot from this morning we were up high enough on sloping ground to get a good … Continue reading

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White-eyed Vireo

I went out a couple days ago and found this vireo in a thicket near our family cemetery. The unusual eye color makes this a stunning bird.

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

It was such a pretty day today that I took two long walks. On the walk this afternoon I photographed this hyperkinetic Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. These tiny birds are very common at the PGT but they move so fast that it’s … Continue reading

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Yellow-throated Vireo

On a picnic today I heard the familiar burry call of the vireo. I was glad that I had my bird lens with me and was able to get this shot. I tried to get a picture of a Yellow-throated … Continue reading

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Baltimore Oriole

Yesterday I saw my first Oriole of the year. It was trying to find some insects to eat in the emerging hickory buds. Reminder: The PGT Birdwalk is at 7 AM next Saturday May 2nd. There should be lots of … Continue reading

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Prairie Warbler

Every day new birds arrive. Today I saw two new Warblers: Prairie Warbler Ovenbird Both of these birds nest at the PGT. Most of the Warblers that are simply passing through on their way to Canada haven’t arrived yet. They … Continue reading

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Rose Verbena

The rush of the Spring Wildflowers is on! One of the short flowers that is easy to overlook is called Rose Verbena. I photographed this one near our barn. Rose Verbena has the longest bloom time of any wildflower; it … Continue reading

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Blue-winged Warbler

Today I saw my first Blue-winged Warbler of the year. This is a gorgeous bird with a funny song. They nest in the thickets at the PGT and you are sure to see one if you know how to identify … Continue reading

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First Black-and-white-Warbler

Today we found the first Black-and-white-Warblers of the year. They were along the path to The Point. The popcorn white flowers of the Serviceberries (Amelanchier arborea) are also in full bloom. To see the other 35 species of birds we … Continue reading

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Polyester Bee – A Native Bee that Makes Plastic

This afternoon while photographing the tiny golden flowers of Aromatic Sumac I got this shot of a native bee. I didn’t know what they were and asked around. Mike Arduser identified these as Colletes inaequalis. They are nick-named Polyester Bees … Continue reading

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