The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) is one of my favorite Passeriformes. They are absolutely stunning and watching a kettle of swallows in flight is mesmerizing.
With millions of birds everywhere, finding birds is thankfully, pretty easy. Here is a list of some of my personal favorite places to watch/photograph birds.
There are jays in every corner of the USA. But each region has their own jay. In the midwest and east, it's the blue jay. In the southwest it's the Mexican jay. In my part of the country it's the Steller's jay.
This is blast off from the main pond at Bosque del Apache, National Wildlife Refuge - thousands of snow geese and Ross's geese.
Identifying a specific species among the nearly 10,000 different kinds of birds there are flying around the world can be a daunting task, even for those of us who have spent a large portion of our life trying to do just that. Don’t worry – you don’t need to memorize all 10,000 species. In fact,…
Did you know that more than 150 bird species recognize when a berry is ripe on the vine? Birds and plants (especially native plants) have a very symbiotic relationship. The plants feed the birds and the birds help spread the plant's seed so that they can flourish.
This is a green jay (Cyanocorax yncas) in a field of flowers in southern Texas.
Why all this fuss about blackbirds?
Because no other bird has a song written about them by the Beatles. Paul McCartney has given differing, contradictory statements regarding both his inspiration for the song and its meaning. In one of these scenarios, he has said he was inspired by hearing the call of a blackbird one morning when the Beatles were studying Transcendental Meditation in Rishikesh, India.
Do you recognize that sound? It's very possible you've heard it emanating from your own back yard. It's the song of a northern cardinal; one of the most popular birds in the USA - despite the fact it's also one of the most common.
This is a rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) on the hunt for some sugar water in Madera Canyon, AZ.