Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Common Birds in Your Area This Time of Year

Welcome to Bird Weekly Week #54 – Common birds in your area seen this time of year. (7/9/21)

The feature image is a Black Skimmer taken last summer. I haven’t been to the beach this year since I can’t get my foot wet and can’t walk on it yet.

Many of these birds are here year-round, however, they were all taken between May and August. The Summer Tanager, American Redstart and Swallow-tailed Kite are summertime visitors.


Carolina Wrens

Three Carolina chicks in a nest.

This brood of Carolina Wrens were tucked in cozily in their nest waiting for the parents to bring them more food. This nest was built in my daughter’s shed. They were close to fledging. Carolina Wrens can have 1-3 broods per year. The clutch size is 3-7 eggs that are incubated in 12-16 days. They are only in the nest for 10-16 days before they venture out on their own with parental guidance of course.


Brown Pelicans

Four Brown Pelicans hanging out in the inlet at Mayport, Florida near the boat ramp with fishing docks in the background.

Brown Pelicans are here year-round. As many of you know, this is my favorite bird. These adults were teaching the juvenile how to fish. This photo was taken this week. We drove out to Mayport after I got my stitches out, got take out from Safe Harbour (our favorite seafood restaurant) and drove down to the boat ramp. It was too hot and humid to sit outside, so we ate in the car as we watched the birds frolicked around. I took this from the comfort of the car. It was good to get out!


Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron approaching the water in the inlet at Mayport.

I found this adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron photo while going through my archives…again. I couldn’t find it last week, but it was taken this time of year several years ago. They are here year-round.


Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull wading out into the surf of the Atlantic Ocean at Little Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

This Laughing Gull was many that I took last summer at Little Talbot Island. They can be seen here throughout the year, but are here by the tens of thousands during the summer months.


Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager perched up in a tree at Tree Hill Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Summer Tanager visits Jacksonville during the summer months only but can be seen year-round in Southern Florida. The female is yellowish with a pinkish or horn-colored bill. The male is a brilliant red and unfortunately, I do not have a photo of one. They like dense mature forests and are usually solitary in the upper levels. This one was in the upper canopy but we were on a hill so this bird wasn’t that far away because of the elevation.


American Redstart

American Redstart fluttering about to lure insects out of their hiding spots on the red ground of leaves and fallen limbs.

American Redstarts are another summertime visitor. This is an immature male beginning to get his colors in. The yellows will eventually turn a brilliant orange. He will dance around showing those colors off to attract a female. They will use this same technique to startle their prey, usually insects out of foliage and broken tree limbs, which is the behavior on display here.


Limpkin

Limpkin preparing to hop down into the water looking for snails.

The Limpkin is a resident of Florida. This photo was taken during the summer out behind my best friend’s house. There were 6 of them that came out of the woods to find their favorite food, snails in the pond.


Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite flying over my house hunting for birds or squirrels to eat.

Swallow-tailed Kites are a predatory bird that hunts in Florida during the summer months. We do not feed the birds from May-September here because of the kites. The Mississippi Kite is another summertime predator but I don’t have a decent photo of one. Both of these species go in search of birds that are nesting or have fledglings. While they are graceful and beautiful in the air, the thought of offering up any bird on my feeder doesn’t set well with me. There is plenty of food during the hot summer months so there is no need to make it easy on the kites.


Next time…Week #55 – Bird Headshots! (7/16/21)


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45 Comments on “Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Common Birds in Your Area This Time of Year

    • Thank you. I had more, but had less time. My blogs are going to shorter for a while.

      Florida is the place to be for year round birding. We have so many residents plus all season migrants whether they are here flying through or hanging out for a few months. 😊

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  1. Great selection, Lisa. Love the baby wrens and the kite particularly. An impressivve bird.
    I actually managed to join in this week πŸ™‚

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  2. The swallow tailed kite is a beautiful bird. Hope to see it one day. Tanagers and limpkins are also birds which can only be seen in your hemisphere. I haven’t really thought of a birding trip to the Americas, but maybe I should plan one, once things open up.

    Last April, during the most severe part of the lockdown, I’d posted a list of the birds that I could hear from my window. Now that we are able to move around the garden, I can see (and hear) them. This is the list:

    Quiet mornings

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  3. That stunning first photo of the black skimmer completely illustrates why they’re called that. Great shot. I’ve been a bit quiet with the bird posts because I don’t have much that matches. I do have a post for “Birds with more than one color of feathers” when that comes around, though. I hope you’re on the mend, Lisa. πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Lily
      I’m doing okay. Been overwhelmingly busy with my business and just got out of my boot from foot surgery. It’s been 3 months and still have PT to do but I drove for the first time today. How are you doing? I’m missing everyone. 😊

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      • Oh I’m glad you’re doing okay and healing well! πŸ™‚ I’m okay. I changed my theme for the 100th time 😊 a WP world record I think, but sometimes I just get kind of bored & we don’t go out much at all. Of late, my son and I got rear-ended few weeks ago at a stop sign, and are just doing physio right now for concussion and whiplash. We are doing much better as well. Oh and I got my car back from the shop today. 😊 Nice to hear from you.

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      • Glad you are okay. I went to the chiropractor today. I have maintenance done since 1993 when I had a bad car accident. Im good for the most part.
        Changing themes can get complicated but I get the boredom. 😊

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  4. Thinking of you. I hope you’re feeling well. I miss you..πŸ’œπŸ¦‹
    I miss our Baseball Banter! Jays are playing TB today. Hoping you can watch the game.
    My email addy is on my ABOUT page. Email me if you want or can.

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