Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Neighborhood breeding birds

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

I thought would show some of the breeding birds seen in my neighborhood. Most of these shots were taken in my backyard and they breed in the woods located on the side of my house and across the street in front of my house.



The Northern Parula seen in my yard and during a previous year one has been seen  tapping at my front windows. I guess trying to fight off a competitor. The Northern Parula builds a pendulum nest and lays 3-7 eggs.


This is a male Northern Parula, they have a pretty sound commonly heard thru-out the woods next to my house.


This is a shot of the back of a Scarlet Tanager, surprisingly seen at my feeder. I did not know they would eat seeds. They eat insects and fruit. The Scarlet Tanager breeds in a large forested area, their nest is built on a horizontal tree branch.


Above is the Scarlet Tanager seen perched in my weeping cherry tree. They are nesting in the woods next to my house, high up in the tree tops. The habitat is threatened due to more forest defragmentation. A solid tree canopy is preferred by the breeding Scarlet Tanager.


This is the Great-crested Flycatcher also seen in my weeping cherry tree. This flycatcher has a bright yellow belly.


The Great Crested Flycatcher breeds in a mixed forest and nest in a cavity of a tree. They will fill their nest with leaves, hair, trash and paper. I have seen them collecting Goldie Girl's hair my backyard.


This is the Indigo Bunting, a beautiful color blue and also a breeder bird for the neighborhood. The male displays this pretty bright blue to attract the females during the breeding season. They nest in dense shrubs or low trees. The female cares for the 1-4  eggs alone.


Above is the male Indigo Bunting perched on my weeping cherry tree. I am lucky to live in an area that attracts so many birds. The watershed and reservoir is is like my very own birdie hotspot. I just hope they do not come along and cut down more trees in the watershed property. The forest here is a great habitat for the birds.



Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your nice comments. I always appreciate your visits.
Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

73 comments:

  1. What amazing colours these birds are.

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  2. Lovely, lovely closeups of the birds Eileen. I would love to live in such a bird hotspot ;-) Have a lovely day.

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  3. I assume you are making fun with us and just pretending that these birds are all in your neighbourhood! To me they look like species I usually only see in zoos! Lovely, lovely and spectacular! I am so pleased that you have the eye for them - like this we can see them too! In that sense: Thanks for sharing! Christa xxxxx

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  4. we get the great-crested flycatchers, here. and thankfully, i've seen my one indigo, now, so don't have to go crazy with envy. however, the tanager and the parula? well, yup, i'm turning various shade of green!

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  5. Um mais lindo que o outro! Belas fotos! beijos,chica

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  6. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. Beautiful birds! Would love to see these in person! Someone alerted me that my blog feed isn't coming through, and they had to go click on my name to see my new post today. Did my new post of the Pheasant show up in your list today? If not, could you try clicking on my name, and see if you can get it? Thanks.

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  8. A great series of beautiful birds. You are lucky to have them so close to where you live.

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  9. such individual little characters so full of colour. One not so but equally beautiful ...lovely photos Eileen, I enjoyed each of them

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  10. oh these are just wonderful shots eileen, i don't see any of these in my yard!!

    lucky you, they are so pretty and colorful!!

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  11. Ohh Ahh .. that Northern Parula is beautiful.

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  12. Wow, Eileen, you have some beauties! I've never see a northern parula, and I loved your photos of them.

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  13. I like your bunting Eileen, as I have one today also. That is a scarlet Tanager...woo hoo...that is great...ours are yellow and orange.I want to have a Parula at my window.

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  14. I just put out my first feeder.in part due to your great pics..now I have to figure out who is turning up.

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  15. You are lucky to have such pretty birds in your backyard and breeding close by, great shots.

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  16. Awesome! I've had Northern Parulas and Great Crested Flycatchers too! Wonderful images.

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  17. They're all beautiful, but that Parula is fantastic! My favorite!

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  18. Hi Eileen...I chuckled when I saw your post, we both did a neighborhood bird post!!
    I do love that Parula, hope to see one sometime !! They have been seen here!!
    The Scarlet Tanagers are so brilliantly colored, almost blinding!!
    So many beautiful colored bird shots,
    very nice!!
    Grace

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  19. I love seeing birds...some are new to me... Thank you for linking into Nature Notes... Michelle

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  20. They are all so cute and colorful! I think my favorite is the Northern Parula because I think the color combo is just stunning. Great shots!

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  21. Thank you for sharing the birds in your neighborhood with us. You got some excellent pictures.

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  22. Hi Eileen!! You really have some amazing and beautiful birds! Some we have here in my corner of VA, others I only get to admire and learn about from people like you! What a good post, that I've really enjoyed this evening!

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  23. Hi Eileen, I always love seeing your birds. Love the colorful ones --but tonight, I am interested in the Northern Parula.. Such cutie birds... I've never seen one. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  24. Excellent captures. I have not seen any of them except on blogs! How lucky you are to have them in your neighborhood. I have never even heard of the Parula, such a sweetie!

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  25. These are all fantastic birds and shots. I love the vivid colors.

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  26. Those are some utterly lovely birds! I'm so glad that you share them with us and the information about them is quite interesting.

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  27. You do have an amazing variety of birds. They're beautiful.

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  28. Hi Eileen Great set of shots and such wonderful colours. Margaret

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  29. You really don't have to leave your yard to find some interesting species.
    I've never seen the beautifully colored parula before. It is a pretty little bird.
    Wonderfully captured images Eileen!
    Have a wonderful week.

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  30. You are lucky to get such colorful birds in your yard! None of these make it up my way.

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  31. They are so beautiful. Good snaps. I know it's hard to get a clear shot but you did well

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  32. Oh, they are beautiful, my fave is the Northern Parula, it is superb.

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  33. Wow, I think you have so fantastic birds with such beautiful colours! And your photos is very good too!
    We don't have none of those birds here in Sweden.

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  34. nice set of birds. I think the little beauty Parula is a new one for me. Loos very seet. Must have been gret to have as visitor.

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  35. Marvelous photos of the different birds. My favorite is your bird with the blue feathers. Amazing !

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  36. Nice photos! You did well getting close to that flycatcher. They like the treetops and I usually just get their undersides.

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  40. Ah, very exciting times in your yard eight now! So colourful.

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  41. Pretty!! I especially enjoyed the Indigo Bunting partially hidden behind a cherry branch.

    Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

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  42. What a lively post! Lovely colorful little birds!

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  43. Beautiful series of different birds.
    My favorite is the one with the blue wings.
    They are not in the Netherlands.
    Regards, Irma

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  44. Beautiful birds.. Nice pictures .. Regards..

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  45. You do have so many gorgeous birds visit your yard. Nice photos

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  46. With the exception of the Indigo Bunting, I have never seen personally the birds that you have shared with us today. All beautiful colors!

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  47. Beautiful captures. You certainly have a lot of color at your bird feeders!

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  48. Gorgeous birds in your yard, that's amazing!

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  49. What gorgeous images of the birds, from tones and contrasts, each one is a beauty.

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  50. Extraordinary and absolutely beautiful Eileen.

    Happy Day to you,
    Denise

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  51. A great collection of beautiful birds, none of which I see around here.

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  52. You get so many different birds at your house!!
    I've never even heard of a Northern Parula. What a pretty bird.
    I love the Scarlet Tanager. I saw my first one in person up at Happy Trails.

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  53. beautiful birds all of them, I'd never seen a phoot of the parula before, what a lovely bird!

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  54. Hallo Eileen!!Wow!!Gorgeous birds in your yard!!!!Yes!!!You are very lucky living in that wonderful place with all those beautiful birds!!Great pictures!!Thank you for sharing!!Have a lovely week!!!Hugs!!
    Dimi..

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  55. These are such beautiful birds!

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  56. You are so fortunate to have such beautiful , colourful birds nearby and within range of your camera. Your photos are lovely. Thank you for sharing them. Thank you for your support on my daily posts. It is much appreciated.
    Ann

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  57. Śliczne masz ptaki w pobliżu domu. Piekne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
    Cute birds around your home. Beautiful pictures. Yours.

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  58. These are fabulous pictures! And to think you see them right in your yard.

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  59. All of them so beautiful, nice focus on each.

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  60. I like the visitors in your neighborhood!

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  61. Very pretty photos, Eileen! The photos of the Northern Parula are my favorite!

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  62. WOW!! What a wonderful selection of birds you have shared here, Eileen!! I love all the bright colours.

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  63. The Indigo Bunting looks so beautiful!!!! I just love its color and those cute little eyes...all of your winged neighbor friends look refreshing to the eyes...makes me love love love nature! a pleasure dropping by to view nature with you :)

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  64. I just cant get my head around the colour of those buntings - they dont look real!

    Nice set birds.

    Cheers - and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  65. What a wealth of beautiful birds you have! I've never even heard of a Parula, and the others are rarely seen in my yard.

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  66. I've never seen the parula =-- he is beautiful -- and way too seldom the other birds you show us. You live in the most wonderful place for birding; I would never want to move.

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  67. The Red Scarlet Tanager is awesome!

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  68. Hi Eileen, you live in a great neighborhood with the pretties neighbors I've ever seen.

    Picture perfect shots! This southern gal is green with envy~:)

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  69. Dearest Eileen,
    Your neighborhood birds are breathtakingly beautiful and colorful☆☆☆
    Haha, I'm green with envy as well, my friend.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  70. gorgeous as ever!


    what a beautiful little bird!

    xoxo

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  71. beaut birds to have in your garden Eileen, love the images and the information you've shared, happy birding

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  72. Great series of birds around your house.

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