Category Archives: birds

Readers’ wildlife photos and videos

It’s time to start getting your photos together if you’d like to submit them here. I still have an appreciable backlog, but there can never be too many. Today we have (wait for it) DUCKS! Yes, more Anas platyrhynchus. Charlie Jones of Pennsylvania has sent the brood near him, and his notes are indented: You’ve […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Young Jamie Blilie has sent the second installment of his most recent photos via his dad, James Blilie. The captions are indented. At bottom we have a Stephen Barnard photo of DUCKS! A flock of Common Redpolls going after the thistle seed feeder (Acanthis flammea): A Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla): A Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia): […]

Vote for the kakapo Lego set

Kakapos (Strigops habroptila), as you should know by now, are the world’s only flightless parrot, and as such—and being residents of once-predator-free New Zealand—are highly endangered, and have been moved to predator-free islands to try to keep the species going. They are also adorable, as well as being horny. Here is perhaps the most popular […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have two photos today from Tara Tanaka (Vimeo page here, Flickr page here) in Florida, as well as a video she took a while back that I’ve never posted. First, the photos.  Meet Marshall the marsh rabbit. Note the small ears, the long legs, and the square face, almost like a capybara. Wikipedia says […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Christopher Moss sent a passel of baby spiders, a bird, and Eastern chipmunk babies: Araneus diadematus [the European garden spider] I think. The nest is on the glass of my conservatory, here in Nova Scotia. It doubles as a greenhouse at this time of year so there’s lots of garden spiders in there. These are the kind […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard in Idaho weighs in with some diverse and lovely pictures from Idaho (I especially like the swallows and the heron being harassed). His notes are indented. Two species of kingbirds in the same day. A Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis), showing off his yellow breast in early morning light. An Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus), […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tom Carrolan sent two sets of raptor images in April and May. I’ll put the second one up first: about the Norther Harrier. His captions are indented: The Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius) is a taxonomic issue. Recently divided from the European Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus). From All About Birds: “Northern Harriers are fairly common, but […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Liz Strahle sent us some bird photos; her notes are indented: These were taken in the last few months in NY, CT, and NJ. The first herring gull was in NY and the non-leucistic red-tailed hawk was in CT. The rest were in NJ. I believe the gull pictures are Herring Gulls but am […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson has sent in a last installment of photos of the Galápagos (photos of Australia to come). His notes are indented: The Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is, implausibly, found on the equator. Superficially similar, the Galapagos flightless cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) has vestigial wings.  Flightless forms are, of course, common on islands. OK, cuteness […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributors today, and the last one sent a felid photo. First up is Randy Schenck from Iowa, whose contribution is called “Finches Gone Wild”: I cannot identify specifically but maybe the House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus).  The water fountain continues to amaze every type of bird and they become unhinged in this water […]