Thursday, June 26, 2008

Black Tern, Gray Kingbird & Gnatcatcher

Carol Miller writes....

I watched a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher flitting through the bushes at Bald Point and tried to see where he was going. This Brown-headed Cowbird chick popped up and I thought, "You don't belong to him." But, lo and behold, there was the tiny Gnatcatcher putting food into the mouth of the huge Cowbird chick!

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher feeding Brown-headed Cowbird chick

On a trip to Mashes Sands to find a Gray Kingbird (who found me), I caught a Black Tern lounging on a sand spit off the beach. At first I thought, "Another Laughing Gull. Booooooring....Wait a minute! That's something different." The Kingbird landed in a bush right across the road from where I was getting out of the car! Two new birds in one day at a place I've been several times before--always something new to see!

Black Tern

Gray Kingbird

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bottoms Road

I'm a believer now! Andy has been telling me for months that Bottoms Road is the best place around to see rails, and I've said, "Yeah, right! I haven't seen any." Well, Saturday I saw at least eight! Yay! Also, all along the road little Seaside Sparrows popped up and said, "Howdy! Please take my picture." Maybe not all of them were so forth-coming, but several were. I really appreciated the cooperation.

Seaside Sparrow

Clapper Rail

Thursday, June 19, 2008

St. Andrews State Park

Carol writes....

We went to St. Andrews on Friday with our grandson Sean and his family, and still managed to see some good birds. (I know, Andy, they're all good.) The lagoon had Laughing Gulls lined up to snag the little fishes along the shore, Snowy Plovers working the wrack line, and Least Terns preening on the dunes. A couple of Snowy Egrets joined the gulls and a single Black Skimmer moseyed out from behind the Terns and took off.


Black Skimmer

Snowy Egret

Least Terns

Snowy Plover

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


We went on the Wakulla River and I got these shots of an Osprey family and flight shots. It was so cool to see the heads pop up out of the nest.


Friday, June 6, 2008

St Marks NWR - Kim Chason

Kim writes.....

Thank you for posting my photos. My new Nikon D40 is amazing and now my world is never ending. I'm old school 35mm camera but I haven't picked it up in years. The digital world makes it so much easier now. My husband took me to St. Marks this past weekend and I took over 200 photos of birds, bugs and wildlife and these are just a few. Some aren't of birds but I couldn't resist sending them since one of them is a 3' gator that was crossing the road as we were exiting the park. After I took my photos of him I took a few steps closer to make a few noises to get him to cross the road and of course he grunted at me before going on his way. Then there was the doe that just stood as if she was posing just for me. .

Great Egret

American Alligator

White-tailed Deer

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Black-necked Stilts

Black Skimmer

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Black-bellied Whistler's!

Carol Miller writes....

Last night I read on that two Black-bellied Whistling ducks had been spotted in NE Jefferson County. Wow! Something special almost on my doorstep! I had Mike drive me over this noon to check them out. Our first views from CR 257 showed a flock of Storks and a few Cattle Egrets, Snowies, and Ibis, but NO ducks. I was so disappointed. But as we were heading back, I had him let me out on CR 146 for a different view. Bin-go! I immediately spotted the pair and got excellent looks at both. In a few minutes, a couple friends dropped by for dinner. Check out the size of that turtle--he's as big as the ducks.

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks & Wood Stork

Wood Storks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

Kim's Pictures

Hello Wild Birds Unlimited,

What a wonderful store!

I just bought a new digital camera and have been taking pictures of all the birds that have been visiting us. I'd like to share these photos with everyone. Maybe you'll add them to your blog page. I had to add photos from last early spring that were actually taken with our video camera. They're not as clear (you'll see which ones) because we did it from inside the house looking out. This hawk spent a good amount of time bathing in our pond. I have at least 3 birdbaths in my yard but never expected a hawk to use our pond, but I guess they need to bathe as well!


Red-bellied Woodpecker

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Carolina Chickadee

Northern Cardinal