Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Orioles like mealworms

Baltimore Oriole (female)

Carolina Wren

Most of you who offer your birds mealworms probably have Carolina Wrens eating 'em......well so do Baltimore Orioles! Mary and Susan have a female oriole who loves to eat mealworms.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

More pictures from Amalia

American Robin

White-breasted Nuthatch eating bark butter

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Carolina Chickadee

Chipping Sparrow

Goldfinches are coming! Siskins as well!

American Goldfinch by Amalia Agramonte, Lake Jackson

American Goldfinches by Carol Miller, Monticello

We have started getting the first reports of goldfinches at thistle feeders. Yesterday we had one backyard birder reporting several Pine Siskins at his feeder.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Scott Weidensaul

Apalachee Audubon Welcomes Scott Weidensaul to Tallahassee!

Enjoy two entertaining evenings on Thursday, Jan 29 and Friday, Jan 30

Mark your January, 2009 calendar for an exciting opportunity to hear Scott Weidensaul, author, naturalist, researcher and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Scott's field research focuses on bird migration, including birds of prey, hummingbirds and the movements of Northern Saw-whet Owls. He lectures widely on conservation and nature. His writing has appeared in Smithsonian, the New York Times, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife and Audubon. His most recent book, Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding (2007), traces 400 years of ornithological history. To learn more about Scott's other interesting books and activities visit his website at

On Jan. 29 join us for wine and hors d'oeurves at a small gathering to welcome Scott to Tallahassee. Attendance will be limited to 30 people, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at a alocation to be determined. The cost will be $50 per person which includes a ticket to his Friday night talk. To reserve a spot, contact Pam Flynn at (850) 383-1238 or Your donation is tax deductible.

On Jan. 30 Scott will be speaking, along with a book signing, on Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. His talk will be at 7PM at Tallahassee Community College, Building 38 (Economics and Workforce Development at SW end of campus).

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Wild Birds Unlimited store as well as by mail. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a check made payable to Apalachee Audubon. Mail the check to: Pam Flynn, 2801 Sterling Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32312. Please indicate an address, phone number or email address where you prefer to be contacted if we need to convey further event details. As a bonus for early ticket buyers, if you purchase your ticket before Jan. 1, your name will be included in a drawing for one of three prizes. Watch for additional event details at the apalachee audubon chapters website

All donations to Apalachee Audubon are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code. All procedds will go to Apalachee Audubon and to the Operation Migration: Whopping Crane project at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Strange Yard Birds

Glenda writes...

These are ceratinly not great pictures, but wanted to share with you the "new to my yard" yardbirds. In the past couple of weeks, I have seen on a few occasions 2-9 Ibis walking on the street in front of my house and in my yard, foraging in the yard and the rain puddles on the road. This is the first time in over twenty years that I ever recall seeing an Ibis in my yard.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets like Bark Butter

Amalia sent us this picture of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet eating bark butter. We have had several reports at the store of kinglets eating bark butter. It must be winter!

Stoney Bayou

Carol writes....

I took the Bataan Death March around Stoney Bayou II on Monday. Lots of ducks, but almost all way out. Best birds were American Bittern and Snow Geese, three blue and two white.
There were good views of Lesser Scaup on Stoney Bayou I, and Blue-winged Teal in the canals next to it. Marsh Wrens, Swamp Sparrows and Sora were abundant in the same canals.

American Bittern

Snow Geese - White Morph

Snow Geese - Blue Morph

Swamp Sparrow


Marsh Wren

Kim's Birds

Kim writes...

It’s been a while since I’ve sent photos so here are a few photos if you would like to post. All these were taken out of my kitchen window. The female Cardinal was on a very chilly afternoon and she was all fluffed up. The male was just sitting pretty. I finally got a picture of the Carolina Wren who’s been avoiding my camera. Today, I took photos of what I think is a Warbler but when I visited your site it looks like the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I can’t see the top of this little birds head. He acted like a Hummingbird as he went leaf to leaf getting something from under the leaves.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Carolina Wren

Northern Cardinals