Monday, February 25, 2019

No home for house sparrow

This was the first and only time I've seen a house sparrow at the feeders in Onslow County, and he was quickly run off by a much smaller but very fierce chipping sparrow (last photo). Bless him. I hope he found his way back to his tribe.

House sparrow

House sparrow

House sparrow (left) & chipping sparrow (right)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Daily birds, Onslow, Jan & Feb 2019

I photographed these birds in one location over several weeks in Onslow County, NC in January and  February 2019.

Chipping sparrow

Carolina chickadee

Carolina wren

Pine warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler

House finches

Dark-eyed junco

Tufted titmouse

Northern cardinal (male)

Hermit thrush

American robin

Northern mockingbird

Mourning dove

Blue jay

Brown-headed cowbird (male)

Red-winged blackbird (male)

Red-winged blackbird (female)

Common grackle

Turkey vulture

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chickweed and deadnettle: Tiny beauties

Among the first tiny wildflowers of spring in NC are common chickweeds (Stellaria media) and henbit deadnettles (Lamium amplexicaule), each with flowers less than half an each wide and both intricate and beautiful when you look at them up close. Although they're sometimes dismissed as "weeds" (I loathe that word), they're actually both edible herbs. (Read more here and here.)

Common chickweed

Henbit deadnettle

Common dandelion, little sunbursts

The common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is one of the earliest signs of spring. I love to see them pop up in the yard, by the road and everywhere! Some consider them a nuisance, but not me! If you look closely, you'll see that each dandelion looks a bit different from the next and their bright, beautiful yellow faces look like little sunbursts. And of course, when a dandelion turns from flower to fruit (puffball) you can make a wish and blow! :)
>> More about common dandelion here.

Dandelion fruit

Friday, February 01, 2019

Daily birds, Guilford, Feb 2019

I photographed these birds in one location on one afternoon in Guilford County, NC in February 2019.

American goldfinch

Carolina chickadee 

Carolina wren

Dark-eyed junco

Tufted titmouse

Yellow-rumped warbler

Brown-headed nuthatch

White-breasted nuthatch

Song sparrow

White-throated sparrow

House finch (male)

House finch (female)

Eastern bluebird (male)

Eastern bluebird (female)

Northern cardinal (male)

Northern cardinal (female)

Downy woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker