Tag Archives: Bird

Little Bird

Early in the summer I realized that a little bird had built a nest right above our main door, the back door. There is a small enclosed porch, so the nest isn’t super visible until you step onto it. As I would enter or leave the house, the bird would fly away.

At one point, I realized there were chicks in the nest. Later, there was no doubt as they could be very noisy!

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Immature Loon

Immature Loon

The other day I went down to one of my favorite little walks, Bells Neck in Harwich.  I got out of the car and walked towards the herring ladder.  There is a pool of water above the flume, a little smooth inlet away from the main pond.  I saw a bird between the parking lot and the water, a largish bird.  Not eagle big, or Great Blue Heron big, but something with the body the size of a Canadian Goose but a much shorter neck.

I walked pretty close, and it only half watched me.  But then I got Fiyero out of the car and it lifted it’s head and kept a sharp, red eye on the dog.

I wasn’t sure what it was, but it looked familiar.  I thought “Loon”, but it was the wrong color.  Besides, I had never seen a Loon on the Cape.  In Canada and northern Maine, sure, but Cape Cod?  Nope. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile 56 Reminder

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

It is the little things we smile about the most.  We may remember the big, both good and bad, but in reality the little things make up our lives.  You may smile about a song on the radio, in return to a smile from a stranger, about a stray tuft of hair on a child’s forehead or, as John Denver might have said, sunshine on your shoulders might make you smile (happy).  It is the little things, something I sometimes forget when I do these weekly smile posts.

Yesterday morning I took my coffee out into the cold to enjoy nature.  I didn’t have a jacket on, but my wooded backyard is protected from the wind yet gets a good morning sun.  I was up the hill, just at the verge of the forest, looking out over the village and enjoying my coffee in the warm sunshine when I noticed a small noise.  Looking almost straight out from me there was a tiny bird on a branch.  Not just any bird, but a Downy Woodpecker.  It looked at me, then continued to tap the tree.  I watched for five minutes, sipping my coffee, before going.  A little later I came back out, but this time I had a camera instead of a cup of coffee in my hand.  I haven’t had time to look through the photos yet, but I did take one and crop it down for this post. Continue reading

Reminder – Weekly Smile 22 – #weeklysmile



We were on the way back from eating out when we decided to stop and try for one more chance of getting a good picture of the local eagles.  My dad and I had our cameras and my mom and my parents’ “Chinese Granddaughter” came along just to stretch their legs.  Actually, they had little choice since my dad and I had already decided to stop.

We saw a couple of eagles at a distance, but the setting sun was just in the wrong position, blotting out any view across the estuary.  Other people came and went, mostly walking through but stopping to see if they might get lucky and see an eagle or other sight. Continue reading

Photos from Ohio (Mostly Birds, Eagles)

Back in May I visited my parents.  Well, it was a little more than that since most of my immediate family was there.  Unlike normal people, I took few family pictures.  What I did instead was take pictures of wildlife.

When I was a kid there were few, if any, eagles in the area.  Now they are almost common.  Almost.  I’ve seen four or five at once.  Yes, half a dozen eagles at one time.  But that doesn’t mean every time I look up I see one, not by a long shot!  So part of the picture taking experience was finding eagles.  One was easy, since it was in a nest.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any good pictures of the young chicks this year.  Nor did I get any taking off or landing. Continue reading

Avian Evil ;)

Common Grackle

On Monday I posted pictures that included photos from a visit to Ohio late last May.  Part of the reason I posted it is because i haven’t had time to go through the 500 pictures from this year’s visit.  That being said, I do want to share one picture as a preview.

This is a Common Grackle.  Obviously it  isn’t evil, but they do cause a mess and chase all of the other birds away from the bird feeder, sometimes staying all day and bullying the other birds who want seeds.  Looking closely at this black bird it is iridescently and  impressively colorful. Continue reading

Taking Terns

Warning! This post may be pun-ishment for some! Please don’t tern away, just look at the pictures if you can’t take any more bad puns.

Walking on the beach I had been missing certain birds. The other day I took a picture of a bird flying by and said, “Now at least I have a picture of a tern!” Or was it “Now I have a picture of a Least Tern?” Continue reading

Things That Fly – Photos from Ohio and Cape Cod

I’m posting quite a few images here. All I can say is I had a hard time weeding them down to this few. OK, I need to back up for a minute.

I went to visit Ohio over Memorial Day weekend. For those of you from other parts of the world, Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May. Although Ohio is 600 miles inland from where I live, my parents live close to one of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie. The weekend after I returned from Ohio I went down to Cape Cod. It seems that in both of these places I spent my time taking pictures of birds. Continue reading



I was out on the kayak over the weekend.  Yes, I know it’s mid-November, but you have to remember that when I kayak in mid-November I have the waterway to myself.  On Sunday I took the Herring River in Harwich from the West Reservoir to Nantucket Sound and back, about a 10 mile round trip.  When I was out between the seawalls or jetties I saw something that is pretty common in this part of the world.  What I saw was a seagull dropping something onto the rocks of the jetty. Continue reading