Birds of Spring, Part II

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)

Generally speaking, there are three things I love about birding this time of year:

  1. The return of the ruby-throated hummingbirds, who make an extraordinary journey of up to 2,000 miles (500 miles non-stop over the Gulf of Mexico) to reach their breeding grounds in eastern North America each spring.
  2. The appearance of other migrating species who are heading from the southernmost parts of the US and Central America to breeding grounds in the northern US and Canada.
  3. When the adult birds who’ve been visiting my backyard all year start bringing their young to the feeders with them.

This collection has photographs of all of the above. Among my favorites here are a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, who was passing through on her journey north, a Carolina Wren perched on a wooden plank, and, ironically, the only photograph here that is not a bird– a closeup of a green anole lizard.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)
Eastern Bluebird (male)
Pileated Woodpecker (female)
House Finch (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) with a peanut
Eastern Phoebe (juvenile)
Mourning Dove
Tufted Titmouse snacking on a seed
Eastern Bluebird (juvenile)
Carolina Wren
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female) snacking on a peanut
Pileated Woodpecker (male)
Green Anole
Blue Jay
Mourning Dove
Pileated Woodpecker (female)
Pine Warbler (adult male feeding a juvenile)
Carolina Wren (juvenile)
House Finch (male)

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