A summer tanager was first heard on April 18th, possibly slightly earlier. An indigo bunting was observed within the last few weeks after the 18th. Orioles have invaded for apparently no reason but still have not left.
(Entry #14) Junco hyemalis - dark-eyed junco. There are multiple different colors; Oregon, slate-colored, and pink-sided are the most common as far as I've seen. They are rare when it is not winter, and they do appear to like to come out on the snow. They often hop around on the snow. In winter they are common/seen easily.
(Entry #11) The great blue heron, Ardea herodias. They are big blue birds with great long necks and great long beaks for catching fish. They are tall, and fly with their heads resting on their bodies. They live near water sources such as rivers and lakes. Around certain water sources they can be quite common.
I do not know what juveniles look like
(Entry #6) Melanerpes carolinus, although I can probably guarantee that they'll change that name more than I can guarantee that that's the name it was. And would you look at that, the name used to be Picus carolinus.
These woodpeckers are black with white barring, and a white belly. A black tail, too; their heads are a creamy-tan color, with a red stripe; they are sexually dimorphic; in the females the stripe only reaches about halfway to the beak, and in the males it reaches all the way down. I am not sure about the colorations of juveniles
My very first post about a bird: summer tanagers. Well, I got a picture of a juvenile, and I figured out that the females are not green. On scarlet tanagers I do still think they are.
So, they're really more of a pale orange or yellow sort of color, and the juveniles I guess tend to have red tints here and there, foreshadowing their days of glorious redness. For example, this juvenile down here. Do you see his red above his eyes? A little bit of red-orange in his feathers?
I have no pictures of the females. Only this juvenile, which was mistaken for a female goldfinch. But it was not. I'm pretty sure I've seen some with Terrence, though. Emily reports that Norman found himself one, too.
I like observing animals, especially birds. I also take care of the goats. I like goats.
My assistant photographer! She also takes care of African geese.
Another assistant photographer! She takes care of the rabbits, and the hutch is teeming with crawly things.