Cainmark 🚲
8 hours ago

Thanks to both @kittychandler and @Daveography for both mentioning the "Merlin" application program for 🐦 birdwatching. Not something I'm really into, but enjoy other's pictures and descriptions. Its pretty informative and very well done.

#birdwatching #bird #birds

Sidenote: from my Android mobile phone it required a Google email which frankly kind of ticked me off, would rather have a choice instead of the largest default.

Swede’s Photographs
11 hours ago

Red Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

I had thoughts and curiosities about the hole that this woodpecker is at, but then the top of the tree fell off and the hole was gone. It was in the late fall, one person told me that there was no way she way building a nest because it was too early. But both a male and a female were around the tree fairly regularly.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #RedBelliedWoodpecker

This is a female woodpecker clinging to the side of a large mostly dead oak tree.  She is at an excavated hole it the tree that is just under a large limb that extends off to the left from the trunk.  There are several instances of yellow fungus (mushrooms) growing from the tree.  The woodpeckers black beak is parted and pointing toward the hole.  Her right brown eys is visible.  The red cap on the back of her head reached to  her shoulders, her face and cheeks are mostly white. Her back and wings are the typical black and white feathers.  Her front is a reddish blush color.
Marvin Johanning
12 hours ago

Chaffinch hanging out on a roof this evening. Those out-of-focus white dots are insects flying around.

#bird #birds #birding #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #photography #nature

A male chaffinch sitting on top of a roof being lit from behind by the evening sun.
Angelique Sophia
13 hours ago

Yeah, sex is cool and all, but have you ever had a mama #Mallard look at you like this & then swim over to you with a ridiculously cute waddling of #ducklings trailing behind & then stick around to beg for birdseed with the cutest quacks?

I only saw her around the Wood Ducks so I spent way too long after comparing #WoodDuck & Mallard duckling photos trying to determine if there's a chance they're hybrids. I still couldn't say.

#ducks #birdwatching #BirdPhotography #BirdVideos #HumboldtPark

A mama Mallard swims in one of the Humboldt Park lakes with 6 ducklings trailing behind her. She tilts her head to look directly at the camera and then swims closer with her babies close behind. She flashes that same look after getting to the edge. That look charmed me out of all the birdseed in my pocket.

A pair of #hybrid Mallard and a farm #duck. I learned that these hybrids can have offspring!

#brids #birdwatching #biology #birdphotography

A female (left) and a male (right) mallard duck hybrid standing in a shallow stream.

White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis, 🇩🇪 Schneesperling, 🇵🇱 śnieżka). My first encounter with this species. A relative of the common sparrow, this bird can be seen only high up in the mountains, on bare ridges above the forest line.

#birds #birding #birdwatching #birdphotography

A White-winged Snowfinch seating on a piece of wood
15 hours ago

Blue Jay, 16th January 2022
Alewife Brook Reservation, Arlington, Massachusetts
Massa-adchu-es-et (Massachusett), Naumkeag & Pawtucket traditional territory
Canon EOS 90D, Sigma 150-600mm @ 267mm, 65% crop, 1/800s, f/5.6, ISO 400
#DailyBird #BirdPhotography #Bird #Birds #Birding #Birdwatching #DescribeYourImages

A vividly blue-backed Jay hunkers down low on a wooden railing to keep its feet warm on a cold winter morning.

This black-headed parrot I saw at the zoo wasn't exactly enthused about being held captive. Maybe a new arrival, I don't know.

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #naturephotography

A black-headed parrot clinging to a metal enclosure, beak slightly open, eye wide open, enclosure reflected in eye.
Swede’s Photographs
16 hours ago

Surveying the realm.

Northern Mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos) are very protective of their territory. Here is one at op a small pine tree looking over land, probably hunting.

"Look for Northern Mockingbirds sitting high on tall shrubs, poles, or utility lines. Around your yard, you can also look for them running or hopping along your mowed lawn. You may be able to first identify the presence of a Northern Mockingbird by listening for its song which usually mimics numerous other birds at once." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #NorthernMockingbird

This mockingbird sits atop the new growth of a small pine tree. The new growth looks rather like corn cobbs or wheat.  The bird is facing right, and its head is cocked slightly downward.  It has a medium length black beak that is curved on top and flat on the bottom.   Its brown right eye is encased in shadow, but if zoomed in close enough the color is visible.  The bird's feathers are mostly light brown, some might call it a gray brown; its wings and flight feathers are just a little darker.  Its long grayish tail is cocked slightly upward in relation to its body. Silhouetted legs and feet hang on the to tree.

"A medium-sized songbird, a bit slenderer than a thrush and with a longer tail. Mockingbirds have small heads, a long, thin bill with a hint of a downward curve, and long legs. Their wings are short, rounded, and broad, making the tail seem particularly long in flight. Mockingbirds are overall gray-brown, paler on the breast and belly, with two white wing bars on each wing. A white patch in each wing is often visible on perched birds, and in flight these become large white flashes. The white outer tail feathers are also flashy in flight." -
Jo Jitsu
16 hours ago

Blue Jay is finally back as I put out a bunch of peanuts and sunflower seeds and fresh water and is singing the happiest constant trilling song of abundance I've ever heard it sing. #birds #birdwatching #birdsong

Mark Chesner
18 hours ago

Battle of the Birdfeeder! #BirdWatching #Starling #TrumbullCT

This is actually a conflict between an adult Starling (right) and a juvenile Starling (left).

The three local swan chicks.

The other day, annoyingly having left my camera at home, I saw one riding on the back of its parent, but the other two were nowhere to be seen – until the parent shook its wings and they all fell out!

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography

Three cygnets on a river swimming in the wake of a parent, green foliage on the background.
20 hours ago

A Common Yellowthroat out in the open, greeting the morning.These little birds are quite common this time of year but they rarely sit still and prefer dense vegetation, thickets, and the tall marsh grass.

#Birdwatching #Birds #Wetlands

Common Yellowthroat male sitting on a fencepost and giving it all for a morning song
Same bird perching among tall grass It has a lemon-yellow belly, and almost raccoon-like black band across the face with a white stripe above and a drab brown back.
Marvin Johanning
1 day ago
A Song Thrush standing on top of a roof with red roof tiles with its beak open.
1 day ago
Leslie Lieurance
2 days ago

Summer Tanager somewhat relaxed during migration through Sabine Woods 2023 #Birds #BirdPhotography #BirdWatching

A yellow bird with dark eye and horn-colored bill sits on a tree branch and looks to the left
2 days ago

Tufted Titmouse, 12nd February 2022
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Agawam, Massa-adchu-es-et (Massachusett), Nipmuc & Pawtucket traditional territory
Canon EOS 90D, Sigma 150-600mm @ 600mm, 20% crop, 1/800s, f/7.1, ISO 640
#DailyBird #BirdPhotography #Bird #Birds #Birding #Birdwatching #DescribeYourImages

A little gray-backed, crested songbird pecks on a seed held between its feet.
Noah Doersing 🐦🎨🌿
2 days ago

An Egyptian gosling from a few weeks back – it's much bigger now, but I'm so slow to edit my way through the shots I've been taking this spring. More soon!

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography

An Egyptian gosling looking around, baby fluff illuminated from behind.
Marvin Johanning
2 days ago

Not my favourite photo, but one of my favourite birds — the Great Spotted Woodpecker!

This is a male one as can be seen by the red patch at the back of his head. Females' heads are completely black.

They have a very cute "kik" type of call.

#bird #birds #birding #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #photography

A male Great Spotted Woodpecker holding on to a tree.
Marvin Johanning
2 days ago

A Common Blackbird on his throne, singing a nice song.

They're one of the most talented singers around here and also one of the most (if not the most) commonly seen bird as well. @amselfreund has a lot of recordings of their songs on his account if you're interested! 🙂

#bird #birds #birding #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #photography

A vertical photo of a male Common Blackbird sitting on the branch of a fir tree. His beak is slightly open because he is singing a song.
Noah Doersing 🐦🎨🌿
2 days ago

A crow on a street light.

(Alternate caption: Master of the glowing orb.)

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography

A crow perched on a white orb – a street light. Blurry foliage in the background.
Swede’s Photographs
2 days ago

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)

This tufted titmouse was around yesterday along with several others. Fortunately, this bird took a second to pose in this crepe myrtle tree.

"A little gray bird with an echoing voice, the Tufted Titmouse is common in eastern deciduous forests and a frequent visitor to feeders. The large black eyes, small, round bill, and brushy crest gives these birds a quiet but eager expression that matches the way they flit through canopies, hang from twig-ends, and drop in to bird feeders. When a titmouse finds a large seed, you’ll see it carry the prize to a perch and crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #TuftedTitmouse

This little tufted titmouse is in the center of the frame perched on one of several leafy crepe myrtle branches that extend from bottom to top.  The little gray bird faces left with its head slightly angled towards the camera. It has a distinct gray crest that sticks up on its head like a shark's fin.  The head feathers are gray except for an area around and below the black eyes which is white.  Its short, slender, conical black beak is level with the ground and there is a small dark patch of feathers at the top base of the beak.  The wings and back are gray and the flight feathers have a linear texture in the last half of the folded wings.  The long, folded, slender gray tail stick down.  The bird's breast and underside is white to include the small tops of the legs where the Knees are close to the body. The lower legs and feet are gray.  The bird's left foot is higher than the right which is down below the body holding the bird's weight.

"Tufted Titmice look large among the small birds that come to feeders, an impression that comes from their large head and eye, thick neck, and full bodies. The pointed crest and stout bill help identify titmice even in silhouette.  Soft silvery gray above and white below, with a rusty or peach-colored wash down the flanks. A black patch just above the bill makes the bird look snub-nosed." -
Noah Doersing 🐦🎨🌿
3 days ago

It's a Canada goose! They're not as common as greylags or Egyptians around here, so it was fun to finally photograph one.

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography

Portrait of a Canada goose.
Swede’s Photographs
3 days ago

I'm hiding.

This snowy egret (Egretta thula) was at the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

"Among the most elegant of the herons, the slender Snowy Egret sets off immaculate white plumage with black legs and brilliant yellow feet. Those feet seem to play a role in stirring up or herding small aquatic animals as the egret forages. Breeding Snowy Egrets grow filmy, curving plumes that once fetched astronomical prices in the fashion industry, endangering the species. Early conservationists rallied to protect egrets by the early twentieth century, and this species is once again a common sight in shallow coastal wetlands." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching

This egret stands, facing left, tucked in among the brown and green reeds lining the edge of the bayou. Its white image along with that of the reeds, reflects off the rippled colorful water beneath. 

The egrets head and long neck sit back against its body, so it looks like the egret has no neck at all.  Its long pointed black and white beak is level with the water.  If zoomed in, I can see its yellow left eye surrounded by yellow skin.  Long flashy white feathers cover the whole head, neck, body, wings, and tail as well as the top of its legs. Black legs disappear into the water beneath above its knees.

"These are medium-sized herons with long, thin legs and long, slender, bills. Their long, thin neck sets the small head well away from the body. Adult Snowy Egrets are all white with a black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. They have a patch of yellow skin at the base of the bill. Immature Snowy Egrets have duller, greenish legs." -
Swede’s Photographs
3 days ago

Good morning, 🐦🐦🐦

If you remember life without cellphones, you were born in the 20th Century. I say that because I retired from the Army in the year 2000 and I didn't have a cell phone. I had just started to see people with them. My wife was still in the Army, and we went to Germany right after I retired. That was where we got our first cellphones. Germany's everyday life communications technology was ahead of ours in the states. It was a complete turnaround from when I was there in the 1970s, even the 1980s and early 1990s. In the 70s we had a utilitarian house phone with an analog meter on top.

“In their phones were antennas, and these antennas sniffed out an invisible world, as if by magic, a world that was all around them, and also nowhere, transporting them to places distant and near, and to places that had never been and would never be.” - Mohsin Hamid, Exit West

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #BrownThrasher

I took this photograph during our walk yesterday morning.  It's a lone brown bird, far off in a barren tree with white clouds and blue sky in the background.  I think it's a brown thrasher, but it's too far away to be absolutely certain.

The clouds are in the lower right quarter of the frame with blue sky on top and to the right.  Barren tree branches reach out from the bottom extending upward in all directions. There's no color in the branches, they are just shadows.

The bird sits in the center of the frame at the very top of the tree in a Vee formed at the topmost branch.  The bird faces to the right and is mostly shrouded in shadow, but light illuminates its back which is clearly brown. The bird's silhouetted head, with long beak, looks down as if surveying the land beyond.  The long narrow brown tail sticks backward and angles slight down.
Swede’s Photographs
3 days ago

Living on the edge - of the feeder.

Here's a blue grosbeak that was around a few weeks ago.

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #BlueGrosbeak

This is a male  blue grosbeak sitting on the edge of one of my hanging feeders.  His body his facing to the right and front but his head is facing the camera.  In the background is a feeder filled with black sunflower seeds and smaller yellow seeds. His body is mostly royal blue.  His head is blue but he has a black mask that looks like wrap around sunglasses. His black and silver beak hold a small yellow seed as if he is about to crush it open.  His flight feathers are black with brown markings. His blue tail sticks straight back. His grey feet are visible on the wood feeder.
Noah Doersing 🐦🎨🌿
3 days ago


That's it. That's the post.

(Actually, in this shot you can observe the feathers concealing the crow's ear: the auricular feathers – or: ear coverts – are pointing backwards sort of radially-ish from an area below its eye.)

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography

Portrait of a crow in profile.
Melody Mellinger
4 days ago

Set up a new bird bath last weekend. . . Mr. Bluebird has stopped by several times already.

Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark IV & 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L lens.

#naturephotography #birdwatching #teamcanon

A male Eastern Bluebird perches on a rock at the edge of a small pool of water. There is green foliage behind the bird.
Bath Nature
4 days ago

My #Robin friend Little Mate was a hungry bird this evening. He's eaten enough, and is now singing at the top of one of his trees.
#Birds #Bird #Nature #Wildlife #Birdwatching #NatureCommunity

A European Robin - a small bird with a bright orange breast, white underside and brown back, tail, wings and top of head. The bird flies to a hand, eats several mealworms and then flies away.
Leslie Lieurance
4 days ago

#Waterbird Wednesday A Red Knot walks along a Texas beach. Photographed from the car. #Birds #BirdPhotography #BirdWatching

A shorebird with red breast, spotted white vent, buffy edged mantle, black bill and legs walks right in wet sand. Water in the foreground reflects the bird form. Sea foam floats in the distance
4 days ago
A medium-sized bird with a black-and-white barred back, buff-colored belly, throat, and head, and a bright red cap and nape sits, crouched on a thin branch, facing the right. His tail feathers are curled in towards his belly, and he looks alert for anything that might be out of place. Surrounding him are more thin branches, covered in dark red and green leaves that have created a lopsided frame for the bird. The background is a mix of dark and light greens.
Noah Doersing 🐦🎨🌿
5 days ago

How to greet a loved one, Egyptian-goose-style. (You'll need to imagine loud honking going along with this.)

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography

Two Egyptian geese, standing right in front of each other on some grass, wings outstretched, honking.
The same shot, basically, just a bit different.
One goose has relaxed their wings, their heads are now almost touching, no more honking.
Bath Nature
5 days ago

My #Robin friend Little Mate this morning. He had a bit of time to stop and chat for a while, ate some mealworms and then had to get back to singing - it's his job. In #Bath #Somerset #UK.
#Bird #Birds #BirdsOfMastodon #Birdwatching #Birding #UKBirding #Nature #Wildlife #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography

A European Robin - a small bird with a bright orange breast, white underside and brown back, tail, wings and top of head. The bird is perched on a fence.
Noah Doersing 🐦🎨🌿
6 days ago

Nictitating membrane off, nictitating membrane on.

(It's interesting how in some species, the nictitating membrane is fully transparent, while in crows, it's almost completely opaque – I guess they're dealing with fewer predators, so a robust eye cleaning tool is more important than uninterrupted vision.)

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #crow #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography

Clouseup black-and-white shot of a crow's eye and part of its beak.
Same shot, but now mid-blink, with the nictitating membrane – a milky eyelid – covering the crow's eye.
Eeeee Woooo
6 days ago

I did a very bad thing today. I was using Merlin to identify birds by the sounds they make. I was surprised to see Indigo Bunting come up in the list. I told my mom. She asked to hear the song and I played it loud cuz she’s getting old. And an Indigo Bunting came and landed for a minute on the deck railing three feet away. They then stuck around the area for hours thinking my phone was their mate-to-be. I felt so awful. I apologized a lot. #Birding #birdwatching #SoMuchGuilt

John Reed Pavan
6 days ago

A northern flicker enjoying a dust bath near the Compost Heap in Central Park.

#northernflicker #woodpecker #nature #wildlife #dustbath #birds #birding #birdwatching #canonphotography #luminarneo #centralpark #nycparks

Chuq Von Rospach
6 days ago

I bought a thing that listens for birds for me

#birds #birding #birdwatching #cornelllab #ebird #merlin

Achim Reinke
1 week ago

20 Jahre lang galt der Bienenfresser als ausgestorben in Deutschland. Jetzt gibt es wieder 350 Brutpaare, einige davon im Kaiserstuhl/#Freiburg. Zur Zeit ist es besonders spannend, die Verpaarung zu beobachten.
For 20 years, the bee-eater was considered extinct in #Germany. Now there are 350 breeding pairs again, some of them in the Kaiserstuhl/Freiburg. At the moment it is particularly exciting to watch the mating.
#vogel #natur #nature #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching

Bee-eater in Freiburg.
Deb Oppermann
1 week ago

This male Yellow Warbler looked so darn cute perched in the branches of the Maple tree in spring in Guelph Ontario Canada. He was just singing his little heart out for all to hear. What a happy little guy! These striking small yellow songbirds have chestnut streaks on the breast.
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#birds #warbler #YellowWarbler #MastoBirds #BirdsOfMastodon #photography #nature #wild #wildlife #BuyIntoArt #fediverse #giftideas #FediGiftShop #MastoPhoto #BirdWatching

Yellow Warbler singing while perched on a Maple tree branch in spring with blue sky
Swede’s Photographs
1 week ago


Every time I see one of these little chipping sparrows (Spizella passerina) with their camouflage face and little red feather top, I think of army camouflage. It gives the little birds a tough look. There were hundreds of these little birds around during the winter and early spring. Now, I only see a few foraging on the ground now and then. I read that they switch their primary diet from seeds to insects in the spring and summer.

"Mostly insects and seeds. Diet varies with season. In summer, feeds mostly on insects, including grasshoppers, caterpillars, beetles, leafhoppers, true bugs, and many others, plus some spiders. Also eats many seeds, especially in fall and winter, including those of grasses, weeds, some waste grain." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #ChippingSparrow

This sparrow sits on a branch that is on the edge of a bramble of branches facing the camera with its head turned to the right (its left).  The sparrow is a small bird with a large head in proportion to its body. At the top of its head is a crop of reddish-brown feathers that stick up and back slightly, from the right angle, it looks a bit like a mohawk haircut airborne soldiers are sometimes depicted as having. Its beak is a very pale reddish tan, but the top of the beak is black. The face is tan with a black strip that runs from its beak, through its black eye, and then angles down to the back of the neck.  Its front side is a pale tan, almost an off white. The feet that wrap around the branch are a light pinkish tan. The pale underside of its tail hangs below the branch.

"The Chipping Sparrow is a slender, fairly long-tailed sparrow with a medium-sized bill that is a bit small for a sparrow. Learning the shape of this classic Spizella sparrow is a key step in mastering sparrow identification.  Summer Chipping Sparrows look clean and crisp, with frosty underparts, pale face, black line through the eye, topped off with a bright rusty crown. In winter, Chipping Sparrows are subdued, buff brown, with darkly streaked upperparts. The black line through the eye is still visible, and the cap is a warm but more subdued reddish brown." -
Noah Doersing 🐦🎨🌿
1 week ago

I won't deny that I've brightened up the reflection a little, and I've obviously desaturated the rest of the image (not that there was much color to begin with) – with that disclaimer out of the way:

Crows reflected in a crow's eye.

#birding #birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdsofmastodon #photography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #naturephotography

Extreme close-up of a crow's face focused on its eye, where the surroundings are reflected – the sky, trees, and little black dots: other crows.
Leslie Lieurance
1 week ago

Black-and-white Warbler on patrol for prey during migration this year in Sabine Woods, TX. #Birds #BirdPhotography #BirdWatching

A black and white warbler looks left while clinging to a small tree trunk.
Swede’s Photographs
1 week ago

Hunter in the grass.

There were a couple postings about robins this morning, probably from farther north. I haven't seen many American Robins (Turdus migratorius) lately, but early spring they were around a lot. Large flocks would fly over. There are some still around but scattered throughout forest areas, I think. My Merlin app picks up their songs once in a while.

"Although robins are considered harbingers of spring, many American Robins spend the whole winter in their breeding range. But because they spend more time roosting in trees and less time in your yard, you're much less likely to see them. The number of robins present in the northern parts of the range varies each year with the local conditions." -

#photo #photography #photographer #photographylovers #birds #birdsofmastodon #birdwatching #AmericanRobin

This robin was in the grass in my front yard early this spring.  The bird was one of five or six robins who were rooting around for insects.

The robin is facing to the right and very slightly forward.  The robin's head and back are steel gray with some lighter gray markings around the head and neck.   Its eyes are black, only the right eye is visible. Its yellow beak curves down slightly on top but is straight on the bottom; the end of the beak, at the point is gray.   The breast of the robin is brown or copper - I wanted to say red because of the Al Jolson song I heard when I was a kid, but it's not red. The bird's legs are gray and disappear into the grass below.

"American Robins are fairly large songbirds with a large, round body, long legs, and fairly long tail. Robins are the largest North American thrushes, and their profile offers a good chance to learn the basic shape of most thrushes. Robins make a good reference point for comparing the size and shape of other birds, too. American Robins are gray-brown birds with warm orange underparts and dark heads. In flight, a white patch on the lower belly and under the tail can be conspicuous. Compared with males, females have paler heads that contrast less with the gray back." -