“Feeebe, Feebe,” calls a bird from nearby woodland. Anne and I are in the community pool and when I hear the familiar call. I tell Anne that it is an eastern phoebe. This flycatcher flies from the woodlands and perches on the cyclone fence enclosing the pool. It flies up five feet, then lands back […]
Unlike other ducks that keep to the water, the black-bellied whistling duck prefers to roam the edges of lakes and ponds and in fields where it forages for plants and seeds. While vegetation is the main diet of this bird, it will also eat snails, insects and other small life. It often perches on tree […]
I have observed egrets for decades. I have seen them hunting in saltwater marshes, freshwater wetlands as well as in the shallows of ponds and streams. To my surprise I saw a snowy egret wading in the ocean waves lapping the shore where it ate small fish caught in the surf at Cocoa Beach in […]
In pine barren wetlands, on New York’s Long Island, where black gum and red maple trees dominate the landscape, a mother wood duck calls to her ducklings from the edge of a small pond. The ducklings are only a day old and covered in down. They are still in the nesting cavity of an old […]
One of my fondest memories is being greeted by the calls of boat-tailed grackles at the Florida welcome center after driving nearly a thousand miles from New York. The calls along with the warm Florida sunshine signified an escape from the cold wintry weather of the north and the start of our family vacation. Boat-tailed […]
This east Asian duck nests in eastern Russia and northern China. It winters in southeast Asia including parts of India, south China and Vietnam. This duck’s prime habitats are lakes, ponds, wetlands and lagoons within forests where it dines on shore plants, aquatic vegetation, seeds and the occasional mollusk. Due to high levels of hunting […]
Wandering the forest floor in New Guinea, the Victoria crowned pigeon finds figs, a favorite and other fruit and seeds to eat. Although a ground-dwelling species, this bird is capable of flying into the trees if disturbed. This pigeon is a threatened species partly due to the loss of habitat from logging.