It is a fall November day in Florida and as Anne and I enjoy the last days in the swimming pool before the cold weather moves in, we are accompanied by a northern mockingbird that sits on a fence post of a cyclone fence that surrounds the pool. The bird is unusually quiet and complacent, […]
“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 […]
In the swampy lowlands of Kenya and Tanzania, a female taveta golden weaver intently watches a male weaver intertwine fine grasses and reeds with its claws and beak. The finished product is an intricate oval nest. If she is impressed with his abilities, she will choose him over other males to mate with. These weavers […]
This southeast Asian species inhabits the grasslands, fields and other open areas in China, Cambodia, Thailand and neighboring areas where they prey on earthworms, grasshoppers, crickets and other meadow insect species. This starling is common throughout its range and is globally secure.
One of my favorite winter birds is the chipping sparrow. These petite sparrows are easily identified by a rusty-brown cap on an otherwise dull underbelly with brown striped wings and back. A black stripe through the eye is another identifying feature of this bird. Chipping sparrows migrate south for the winter and each year they […]
Each winter yellow-rumped warblers flood into Florida to escape the wintry weather of northern U.S. and Canada. In Florida these warblers are ubiquitous; I almost always see them when I hike in the woodlands here. If you look closely at the bird’s bill, you will see that it is pointed. This is indicative of insect-eating […]
Despite scorching heat in the summer and sub-freezing bitter cold in the winter, there are many animals that call the Mojave Desert home. These creatures include reptiles, amphibians, insects, birds and mammals. These animals are well adapted to this challenging ecosystem. Owls and bats become active at night when it is cooler; owls hunt for […]