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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Stuck At Home Isn't So Bad!

It's been 3 weeks since the "stay at home" order was issued by the governor here in Oregon due to the coronavirus pandemic. Living in the country, I have some pretty great birding at my house. Here's only a few of the many birds that enjoy visiting me each day, as well as other beautiful sights I've enjoyed while being stuck at home.

Super Moon

Sky was starting to light up as I saw the Super Moon and Canada Geese together.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Black Phoebe

Ring-necked Duck.  I counted 12 one day in the pond.

Fox Sparrow

House Sparrow

Rufous Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbirds playing

Hutton's Vireo always hiding!

Lincoln Sparrow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee


Pretty wild flower

Varied Thrush

Western Bluebird

A Pair of American Kestrels

Orange-crowned Warbler

Pretty Wild Iris

I think everyone's doing a little more cooking these days.
This is my homemade pizza I make every Thursday during the stay at home order.  Yummy!

My birding buddie, Wilson the Standard Poodle

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Caribbean Birds

Earlier this year I spent a few days in the warm Caribbean with my oldest daughter Melissa, and was able to add a few new species of birds to my ever growing birding "life list".  We made stops in beautiful Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Lucia, St John, St. Marten, St Kitts, and Barbados.

Bananaquit  (St. Lucia)
 This pretty bird is found on several of the islands
throughout the Caribbean

St Lucian Pewee
The St Lucian Pewee is only found on St Lucia.  He's one of six endemic species on the island.

Barbados Bullfinch
The male and female bird both look similar unlike most couples, and these are only found on Barbados.  
They are the only endemic bird on the island.

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch - male  (St Lucia)

Lesser Antillean Bullfinch - female  (St Lucia)

Gray Trembler (St Lucia)

Scaly-breasted Thrasher (St Kitts)

Pearly-eyed Thrasher (St John USVI)

Brown Booby 
These can be seen throughout the Caribbean

Masked Booby (at Sea)

Another look at the Masked Booby (at sea)

Monk Parakeet (Puerto Rico)

Black-faced Grassquit - male  (St Kitts)

Black-faced Grassquit - female  (St Kitts)

Green-throated Carib (Barbados)

Purple-throated Carib (St Lucia)

Antillean Crested Hummingbird (St Kitts) 
 This isn't the best shot, as he was very, very far away.

Gray Kingbird 
These can be found on many of the Caribbean islands.

Carib Grackle (Barbados)

Greater- Antillean Grackle (San Juan Puerto)

Brown Pelican (St Thomas)

Magnificent Frigatebird
This big bird can be seen soaring throughout the Caribbean

White-winged Dove (San Juan Puerto)

Zenaida Dove (San Juan Puerto)

Common Ground Dove (St. Thomas)

Great Egret (St Thomas)

Cattle Egret
I saw these on several islands.

Belted Kingfisher (St Thomas)

American Kestrel (St Kitts)

Sanderling (Barbados)

Barbados Green Monkey 

My daughter Melissa on our mother-daughter trip.
Thanks for looking for birds with me!