I Am Not a Birder But…….

Red headed woodpecker

Red headed woodpecker. A beautiful bird.

We saw a lot of birds on our month long trip home to Canada from Texas. My biggest thrill was to finally see, after sixty some years of looking, a Bluebird, in Louisiana. In North Carolina we saw a bright blue bird, solid in color. Maybe it was an Indigo Bunting but we couldn’t get close enough to be sure. Unfortunately we got no photos. We also saw Sandhill Cranes just standing by the Highway, again, no pictures and flying over head I saw a Roseate Spillboon. No time to whip out my camera for that one either.

Cardinal, common in the north as well as the south.

Cardinal, common in the north as well as the south.

Birds we identified and photographed.

Blue Heron fishing

An opportunistic Blue Heron fishing

What he caught with a little help from the human fisherman.

What he caught with a little help from the human fisherman.

Off to digest his free meal

Off to digest his free meal

Black bellied whistling duck.

Black bellied whistling duck. Note the red bill and pink legs.

White Ibis

White Ibis

Brown pelicans

Brown pelicans

Pelicans in flight

Pelicans in flight, a regal sight

Caspian tern

Least tern

american scoter

American coot

Laughing gulls

Laughing gulls

Long billed curlew

Long billed curlew

These funny looking clown faced birds are Skimmers.

These funny looking clown faced birds are Skimmers.

Sanderlings. These small shorebirds never stop moving, constantly searching the shore line for tasty morsels.

Sanderlings, small shorebirds that never stop moving, constantly searching the shore line for tasty morsels.

Willets. Larger shore birds that also fish along the surf line.

Willets. Larger shore birds that also fish along the surf line.

These birds we photographed but couldn’t identify. Any of you serious birders out there who know what they are, please let me know.

Unknown bird

Unknown bird

Same bird- different view.

Same bird- different view.

Long billed bird

Long billed bird-what kind? If anyone knows, pls advise.

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3 comments on “I Am Not a Birder But…….”

  1. What a great idea – a birds-we-have-seen post!

  2. Hi Ruth

    Seeing all the birds was a treat! We think the next to last bird might be a loon…non breeding. Yellowlegs is a possibility for the bird with the long bill.
    We also think your scoter is an American coot…and the tern might be a least? Check that with your book and see what you think. You are making us think of next winter! George wants to go to AZ….but I love the Rio Grande!

    Always enjoy your blogs

    Ruth

    • I said I was not a birder! You’ve got to admit they are similar. The scoters and the coots, the caspians and least resemble each other, I’m glad I didn’t make any other mistakes. Will be doing a bird post on Ontario birds soon and I trust I won’t make any mistakes with familiar birds. I got pictures of an albino robin that I will include.

      Thanks for the imput;

      Ruth


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