I haven't seen these birds before, but I'm not the best birder in the world, that's for sure! The birdhouse is an old bluebird birdhouse that has remained empty through the years. Boy, were Rick and I surprised to see two Bewick's Wrens entering the birdhouse from an opening by the roof, and then exiting through the entrance/exit hole, a few minutes apart. Squeaks were heard from the chicks inside.
This wren, which is described as "noisy and hyperactive," has a distinctive call. It ends with a lispy "twee, twee, twee." I've been wondering what bird was making those calls, so I'm happy to come face to face with this little bird with the white eyebrows. Nice to meet you, Bewick's Wren! Glad you brought your entire family to our place in Anchor Bay.
To hear their call, here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bewicks_Wren/sounds
White-tailed Kites have been sighted recently here on the Mendonoma Coast. Sometimes affectionately called "Hover Birds," they are seen hovering in the sky while they search for a tasty rodent. Allen Vinson got this beautiful photograph.
Here's another photo of Allen's where the Kite landed on top of a tree.
These raptors have a rather musical chirp. Here's a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology if you'd like to hear it: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-tailed_Kite/sounds
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see more of Allen's nature photography, here is the link: http://allenvinson.smugmug.com/
Craig Tooley photographed this Semipalmated Plover "taking a walk on the beach."
We see them in the spring and then in the autumn, during their migration. To hear the sound of this shorebird, here is the link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Semipalmated_Plover/sounds
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photo with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is the link to his website: www.ruffimage.com
Jackie Brewer noticed it first. She and Paul were having lunch on their deck when she saw this young hawk. Paul grabbed his camera and got this photo of the moment the bird was launching itself - a juvenile Red-shouldered hawk. Perhaps it has spotted something to eat, perhaps a mouse or a frog, as that eye looks very determined.
Last year Paul photographed a different juvenile Red-shouldered hawk. Perhaps there is a nice nesting spot somewhere nearby the Brewers home.
Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Paul's nature photography, here is the link to his website: http://www.capturingnatureswonders.com/
To hear the call of this beautiful hawk, here's a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-shouldered_Hawk/sounds
Pacific-slope Flycatchers are small birds of the forest. Craig Tooley recently found a nest of chicks waiting to be fed. Not to worry, one of the parents had just caught a bug and would be soon flying to the nest.
To hear the calls of this bird, here is a link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pacific-slope_Flycatcher/sounds
Thanks to Craig for allowing me to share his photos with you here. To see much more of Craig's nature photography, here is the link to his website: www.ruffimage.com