Readers’ wildlife photos

November 15, 2021 • 8:15 am

We have a set of bird photos from Paul Edelman, a professor of Mathematics and Law at Vanderbilt University. His notes are indented, and the birds listed at the top.  The pictures are in order of the list, but you can try to just look at the photos and try to identify each bird.

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Here are more photos from the neighborhood.  With the fall migration over, we are left with the birds that winter in the neighborhood. During more active times I am quite dismissive of these creatures since they just distract from other less common birds, but that is really unfair. When I take the time to pay attention to them, they can be just as interesting as the others.

The House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) and Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) are frequent visitors to the feeder. Occasionally the  Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) will join them.  Rarely at the feeder but common in the trees by the pond are the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), the White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) and the Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). And constantly inspecting the pond is the Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon).  We are all getting settled in for the winter!

9 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. On the rare occasions when I’ve encountered a kingfisher, I’m usually driving near a stream and see one perched on a utility line. I always say they look like a bluejay on steroids!

  1. I got them all BUT: the one before the White=breasted Nuthatch?????Gee, a bird I’ve never seen?
    Red breast, throat…small beak makes it a warbler. But which one? Maybe Mourning Warbler, which has a broken white eye ring? Can someone help me? I’ve seen all these birds (large billed woodpecker must be Red-bellied, young or female) on my place out on eastern LI. And a Mourning Warbler long ago in the winter….but it didnt have rust all over. I am stumped.

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