Birds of Alabama

Features digital photography of the wild bird species of Alabama

Female Eastern Bluebird Feeds Clutch of Chicks on Her Own

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Watch the video here – All photos by Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved. CLICK on the IMAGES for a Larger View. It is unclear what happened to the male Eastern bluebird [Sialia sialis] who spawned this clutch with the attractive female in the photos, although for the past two days, she has been feeding them…

Birds of Alabama: A Continuing Study of Nature as Art

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While the Alabama Sierra Club executive committee was meeting in Vestavia Hills on Saturday, I took the opportunity at every break to photograph the birds on the feeders in Margo Rebar’s beautiful back yard. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a clear shot of the yellow-bellied sapsucker who likes to hang upside down and…

Yard Birds in a Dogwood After First Snowfall of 2013

A Carolina chickadee [poecile carolinensis] feeding in a dogwood on the morning after the first snowfall of 2013. (Click on the images for a larger view.) John James Audubon himself named this species in South Carolina. The curious, intelligent Carolina chickadee looks very much like a black-capped Chickadee, with a black cap on its cute…

The Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds Are Migrating Again

The fall hummingbird migration of 2012 is fully underway. That means lots of ruby-throated hummingbirds [archilochus colubris] in your backyard. I shot a short little video to show you my setup and slowed down parts of it so you could see them fighting in mid-air.

Spring Bird Migration 2012 in Full Swing as Grosbeaks Pass Through

The rose-breasted grosbeaks and other migratory bird species are passing through the South on the way north for the summer. I managed to get a few decent shots Wednesday. Glynn Wilson The rose-breasted grosbeak [pheucticus ludovicianus] making a stop in the backyard bird sanctuary in middle Alabama during the spring bird migration of 2012. Glynn…

A White-Throated Sparrow in the Backyard Bird Bath

Glynn Wilson A beautiful little white-throated sparrow [zonotrichia albicollis] lives in the shrubs in our yard and visits the backyard birth bath daily. But it is hard to time it just right to get his picture. I got lucky today. Just as I set up, he showed up and didn’t fly away as I snapped…

Eastern Towhee Becomes A Regular at Backyard Bird Bath

Glynn Wilson An Eastern towhee [pipilo erythrophthalmus] taking a bath in the backyard on a beautiful Easter Sunday in Central Alabama. Notice the red eyes. No, that’s not red eye from a camera flash. These interesting birds around all year long in the South have red eyes. They rustle around in the leaves to unearth…

The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Friday

Glynn Wilson A chipping sparrow [spizella passerina] catching an early spring bath on the first day of The Great Backyard Bird Count 2012 So much for religion and politics. Let’s talk a little science. If you love to watch birds, please participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 17-20. I’m set up with the…

Alabama Yellowhammers Feeding in the Back Yard

Glynn Wilson Click on the images for a larger view A pair of Alabama yellow hammers, otherwise known as the Northern Flicker [colaptes auratus], visited the back yard to feed on Sunday. I have been trying to get pictures of this pair for years. They finally cooperated today. Maybe they were so hungry they didn’t…

A Pair of Pileated Woodpeckers Live Near Lake Chinnabee

A pair of pileated woodpeckers dryocopus pileatus hang out regularly in the vicinity of Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area in the Talladega National Forest, just down the mountain from Cheaha State Park, Alabama’s highest point. These huge birds are nearly as large as a crow and are sometimes mistaken for the ivory-billed woodpecker, believed by many…

A Day in the Life of a Backyard Bird Bath During Fall Migration

Click on the images for a larger view… Glynn Wilson A yellow-rumped warbler [Dendroica coronata] stopped by the backyard birdbath on its way south Tuesday afternoon, and I had the Nikon set up and ready. Glynn Wilson Glynn Wilson Glynn Wilson Glynn Wilson Glynn Wilson A male house finch [ carpodacus mexicanus] joins the party.…

Secret Vistas: A Red-Bellied Woodpecker in Cheaha State Park

Glynn Wilson Click here or on the image for a larger view This red-bellied woodpecker [melanerpes carolinus], close cousin to the northern flicker, also known as the yellow-hammer, the state bird of Alabama, stopped by for a meal atop a pine tree by our campsite Saturday afternoon in Cheaha State Park in the lower Campground…

A Blue Jay Visits the Backyard Bird Bath

Glynn Wilson While setting up in the backyard bird blind to see what species I could photograph during the fall bird migration of 2011, this vibrant-colored blue jay [cyanocitta cristata] visited the bird bath and I was able to get quite a few shots. Pretty much every day, the large blue jays run other birds…

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds Begin Fall Migration

Glynn Wilson It appears the ruby-throated hummingbirds [archilochus colubris] have begun their fall migration already. The females have been coming around the feeder for the past few days. I finally took the time this morning to get some shots with the new big lens. This is the best from the first series, with this female…