Birds of Alabama

Features digital photography of the wild bird species of Alabama

Some Wildlife Returns to Gulf Coast After Oil Gusher

Glynn Wilson GULF SHORES, Ala. — At least one great blue-heron seems to still make a home around the fishing of Little Lagoon and the pass on West Beach in Gulf Shores. There used to be an entire colony. I photographed a dead one here on October 11, 2010. The brown pelican population seems to…

Northern Bobwhites Show Up in Gulf State Park

Glynn Wilson GULF SHORES, Ala. — Sometimes if you put yourself in a position in nature and turn up your powers of observation, you get lucky. I had been hearing the bobwhites call for two days and nights. Then this morning while I was still sipping coffee, two Northern bobwhites [colinus virginianus] wandered into the…

The First Female Grosbeak of the Spring Bird Migration of 2011

Glynn Wilson Click on the image for a larger view. (The new 500mm lens, which is actually a 750mm digital, definitely makes a difference) The first female rose-breasted grosbeak [pheucticus ludovicianus] of the spring bird migration showed up on the birdbath today, which means the males can’t be far behind. The temperature topped 80 in…

Daylight Savings Time to Start Sunday March 13

Don’t Forget to Spring Forward This male house finch [carpodacus mexicanus ] is ready for some spring weather too. This is a test of the new Sigma 150-500mm telephoto zoom lens. Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend. I may hit the road this weekend to do some more testing of the new lens. The Central…

A Carolina Chickadee in the First Snow of 2011

Glynn Wilson A Carolina chickadee [poecile carolinensis], one of the usual suspects, is not shy about letting me know when the bird feeder is empty. Like Norman Maclean’s brother said in A River Runs Through It, “I only need three more years before I can think like a fish,” maybe in three more years I…

A Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Braves the Bird Bath

Glynn Wilson A female rose-breasted grosbeak [pheucticus ludovicianus] finally got up the courage to take a bath while I watched through the camera lens. I’ve been following this population for the past five years from this spot. The population looks healthy this year, in spite of the BP Gulf oil disaster.

A Red-Headed Woodpecker Visits Backyard Bird Bath

Glynn Wilson A red-headed woodpecker [melanerpes erythrocephalus] graces the backyard bird bath during the fall migration of 2010. Of course, this species hangs around in the South year-round, but try getting a picture of one. This is the best set of shots I’ve managed to capture in five years of trying myself.

A Male Bluebird Taking Advantage of the Backyard Bird Bath

Glynn Wilson While watching for the grosbeaks and other migrants to pass through Middle Alabamaland on Saturday, I managed to catch a rare series on the Eastern bluebirds [sialia sialis] which inhabit this territory pretty much year ’round. These are shy, even skittish birds to try to photograph in the wild. For more photos of…

A Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak Braves the Bird Bath

Glynn Wilson Click on the image for a larger view… A male rose-breasted grosbeak [pheucticus ludovicianus] finally got up the courage to take a bath while I watched. They’ve been shy for the past two days, but that fresh, dripping water was too much of a temptation for this one to pass up today. I’ve…

Video: Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks During Fall Migration 2010

A trio of rose-breasted grosbeaks [pheucticus ludovicianus] at the Dogwood feeder during the fall migration, 2010. I’ve been following this population for the past five years from this spot. The population looks healthy this year, in spite of the BP Gulf oil disaster. This is the first time I’ve been able to get video footage…

Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks Share Bath With Cardinal

Glynn Wilson A couple of male rose-breasted grosbeaks [pheucticus ludovicianus] taking a break on the bird bath with their cousin the cardinal during the fall bird migration through Middle Alabamaland. I’ve been following this population for the past five years from this spot. The population looks healthy this year, in spite of the BP Gulf…

American Goldfinches Begin Fall Migration

Glynn Wilson When the yellow and black American goldfinches [spinus tristis] start showing up at the feeders, it is a sure sign the fall migration south has begun. This little fellow, yes, it is a male, could not resist the swinging cedar house in the dogwood tree outside the window. He was there for much…

Gulf Coast Awaits Landfall of BP Oil Slick

Not sure what’s got this old great blue heron stressed out… Glynn Wilson Is she worried about her nest? Or did she fly far and high and see the coming oil slick? [Click here or on the image for a photo essay — in advance of landfall from the massive BP oil slick headed toward…