Birds of Alabama

Features digital photography of the wild bird species of Alabama

A Spring Robin for 2010

Glynn Wilson The spring bird migration is on. It never fails. When the bird bath waterfall is turned on, the robins are the first to show up. Caught this one just as he perched after shaking off all the water. The cleanest damn birds in Christendom, I’ll wager…

Wild Turkeys at Oak Mountain State Park

Glynn Wilson Wild turkeys sneak through a grassy field in the rain at Oak Mountain State Park south of Birmingham, Alabama. The spring weather brought out the crowds to camp on Friday, but the rains came in from the east Saturday, just in time to cool things off for Easter Sunday. [Click on the image…

A White-Breasted Nuthatch on Bird Count Last Day

Glynn Wilson On the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count final day, I was trying to snap some photos of a couple of blue birds coming around to the feeder, but they are so shy. This white-breasted nuthatch [sitta carolinensis] hung around for a good part of the morning, however, so I got some good shots…

Snow Brings Photo Op on Backyard Birdcount Day One

Glynn Wilson The rare third snowfall in Middle Alabamaland is just in time for a photo opportunity for the first day of the Great Backyard Bird Count of 2010, Feb. 12-15. This is just a quick, first shot of a goldfinch in the dogwood tree just beginning to be covered with snow in the morning.…

A Cold White-Throated Sparrow

Glynn Wilson A pair of white-throated sparrows [zonotrichia albicollis] make their home each winter under the shrubbery in our front yard near the bird bath by the dogwood tree. Normally they are content to eat the seeds that drop to the ground, but it has been so cold lately even these ground birds have competed…

A Male Cardinal Dodges Snow

Glynn Wilson A male cardinal dodges the snowflakes in a dogwood tree. While forecasters were predicting one to three inches of accumulation in central Alabama today, the ground temperature heated up over freezing, so not much of it stuck, at least over here. The new Locust Fork temperature gauge showed 38 for a high. Meanwhile,…

Yellow-Crowned Night Herons Return to Roebuck Springs

Glynn Wilson The yellow-crowned night herons were spotted on Village Creek in Roebuck Springs, Alabama, Monday for the first time since the massive fish kill in September, 2008. There’s still no official word on the final outcome of the investigation against the city of Birmingham for destroying the beaver dam and killing 11,000 endangered watercress…

A Great Blue Heron Walks the Beach in Gulf Shores

Glynn Wilson One of the most majestic birds in nature, this great blue heron [ardea herodias] walks the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. An adaptable bird whose large size enables it to feed on a variety of prey-from large fish and frogs to mice, small birds, and insects — the Great Blue has one of…

Northern Mockingbird Eggs in the Bush

Glynn Wilson While working on the new bluebird house out back, I noticed the mockingbirds going a bit crazy out on the side by the bush covering the gas meter. I figured they must have eggs in a nest there. I had noticed them building the nest for the past few weeks. Sure enough, it…

A Tufted Titmouse Feeding Young Chicks Too…

Glynn Wilson I know, you must be thinking, where does this guy come up with so many interesting bird photos? Well, if you set up your backyard as a bird sanctuary like I did, this is what you get. In addition to the bluebird babies feeding right now, the tufted titmouse [baeolophus bicolor] family in…

Lady Bluebird and Chicks…

Glynn Wilson A lady bluebird feeding her chicks. They should be big enough to fly the coop soon. The grosbeaks are not cooperating. I tried to tell them the price of that good food I put out for them is to pose for pictures : ) Maybe this afternoon…

The Arrival of the Grosbeaks, 2009…

Glynn Wilson Today marks the official arrival of the Rose-breasted grosbeaks [pheucticus ludovicianus] to Middle Alabamaland this year. This is a quick shot hand-held. Hopefully they will stay around a few days and we get get some more shots with the tripod over by the birdbath…

Bluebirds in the Garden…

Glynn Wilson A male bluebird heading for home to feed the new babes in the house on an April afternoon in Middle Alabamaland, where we picked the first broccoli and collard greens of the season. This may be worth a slide show, if the Yuengling holds out…

Blue Birds Nesting in Roebuck Springs

Kenny Walters A couple of blue birds have adopted this cedar house in Roebuck Springs, Alabama. Sorry to brag, but it was a creation of Yellow Hammer Studios, a partner company, and was just placed in this yard last year. In other words, it worked the first nesting season. Our designs have improved since then,…

Cedar Waxwings Descend On Backyard Birdbath

Glynn Wilson A family of migrating cedar waxwings [bombycilla cedrorum] descend on this birdbath in Northeast Jefferson County, Alabama, another sign that the spring 2009 bird migration is fully underway. Watch the slide show here…

Purple Martins Return to William's Orchard

Glynn Wilson The purple martins return to William’s Orchard on Highway 11 near Springville, Alabama every spring. It’s that time of year again, with blue skies and high temperatures in the 70s in the afternoon and lows in the 40s at night. This is a female purple martin, progne subis, the largest of the North…

Bird Activity Light for Backyard Count

Glynn Wilson The bird activity was light Friday and Saturday for the Great Backyard Bird Count of 2009. But we did manage to sneak a few shots of this male house finch [carpodacus mexicanus] on the dogwood tree out front.

Great Backyard Bird Count Coming Feb. 13

Glynn Wilson The 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will begin Feb. 13, when tens of thousands of amateur birders will help experts collect data for science — and fun. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count Website has some new features this year, an…

An American Robin Feasting on Dogwood Berries

Glynn Wilson A flock of American robins [Turdus migratorius] went absolutely crazy today over the dogwood berries in northeast Jefferson County. I had to take a break from blogging to get some shots. Here’s one of the best. The temperatures eased back up into the 50s today after our early winter weather here, and the…