Birds of Alabama

Features digital photography of the wild bird species of Alabama

Red-Winged Blackbirds Singing in the Cattails

A male red-winged blackbird [agelaius phoeniceus] posing on a cattail on a tributary of Village Creek in Roebuck Springs, Alabama. Perhaps the most abundant bird in North America, the red-winged blackbird population is estimated at 190 million. It is a highly polygynous species, with one male having up to 15 different females making nests in…

Spring Bird Migration Off To A Tanager Start

Photo by Glynn Wilson The spring bird migration is finally off to a tanager start, I mean tangible start, as a scarlet tanager [piranga olivacea] made an appearance, along with the first rose-breasted grosbeak. We’ve had a few ruby-throated hummingbirds coming through for the past three weeks, plus a few gold finches, pairs of brown…

A Red-Shouldered Hawk Circles Overhead

Photo by Glynn Wilson A family of red-shouldered hawks make their home in the neighborhood by Jefferson State Community College. They hunt in the backyard every day, but usually elude close enough human contact for a sharp, clear photograph. We managed to snap this one the other day as it circled overhead on one of…

Great Backyard Birdcount 2007 Update

Photo by Kenny Walters This great blue heron was captured by Kenny Walters at East Lake Park in Birmingham, Alabama. As of this morning, Feb. 26, participants had counted more than 10.5 million birds in the Great Backyard Birdcount and recorded 621 species on 75,699 checklists, far surpassing the previous record of 61,049 checklists, according…

Definitely An Alabama Carolina Chickadee

Photo by Glynn Wilson This is, no doubt, a Carolina chickadee [poecile carolinensis] hiding seeds in the bark of a dogwood tree near the Jefferson County-Blount County line in Middle Alabama. The mercury only made it up to 55 today, but it was the nicest day of the bird count. Unfortunately, the birds were off…

An Alabama Mockingbird Huddling in the Cold

Photo by Glynn Wilson An Alabama mockingbird huddles in the cold on the second day of the Great Backyard Birdcount. This one and his or her mate make their home in the front yard in the shrubs. At night during the summer sometimes they make a heck of a racket, almost enough to keep you…

Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16-19

The 10th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up Feb. 16-19. Photo by Glynn Wilson A female ruby-throated hummingbird captured in a Birmingham backyard | [ Enlarge ] Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the event is a chance to discover the birds in your neighborhood and count for…

A Red-Shouldered Hawk in East Lake Park

Glynn Wilson It was a gray, winter day, but some birds were out by the lake in East Lake Park lake in East Birmingham. This is a red-shouldered hawk (buteo lineatus) fishing on Jan. 24. We were able to get pretty close and watch it dive, catch and eat a small fish. We also saw…

Numbers Show Gulf Coast Bird Populations Up

Photo by Glynn Wilson A wood thrush banded and released on the Ft. Morgan peninsula, with old Bob Sargent out of focus in the background… by Glynn Wilson CLAY, Ala., Oct. 27 – Amateur bird expert Bob Sargent is now back at home in Clay, Alabama, east of Birmingham, after spending a couple of weeks…

A Common Yellowthroat Warbler…

Photo by Glynn Wilson This is a common yellowthroat warbler (geothlypis trichas) captured, banded and released by Bob Sargent’s bird banding brigade on the Ft. Morgan peninsula. And that’s Bob Sargent’s gnarly fingers. Friday will be the last day of the research effort for this year, and we’ll have a full report once the numbers…

A Black and White Warbler Banded and Released

Photo by Glynn Wilson A black and white warbler, Mniotilta varia, captured, banded and released on the Ft. Morgan peninsula, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. Waking up on Gator Lake again, we decided to head down to visit Bob Sargent’s bird banding brigade again this morning. We’ll write about the final report on the 2006 fall…

Birds of the Ft. Morgan Sanctuary

FT. MORGAN, Ala., Oct. 8 — As I turned off Gulf Shores Parkway onto Ft. Morgan Road heading for Bob Sargent’s bird banding operation on state property past the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, the spiritual “Amazing Grace” on a single flute came across the public radio speakers and put me in the mood for…

An Eastern Screech-Owl

Glynn Wilson An injured Eastern screech-owl (Otus asio) living in captivity at the Ruffner Mountain Nature Center near Birmingham, Alabama.

A Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Photo by Glynn Wilson Could this be a female ruby-throated hummingbird (archilochus colubris)? I got this shot with the Nikon D50 on a tripod using the digital remote designed for self-portraits and group shots. It works for bird photos as well, although you have to be in front of the camera, not behind it. Key…