Showing posts with label Critters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Critters. Show all posts

Caroline Wren Babies in the Mailbox - Critter 75

Saturday, June 15, 2024
Surprisingly, we saw the bird made a nest in our mailbox. We have been watching the progress from eggs to these sweet babies for the last few weeks.


Fig - The babies' bird in the mailbox

The bird's mom won’t stay still for a good picture. We personally think it's a very heartwarming image.

After searching through Google, it is highly probably that the bird's species are Carolina wrens. It is because the birds are notorious for making nests in inconvenient places such as above doors or mailboxes.

Caroline wren nests are built from a combination of:
- leaves
- moss
- twigs
- and other debris.

The inside of the nest is then lined with soft materials, some of them are feathers and fur.

Have you enjoyed with this kind of experience?


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Flying and Hitting the House - Critter 74

Saturday, May 11, 2024
It was reported in the weather channel that the birds all quit singing, and it got very quiet outdoors before one of the destructive tornados touched down close by our areas.


Fig 01 - A hummingbird after fall down.

Before rain and very strong wind, we just sitting outside in the morning, we hear a thump on our roof!

Then we saw something hit the grass. Here is what we found, a little hummingbird. We believed it must have been one of its first solo flights.

Being at the right place at the right time, we picked and handled the hummingbird. It didn’t make any noise.

We put it in this container, and then put under a plant. Luckily, after about 45 minutes later it flew off! Hopefully, it will survive in the nature.


Fig 02 - A hummingbird, put on the grass.

When can you expect the humming season in your areas?

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Whistling Ducks Gracing our Areas - Critter 73

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
We posted the whistling duck on the roof. You may read the previous post:
The Black-bellied Whistling Duck on the Roof - Critter 64 | Tanza Erlambang Update


Fig 01 - A whistling duck on the tree.

It seems that breeding seasons of ducks are begin in our areas this time, around in the middle of Spring. 

We have a pair of whistling ducks that just found our yard's tress. We saw them in the early morning.

We have never ever seen a duck sitting and playing on the trees as well as on the roof. We were excited and happy.

They are beautiful, just hope they will not be too messy, and hope they don’t decide to go for other places for a while.


Fig 02 - A pair of whistling ducks

A joy to look forward to every day, so every morning during breakfast and every evening for supper. Get ready for two dozen ducklings soon.


Fig 03 - They look happy around branches of trees. 

Have you seen Whistling ducks gracing your areas?

The Mother Dove and her Two Chicks in the Nest - Critter 72

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
We saw this pretty Spring picture of a Mother Dove and her two chicks in a nest in our ligustrum recently.


Fig - A dove with her two chicks. 

In a snug nest, nestled among the tree’s branches, Mother Dove tends to her two chicks, keeping them warm and secure. Feathers colors blend perfectly with the surrounding twigs, camouflaging the nest from predators.

The mother dove tenderly brings forth a creamy substance known as crop milk; a nourishing sustenance synthesized in her throat exclusively for her offspring.

The young chicks, only a few days old, remain mostly bare, their downy fuzz providing minimal coverage. They devour their food with enthusiasm, their tiny frames gaining strength after each meal.

Have you seen any birds with nests and chicks in your areas?

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Blue Heron Hanging around on the Roof - Critter 71

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
At the previous post, we know the Blue Heron lives the waterside:



Fig 01 - Blue Heron seen on the roof.

Recently we saw the Blue Heron was seen on the roof. Then, we wonder: why would a Blue Heron be on the roof?

The birds aren't restricted to the waterside for finding food. They often venture onto land to chase after prey. As you might know, their prey are:
- insects
- frogs
- small rodents
- and even reptiles.


Fig 02 - A snake, just illustration.

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Fig 03 - Blooming at neighborhood

Since Blue Herons are "crafty predators," hence their skill could work on the lands (grasslands and open fields). 

It i not surprise if we see Blue Herons far away from water. It is possible to see them in the yards or on the roof.


Fig 04 - A heron, enjoy on the roof.

Have you seen a Blue Heron in the yard or on the roof?

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The American Woodcock in Neighborhood - Critter 70

Friday, March 8, 2024
We never seen this bird before, this was just a grab shot with an iPhone. We have no idea what the bird schedule is, but it didn’t seem rushed.


Image - The American Woodcock.

Since it just "easy going," the bird gave me enough time to remember I had my phone in my pocket. Then, I got one shot.

The GoogleID identified the bird as the American Woodcock with scientific name Scolopax minor. The bird is a migratory bird to stay in Southern states during Fall and Winter seasons, and to migrate to Canada in the Spring and Summer times. 

It was lucky to see this bird during daytime, because it active at dawn and dusk times. The times when the American Woodcocks to do mating and searching foods in their habitats, mostly in the woodland areas.

Have you seen the American Woodcocks in nature?

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A White Dove without a Band on its Ankle - Critter 69

Friday, March 1, 2024
 We saw doves in the city garden or our neighborhood during Spring seasons sometimes, but very rare to see white doves. 


Fig 01 - A white dove on the fence.

As far as we know, there are two familiar species of wild doves, they are not completely white in our areas:
1) White-wing doves
- the doves have brown body, but their wings have white patches. We may see these dove in the city parks.

2) Eurasian collared dove
- These doves are a quite common in our areas. They are found in many places include yards and feeders The doves have more white patches. 


Fig 02 - A white dove on the lawn.

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Fig 03 - A parking lot, just illustration.

If we see white doves in a neighborhood, it is usually domesticated doves. They are bred for their color (white color). 


Fig 04 - One of corners in our city.

Domesticated doves are own either by pet owners or companies. There are companies to provide service for white doves' in our area.  


Fig 05 - Morning glory flowers, illustration.

Domesticated white doves are released for special events such as student graduations, weddings and funerals. 


Fig 06 - Tall buildings at a bay, illustration.

In our case (Fig 01 and Fig 07), appears to be a white dove do not see a band on its ankle if it has a band, it’s probably belonging to someone’s aviary otherwise it could be wild.



Fig 07 - A white dove in our area. 

Have you seen white doves in nature?

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A Hummingbird in the Flight - Critter 68

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
 We have 3 migration seasons of Hummingbirds in our areas, they are Spring, Fall and Winter migrations.


Fig 01 - Hummingbird flight close by wall.

If we have observed the Hummingbirds in Baton Rouge, Louisiana between middle of November to early March, then these Hummingbirds are considered as Winter migration of Hummingbirds.

There are several locations which well known for winter migration of this tiny birds. Some of them are:
- Baton Rouge
- Lafayette
- New Orleans


Fig 02 - A Hummingbird on the feeder.

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Fig 03 - A rural area, illustration

We recognize at least 5 (five) species of Hummingbirds as winter "special" visitors in our city, Baton Rouge, LA.


Fig 04 - A corner of the city, LA

The winter Hummingbirds in our areas are:
- Black-chinned Hummingbirds
- Broad-tailed Hummingbirds
- Calliope Hummingbirds.
- Buff-bellied Hummingbirds.
- Rufous Hummingbirds.


Fig 05 - Immature male Rufous.

We love to observe Rufous Hummingbirds since these tiny birds most frequently seen in this season.


Fig 06 - A hummingbird is flying.

What species of Hummingbirds in your areas?

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The Cooper's Hawk Perching on the Myrtle Branch - Critter 67

Thursday, February 8, 2024
We saw a bird hiding between branches of Myrtle tree in the neighborhood, and we believe the bird is a Cooper's hawk. 


Fig 01 - A predator hiding between branches.

Yes, helping by GoogleID and BingID, the bird is identified as a Cooper's hawk with scientific name, Accipiter cooperiiThe bird is a slender bird with a long tail and rounded, broad wings. 

This kind of Hawk is medium size hawk with about 45 cm (17.7 inches) length, and wingspan 80 cm (32 inches).

The range of this species distribution is quite wide, spreading from North America to South America. We may observe Cooper hawk in several places around city, and even in our neighborhood sometimes. 



Fig 02 - The bird hiding. 

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Fig 03 - Myrtle trees during cold season.

In our state, Louisiana, Cooper's hawk can be observed in many habitats include woodlands, forest and urban areas.


Fig 04 - The Hawk is perching.

The Cooper's hawk is a predator, it mainly consumes small birds and mammals. The predator eats reptiles and insect as well.


Fig 05 - Myrtle tree, during Spring season.

The favorite birds as Hawks diets are woodpeckers, robins, jays, flickers, doves, quails and songbirds.


Fig 06 - Hawk is still there.

Hawks hunting small mammals such as squirrels (tree and ground), chipmunks, mice and bats.


Fig 07 - Myrtle with pink flowers.

Some reptiles such as snakes and lizards are kind of supplements for Cooper's hawks.



Fig 08 - A lonely Cooper's hawk.

Have you ever seen Cooper's hawk in your areas?

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We Have Observed a House Finch at Neighborhood - Critter 66

Friday, January 26, 2024
After "freezing" temperature for a while, we start to see several kinds of birds visit feeders of our neighborhood.  


Fig 01 - A house finch on the top of feeder. 

One of birds is a house finch with scientific name, Haemorhous mexicanus. Then, the bird is identified by helping of GoogleID app. It is a common bird in America, especially in North America. 

The bird is a cheerful songbird. The sound like whistles and twitters. The rapid melody makes more cheerful of the day. Surprisingly, this bird can sing around 2,000 (two thousand) songs per day.

In our city, Baton Rouge, LA, we may observe the house finch in small flocks, since they are social birds. 


Fig 02 - Golden leaves, just illustration

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Fig 03 - The bird eating on the feeder.

The house finch lives in the variety areas such as:
- parks
- woodlands
- open areas
- and even backyards


Fig 04 - Golden leaves, taken from other positions.

This bird comes to feeder to finds seeds. Sunflowers and millet are favorite seeds for house finches.


Fig 05 - Candlesticks plant with flowers

In respect to seeds, unbelievable that a house finch could consume 1,000 (one thousand) sunflower seeds per day.


Fig 06 - A house finch on the feeder.

Do you recognize a house finch?

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