Tag Archives: birds

American Kestrel

Watching and waiting

high atop a leafless tree

looking for breakfast

Some facts about the American Kestrel:

  • They live in areas with low vegetation and few trees.
  • They hunt by day.
  • They are the most common falcon in North America.
  • They dine on insects, small rodents, small birds.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s photo, Haiku, and learning. Thanks for stopping by.

Identifying Birds

When you’re trying to learn about native animals ….

On a bluebird sky day, hiking on a serene trail, I saw this beautiful bird. Trying to identify birds is a challenge for me. Colors, bill size and shape, and geography are all useful in identification.

I returned home with clear photos thinking it was a Gray Jay. But the bill was too long. Fortunately, with an excellent search engine and websites that show similar looking species, I was able to learn about Clark’s Nutcrackers today.

They live in the mountains. ✅

Gray overall with black wings. ✅

Long daggerlike bill. ✅

Fishing at Sunset

Just as the sun sinks into the Gulf of Mexico, the pelicans glide over the water near the shore. Back and forth they fly, as they swoop like an acrobat when they spot fish below. With precise skill, diving when they spot fish below. I’m not sure if they enjoy their dinner as much as I enjoy watching them. As they sky darkens, they fly away from the beach, returning the next morning for “the catch of the day.”