Janine's Blog

Corkscrew Swamp, Hummingbirds, and Buntings

Jan 31, 2016 by Janine |
Stopped by Corkscrew Swamp last week. It was dark and drizzly, which made for interesting photography.

Birds were active, even with the occasional downpour

Tufted titmouse


Carolina Wren

Black and white warbler. I couldn't decide which shot I liked better.

King of the swamp

A sneaky cottonmouth

At home, lots of hummingbirds, painted buntings, and goldfinches. We went from 2 goldfinches, to 6, to 30+ in a week!

The hummingbirds love the pink salvia flowers. The cultivar is called "Wendy's Wish." These shots were from very early on a chilly morning. This gives them a dreamy quality that I like.

The banded female painted bunting, "Miss Bracelets", is still visiting.

Mirror image

Invasion of the Goldfinches

Jan 24, 2016 by Janine |
This week we had our first chill of the season, which brought some new birds to the feeder.

Six American Goldfinches (and a female painted bunting)

Another new visitor, Indigo Bunting

Chilly weather brings interesting clouds

I also found out that blue jays eat frogs!

Birds through the scope

Jan 17, 2016 by Janine |
I've been having loads of fun with the spotting scope and cell phone setup. It is a bit finicky to get set up exactly right, but once it is, the results are surprisingly good!

The red-bellied woodpecker has learned how to feed from the cage feeders.


Brown Thrasher

Female Cardinal

Painted Buntings

I left the scope vignette on this one, this is the view on the screen through the adapter.


Yesterday we had a first for the garden, a goldfinch! Would be nice if they were in their bright summer colors when they visited Florida. I guess Painted Buntings are colorful enough!

Baby rabbits are showing up too

The Black Bead is flowering and attracting loads of bees

Grumpy Southern Toad

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2015 by Janine |
Celebrating New Year's Eve with the birds!

Female painted bunting

Hummingbird sun bathing

Took these with the spotting scope and cell phone camera.

Barred Owl at Riverbend

Braved Green Cay the other day. Water levels are high due to the unseasonable amount of rain we have had, so bird activity was fairly low

Night Heron

Tricolor Heron

Cuban Anole

Common Yellowthroat


Spoonbills at Sunset

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2016!


Dec 13, 2015 by Janine |
Spent the Thanksgiving holiday in lovely Sanibel Island.

Took a cruise around the Ding Darling refuge


We were surprised to get this close to a kingfisher!

Reddish egret among spoonbills


Also did a driving tour of the refuge.

Two otters darted across the road in front of us and dashed into the water.

Caught a fish jumping for this one!

Sanibel sunsets

We were sad to leave Sanibel, but happy to get home to the buntings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2015 by Janine |
Hope all of my US friends are having a wonderful Thanksgiving today.

Lots of painted bunting activity this week. I think I might need to add another feeder because the 2 I have now are being swarmed. The little banded female is still here. I heard back from the researcher in North Carolina. Apparently she was banded in 2013 in Bald Head Island, NC.

Lots of hummingbirds too. There are so many now that it dissipates the aggression, which means that I don't have one male ruling over the yard the way I did last year.

I saw this red-shouldered hawk land on this stick out in the yard.

He swooped in right in front of the window and landed on the roof, peering in at me.

I doubt he is after the buntings. More likely looking for frogs or snakes. There have been lots of black racers in the garden recently. They are usually too fast for pictures!

Misty Morning, Stuart Air Show

Nov 15, 2015 by Janine |
Had meetings in central FL this week and went for an early morning hike:

Oak Toad

Gargoyle in the bonfire

Disney Wilderness Preserve

Stuart Air Show

Birds at home, Winnipeg

Oct 28, 2015 by Janine |
More and more painted buntings and hummingbirds are arriving every day. We spotted one with color bands this weekend. The coloring of the right band indicates that it was banded in North Carolina. I submitted a band report, and hopefully will get more information on this bird!

Drinking out of the ant moat on the hummingbird feeder

Baleful gaze

This little traveler emerged from a burrow in the garden. Was shy for the camera but eventually ambled off into the shrubs.

Stopped by Green Cay wetlands to see the Reddish Egret. It is unusual to see one so far inland in a freshwater marsh, they are normally found in coastal or brackish environments.

Spoonbill sitting pretty


Cooperative red-bellied woodpecker

Green Heron

Snapshots from a recent trip to Winnipeg

Visited the Assiniboine zoo with colleagues.

Winter warblers are starting to arrive in S. Florida. With the weather improving, I plan on getting out and taking more pics soon!

Canada and yard birds

Oct 18, 2015 by Janine |
Spent some time in Toronto recently and got to experience some lovely fall weather

At home, lots of birds around.

Carolina wren


Painted Buntings

First Painted Bunting of the Season!

Sep 26, 2015 by Janine |
A lovely male painted bunting visited the feeders this morning. And there was much rejoicing.

Female ruby-throated hummingbirds have started arriving.

At least two males are here too.

Black swallowtail.

Haven't ventured much farther than my window for the past week- got a nasty bug bite and had to get all kinds of creams and antibiotics. Feeling better slowly- hoping to get out and do some birding before migration is over!