Category: Passeriformes

Bombycilla garrulus, 01 March 2009

Bombycilla garrulus, the Bohemian waxwing; Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska (01 March 2009). Bohemian waxwings were on-campus regulars during my four years teaching at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Folks may think of bears and moose when they think of Alaska (and for good reason), but I… Continue Reading “Bombycilla garrulus, 01 March 2009”

Bombycilla cedrorum, 20 February 2013

Bombycilla cedrorum, the Cedar waxwing; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 February 2013). They only showed up a couple of times during our two years living in Valdosta, but I was tickled when the Cedar waxwings did drop by! Waxwings are tremendous.  Learn more about this species… Continue Reading “Bombycilla cedrorum, 20 February 2013”

Tyrannus tyrannus, 08 May 2006

Tyrannus tyrannus, the Eastern kingbird; Brevard county, Florida (08 May 2006). Another not-too-awesome composition, but, hey, it’s an Eastern kingbird! I have a devil of a time photographing kingbirds at Merritt Island. Not enough ZOOM power! Learn more about this species at

Vireo olivaceus, 07 September 2015

Vireo olivaceus, the Red-eyed vireo; Volusia county, Florida (07 September 2015). Not my best photo and not really much a photo at all, really, but this is all I’ve got for the Red-eyed vireo! I still hope to find another. It has the most beautiful eyes!… Continue Reading “Vireo olivaceus, 07 September 2015”

Cardinalis cardinals, 20 May 2004

Cardinalis cardinalis, the Northern cardinal; Lake county, Florida (20 May 2004). An early-digital-era snapshot — and still one of my favorites. This cat was ruffled and ruffled! Learn more about this species at

Cyanocitta cristata, 20 January 2006

Cyanocitta cristata, the Blue jay; Volusia county, Florida (20 January 2006). Amazingly, this is the one and only shot I have of a Blue jay, a bird forever etched into my rotating playlists courtesy the Beatles.   Learn more about this species at

Spizella passerina, 17 March 2012

Spizella passerina, the Chipping sparrow; Lowndes county, Georgia (17 March 2012). We caught the attention of a few Chipping sparrows with our backyard bird feeder during our time in Valdosta. Agreeable little chippers they were.  Learn more about this species at

Hirundo rustica, 08 May 2009

Hirundo rustica, the Barn swallow; Monroe county, Florida (08 May 2009). A classically terrible composition (I’ll blame the Dry Tortugas daylight) made a bit more interesting with quite a bit of highlight and shadow adjustments! Learn more about this species at

Geothlypis trichas, 23 April 2006

Geothlypis trichas, the Common yellowthroat; Brevard county, Florida (23 April 2006). A funky, chunky little bowling ball of feathers, texture, and grit. Learn more about this species at

Pheucticus ludovicianus, 26 April 2012

Pheucticus ludovicianus, the Rose-breasted grosbeak; Lowndes county, Georgia (26 April 2012). We only had one visit from Rose-breasted grosbeaks at our bird feeder in Valdosta — at least only one visit that I noticed. I would’ve liked to have seen more! A really attractive… Continue Reading “Pheucticus ludovicianus, 26 April 2012”

Setophaga palmarum, 27 December 2013

Setophaga palmarum, the Palm warbler; Miami-Dade county, Florida (27 December 2013). Check out this little fluffy bulb of butter! I love the sprawled perch stance.  Learn more about this species at

Mniotilta varia, 08 March 2014

Mniotilta varia, the Black-and-white warbler; Miami-Dade county, Florida (08 March 2014). I wasn’t quite able to get the shot I wanted with this rapid-fire, jittery little warbler, but I did manage to snag a couple of decent reference shots. The black and white trim was… Continue Reading “Mniotilta varia, 08 March 2014”

Mimus polyglottos, 24 May 2019

Mimus polyglottos, the Northern mockingbird; Brevard county, Florida (24 May 2019). A Northern mockingbird perched before an infinity of blue. Learn more about this species at

Agelaius phoeniceus, 23 May 2013

Agelaius phoeniceus, the Red-winged blackbird; Brevard county, Florida (23 May 2013). The Red-winged blackbird seems to be extremely abundant around Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard county, Florida. At least it was? I haven’t been back down there in a few clicks. Learn more… Continue Reading “Agelaius phoeniceus, 23 May 2013”

Setophaga coronata, 15 March 2014

Setophaga coronata, the Yellow-rumped warbler; Lake county, Florida (15 March 2014). Forget the “yellow rump,” check out that slick little yellow pattern on the head! Learn more about this species at

Corvus ossifragus, 12 May 2006

Corvus ossifragus, the Fish crow (presumably); Monroe county, Florida (12 May 2006). I went through the ringer/wringer a few years back trying to decide if this was a Fish crow or a standard American crow. Picked up a few extra vote leaning towards the… Continue Reading “Corvus ossifragus, 12 May 2006”

Quiscalus major, 29 February 2020

Quiscalus major, the Boat-tailed grackle; Lake county, Florida (29 February 2020). Learn more about this species at

Protonotaria citrea, 10 April 2016

Protonotaria citrea, the Prothontary warbler; Lake county, Florida (10 April 2016). Learn more about this species at

Quiscalus major, 10 March 2006

Quiscalus major, the Boat-tailed grackle; St. Johns county, Florida (10 March 2006). Learn more about this species at

Aphelocoma coerulescens, 07 April 2004

Aphelocoma coerulescens, the Florida scrub jay; Volusia county, Florida (07 April 2004). Learn more about this species at

Pantherophis alleghaniensis & Thryothorus ludovicianus, 10 June 2019

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern rat snake; aka the “Yellow rat snake” Volusia county, Florida (10 June 2019). Learn more about the Eastern rat snake at NOTE: The rat snake is taking down a Carolina wren, Thryothorus ludovicianus. Mom and dad Carolina wren had… Continue Reading “Pantherophis alleghaniensis & Thryothorus ludovicianus, 10 June 2019”