Spring is coming early to Huntsville, but the winter months of December and January brought a special group of migratory birds to my backyard wildlife habitat. These birds migrate from northern latitudes and remain in the Southern states until March and April. With the warming weather our winter visitors will soon return to their northern breeding grounds. I have had several opportunities to photograph them in my backyard and on my deck.Read More
In 2015, after purchasing the residential lot behind our home, I installed a Bubbling Rock water feature as a key element of my new Outback Garden development. In addition to attracting many species of birds, 32 recorded as of January 1, it also attracts large flocks of birds such as Cedar Waxwings, American Robins and European Starlings.Read More
Leucism results from a partial loss of pigmentation causing a white, pale, or patchy coloration of the feathers. Sometimes a bird’s plumage will be totally white which if often mistaken as an albino.Read More
Chimney Swift Migration Roost - First United Methodist Church, Huntsville, AL. In early fall large groups of Chimney Swifts migrate through North Alabama. In the evening the swifts gather in flocks, circle in a tornado-like mass to enter and roost in large chimneys for the night.Read More
In 2015 over thirty regional and Neotropical migrating birds visited my backyard wildlife habitat during the spring and fall seasons. Generally these birds are not attracted to feeders. Only the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Red-breasted Nuthatches fed on sunflower seeds, and the Pine an Yellow-rumped Warblers fed on suet. While my garden plantings and structure that provide security attracted many of the species, my water features provided the major attraction for these short term visitors and afforded me close viewing and many photo opportunities. Focusing on their natural feeding sites such as in the tops of spring budding trees and fall berry laden trees and shrubs also provided many delightful migration bird sightings.Read More
During the warm days of August, an early morning walk on the Birding Trail provides views of colorful and interesting birds. The Garden offers exciting bird viewing opportunities in addition to colorful floral displays on an early morning walk.Read More
Over the past several years, multiple pairs of Killdeer have nested in the Huntsville Botanical Garden during the Spring breeding season. This year a pair established a late July nest in the North Meadow that produced a single chick.Read More
Birding along the Gulf Coast is a most rewarding experience for viewing migratory song birds and shore birds returning from their wintering in the tropics. During the month of April millions of birds fly over the Gulf of Mexico and stop to rest and feed before continuing north as far as Canada.Read More
Eastern Bluebirds are visiting the Huntsville Botanical Garden in search of new home sites. They can be seen foraging for insects in the South Meadow and along the Nature & Bush Azalea Trails.Read More
Cedar Waxwings on their northern migration are visiting the Huntsville Botanical Garden to feed and rest.
Flocks of 10 to 40 birds were photographed feeding near the Visitor Center on berries of the Eastern Red Cedar and Chinese Holly, and on insects found on tree buds.
An unusual form of the Common Grackle visited my backyard today.
First time I have seen a Grackle with a white tale.
An example of leucism: “an abnormal plumage condition caused by a genetic mutation that prevents pigment, particularly melanin, from being properly deposited on a bird’s feathers”
Over the last four days, flocks of Cedar Waxwings and American Robins have visited my water features including one on my deck. On one day I counted over 400 robins in three hours. Several of the flocks had 100+ waxwings. The flock visits occur mostly in the mornings between 7:00and 10:00 am.Read More
Cooper’s Hawks are extremely efficient predators in the Garden. Skillful hunters, flying at high speeds through wooded forest, they pursue song birds which make up their main food source. Over the past three years, a pair has nested in the Huntsville Botanical Garden and one of them can be seen at most any time on the Birding Trail.Read More