Carolina Wren on Feeder, Saluda North Carolina 93E9699

TheCarolina Wren is a common species of wren that is a resident in the eastern half of the Unites States of America.   Their preferred habitat is in dense cover in forests, farm edges and suburban areas. This wren is the state bird of South Carolina.

These birds are generally inconspicuous, avoiding the open for extended periods of time. When out in the open, they investigate their surroundings and are rarely stationary.  I didn’t spot many of this species.  This shot was pure luck.

Carolina Wren on Feeder 93E9699

American Goldfinch- Saluda, North Carolina-93E0492

The American goldfinch is a small North American Bird in the Finch family. It is migratory, ranging from mid-Alberta to North Carolina during the breeding season, and from just south of the Canada -US border to Mexico during the winter.

The only finch in its subfamily to undergo a complete molt, the American goldfinch displays sexual dimorphism in its coloration; the male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter, while the female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens only slightly during the summer. The male displays brightly colored plumage during the breeding season to attract a mate.

American Goldfinch- Saluda, North Carolina, 93E0492

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American Goldfinch- Saluda, North Carolina, 93E0492-4

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American Goldfinch- Saluda, North Carolina, 93E0492-2

The song of a Tufted Titmouse Bird- Saluda, NC-93E921

The tufted titmouse  is a small songbird from North America, a species in the tit and chickadee family.

The song is usually described as a whistled peter-peter-peter. They make a variety of different sounds, most having a similar tone quality.

The song of a Titmouse Bird-Saluda, North Carolina-93E0921-2

 

The song of a Titmouse Bird-Saluda, North Carolina-93E0921

Eastern BlueBird in a nest box -Saluda, North Carolina-93E0658

I was amazed by the display of this male Bluebird in trying to attract a female before he got into the nest box to get some food placed prior inside the box.  Better pictures of birds are acquired with patience and some knowledge of the animal behavior.  I spent hours awaiting for the bird to make his appearance to get this sequence.  How satisfying?

Eastern Blue Bird in a nest box-Saluda, North Carolina-93E0658

Eastern Blue Bird in a nest box-Saluda, North Carolina-93E0658-2

Eastern Blue Bird in a nest box-Saluda, North Carolina-93E0658-3

Eastern Blue Bird in a nest box-Saluda, North Carolina-93E0658-4

Eastern Blue Bird in a nest box-Saluda, North Carolina-93E0658-5

Eastern BlueBird -Saluda, North Carolina-93E0642

The eastern bluebird  is a small thrush found in open woodlands, farmlands, and orchards. It is the state bird of Missouri and New York.

Male Bluebirds are a brilliant royal blue on the back and head, and warm red-brown on the breast.

Eastern Blue Bird-Saluda, North Carolina. 93E0642-2

The bright-blue breeding plumage of the male, easily observed on a wire or open perch, makes this species a favorite of birders.

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Juvenile American Goldfinch- Saluda, NC- 93E0530

This handsome little finch, the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington, is welcome and common at feeders, where it takes primarily sunflower and nyjer (bird seed).  This time dinner is completely different.  Several caterpillars on the leaf of the tree will make a delicious dinner.

Juvenile American Goldfinch- Saluda, North Carolina, 93E0530-2

Incidentally, these insects (I assume) are the culprits who build that silky substance and make their tents in the nodes and branches of a tree’s limbs, called Caterpillar Tent found everywhere in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  More on Caterpillar Tent in future posts.

Juvenile American Goldfinch- Saluda, North Carolina, 93E0530