Peanuts

Peanuts Jay a jamiesbirds

I have a young Blue Jay who comes to my Magnolia tree and chortles, asking for a peanut.

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Then he flies down gets one and goes back into the tree to eat it. He then chortles again and flies off with the second peanut. That’s why I call him Peanuts.  He also loves to swim.

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 Crow with peanuts aa Bermuda Run NC jamiesbirds

I also have a frequently-visiting crow who loves peanuts as well.

Carolina Wren Visit

My favorite bird is the Carolina wren and I have a lovely pair on my property. Today, as I was working on my new book, a Carolina wren flew into my study. (I had left the back door open and the little bird must have come in and then flown upstairs, because my study is on the second floor.)

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I immediately closed the study door and opened the window, but the little wren flew into my adjacent bathroom. Then, I closed that door and caught her easily in my hands. What a thrill to hold her.

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I quickly put her out the window and she flew off. I can see the pair safe outside now. I think that is it wonderful how curious and brave these little wrens are. And I think it it was very good luck for me to have this little bird come visit me. BTW, I have been writing non-stop for the past four months, and that’s why I have not posted on this site.

Cape May (May 2015)

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 Three great days birding in Cape May. I particularly loved the Laughing gulls; they don’t call them “laughing” for nothing. They were everywhere and in breeding plumage.

Laughing Gulls 90a Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

More Laughing Gulls

Herring Gull Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

A serious fellow, this Herring Gull

Red Winged Blackbird Cape 100a May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Red-winged blackbird landing

Semipalmated sandpipers at Heislerville Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Semipalmated sandpipers

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Black Skimmers being observed by a pair of Sandpipers

Mother lode rookery aa at Heislerville Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

The mother lode rookery at Heislerville; it is so large that it will not fit in one frame. The Herons appear to occupy the bottom, the Cormorants the top, and the Egrets the middle.

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Black-crowned night heron in bottom corner of rookery

Seaside sparrow Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Seaside Sparrow in the nearby marsh

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Semipalmated sandpipers and Dowitchers

Huge immature Black backed gull Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

The large bird is an immature Great black backed gull

Yellow Crowned Night Heron Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Yellow-crowned night heron

  Royal Terns Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Royal Terns

Double Crested Cormorants Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Double-Crested Cormorants

   Glossy Ibis Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Glossy Ibis at the Cape May National Golf Course

Laughing Gull Flag Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Laughing Gull

An Hour in the Park with NJ Audubon: Two Life Birds and a Fight

Prothonotary warbler Turtle Pond Central Park A 4-28-15 jamiesbirds

Prothonotary warbler

Double-crested cormorant Central Park A 4-28-15 jamiesbirds

Double-crested cormorant

The New Jersey Audubon hosted a bird walk in Central Park with Pete Dunne. I was only able to say a short time, but I saw great birds (above), met some really terrific birders, and even watched a fight.

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So, I thought I saw an injured sparrow on the ground, but …

Fighting sparrows c at Delacorte Theater Central Park 4-28-15 jamiesbirds

It wasn’t alone; it was a serious fight between two males over a female

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Here’s what they were fighting over …

Nesting House sparrow at Delacorte Theater Central Park a 4-28-15 jamiesbirds

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Pinned

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The Winner

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Here is a statue of Romeo and Juliet. We met at the Delacorte Theater, and that’s where the sparrows were nesting under the eaves. there were actually quite a number of nests.

Eric Stiles NJ Audobon Delacorte Theater 4-28-15 jamiesbirds

This is Eric Stiles, President and CEO of NJ Audubon addressing the group.

Pete Dunne and Jamie Koufman at Delacorte Theater A 4-28-15 jamiesbirds

Here is Pete Dunne and me

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 Pat Brentano, Jamie Koufman, Joe Grillo

25-Year-Old Pale Male Is Alive and Well

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Since Pale Male came to New York City as a youngster in 1991 — presumably born in 1990 — some people cannot believe that this is the very same bird 25 years later. It is, and the legend of Pale Male continues. The markings are the same; this is him on 5th Ave on a windy Saturday, April 4, 2015.

We should plan a 25th big birthday party for Pale Male this spring or summer! If interested, please contact me.  And if you haven’t read Marie Winn’s book, Red Tails in Love, you should.