North American Songbirds

Bird Watching In the Northeast

The hours of daylight are getting longer. It’s finally beginning to feel like spring, and many of us in the northern hemisphere look forward to the return of migrating birds. Many birds migrate to a specific area to breed and raise their young.

The time it takes a bird to complete its one way migration can range from a few weeks to four months, depending on the distance. Soon the air will be filled with song!

The Northern Cardinal is abundant across the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and in Canada. Its natural habitat is woodlands, gardens, shrub lands, and swamps. This bird is a permanent resident throughout its range, it may relocate to avoid extreme weather or when food is scarce. The Northern Cardinal is the most popular state bird, representing Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Eastern Bluebird loves to perch on tree branches and wires observing insect prey. An eastern bluebird will swoop down and catch a flying insect or go down to the ground to feed on a grasshopper, cricket or other insect. The Eastern Bluebird is the state bird of Missouri and New York.

The Baltimore Oriole is a medium sized songbird with a long pointed bill and a beautiful flute-like song. The Oriole builds a “hanging basket” nest at the top of tall trees, usually elm or maple. They eat insects, fruit and nectar. It’s easy to entice a Baltimore Oriole to your backyard by placing orange halves on a feeder fruit side up.

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Art of the Day

Orange Drift Monarch Butterfly is a colorful fall photograph of a beautiful monarch butterfly feeding on red chrysanthemum flowers. This piece is one from my collection of fine art butterflies with rich red and orange autumn colors. Orange Drift Monarch Butterfly will add a splash of bold color to enhance your decor.

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Orange Drift Monarch Butterfly by Christina Rollo
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Beautiful Blue Jay Watercolor Art

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Pine Chickadee Photo Art by Christina Rollo

Photo Art by Christina Rollo Pine Chickadee

Pine Chickadee is a cute black capped chickadee perched on a pine branch. This image is very popular as a christmas card. Canvas prints make great gifts for nature lovers and bird watchers. Come and enjoy my entire collection of fine art photography at www.rollosphotos.com.

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Snow White Tufted Titmouse Photo Art by Christina Rollo

Photo Art by Christina Rollo Snow White Tufted Titmouse

Snow White Tufted Titmouse – Beautiful Tufted Titmouse sitting on a snowy landscape. This photo is one of my favorite winter bird photos! I really enjoy watching and photographing these birds at this time of year.

The Tufted Titmouse is a small North American bird from the tit and chickadee family. They are gray on top and white underneath with an adorable face, and a cute crest of gray hair at the top of their head. They are common at bird feeders especially in winter when food is scarce.

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‘Snow White Tufted Titmouse’

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Persistence The Key To Success

A Little Bird Told Me

Persistence the Key to Success – A little House Wren has single handedly chased every other nesting bird off our property. It seems every year there is one animal that wreaks havoc on our yard despite the fact that I spend hours, days, months and even years trying to create a nice little habitat for them out there. Ohhh why can’t everyone get along? Some years it’s deer, raccoons, squirrels, or chipmunks and I expect them to misbehave but this is my first experience with a wren.

It was partly my fault because I failed to read the directions when I erected a bluebird house a few years ago. Sure enough, when I bought two more bluebird houses this year there it was right there in the installation guidelines. “For bluebirds mount box away from shrubbery and tree lines to discourage house wrens from competing for the house”.

Who knew we needed “installation guidelines” for a bird house? I didn’t, I thought I knew what I was doing until our bluebirds went away and I found three of their eggs laying on the ground with holes poked in them.

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So after emptying sticks out of that box for two weeks straight every day, sometimes three or four times a day, I thought I finally got smart. I spent all day yesterday moving birdhouses around. Well we might want to take lessons on persistence from the wren. Maybe we’d learn how to get everything we want in life? Even though the nest box is now sitting in the middle of our yard right out in the open, that little stinker was back bright and early this morning to fill it with sticks. And to add insult to injury, she stood proudly on the top of the box singing his victory song!! So there you have it, I’ve been completely outsmarted by a a little brown wren, and I don’t think I can ever forget the sound of his song.

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Tips for Wildlife Photography

It never occurred to me that my camera lens looked like a big predator eye until I met my falconer friend. While photographing his birds, he explained to me that when I point my camera at them, they feel the need to flee because the lens makes me look like a giant predator.

To calm his bird’s fear, he suggested I photograph them while they were eating in order to have them associate my camera lens with a reward. Much in the same way you would train a dog. The experience enlightened me and I began to change my thinking. I became more aware of where I aimed my lens, as well as my eye contact with animals when I photograph them.

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“North Wind” Red Tailed Hawk Painting

I’ve never used a blind until this year so I’ve always been out in the open. Birds which I photographed near bird feeders always accepted my presence after a short period of time. I began to notice that animals who share their environment with people also become accustomed to their presence. When I started photography I found it easy to photograph animals at local parks, zoos, or college campuses where there was a great deal of human activity on a daily basis.

After returning to the woods, I found the same thing to be true. If I spent enough time in one spot, the animals came to accept me as part of their environment. Even though I was not camouflaged, they overcame their fear of approaching me. Many animals are curious by nature, and often times I was surprised by how close they would come to me.

Wild Expedition
“Wild Expedition” Eastern Gray Squirrel

I never stalk animals. Whenever I try to follow them, they flee. Normally I choose a spot to sit and wait for them to come to me. Of course it’s helpful to sit quietly and blend in. The color of my clothing makes a difference, I don’t wear bright colors when I’m out in the woods. On the other hand, when I want to photograph hummingbirds, I wear red, or a colorful t-shirt which attracts them to me.

Shimmering Breeze Hummingbird
“Shimmering Breeze Hummingbird” Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Some animals such as deer will respond to my voice. I know they will run when they see me move. However, if I talk softly to them or make a noise, they will look toward me trying to figure out where the noise is coming from. In a few split seconds I have the opportunity to capture the important element of eye contact.

Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed
“Bright Eyed And Bushy Tailed” White Tailed Deer

Finally, be courteous with animals. I know this may sound silly but whenever an animal allows me to take their photograph, I thank them. Perhaps the fact that I’m relaxed when I talk to them makes me seem less threatening, I don’t know? I continue to do it because the practice always seems to provide good fortune for future interactions with wildlife.

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