Friday, August 28, 2009

Eastern Kingbird

I really like the Eastern Kingbird. They have lovely markings and are enjoyable (and easy) to watch because they remain in the same general area for awhile. They perch and watch. Fly off for a bug and then return to the same (or nearly the same) perch.

While they usually strike a rather stately pose, as the last photo shows, they are quite capable of an occasional goofy look.

Friday, August 21, 2009


This happy little bird, a Dickcissel, was singing away on Northerly Island in downtown Chicago. He's got great coloring - I think it looks like he's wearing a snazzy suit with a black ascot. It's actually not hard to catch him in mid-song since he opens his beak so widely to sing out (which he does often).