Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

This Brown Thrasher eating berries on top of a tree was photographed at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge using my Canon5D MarkIII camera with the Canon 100-400mm lens on a beautiful spring day at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

To hear the sounds of the Brown Thrasher, click on the arrow below.

House Finch

House Finch
This pretty House Finch on a branch was photographed at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens New York near the visitors Center. I used the Canon 5D Mark III with the 100-400mm lens to take this picture.

To hear the sounds of the House Finch click on the arrow below

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbirds fiercely defend their territories during the breeding season, spending more than a quarter of daylight hours in territory defense. He chases other males out of the territory and attacks nest predators, sometimes going after much larger animals, including horses and people.

To hear the sounds of the Red-winged Blackbird, click on the arrow below.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe
There were lots of Eastern Phoebes at Green-wood Cemetery this past Sunday. In 1804, the Eastern Phoebe became the first banded bird in North America. John James Audubon attached silvered thread to an Eastern Phoebe’s leg to track its return in successive years.

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Tree Swallows

Tree Swallows on Box

Tree Swallows on Nest Box

It is wonderful to have the Tree Swallows back inhabiting the air space and nest boxes at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. And as you can see, they are being their same chatty selves. Tree Swallows winter farther north than any other American swallows and return to their nesting grounds long before other swallows come back.

To hear the sounds of the Tree Swallow, click on the arrow below.