A gallery of birds seen on Wilhelm Farm in May of 2019.
There appeared to be a small tribe of Song Sparrows living in and around the Silvopasture area. They seemed to enjoy having their picture taken, as well.
Catbirds were one of my most frequently spotted birds in and around the edge of the woods.
Gorgeous small warblers, but shy. This little fellow popped out of the underbrush to see what I was up to.
Eastern Towhee (male)
The Towhees were very active the last few days I was at Wilhelm Farm. I caught this mating pair in a relatively open portion of the woods.
Eastern Towhee (female)
There appeared to be some sort of mating display going on, though I'm also told Towhees can be very territorial and might be displaying for that reason.
Another frequently spotted bird, mostly in and around the fields. A classic shot of a Robin with a worm.
Nearly impossible to photograph, hummingbirds, but I thought this was an interesting "action" shot.
"The early naturalists had a gift for description you just don’t see anymore. In 1929, Edward Forbush called the Chipping Sparrow “the little brown-capped pensioner of the dooryard and lawn, that comes about farmhouse doors to glean crumbs shaken from the tablecloth by thrifty housewives.” Cornell's Site.
A pair of Phoebes had made a nest in the farm stand near the driveway.
Eastern Phoebe nest
Apparently sometimes Phoebes also use old Barn Swallow nests, and vice versa.
Another frequent visitor to the barnyard and meadow edge were Bluebirds. Lovely to see them darting about and hear them singing.
Ever present around the house, this aptly named small bird is very vocal!
Another frequently spotted bird around the edge of the woods.
A rare moment to catch a hummingbird sitting still. Not a great angle for light, but I suspect this to be a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Another ongoing farm presence are hawks. Not much luck in getting photos, but I did catch some great video of a hawk perching atop a tree!
Black and White Warbler
Spotted this strikingly marked warbler several times, always fairly high up in the woods.
Vireo (Red-Eyed or Warbling)
I am told there are a lot of Vireos living in the woods, but I had a difficult time spotting them. In this case the distance and lighting makes it hard to be sure which variety of Vireo I did manage to capture in this photo.
It was surprisingly difficult to photograph the Jays. I remember them as brazen feeder visitors, but I think perhaps they were just passing through, as I only saw them the first week of my visit.
There are at least three (and possibly more) varities of Woodpecker that have been observed in the woods, but I didn't have much luck with photos. aside from this and a very lo-res snap of a Flicker. I did visually ID a Pileated Woodpecker.
The yellow belly colouring is more visible here.
One of a few dramaticly coloured birds I saw. Distance made this and the following shots less detailed than I would have liked.
A childhood favourite, hard not to be cheered up seeing a bright red Cardinal!!
A most exciting sighting, the blue did not photograph as brightly as it appeared to the naked eye.!
Another Warbler that tended to stay higher in the trees at the edge of the woods.
I heard these doves more than saw them, but finally caught with a pair deep in the woods.
Brown-headed Cowbirds (pair)
This pair of Cowbirds was dancing around between a few branches in this tree..
I believe this to be a Veery. I saw a few birds I IDed as Veery, but had difficulty getting a good photo.
Lo-res bird IDs
Clockwise from upper left: Northern Flicker, American Goldfinch, Scarlet Tanager (two views to confirm ID), another exciting sighting!
Another in a lovely series of Song Sparrow portraits.
The Song Sparrow seemed to enjoy posing.
Such a lovely setting for a portrait!
And now, please look into the light... very obliging!
A "what are you looking at" posture?
This shot makes it clear how a bright yellow patch on your head can actually work as camouflage.
There was always at least one Robin darting about in the grass near the house.
Eastern Bluebird (pair)
No laundry today, but a nice perch from which to forage.
My ongoing challenge was to catch a Bluebird on one of the posts or plough-wheel before I left the farm.
Bluebird pair (in flight)
Nice to see the colouring in the wings extended for flight.
Standing guard near the nest.
Eastern Towhee (male)
More Towhee activity
Eastern Towhee (female, most likely)
Two Towhees were playing hide and seek in this tree.
Another hoped for shot, a wren on a wheel.
House Wren (singing)
The little birds were very vocal!
The Catbirds seemed to be one of the most curious birds, remaining at safe distance, but tracking my movements and activities.
Another smaller bird that stayed up in the middle range branches throughout the edge of the woods.
Cornell's great bird site tells me, "these small flycatchers perch on dead branches in the mid-canopy and sally out after flying insects."
Once again perched in the mid-canopy.
This fellow is looking very full of worms, a goat nibbles grass in the background.
So enjoyed watching these little fellows darting in and around the buildings and garden.
House Wren on a house.
Self explanatory, and a good finale.
One by-product of my recent stay on Wilhelm Farm as an impromptu bird inventory. Since I was spending a lot of time walking the fields and woods to photograph and record various things, I tried to capture a few of the birds I was seeing and hearing. My birding skills are rudimentary, but even so it was obvious that the farm provides a very diverse habitat, and over my stay we were able to visually ID over 40 species. I feel certain that if someone with more experience had been there, particularly someone with skill identifying bird song, we would have IDed well over 50 varieties. These numbers compare very favourably with an Audubon Bird Habitat Assessment carried out in April of 2015 (where 43 IDs were confirmed), and is one indication that the ongoing development of the farm is having a positive impact on the eco-system. (Michael Bentley)