18 May

The palm warblers are still here!  I know they are only in Iowa during their migration, but I’m enjoying them.



I’m also enjoying watching the robin with her nest just inside the barnyard gate.


I’m not sure she’s quite as happy when I’m around, but she’s not too scolding.

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I am sorry to say that the gosling is gone.  They were taking good care of it, but it just disappeared.  I assume a hawk got it.  It’s hard to be a little bird, which is why they hatch so many.  I had a pair of Canada geese in the pasture.

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The orioles are back.



I’m not sure what this one is.  Any guesses? [Edit:  I’m going with Eastern Phoebe after help from my blogging friends]


The barn swallows are all over now.

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There was also a little wren.


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Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Good Fences.


26 Responses to “Birds”

  1. Jeanne May 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

    I enjoyed your bird pictures! I’m like you – I have no clue as to what your unknown one is. I hope someone elf else will know. I’m sorry about the little gosling. I’ve always enjoyed swallows, the way they swoop around is fascinating.

    • Teresa May 18, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

      It is so hard for the little goslings to make it to adulthood. They are such fragile babies. The swallows are always fun to watch!

  2. pattisj May 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    Possibly an Eastern Wood-Peewee? Or other Flycatcher, possibly. Looks like the robin’s nest is full. I watched one buzz my hubby’s head when he stepped out of the shed one day. Sorry to hear about the gosling. It is hard being a young bird, so many predators.

    • Teresa May 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

      That really does look like the Eastern Wood-Peewee. Thanks! I’m surprised how mellow these robins have been since I go through that gate multiple times each day.

      • pattisj May 19, 2016 at 12:52 am #

        I guess they know you aren’t going to bother them.

  3. Donkey Driver May 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    Eastern Kingbird?

    • Teresa May 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

      That’s what I thought at first, but it has more of a yellow on it’s breast. Not sure.

      • Donkey Driver May 20, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

        Maybe it’s western kingbird then. They have more yellow.

  4. Margaret Birding For Pleasure May 19, 2016 at 1:50 am #

    That bird that needs a ID is a Flycatccher. as I cannot see what wong bars it has makes it difficult to be sure but probably is as Pattis says a Eastern Wood Peewee (2 distinct WB’s) If you see it again you should look for that. if WB’s nt distinct then it could be Eastern Phoebe. The Eastern Kingbird has a distinctive whote tip to the end of its tail. hope that helps when you hopefully see it again.

    • Teresa May 19, 2016 at 8:47 am #

      Thanks, Margaret! I do believe it is the Eastern Phoebe after looking them both up and comparing.

  5. Eileen Wise May 19, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    Hello, wonderful variety of birds. I love the Oriole, cute shots of the Robin on the nest. Like Margaret above, i was thinking your unknown was a Phoebe. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

    • Teresa May 19, 2016 at 8:48 am #

      Thanks, Margaret! I’ve really enjoyed watching the robin family. I’ll have to see if I can get some more photos as the little ones grow. I do believe you are correct about it being an Eastern Phoebe.

  6. Pondside May 19, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    I’m not a birder, so am no help with identification – but I enjoyed your photos. There is nothing quite like the return of the birds in springtime.

    • Teresa May 19, 2016 at 8:48 am #

      It is wonderful to walk in pasture and hear all the song birds!

  7. Gayle May 19, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    Love them one and all. My first thought was fly catcher. Only because the RG pointed one out just recently. Otherwise I’m still a novice.

    • Teresa May 19, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      The phoebe is a type of flycatcher (not that I knew that before help from blogging buddies). I just go, “Oh. Bird. Pretty.”

  8. artmusedog May 19, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    Creative shots of our feathered friends and neat fence ~

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

    • Teresa May 19, 2016 at 10:21 am #

      Thanks, Carol. You too! I do like barbed-wired fences.

  9. Sherry in Texas May 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    Oh what sweet baby birds. All these shots are great. I linked at Good Fences too.
    Come over and visit!

  10. TexWisGirl May 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    yay! someone id’d palm warbler!

    • Teresa May 19, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

      I had several people help me. I really do appreciate all the great bloggers who can help with those identifications.

  11. Ida P. Krause May 19, 2016 at 11:32 pm #

    What a wonderful variety of birds. The Barn Swallows have cool tails. – Sad about the Gosling.

    • Teresa May 23, 2016 at 8:06 am #

      It’s a harsh world if you’re a little bird. 😦

  12. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© May 20, 2016 at 9:51 am #

    Fine collection of feathery friends, Teresa!

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