Monthly Archives: June 2020


Here is an American Tree Sparrow: While the Tree Sparrow is quite visible in this shot, it is easy to see how well it is also camouflaged in this environment. American Tree Sparrows can be seen later in the spring when there is little snow on the ground, but perhaps this camouflage indicates that it […]

Tamron 55BB 500mm f/8 Mirror Lens Review

The Tamron 55BB Mirror lens was introduced in 1983! It’s a camera lens that is definitely not your typical birding lens, and not one I would even recommend. In fact, this post is just to prove that it is theoretically possible to capture good images with it. Given that it is not that expensive compared […]

8 Guidelines for ethical birding

If you love birds, you should want to protect them and prevent harm towards them. Therefore, I present eight tips to follow for ethical birding: Don’t use call playback! Especially during certain times, birds are hard at work building nests and defending territories. Call playback can make them waste valuable energy in defending against a […]

Ring-billed Gull

Here is a Ring-billed Gull I saw a few days ago (Larus delawarensis) enjoying the breeze. The Ring-billed Gull is probably the most common gull in Canada and in fact, Canada and the northern United States is its breeding range. They migrate as far down as Mexico in the winter.

What do birds do when it is hot?

American Robin was feeling too hot and so he opened his mouth, allowing more ventilation into his body. He would like to stay in the shade, but sometimes he realizes that there is more food in the sun. He seems okay. Song Sparrow likes to feed near shallow water. Insects like to come near the […]

House Sparrows and broods

Obviously, I am talking a lot about the House Sparrow. That’s because these days I sit and watch them out the window. In our last post, I told a little story of how our House Sparrow mates were building a nest to lay eggs. After I wrote that, I saw a juvenile: Beside that juvenile […]

The House Sparrows start a family

As you might be aware from reading earlier posts this month, I have been observing two House Sparrows outside my window throughout the day. Here is the female: And here is the male: Recently, they’ve been mating: Now, the male House Sparrow is collecting materials for a nest: He even has found some tissue paper […]

Nankeen Night Heron and Sparrows

Today, a male Cardinal came to visit. I feel he was the same as the one I posted yesterday. I can’t be sure. I didn’t get to photograph him this time. Of course, I took a few shots of the House Sparrow that I will show today. Since you might want to see something different […]