Bella Vista Creek

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You might notice some recent changes to the blog. For one, the banner image above has changed from Mustang Island on the Gulf coast to a picture of a local birding spot near my house. Likewise, I plan to focus many of the upcoming posts on birding that area. On the right hand side of the page you will also see the addition of a new gadget that lists what birds have been seen in that area in the last 30 days. Further below, there is a link to ebird for more historic information about the birds seen at Bella Vista Creek. Feel free and contact me on the blog about what you think. Click on images to enlarge. (All photos by gbmcclure)

Jun 2, 2013


About this time of year fledgling birds are noisily following around their parents asking for food. They are pretty recognizable not only from the noises they make but also by behavior. You will often see them rapidly flapping their little stubby wings, appearing to be throwing a toddler like bird fit (the baby stage is the constant crying for food when sitting in their nest). The other day I happened to be under a tree as a foraging group of these birds came through above me. I was surprised to see more than the usual chickadees, titmice and cardinals. A young Red-Bellied Woodpecker was even taking part in the action! Along with the other birds also expressing themselves verbally in their usual ways, it created quite a concert. Feeding Time For Fledglings at Bella Vista Creek by Gideon McClure Earlier that morning I was also able to capture a usually quiet Summer Tanager vocalizing from the treetops. Summer Tanager at Bella Vista Creek by Gideon McClure Though the highlights of Spring migration are behind us, each part of the birding year is filled with some purpose.