Highland Park Backyard Birds

It’s the time of year when people post cumulative posts. You know, usually the ones that say Favorites of 2014 or Best Posts of the Last Year or that sort of thing. I decided to post Highland Park backyard birds that I have seen since I started bird watching. Let’s see – I first bought a bird feeder in February 2010; I did find some of my bird photos from 2009. The birds below are listed in alphabetical order – enjoy.

Blue Jay

blue jay on deck
Blue jays visit every now and then. When they do come, they are sure to make noise and hog the bird feeder.


Cardinal: backyard bird in Highland Park, New Jersey
I took this photo about two weeks ago – cardinals love to visit my backyard when I fill my feeder with black oil sunflower seeds. I see the red in my backyard, and it warms my heart.

Cardinal – Female

Female Cardinal Highland Park New Jersey backyard bird
Mrs. Cardinal is usually nearby when I spot Mr. Cardinal (above) first. She indeed was there at the same time as the photo taken above.


catbird on tomato plant holder
I seem to get catbird visitors in summer months. Pleasant birds: I enjoy the “singing.”


black capped chickadee goes into bird feeder
I don’t often see a chickadee – the one above is from February 2012. But they are handsome birds – so I love seeing one!

Downy Woodpecker

downy woodpecker
I am more likely to hear a woodpecker than see one. The one above was sighted in February 2014.


house finch
This rare beauty (rare for my backyard) was sighted in December 2013. Maybe if I am more diligent this winter with my camera and my feeder, I will find more.


bird on echinacea
If you look very carefully, I believe that’s a goldfinch hidden in my echinacea. I saw a few goldfinch this past summer on other echinacea in my neighborhood. I suppose it’s the seeds they are after.


grackle on roof
I only had the chance to photograph grackle once my backyard. Turns out I had also photographed a grackle way back in 2008 while visiting Ein Gedi in Israel.

Mourning Dove

brown dove
Mourning doves are birds I see a few times a year in my backyard.


robin on wire close up
When I looked up “robin” in my photo collection, I had quite a few choices. We do have robins as fairly frequent visitors in our area.


Sparrows three backyard birds in a tree in Highland Park, New Jersey backyard
Sparrows are by far the most common bird in my backyard. I believe most of the ones that I see are house sparrows. I should study the different types of sparrows so I can appreciate them a little more. These three beauties were hanging out together in my backyard tree last week.


starlings in a tree
The few times I’ve seen starlings it’s been in a swarm like the one above. I still remember Michelle calling them “snarling starlings.”

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse in Highland Park New Jersey
I saw this tufted titmouse in my backyard last week. Tufted titmice aren’t frequent visitors, but when I do see them, they seem to pose and look at the camera. I find them quite cute.

Turkey Vulture

turkey vulture flying over Highland Park, New Jersey backyard
What fun, a swooping wide-winged bird in one’s own backyard. Here is the turkey vulture that visited this past October.

If you want to see a full list of Highland Park birds, and not just the ones I’ve seen and not just Highland Park backyard birds go to Highland Park, New Jersey: Bird Sightings. We have been putting those online since 2001.

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Nature Notes: Catbirds + Gardens

flower garden in June
My flowers-instead-of-grass front lawn meadow is doing nicely. I believe the last time my husband mowed the front lawn was two years ago? Three?

berry - lone raspberry
In our backyard, the raspberries are beginning to appear. This makes our yard even more inviting for the birds.

catbird on tomato plant holder
About two weeks ago the catbirds showed up again in our backyard. They seem to love resting on my tomato plant holders.

Do catbirds like hydrangea? I like this white flowering shrub, even if they don’t notice.

catbird up close
Unlike other birds, such as the cardinals in the winter, the catbirds don’t seem to mind when I get up close with my camera.

catbird taking off
I think this catbird is about to take off. They make such endearing sounds, like a meowing kitten.

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Nature Notes: Catbirds Return

gray catbird
My daughter and I were on the porch yesterday, and we heard a cat cry. No, maybe it was a baby. No, it was two birds, meowing at each other. Now I know why these are called gray catbirds. Here is my gray catbird photo from last summer.

gray catbird in a tree

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Ruby Tuesday: Three Reds

An assortment of reds I present to you today:

Gray Catbird on seedling boxes with red carnation blur
Gray Catbird on seedling boxes with red carnation blur

Many gray catbirds have been spotted in our neighborhood, and this one posed for me on my neighbor’s lawn.

A friendly clown from the 2009 Salute to Israel Day Parade
A friendly clown from the 2009 Salute to Israel Day Parade

I figured I better show you this clown before I forget all about the photo. I enjoyed seeing him up close, talking to the kids. In the background is the Salute to Israel Parade down Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Vampire from the Brave Little Tailor, show at Middlesex County College Theater Camp
Vampire from the Brave Little Tailor, show at Middlesex County College Theater Camp

The main vampire, a seventh grader, was excellent in the show The Brave Little Tailor, a presentation by the Middlesex County College Theater Camp in Edison, New Jersey. My daughter was a castle kid, and she did a great job of jumping into her friend’s arms when the vampire threatened everyone on stage.

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