Sunday, December 31, 2017

Snow and Ross's Geese

The Snow Goose is a white-bodied goose with black wingtips. The bill has a dark line along it, often called a "grinning patch". You may also see dark morph Snow Geese, or "Blue Geese,"
A tiny white goose with black wingtips, the Ross's Goose is like a miniature version of the more abundant Snow Goose.
Ross's Goose (Richlands)

Ross's Goose (Falls Mills)

Ross's Goose with Canadian Goose (Falls Mills)

Snow Geese (White, Blue and juvenile Blue) (Bristol)

Snow Goose (juvenile White) (Bristol)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 2017

Sun Eclipse Shadows (August 21, 2017)

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

Broad-winged Hawk

Green Heron

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (black female)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Solitary Sandpipers

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 2017

Red-headed Woodpecker

Scarlet Tanager

Indigo Bunting


Indigo Bunting

Sunday, July 2, 2017

June 2017

June has been a good month for birding in Burkes Garden.

Canadian Geese at MBC Pond

Strawberry Moon at Gose Mill Pond

Red-tailed Hawk at Davis Gap

Turkey Vulture at Davis Gap

Veery at Davis Gap

Green Heron

Cotton-Tailed Rabbit

Great Blue Heron

Northern Cardinal feeding young

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Cove birds

The Cove is located in the southwest corner of Tazewell County. Spring migration produce several species. The Cove is also the breeding ground of a number of birds.


Indigo Buntings

Eastern Meadowlark

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Burkes Garden has two ponds that attract shorebirds as the fly north to their breeding grounds.
Gose Mill Pond (as you enter the valley) and Moore Pond on Litz Lane. Short-billed Dowitchers were seen on May 15, 2017 at the Moore Pond (aka MBC Ranch Pond).
Greater Yellowlegs

Short-billed Dowitchers

Short-billed Dowitchers

Monday, May 15, 2017

Spring Birds (2017)

Gray Catbird

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

Rufous-sided Towhee

American Robin

White-crowned Sparrow

Yellow-breasted Chat

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Barn Owl

Ghostly pale and strictly nocturnal, Barn Owls are silent predators of the night world. Lanky, with a whitish face, chest, and belly, and buffy upperparts, this owl roosts in hidden, quiet places during the day.
The Barn Owl has excellent low-light vision, and can easily find prey at night by sight. But its ability to locate prey by sound alone is the best of any animal that has ever been tested. It can catch mice in complete darkness in the lab, or hidden by vegetation or snow out in the real world.
"Over a year of seaching by a resident of Burkes Garden resulted in finding the elusive bird. I was able see and photograph it."

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ross's Goose

A tiny white goose with black wingtips, the Ross's Goose is like a miniature version of the more abundant Snow Goose.
"The Ross's Goose was located at Falls Mills Lake. This is the first recorded sighting at this location and Tazewell County."