It’s time for the 5th annual bird photo highlights, 2019 edition!

Here’s bird highlights from 2015 , 2016 , 2017 and 2018 if you’d like to take a look.

One of my favorite pictures from last year- a male Red-Breasted Merganser close-up.

And since I started with a waterfowl closeup, here’s another- a Horned Grebe, seen during migration time.

These waterfowl closeups don’t happen very often to me, so I try to remember to post them for you to see 🙂

And my final waterfowl closeup favorite, a female Hooded Merganser.  She was close by me on Big Darby Creek when I got pictures of her swimming upstream in Prairie Oaks Metro park last early spring.  Great lighting!

Some new species from last year:

Two Cormorants at the Darby Wetlands- the one on the right is the common Double-Breasted Cormorant, but the one on the left is a Neotropic Cormorant.  Two of the latter rare-for-Ohio species were spotted there, which is turning out to be a good attractor of unusual birds.

This is a Pomarine Jaeger, spotted up north at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, quite rare for Ohio.

This male Rufous Hummingbird was seen near Millersburg Ohio.  The homeowners were very gracious in inviting birders onto their property to see this gem of a bird.  I really ought to do a post about this experience some day!

This Black-Bellied Whistling Duck spent a day next to the Hoover Reservoir Dam, making it very easy for me to find this life-list species.  Birders got as close as 40-50 feet away, getting good pictures of the dozing bird.


And now, some Warblers.

This Kentucky Warbler is more often heard and not seen, but I got a great picture of it nonetheless at Battelle-Darby Metro Park.  An absolutely beautiful bird!

This male Common Yellowthroat, an abundant Warbler species in Ohio fields, had a beakful of food for its young.  It managed to scold me with its full mouth, telling me to get moving, it had a family to feed!

This Yellow Warbler looked brilliant with the sunlight reflecting off of its feathers.

This young Northern Parula Warbler peered at me and my buddy out at Slate Run Metro Park one July morning.

This Yellow-Rumped Warbler peered curiously at me at Delaware State Park.

Last but not least, this Nashville Warbler stretched peering underneath a leaf for food out at Little Darby Preserve last autumn.

I rather like this image of a Double-Breasted Cormorant I took- its green eye and shimmering black feathers are rather impressive.

This Osprey (also known as the Fish Hawk) was photographed in soaring flight.

This Turkey Vulture is usually seen soaring high above, but out at Alum Creek State Park they can often be found perched near the beach waiting for some thermals.

This Ring-Billed Gull- central Ohio’s most common seagull- was near where the Turkey Vulture perched.

Here are three of the seven Woodpeckers living in Ohio- a Red-Headed, a Flicker, and a Downy.

This American Robin was nesting in an American Sycamore Tree.

This Field Sparrow waited patiently for me to walk by so it could feed its young.  They often make light chipping sounds.

This White-Throated Sparrow was migrating through the area last autumn.

A Song Sparrow, a common year-round resident.

This is an American Tree Sparrow, who hangs out in Ohio during the winter.

This White-Breasted Nuthatch posed nicely for me upon the grounds of the Rutherford B. Hayes house and museum in Fremont.

This Eastern Phoebe perched right next to me on a branch after catching a flying insect.

Deep in a forest, this Wood Thrush sang last spring.

This White-Eyed Vireo peeked out of the foliage to see me.

I never get tired of taking pictures of Red-Winged Blackbirds.

A Cedar Waxwing

A Gray Catbird

It’s difficult enough to get a picture of Yellow-Billed Cuckoos…here are two mating, which I’d never seen before.  The male had given the female an insect to eat to strengthen their bonding.

These were some of my better bird photos from last year.  Thanks for stopping by!