Motionless Monday – Guess the Gray Bird #1

Hey there!

Sorry for skipping your mystery yesterday, but as Nutmeg noted on Saturday, I have a mini quiz lined up for this week. It focuses on…

 

bird wildlife statue on birdbath

Birds! Specifically, little gray birds, which can be downright confusing. Here in eastern North America we have a lot of them, so I’ll be posting a series of gray–or grey, if you prefer–birds. See if you recognize the species, then scroll below for an identification.

Can’t wait to get started, so here’s your first bird!

Northern Mockingbird

This fellow is pretty common.

It’s a Northern Mockingbird.

Thirsty Thursday

Walk around a pond and you’re sure to see dragonflies. Have you folks ever noticed some of them eat the smaller damselflies? Dragonflies are predators! Reminds this old squirrel of a miniature hawk.

DSCN2441This here is a favorite of mine, the Eastern Pondhawk–see, Ol’ Wally isn’t the only one thinking hawk! The male is easy to identify if you look for the blue abdomen and green face.

Eastern Pondhawk male

 

Eastern Pondhawk male

I’m sure you’ll be watching over your shoulder on your next pond stroll!