Without Birds, The World Would Be Silent

August 28, 2015  •  1 Comment

With August coming to a close I thought I'd better get busy and share some more of my end of summer birds images.  Most of the time, I like to make my blogs meaningful and tell a story.  Sometimes, I just want you, the reader, to be able to sit back and enjoy the photos.  This time, I kept the text short and included a few appropriate quotes.  I hope you enjoy.

Male American Goldfinch pulling seeds from fading Bull Thistle.

American GoldfinchAmerican GoldfinchMale


“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself” – Unknown

Good words to live by.  This Purple Finch takes time from eating the fruits of various native trees to strike a pose for me.

Purple FinchPurple Finch


This curious male Hooded Warbler came out of the forest canopy to give me this pose.

Hooded WarblerHooded WarblerMale


I love this upside-down pose from the White-breasted Nuthatch as it explores the cavities in the bark for insects.

White-breasted NuthatchWhite-breasted Nuthatch


Here is a peculiar pose from a male American Goldfinch.

American GoldfinchAmerican GoldfinchMale


The Black and white Warbler is a very busy bird circling the tree limbs looking for insects.

Black-and-white WarblerBlack-and-white WarblerFemale


“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” ― Robert Lynd

I like the previous quote by Robert Lynd because, in the bird watching world, it is the truth.  Watching an undisturbed bird, like this female Yellow Warbler, is a quiet enjoyment that you have to experience to understand.

Yellow WarblerYellow WarblerFemale


A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  ― Chinese Proverb

In Late August, Indigo Buntings begin to travel south for the winter.  They will return to the same location next year.  I already miss them!

Indigo BuntingIndigo BuntingMale


Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.  ― Henry Van Dyke

I relate the previous quote to my photography.  If I only shared the best, these web pages would be very empty.  My goal is to share wildlife whether the image is top notch or not.

Male Dickcissel singing in the meadow.



God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.  ― J.G. Holland

Red-tailed Hawk stalking its prey.

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk


Beautiful colors of a Killdeer photographed during preening.



This time of year can be frustrating to someone identifying birds in the field.  All the young ones from spring and early summer are full grown but do not always possess the colors of the adult.  It's not the case with the juvenile Northern Mockingbird in the photograph below as its coloring is very much like an adult.

Northern MockingbirdNorthern MockingbirdJuvenile


It wasn't very long ago the Sandhill Crane was a once a year sighting with documentation showing western Pennsylvania had only one or two breeding pairs.  That seemed to have changed as more and more are being sighted.

Sandhill CraneSandhill Crane


Here is a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly enjoying the nectar of a Teasel flower.
Tiger SwallowtailTiger Swallowtail


I hope you enjoyed the images and text you just saw.  Check back soon as fall is a great time for wildlife photography.

Thanks for looking,



Willard Hill(non-registered)
Stunning Images, Dan.
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