Birds, Blooms and Boundaries


Maui Gray Francolin looks like a chicken.

I was thinking about flying recently and all the images of birds I have posted. To keep reader interest, and as a birder, I offer up some interesting and colorful species on occasion. It dawned on me that birds are the most prolific frequent fliers, visiting the same places year after year, many traveling thousands of miles, some like last post coming from Alaska. They really have the ultimate freedom. Then I realized, so do we in this age of technology.


I also got to thinking that while I cross borders to see birds, they don’t have a clue they are going anywhere but where they intend. Borders are meaningless to birds.

The funny thing about birders, a bird primarily from a far away country shows up in our country somewhere, birders get on the hotline to tell each other where to find it.


Some hop planes to get to the locale. It just might be a lot more interesting seeing the bird in the country it is from. At least the scenery and experience would be different looking for expected birds in more colorful places.

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Chickens are common where one usually sees them on a farm, at a 4-H county fair or in a roasting pan. To see them running around airports, beaches and hardened lava flows is a bit out of the ordinary most places, but not in Hawaii. They roam all over. I guess anytime one wants poultry, just go out and grab a fresh one free for the snatching.


Wild Chickens

Long ago, birding really was an adventure where big name birders would trek for hundreds of days to find and photograph birds. Now birders have rare bird alerts telling them where to go and what to look for, all neatly located with GPS.

With all the photos we birders post, the mystery of birds really is no longer a mystery. Anything one wants to know is an internet click away. It is not like in the day when a new bird was found it was a big deal and momentous occasion.

Don’t tell the real birders that though, they get mighty excited with untiring devotion in the pursuit of their beloved birds.


Red-crested Cardinal like cardinals here, throwing a dirty look.

I know as much as I go birding, I will never be one of them except in name only. I don’t have the excessive passion most of them have.

I do like photographing birds, especially those not commonly seen at our local feeders.


Cattle Egret

I like seeing them in unexpected places too. The egret above should be looking for some cattle to trail, not tiptoeing through the Bougainvillea.

One thing about seeing birds in other places, it is far more interesting than seeing the sparrows dive bomb my feeders. And for a bird most have not seen… Hawaiian Stilts on my nature blog. There is something pretty special about these birds, real must see.

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22 Responses to Birds, Blooms and Boundaries

  1. swo8 says:

    Lovely pictures, Donna. It can’t be from near here ( or else it must be another season) because it’s going to be somewhere around -30′ tonight. Just think of those poor little birds in that cold.

  2. Well I for one so enjoy your bird shots because I know I’ll never be able to photograph some of these birds. I’ve never seen a red crested cardinal before, it’s beautiful.

    • Thanks Ida. I am glad to hear that. I was surprised to see that cardinal too since I did read of the Northern Cardinal imported to Hawaii. I photographed them too, but somehow, they lost their magic in that place. It was bettered by its cute little relative.

  3. Beautiful shots! The Red-crested Cardinal is so unusual in coloring.
    I also really liked your slide-show of photos. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Sue, I was wondering if any gardener would notice or mention the flowers and gardens in Hawaii. Not too different than other places I have been though. Even in the rainforest, I did not see much variety.

  4. Lovely birds, but I love that mountain!

  5. aussiebirder says:

    Again, Donna you have some beautiful shots, and more insight into Hawaiian birds. Love your red-crested cardinal. The Indian Myna birds are a major problem here in Australia, breeding in plague proportions, and driving out our native birds from our towns.

    • Thank you very much. Not surprised to hear the Mynah is a problem. I found them a real pain in the neck. They fight, squawk and seem a bit destructive. And they were everywhere! I can see how native birds would be affected too.

  6. rose says:

    The red-crested cardinal is a beautiful bird! I’m not a birder, but I do enjoy watching all the birds that visit our yard. I’m looking forward to participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend, but I’m hoping all the sparrows and starlings leave the feeders alone so other birds will visit.

    • There are many sparrows and starlings here too. The Cardinals come after the sparrows get their fill before dusk or before the sparrows come in the morning. I don’t mind them but they bring too many of their friends. The starlings fight amongst themselves which seems to keep their numbers under control.

  7. Lovely photos. I am seeing birds I never knew about.

  8. Wonderful pictures. I love the idea of wild chickens running amok through town and country. I am not really a birder, but I love to watch birds at the feeders, in the garden and in the surrounding trees. And I appreciate reading other people’s birding adventures.

    • I like chickens too and when they devour slugs I could give them a big hug. Birds are pretty busy at the feeders. We have many feet of snow. Piled out front it is about ten feet high. UPS would not come down our street there is so much snow. Still snowing too.

  9. Linda says:

    Your photos are gorgeous and captivating! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, and warm greetings from a very cold Montreal, Canada. 🙂

  10. I love this Donna….’Borders are meaningless to birds’…so true!

  11. Indeed, borders are meaningless to birds [and many animals too]. Your Bougainvillea shots reminded me of summer… and we still have a long way to go [brrrrrrrrrrr]!

  12. Still recovering from the flu one month in and very behind on blogging. Sounds like in Hawaii that have the true free range chickens.

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