Archive for the 'Birds' Category

Jul 17 2017

Hummingbirds

Published by under Birds,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

This picture was taken through my kitchen window. The late afternoon sun highlights the birds against shadows in the background. The photo features a female Black-chinned hummingbird posing for the camera with a smaller female Calliope hummingbird next to her.

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May 14 2017

Birds and Windows

Published by under Birds,Bluebird,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

This photo shows a Western Bluebird male flying against my front room window. I presume he is attacking his reflected image in the window. He and his mate are in the process of setting up house keeping in one of the nest boxes in the yard. It is common for birds to defend their territory from intruders.

The day before this incident occurred I came home from an outing, unlocked the door and entered the house. To my dismay I found a female Western Bluebird fluttering against this very same window attempting to find her way out. I opened an outside door and persuaded this little lady to use that as an exit. I have yet to discover how this bird found entrance into my home. She is now carrying on her normal duties of building her nest in a nest box.

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Apr 17 2017

Birdbath

After a feast of seeds at the feeders a sip of water is welcome.

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Apr 02 2017

Fore and Aft

Published by under Birds,Miscellaneous,Wildlife

Yesterday a flock of nine wild turkeys came to my yard. This was the first turkey sighting this year. I wonder where they spent the Winter?

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Jan 14 2017

Snow Birds

Published by under Birds,Snow,Wildlife

Dark-eyed Junco

A short time ago I was wondering where all the little birdies were. I was counting only four to ten juncos at any one setting. Then came sub-zero temperatures and two and a half feet of snow. As if by magic the population grew to more than one hundred. I now have a yard full of birds.

 

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

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Dec 28 2016

My Back Yard

Published by under Birds,Frost,Snow,Wildlife

My Back Yard

It looks like Winter is upon us. This is what my yard looked like just before Christmas. The snow and cool weather increased the number of Juncos coming to the feeder. I throw a few seeds out onto the snow. It seems like the Juncos prefer foraging for food out in the open rather than on the ground under the shed. They don’t seem to mind falling snow and single digit temperature. I wonder how their little bodies keep warm in these extremes?

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Oct 14 2016

Wild Turkey Family

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

wild-turkey-family

My thoughts keep turning back to Spring. Here is a photo of a proud alert mother turkey. Every Spring one or two families come to my yard to feed on the birdseed spilled from bird feeders.

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Jul 12 2016

Bird Watching

Published by under Birds,Flowers,People,Scenery,Wildlife

Audubon Field Trip to Sagehen Reservoir

For many years I have led a fieldtrip to Sage Hen Reservoir. We are usually treated to bluebirds nesting in nest boxes along the way.This photo shows part of our group checking out the birdlife on the water. Someone detected a Common Loon out there among the other water fowl. Besides birding we stop to observe the abundance of wild flowers. In the early Spring just after the roads are cleared of snow we see many species of flowers seldom seen on our other field trips. Most participants look forward to this trip each year.

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Mar 14 2016

Wild Turkey

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

Wild Turkey (3)

This Wild Turkey tom showed up a few days ago after being absent since last fall. Five hens returned with him. A crippled hen has been present most of the winter and more recently another hen joined her. The turkeys feed on the wild bird seed I throw out for song birds. Each turkey will consume as much feed as several song birds. Wow! I’ll be making more frequent trips to the feed store.

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Feb 08 2016

California Quail

Published by under Birds,Wildlife

California Quail (3)

I had the pleasure of birdwatching at my doorstep a few days ago. You can’t get much closer than this.

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