Wishing you and yours a happy weekend, and happy Passover or Easter! I took these pictures of the colorful birds at various times during the last several months here in my area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are a few photographs of songbirds that have visited my yards in the past week. I so enjoy seeing birds here that have been away for a few months or weeks. I saw a pair of House Finches, an American Robin, several Eastern Bluebirds, an Eastern Blue Jay, and a White-breasted Nuthatch. These birds are those that are quite lovely. That House Finch is now in its breeding plumage. I did not see the female House Finch around but she looks much like the male but a lot more muted in color. That is the case too, with the bluebirds. I took all of these pictures in my yard in the last several days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture, Enjoy!
I just love the different brightly colored birds! We have recently had yellow and black Goldfinches come to the feeders. We also have had a few House Finches here. Down the street I often can find many Eastern Bluebirds and a few Northern Cardinals. Occasionally we have a Red-bellied Woodpecker here. Sometimes, we even have several Woodpeckers at once. I recently took these pictures in my yards or just when walking along down the street here. By the way, most of these very brightly colored birds are the males. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Birds flying from tree to tree or along the lake’s surface are exciting to watch. All that action usually happens very quickly in a swoop or with high energy on a distance flight. I enjoy catching birds in flight with my camera. It is a matter of just observing well, and having a little luck. The hardest to photograph are the ducks, hands down. I usually come up with just a blurry picture when trying to get snapshots of the Mallards or the Wood Ducks here, but I got lucky with this photo of the Mallard Duck hen. She was just taking off from under my bird feeder area so she was “Slow and low”. The Canada Geese are pretty easy to photograph while in the air because of their size, their usually low to the water flying, and their slower speed of flight. With the small song birds, it is mostly a lot of being in the right place at the right time and a whole lot of luck. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger image. Enjoy!
Today I will tell the rest of the story about the American Robins here on my street. These are another group of Robins from those I spoke of in Part 1 of the Robin Stories. I was out on another walk with my camera recently and spotted an American Robin on a neighbor’s lawn hunting for worms. The Robin was lucky and got its worm. I continued taking pictures and found to my amazement, that in the shadow, there was a fledgling Robin who was waiting for its worm dinner! Daddy was teaching the youngster how to hunt for worms and other insects. I know it’s hard to see, but in the last two photo’s, the Daddy is going toward the younger bird and bends to feed the youngster. The American Robin seems to be a great parent to its young! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
In this first of two parts, I will tell a story of the Robins. Today’s story is about the nest. While out on a walk with my trusty camera recently, I heard and saw several American Robins. I saw one of the Robins fly up to a crotch in the limbs of a huge nearby tree and settle in a nest. I did get a picture of that Robin’s head just above the rim of the nest. I was able to identify the bird because of having seen that tell-tale white circle around its eye.
I have included other photographs of other American Robins. One may be a mate to that one who was sitting on the nest but I am not certain about it. American Robins are lovely medium-sized brown and burnt orange colored birds. They hunt for worms and other insects on the ground. We seem to have a lot of these birds in my area now. Please click on the thumbnail photo to see the large version of that picture. Enjoy!