Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Posts tagged ‘Bird Pictures’
European Starlings have been here off and on all year. I am fortunate in that their numbers in my yards vary from just a few dozen to about two hundred. They never seem bothersome at all. They graze in the grass, and usually perch on in the Oaks. Once in a while, I will see the European Starlings perch on the electric lines. These birds eat just about any grains, and fruits. They also like grubs and earthworms. I took these pictures of the beautiful iridescent black-blue and brown birds in my yard. The Starlings were out with all the American Robins in my pasture the other day. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Buzzards or Vultures along with Common Crows are natures “Clean-up Crew”. That is a fact of life that is occasionally played-out here in the wide-open spaces where cattle pastures meet ponds and lakes. I don’t know what the birds had found but certainly like all of us, they have to eat too. The Crows come in small groups of four or five with one or two staying up in the trees while the others eat in the grass. The Turkey Vulture showed up yesterday and just flew a circle above the cow pasture and then flew up into the clouds and away. I took the picture of the Crows on Jan. 1, 2013 from my porch and the picture of the Vulture on Jan. 6, 2013. Additionally, I took several pictures of the Crows on Jan. 16, 2013 through my living room window. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.
This Red-bellied Woodpecker lives in one of the pond-side Oaks here. It’s home is inside the trunk of that tree. I have included a photo of the woodpecker’s hole. These chatty woodpeckers peck and drill a hole in the tree trunk to build themselves a home. The woodpeckers have a sharp strong bill so the incessant drilling does not seem to adversely affect the bird at all. The woodpeckers find that the hollowed out cavity of the Oak makes a cozy and warm home. This bird is a loud one. It’s call is a “chuff-chuff” that is repeated three or four times. This particular bird often comes to the bird feeder that is just at my front porch. As regular readers here know, I am wild about woodpeckers. We only have the Red-bellied Woodpecker here now. That Downy Woodpecker that was here a month ago, left for other places. I took these pictures in my yard yesterday. Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger picture in the gallery. Enjoy!
There are several pairs of Eastern Bluebirds that live here all year-long. Yesterday was a very dreary cold rainy day. I was cheered to see the Bluebirds out and about hunting for bugs in the grass and also just perched in one of the pond-side Oaks. The Eastern Bluebirds are lovely! These birds are bright blue on their backs, and light orange and buff on their undersides. They are intelligent and pleasant, if shy of people. I took these pictures from my covered porch. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture in the gallery. As always, enjoy!
There have been a few male House Finches here that are just exceptionally handsome in their Salmon-red colored breeding season feathers. Soon the red will become much duller but for now, wow, are these boys handsome! The females are similar without the red over-tones. These finches have been enjoying their bird seed treats of Millet quite a lot. They also enjoy Niger or Nyger Thistle seeds which I do not have in my feeder. I took these pictures in my yard yesterday afternoon (Nov. 10, 2012). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
The Northern Mockingbird has been a great mimic of Red-headed Woodpecker here. I have been fooled a few times thinking I was hearing a Red-headed Woodpecker or a Red-bellied Woodpecker or even a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker! Now I know why. Oh the Woodpecker and the Mockingbird should be friends (to paraphrase and borrow from the great musical play, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein). Ha!
I was out with the camera on Sunday, August 5, 2012 and saw this juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker up on the dead top of one of the Oak Trees next to the pond here. There also was a Northern Mockingbird up near the Woodpecker. Both seemed busy working on finding insects in the tree. I think that the youngster just was inexperienced and did not mind the presence of that Mockingbird. My guess anyway. Note that the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker actually has a dark brown head. They do not get that scarlet red color until adulthood. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!