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Cool and Shy In the Shade

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This male Northern Cardinal was flying between the shrubbery and the thickly leafed Magnolia Tree where I took its picture.  The little Black-capped Chickadee was trying to find a tasty bite up in the Live Oak in my front yard.  My front yard is very shady as I have two large Oaks and a medium-sized Magnolia.  On that humid cloudy day the birds were hiding in deep shady leaves.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  I took these pictures on August 6, 2014 in my yard and also across the street near a rainfall retention basin.  Enjoy!

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Cute Carolina Chickadee

The little Carolina Chickadees were here in both yards yesterday.  The little grey, black and white birds are insect eaters but also enjoy tasty bird seed when it is available.  The small birds like the new bird feeders I have.  They can easily balance on the springy perches and plates that are especially designed to deter squirrels.  The Carolina Chickadee is slightly larger than its cousin the Black-capped Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee has a slightly larger black bib on its chest.  Otherwise, both types of Chickadee are pretty similar (with just a few other differences between them).  There have been a lot of insects that just hatched here which is why the birds have been enjoying a great bounty in the Rhododendron shrubs and the Oaks, Hickories, and Dogwoods in my backyard.  The photographs showing little Chickadee in the bush, shows that bird  perched on one of  several Rhododendrons in my backyard.  We have been having a lot of boats and swimmers on the lake during the last few days so I was especially happy that all the noise did not chase the birds away.  I was quite pleased to see these little cuties in my yards.  I took the pictures yesterday from my deck.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Goldfinches

It has been a long time since I have had Goldfinches in my yard.  Recently I have spotted a small flock of Goldfinches about a quarter mile away in a mostly forested area of the neighborhood.  These two finches were visiting my front and back yards yesterday.   I put up a new bird feeder two days ago and I guess it has attracted the beautiful yellow and black little birds.  These Goldfinches eat seeds and small fruits.  They are about the size of a sparrow but fairly slender birds.  They came to the feeder with the Tufted Titmice and the Black Capped Chickadees.  I also spotted one Goldfinch eating the seeds of a weed in my backyard.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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