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Yard Birds

Here are some pictures of some of the songbirds that regularly show up here in the yards.  I often see Tufted Titmice, Brown-headed Cow Birds, Northern Cardinals, House Finches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Common Crows.  I took these pictures in my yard on various days in the last several days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Crows

These Common Crows have been around the fields here quite often recently.  They sometimes fly in smaller groups of three or four.  The big cattle pasture across the pond is a favorite spot for the Crows.  Sometimes, the birds have the company of the Canada Geese.  The Crows have been very noisy lately.  I think that there have been at least a couple of hawks or other birds of prey around.  Crows are quite territorial at times and will sometimes harass other larger birds by taking turns among the flock.  I took these pictures in my yard on several different days in the last week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Angry Crows and Two Hawks

I was out looking at a beautiful sunrise yesterday when I heard several Common Crows and also two Hawks.  These birds were in the cow pasture way across the pond from my little farm here.  I have no ability to access that pasture as it belongs to the neighbor’s farm.  The crows were swooping and making a lot of loud noise trying to shoo the hawks away.  I think one of the hawks (I don’t know which species of hawk they were as it was too far away to accurately see well) was perhaps injured or sick.  One hawk was flying a bit and was vocalizing a lot.  The cry that the hawks made was to me from a distance, a lot like a loud cat screeching.  Obviously the battle was on!  I think eventually the crows got tired of insulting the much larger and powerful hawks and gave up.  The crows flew off and a moment or two later, so did both hawks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

Crows on a Cold Day

The weather was very cold here  (24 degrees F. during the day and about 14 degrees at night) two days ago when I snapped these pictures of a small flock of Common Crows that were hunting for worms and insects or acorns to eat.  The sun was shining brightly but it was windy so there were few other birds around.  This was the same day when I took the pictures of the Hooded Mergansers on the pond.  Common Crows eat just about anything they can find.  There are still a few acorns on the ground under the Oaks and there are huge swaths of grass for the birds to hunt insects in.  These crows are likely fairly young as the whole group were pretty small-sized birds.  The crows stayed a few minutes and then flew off to other neighboring yards and pastures.  Happily, the weather is beginning to warm up a little here.  The pond froze-over on Tuesday night but is thawing a bit now.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Crows in the Snow

I took these pictures of these Common Crows from my windows and my porch on a very snowy morning on December 7, 2011.  The crows were here in a group of five.  These beautiful black birds were busy browsing for worms and other insects in the grass.  The crows are often here and live in nearby woods.  The birds are quite interesting and handsome.  The morning started out a rainy one.

When the snow started falling at about 9:00 AM, the temperature was falling and held at just above freezing.  Because the ground had been rather warm, the snow did not stick at first.  By noon, the snow had accumulated to about an inch in many places on the grassy areas.  The trees looked quite lovely with a beautiful dusting of white.  A nice early December view!  I have included a snowy view from my home looking toward the wooded gulch and street.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  Happily, the snow has melted (except shady spots) and the skies are blue with white puff-ball clouds – Wildlifewatcher

A Crow on the Fence

I know that Crows are considered by some as pests, and yes, sadly when they gobble up precious farm crops, they can be pests.  So far, the Crow here at my new place, has just sat and posed for the camera.   Common Crows eat just about anything that they may find.  In addition to eating grains, nuts and fruits, they are members of one of nature’s clean-up squads in the same vein as are Vultures.   I shot this picture fittingly on Halloween morning.  The Crow was perched on one of the pasture fences.  The Crow just watched the goings on at the pond across the field and then took wing.  Just a quick visit from a very beautiful large black bird!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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