These are the same two families of Canada Geese that were hatched during the first two weeks of May, 2012. They are almost adults. I have shown many pictures of this same group in the past several months. This morning I watched the youngsters practice flying by taking off from the far shore and flying half-way across the pond. They paddled right back where they had come from, and repeated the flight a second time. Like all geese in flight, they honked with great gusto! I did not have my camera along when watching the flights.
These pictures are of the same geese grazing in the grass in my front yard. I had to go out onto the porch this morning to make my presence known, gently letting the geese that I would prefer them to browse a bit farther from my front door then they had been doing. This is necessary as they can be rather messy. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy! UPDATE: I was just now out on the porch and saw the geese fly from the backyard to the pond. I will post pictures tomorrow. Funny to see these short low flights – very earnest birds!
This Northern Cardinal male is molting. Molt is the time when the birds shed their older feathers and get new ones which will help them adapt to the upcoming climate of fall and winter. Please don’t laugh at the poor fellow. He really is not his elegant best. You can readily see that the black face mask is really his black skin minus the short black feathers that may also be there at times on his face. I think that the small brown bird with the Cardinal on the feeder may be a female House Finch.
I took these pictures of the Cardinal and resident Great Blue Heron last evening at about 6:45pm in my yard. I took several shots of the Heron but it never once moved. It likely was trying to decide what to do about my presence and also had prey in its vision. Who knows? Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
I shot all of these pictures yesterday in my yard. There were several more birds but I will include pictures of those tomorrow. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Female House Finch
I am so happy that we have had a steady series of visits by the Great Blue Herons here. I took these pictures in my yards on June 25, 2012, June 26, 2012, and again on July 1, 2012. The herons usually keep to the far shore where the cow pastures are but occasionally the big birds will come over to this side of the pond. The picture where the heron was under the Oak was taken on such an occasion. The cows were near the shoreline and some of the cows were even wading in the pond to keep cool. We had several days of hot weather with temperatures in the very high 90’s and low 100’s (F.). The yards here were getting very dry and brown due to a drought we had been under here. Last night we had a series of strong thunderstorms (no damages here) and got a great soaking rain that was very appreciated! The Great Blue Herons are around the pond where it is cool and they can find food. I enjoy seeing these large wading birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These three Red-Headed Woodpeckers were flying around the yard here on May 24, 2012 in the late afternoon. I think one must have been a female and the other two males but it is quite hard to tell which gender these birds are since both males and females look pretty-much alike. The birds were either on the electric pole or up in the crown of one of the Oaks that is next to the pond. They seemed to be agitated to a degree. That same Oak was where the Great Blue Heron recently perched. The dead top of that tree is a popular place for the birds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!