I was out in the yard early last evening trying to take some pictures of the wildlife, but did not see many birds or other critters out and about. There had been a lot of loud noises in neighboring yards so I probably chose a bad moment to go try to do any wildlife photography. Oh well. I did see a few beautiful Eastern Bluebirds which were perched on electric lines and also in the crown of one of the Oaks near the pond. That tree is gradually losing leaves so it makes it easier to see the birds now as opposed to when thick foliage hides the birds from view.
I also saw two Canada Geese who were trying to get out of the pond and away from all the noise around here. I took these pictures early yesterday evening in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These European Starlings were out on my next door neighbor’s back pasture. I took these pictures from my back yard on July 21, 2012 in the late afternoon. There had to be about two hundred Starlings feeding in the newly mown grass. It was a very interesting sight. I don’t think I have seen so many birds at once here. Starlings do tend to form large flocks. They like eating grubs and insects and also will occasionally eat seeds. They have a long slender bill that is perfect for digging in the grass.
Starlings are iridescent black with purple, and brown tones. The females are a lighter tone in color with more brown showing. They like to perch way up in the crown of tall trees. One thing that is also interesting to me, is that I have noticed that the Starlings will move forward on a pasture in groups in a wave like movement. Part goes forward and then the middle moves along and then the rear follows. I am showing this great big flock in different pictures since I did not have a wide panoramic lens. To see the larger photo, please click on the thumbnail image. Enjoy!
This Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker was constantly calling and singing away, hidden from view in the gulch area or in the woodlands just in front of my property here at the little farm. It was driving me crazy because I so wanted to see this bird and take its picture. Well, on March 11, 2012, the bird cooperated with my wishes. First, it was up at the top of a pecked-up limb of a pond-side Oak. The bird quickly flew to the ground and started to hunt for insects on the dam. It was right at the fence that separates my farm from the neighbor property.
This Northern Yellow-Shafted Flicker is a male. It has a black mustache marking on its face. Both genders have a red patch on the back of their heads. These birds primarily enjoy a meal of insects, but also will readily eat acorns, nuts, and berries. The Northern Yellow-Shafted Flickers like to eat on the ground. At times, they will take food back to storage caches in the hollows of tree trunks or cracks in bark to enjoy a quick meal at a later time. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!