12 thoughts on “Sunday birds

  1. Great pix! I never realized until seeing this picture that female mallards have the same deep blue-purple speculum feathers that the males do. Better open my eyes more…

  2. I’ve really come to appreciate birds after moving to a house at the edge of some woods 12 years ago. Sitting at my breakfast table drinking coffee this morning I was watching:

    Red-bellied woodpecker and downy woodpeckers at the suet.

    A pair of cardinals at the seed feeder.

    Titmice and chickadees sweeping into the feeder, grabbing seeds, and going to a tree branch to eat them.

    Goldfinches and house finches parking at the seed feeder and gorging themselves – the other birds grab a seed and go, but the finches will sit at the feeder for 10 minutes or more.

    Dark-eyed juncos cleaning up the seed scraps from the deck – they and the wrens like to eat off the ground.

    A brown creeper going up the tree trunks grabbing little bugs (I presume).

    And a special treat – a couple of yellow-rumped warblers passed through, eating from the deck and leaving quickly. I rarely see these.

  3. I think it’s safe to say you’re getting comfortable with the heavy artillery. And I love that first-of-day light, the way it just touches the birds and the hills both.

    b&

      1. Not fair! If I want to shoot in those kinds of condition, I have to drive to the middle of nowhere, and either get up in the middle of the night to drive some more or set up camp outside….

        b&

        1. If you’re doing those urban birds you have no excuse for not getting out in the good morning and evening light. 🙂

          1. This is true…but that project is still behind a few others. Of course, looking at the calendar, that’s likely going to wind up being when the Sun itself is up in the middle of the night — which means the “cool” of the day will be close to and in the triple digits….

            b&

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