I named this Harris's Sparrow, Bonkers, a later than usual migrant in our area. On a cold, windy day, s/he had a run in with a window that did not have any decals on them (You can be sure they do now), but survived the blow. I was concerned for awhile, but after a bit, s/he perked up and few off. I hope it made its way south to a warmer climate.
Visited the Wichita Mountains in SW Oklahoma yesterday. Shot mostly animals and sunset from atop Mt. Scott. Ran across this meadowlark perched on a buffalo turd in a prairie dog town. I'd hoped to spot a burrowing owl, but no such luck.
I have really enjoyed all of your wonderful photos. Haven't taken many here. Tried to send the one I did get of the hungry goldfinches, but am still having trouble with finding picture after downloading. Don't knowhat my problem is. Our weather has been pretty good for Dec. some sun but rather cold. Was 19 degrees here this morning but did get up to 45 for a little while.
Thanks again for taking an sending along all the interesting pictures.,
ducbucln wrote:All the Acorn Woodpeckers are sure busy picking up and storing the acorns.
Duc, this picture made my mouth opened just as wide as the bird with the acorn in its beak! LOL Shots like these make me yearn to visit the same region where you live. The Nuttall wps look to be the size of a downy or a Yellow-bellied sapsucker maybe? Love all those shots with or without the berries.
Amazing photos, all of you! I am enjoying learning so much about all these birds we may never get to see. I like Meadowlarks, but what is that one thinking, Reddirretiree?! LOL .
Teddy, how did your first night go on the job?
Not a great picture, but I thought this mean-looking Goldfinch looked cute.
Nice pics, duc. I need some of those berries in my yard. I may have to go down to Hobby Lobby, buy some fake ones and wire them in my dormant bushes. :-)
Cold rainy day here, no light or I'd go out and look for something to shoot. Found a couple of pics I'd never processed. This shot of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was taken in late summer when they are molting, so I'm not sure of its sex. Normally the males have longer tails. I'm sittin' here in this gloomy weather and he's in Costa Rica or someplace.
my first night on the job was ok, I don't have to lift those heavy windshields anymore and don't have to stand up on the platform and inspect them either. I take the side windows and at some stations you put primer on them at other stations you put clips in a machine and then lay the glass in there and then a robot takes the glass, goes through a machine where it heats it up and then brings it out to another machine that holds it whike you reprime another part and put the bevels in and it attaches the bevels to the windows. Then you take the extra clips off and put it on the rack. It is not hard but it is hard getting used to standing all the time, you are NOT allowed to sit down, and it was the first time I had worn my steel toed shoes for a year and a half, boy was my feet sore. Thanks for asking.
More good birds, duc. I have a pic somewhere of a YR falling off a branch. Just happened as I shot. I hate it when these guys show up, fortunately not every day. This is only a small part of them. There were about 200 on the ground when I took this. They empty all the feeders except the caged one.
Great shots everyone!! Nice start to the new thread with your Harris Sparrow Chillybean!
Great capture of your Hummer's and Acorn Woodpecker's Duc!
Reddirt, nice clean shot of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher!
Nice shot of your Northern Flicker Lily!
Beclu727, lucky you to have not one but two Red-shouldered Hawk's visit!
Nice shots GP especially the Painted Bunting!
Lots of awesome shots on the last thread also everyone!
Well I'll have to wait until later in the week for some sunshine to hit the field again but I have a few to share from the other day.
The male Hooded Merganser will be who i,m looking for later in the week..have spotted a few hanging around in a nearby creek..hoping their still there then.
Only managed to get a quick shot of this one..but would love to be able to get some more time with them.
Red, I'd be happy to see all those red-winged blackbirds. I see some Rustys and a house sparrow too. I keep looking for the rare rusty to return here, but it just stayed five days. If you get a chance, would you get a couple pictures of the male Rustys for me? I keep thinking one of my male Brewer's looks more Rusty but can't get a photo of it.
Beclu, nice shots of the hawks. Hope they won't stay long and scare off your little birds.
Lily, your flicker looks quite happy.
GP, cute cardinal. Do these birds eat the berries on your crepe myrtle? My birds seem to ignore them. Love that bunting!
Burd, loved all your photos. The Mergansers and that bb are gorgeous!
Ladi, great shots of your merganser and goose too.
I found a Hooded Merganser too, but not a good as all of yours.
I saw a Great Horned Owl just at daylight sitting on the one Utility pole in my yard. He was very large. I have to keep a close eye on my puppy when i let her out. The owl is probably pretty hungry and Lady Wren only weighs maybe 4 lbs. There are so very many English Sparrows here that the rest of the birds have a hard time getting anything to eat..
It is only about 30 degrees outside. A little weak sunshine, but at least the wind isn't blowing. Hope most of you have good weather.
I kinda have lens envy, when it comes to take shot like these. I've seen at least 3 bald Eagles and either a golden Eagle or a juvie, hovering above a wooded area, along with Ravens and Crows, Pictures are not clear enough to tell, between Golden or Juvie. There must have been a dead carcass below.
Nice shots, everyone. That Great Black-backed Gull is gigantic, Ladi Burd.
We see flocks of White-tailed Balck Cockatoos around here. Unfortunately, it brings no joy, as I know I'm watching a bird that is being pushed closer and closer to extinction because of habitat destruction. The last couple of weeks I've seen small flocks of black cockies, but they were making a different sound. I thought they may have been juvenile White-tailed. I took a couple of really quick shots as they flew over the osprey nest the day before yesterday. It wasn't until I download the shots that I saw that what I've been seeing are actually Red-tailed Black Cockatoos.
Rose, your goldfinches are beautiful. I love planting the sunflower seeds, but the only ones that come up seem to be some from my birdseed feeder. Oh well, whatever works! Great shots of all your birds.
Donna, lucky you seeing that owl.
Chilly, congrats on your eagle.
Burn, love that jay photo.
Lily, glad you found the rookery-come on spring!!
Margaret, great shot of the cockatoo.
Here's a few Double-crested Cormorants enjoying the sun.
Great shots everyone!! Really hoping the rain stays away for a while, managed to get out for a bit with Ladi_Burd, temps were around 32f with westerly winds.
I had a nice photo session with a female Red-breasted Merganser once again, and a few Horned Grebe's came close.
Ladi_Burd got another lifer with the Common Goldeneye ( i get just as excited as she does when she gets a new bird..lol) but with its sighting i,m hoping they are on their way along with the Common Merganser's...sunshine is on its way.
Nice shots Burd! I thought I had a Horned Grebe a few weeks ago but was talked out of it. Congrats to Ladi_Burd too!
Nanny, I feel your pain. I had my first Purple Finch the other day when it was too dark to get a good picture. Haven't seen it since. Nice shots of the HF!
Mrs. Ed, love the purple finch and the sapsucker. I have suet out and nothing is eating it!
Duc, love the double cormorants! and the hummers and the acorn woodpecker. Great shots all of them.
Red, the sun is back but so are freezing temps. Nice rainy day memories.
Rose, stunning shots!
Beclu, love those hawks. Wow!
Chily, nice start. Lily, love your flicker. Margaret, love it!
All great pics! So glad that I didn't miss this thread entirely!
I don't have anything great to share, but here's a mockingbird in front of some green stuff that will be brown tomorrow.
All the pictures are great, but since I have gotten to go back to work, the only time I have to take pictures is the weekend. As for my job, the only part that I am having any trouble at all is standing. We are not allowed to sit down until breaks and it makes it a little strenuous standing all that time when you are not used to it, hopefully my feet will get toughened up so it won't bother me so much. The job itself is not hard at all, I don't lift anything heavy like I did before and the people I work with are friendly and that helps a lot especially when you are the newest temp on the job. But I like it, don't hold your breath, might be getting another vehicle to replace the truck, but my hubby has to go and check it out to see if it is okay. It is a mininvan, but as long as it runs and gets us where we need to go, who cares what it looks like as long as it is not falling apart. Merry Christmas everyone!
Teddy, I am glad your job is going well. I think most jobs I had required a lot of time on my feet and I got used to it in time. Oh, but I remember those first couple days... I didn't think I could stand any more. And a Marry Christmas to you, too.
Mrs_Ed, That is too bad about the Starlings and House Sparrows, but what a joy to see the Flicker. We've been thrilled to have a female come every day for a month now. She enjoys all the peanuts and homemade "suet" we provide. A little too much, I'd say. :)
Here is her royal fatness, Peanut. Haha. Ok... it was a really cold day, too.
Just a few of the thousands of snow geese that make there way along the Missouri River every year. This is December of 2010 at Lewis & Clark Village about 30 miles northwest of Kansas City. This spot will likely be skipped over by the birds this year, due to the massive flooding destroying the area this past summer.
Lots of good pics. Congrats on the sapsucker, duc. I've had a YB sapsucker in the yard a few times this year. Last year he about destroyed a young Live Oak. Computer crashed yesterday and I lost a few pics, but not too many. A trip to Best Buy and I'm back in business. Still, a pain to set up a new computer.
The bluebirds were active in the yard this morning. A male young of the year was with them. Mama and Daddy did their daily inspection of the nest box.