This is not a great photo, but a fun one for me. This is taken locally, about a mile from my house. Seven Bald Eagles in this tree and at least that much all around the area. It was fun to watch their antics and hear therm.
Beautiful shots of the Sapsucker, Mrs Ed. I can only imagine what it would be like to see a single Bald Eagle, let alone 7 of them in the one tree.
Love that Towhee, Red. BTW, red, I agree with your comment about the Muscovy ducks from a couple of threads back. They are gorgeous ducks - except when broody, when they become mean and evil killer ducks. LOL
Enjoyed the buntings. I always look forward to their return here. A Red-bellied WP in the Wichita Mountains the other day. Late in the day, his body was in the shade and the sun just across his head. Had to add a little fill light to make his body detail visible.
I can't recall if I posted this pic here or not, but worth looking at if you like lots of eagles. Taken a couple of months ago on the OK/AR line. A temporary gathering of over 200 eagles. There are 60+ visible in this shot.
Indeed, Red won with that Eagles shot! But yours also are lovely, Mrs. Ed. Thank you for a nice start with that handsome sapsucker. Wonderful shots everyone, Duc your Redwinged Blackbird looks serious, lol GG, I love your "Bookends" photos!. The cardinal looks soooo bright, I need to wear shade to look at the good looking fella. gp, your buntings are so beautiful, I hope to get to see some in the near future.
Those eagles gathering were probably a once in a life time deal for me. Right place at the right time. But rest assured I'll check again about the same time next year.
That cardinal is brilliant, Granny. Lily, I had mockingbirds nesting in the back yard last year with the bluebirds and I often had to referee, but they finally sorted things out. I didn't want the mockers on the mealworms, so would wait until the BB's were there and just put a few out and remain out there while they ate them. Mockers moved to the front yard for a second brood, but have been gone all winter.
Another somewhat rare bird for Oklahoma from my trip to the Wichita Mountains last week. Canyon Wren.
Thanks Duc and Red for your feedback. Especially Red's tips on training BBs to come in the garden at meal time. Red my BBs are so shy, but the mockers are so bold. I'm trying to offer BBs meallies but currently the Carolina Wrens are the lucky benefactors of the offering while the mockers busy chasing the BBs away.
Burn, I don't like it when I type a long post then puffs! It vanishes. Hah that Starling looks really inquisitive. I hope Gold finches will stay here for a while. Those doves are fun to have around too.
Yes Mrs. Ed. Magnolias 'fixin' to bloom down here. These particular one belongs to neighbor...where the couple keep dozens of hummingbirds at a time. No wonder I only get a smaller share of 'em (hummers) in the garden during Summer. lol
Here is another pix of the "King of the jungle" on their Mag. lol
Good shots of the towee and blackbird, duc. burn, the goldfinches are a winter pleasure here. I have 40-50 daily.
lily, my YB sapsucker is now hawk poop thanks to this guy. Can't say I'll miss him much. I saw the sapscuker on a holly yesterday and was walking toward the door to run him off. He jumped down into the grass and took a couple of hops when this guy picked him up. No camera of course, but the Red-shouldered Hawks are spending time down on the creek. I need to walk it and see if I can spot a nest.
I went down the river early this morning searching for nankeen Night Herons, which I believe are in the area. No sign of them. I did see some other birds, including Pacific Black Ducks and Little Black Cormorants.
Then, guess who comes along and lands on the top of a pole at the end of the jetty, but one of the Osprey juveniles. I thought I might have seen it fishing, but it was eventually chased off by two Magpie Larks.
Awesome series there Margaret, I was wondering too if the Osprey could be little Harry? Glad you've mentioned of the nictitating membrane on the bird's eye. The last pix showing the 2 chasing one another is sweet, as if they were playing chase.
Oh Mrs. Ed. Thanks for the head up on the up loading pix. I tried yesterday, I loaded 4 pics. but didn't have any written message. The program rejected my photos then, so I gave up and went to bed. lol.
heard a hawk while coming back from the store and rushed in and got the trusty camera, got quite a few shots just in case any were good. This was one of the best so far, the branches were in the way, I will ask if anyone can do anything to this to make it more clearer so I can see what kind of hawk this is. He sat in the tree for quite a while and let me just click away and then he decided that was enough and flew away.
WOW! Great photos everyone ! Nice to see the birds with bright colors. Everything in Ohio is grey right now. I had to get rid of all my sunflower seeds. I am allergic to sunflower in every form. I bought safflower seeds and millet. Hopefully, the birds will get used to the change and still come to my feeders.
Countrymom, hope it works out for you and that winter soon change into spring. Lovely series of the dees Pelle. Nice in flight shot of the Tern Margaret. Nan, I enjoyed your trio shots, and the trio Doves as well.
Pretty Robin Red. Duc, nice series of your hawk, house finch and the junco. My Cedar Waxwings are back, this time there is a big flock of them. Like Burn has mentioned before they go where there are water, and the berries of course. Here is a close up of one.
Female Cardinal sitting on edge of dust box (which, hopefully, the local cat has not used as a litter box).
Male Cardinal and a Carolina Wren dining in the snow.
Female Cardinal enjoying some BOSS.
Downy stocking up on suet.
Titmouse at the peanuts--his favorite place.
Wow, this thread is so beautiful! Love all the great series of shots! Chickadees and Red-winged Blackbirds really look great that way.
Margaret, your birds look great in a series too.
Red, that red-shouldered shot is beautiful! I'd be upset if it ate a sapsucker though. That's what white-winged doves and house sparrows are for -- hawk food.
OK, can't compliment everyone, but really awesome! Love all the colorful little birds, the great close-ups and all the eagles!
I'm doing a duck/goose series! An ugly Muscovy, some pretty Egyptian Geese and a Ring-necked Duck.
The cardinals are beautiful in the snow and the ducks interesting, even the Muscovy. :-) Ice and snow in the forecast for this w/e, think I'm booking a hotel in the Rio Grande Valley in a bit and flying south to see some new birds for me.
A White-breasted nuthatch from the other day in the Wichitas. A Sage Thrasher has been seen recently on top of Mt. Scott, I went up at the end of the day and had no luck finding it. But, I did see a beautiful sunset.
Oooops, I was admiring your water fowls Elphy and forgot to tell how much I've enjoyed them. Whoa, Duc, those Hawks are just about every where I looked lately, especially while I'm driving. I need to stop bird watching while I'm behind the wheels! So thank you for the photos. Those Lesser Goldfinches are so so cute. And the Bewick's Wren, I guess it's like my Carolina wrens, always begging for food. In my case it's the meallies that they demand. lol Oh the Waxwings, looks as if the two I saw earlier were scouts. They brought back a small flock later to feast on the Hollies berries. I'm so tickled that I saw so many of them this Winter.
Gonna try the multiple pictures, 1. is a female Cardinal and 2 and 3 are a Northern Flicker eating on the upside feeder and then flying away, I think I did a pretty good job of catching him just as he flew. I like this multiple pictures feature, I think it was just a MAHVELOUS thing to do.
Pretty shots of the Redwinged Blackbirds and the Spotted Towhees Duc. Our Eastern Towhees are rather shy, I rarely see them coming out to mingle with others at the feed station. My Carolina Wren really enjoys the meallies that I've set out for Blue Birds.
Pelle...cute TT! Ours have been enjoying the nice warmer mornings and and lots of singing here. Today is not so nice...windchills in the in the 2 below zero range!
Nice ones of your woodpeckers GG!!!!
A few photos from the last week. First up is a Female Pileated Woodpecker at the first of the week followed by a male Pileated who was here yesterday.
Also from yesterday a Carolina Chickadee and a Downy Woodpecker sharing the suet feeder and the a Hairy Woodpecker. It has come the last couple days but does not stay long...so no real good photo of him!
Last is a peekaboo shot of a crow thru the fence out at the pan eating corn. I had just been throwing the corn out in my garden area. But last week I looked out the window at about 5:30 pm and saw 4 deer out in my garden area!! So I decided I better go back to using the pan and bring it in each night. Saw raccoon tracks this morning in the area where I sit the pan. :)
Thanks all. Love that Pileated Nan, and queen of both the Warblers and Woodpeckers, lol. Love your pics. too duc. GG, I've the Northern Flickers here. But yours looks so, so fine. Here I've male Northern Cardinal and a Downy wp.
Beautiful shots everyone!
Very jealous of the titmouse at your feeders! Nice shots Pelle and Granny!
Also, totally jealous of the Spotted Towhee Duc. That's one I'm really trying hard to see. Call sounds like the beginning of Beethoven's 5th, so I'm listening for that all the time! Love the variety that you get and am amazed that all your shots are so perfect!
Love the Pileateds Nanny. I would love to have a racoon in the yard! Highly unlikely for me, but glad you're enjoying all your great wildlife.
Lily, you've got some cuties.
Great Flicker shots too everyone. Wish they'd come to my feeders.
This series is called "almost got it." Lighting was not perfect and so neither are the pics, but the subjects wowed me! A White-tailed Kite, an Osprey eating a fish that was still wiggling, and a mystery hawk that's probably just a dark red-tail although white bill surprised me.
Nice "almost got it" series Elphy. The Kite is one of my wanna see birds! I have yet found one Osprey this year. Ooooh not so with the Hawks, there were too many of them. I filmed an Eagle yesterday from the back yard. cropped this pix to share.
The second shot is a fun one. I need a caption that states "Follow me to the buffet over here" said the American Coot to the flock of Pekin ducks.
Nice ones Duc. Love that Ruddy Duck shot. BTW, if you'd taken that kite shot, you would be happpy with it b/c it would be crystal clear -- and it would be in some beautiful natural setting with a rainbow behind it! It was gorgeous though and one of 4 that I saw yesterday, and like you, I hadn't seen any in a while, so I was pretty excited.
Lily, how cool to have an eagle in your backyard. Just great!
Margaret, forgot to tell you how amazing your gull shots were. Very nice group.
Here's a group shot of 2 White Ibis, one Little Blue Heron, 2 Great Blue Herons hiding their heads and some Gadwall, and a photo of a Harris' Sparrow. .