Nice to see your Golden-crowned Kinglets, Elphalba. There were tons here last winter, but I haven't seen many this year. We actually had sleet/snow a bit here tonight, but it is warming to just above freezing, so it won't stick. Here are a few recent pics: Loggerhead Shrike, Pine Warbler and American Goldfinch.
Granny, I love that titmouse with the picturesque little snow flakes!
BestMissy, nice shots! I really like that Pine Warbler pic. I heard talk of sleet on the news and was just shocked, but I guess it's just February.
Still, that Green Heron was the first one of the year in Brazoria County and I recorded a Least Bittern calling in Harris County last week, so some of the birds are starting to head north -- spring is comin'!
Here are a couple of feeder shots starting with a Red-bellied Woodpecker and an American Goldfinch.
I've been trying to get a good Pine Warbler shot but there always seems to be something in front of his face. Took this shot anyway and discovered that some animal has tried so hard to get at the suet that it actually bent the wire cage! or maybe something heavy fell on it? Maybe I should be out there right now with the flashlight, or maybe not!
Nice shots, Missy, Elphaba and GG. Good to see Mockers is still entertaining you, GG.
I finally located the Nankeen Night Heron this afternoon and took just a few shots. In the last photo, the yellow background is one of the boats belonging to the yacht club. Just as the sun was going down, I saw another two, including the juvenile in the third shot. It was being harassed by two ravens.
The White-faced Heron in the 1st shot came and landed quite close to me. It was completely unafraid and I actually thought it was going to come over and say hello. The second shot is of a Pacific Black Duck flying in and finally, the Nankeen Night Heron.
Elphaba, probably NOT a good idea to go outside with the flashlight!!
Margaret, those shots are fantastic. So sharp and clear you can count the feathers!! The Nankeen Night Heron is beautiful. Love the look the White-faced Heron is giving you. Probably trying to figure out what it was that he was seeing. LOL
Everybody here has seen the round feeder that I have up, do you think it would be a bad idea to add some peanuts in it with the seed? The peanuts are still in the shell, and I was wondering if it would be more of a bother and mess than actually accomplish anything. I am wondering though, I think the Cottonwood Tree is too close to the road and the house for the Pileated Woodpecker to start coming, as you can tell from my pictures, the tree is right beside the road and I don't think that is a good attraction for him, so I will have to enjoy him from your pictures.
Great shots everyone!! Great start to the new thread Elphaba!! Haven't been here in a while but I am on days now after working afternoon's for quite a few years. Have been visiting different places and Old Woman Creek for eagle photo's and have been meeting other birder's from around Ohio.
I see a new feature has been added..up to 5 shots on one post...very nice! Well I do have some images I would like to share with you. First a set of Bald Eagle photo's.
There was a Snowy Owl in Rockwall, TX, which is only about 40 minutes from me. Some people tried for it today, but did not see it. It was photographed a couple of days ago. I've been birding near my work at lunch, just in case there are more in the area. I can't believe that there is one this far south. What a journey!
OK, Burd, SOOOOO jealous of those eagle shots! Stunning! I'm sharing one that's pretty pathetic but still glad to get it.
Duc, love your series. Those finches just beg to be photographed don't they? I love the orange one. Wish I had purple finches!
Granny, gorgeous house finch shot and your female cardinal is so pretty.
I missed a call from a friend of mine who went up after the Snowy Owl today. Wish he'd called me on my cell phone! It's not a great day weather wise for finding a fantastic lifer like that one. That's what I'm telling myself anyway!
Here are a few from yesterday: Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Anhinga, Clay-colored Sparrow and Palm Warbler.
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I just responded to everyone's photos and Safari quite unexpectedly. I can't start all over again, but wonderful shots, one and all.
I went back to the river yesterday afternoon - saw two Ospreys off in the distance playing in the air. I specifically wanted to see if I could see the Nankeen Night Heron again and sure enough, as the sun was getting lower, out he came and onto a better pole than the one he was on the other day.
I've cropped the second shot to show the nictitating membrane coming across his eye.
In the last two shots, he flew over to the jetty I was on. The lighting was at the wrong angle, but the fourth shot shows his nuchal plume. There're supposed to be two in the breeding season, but unless they're stuck together, I can only see one - I guess one could have fallen out.
The last shot, one eye is lit by the sun and the other is in shadow, and each pupil is a different size (the one in the sun being more constricted).
Three Black Swans very purposefully swam to an area of the limestone retaining wall near the jetty. Next thing, they took it in turns to poke their heads into an opening in the wall to have a drink of the obviously fresh water that was almost seeping out.
Margaret, these shots are amazing and educational. I was wondering what that white plume was on the Nankeen Night Heron. Those Black Swans are gorgeous. How interesting, they found some fresh water coming through the wall.
The first picture is Rocky just took a peanut off my foot, the second is where he is trying to hide it, and the last one he just took one out of my hand, he is so gentle, I took a few out to where the bench is and had one on the seat and he climbed up and sat just beside me and took it out of my fingers. He is a sweetie and someone on here said they would like to see more pics of him, so here they are. Enjoy! I have put the bench where I can see the Irises around the iron pole, I can also lean forward or move the bench so I can see the hummingbird feeders. And sometimes the hummers fly right past us when we are sitting out! I am going to try to find some cheap chairs and place them where I can sit and watch the birds and flowers, have to be careful, unfortunately there are some people who will steal things like that, we had a umbrella in one of those octagonal tables, and someone stole the umbrella! That is pathetic! Waiting impatiently for spring!
I was very fortunate to be able to see the Snowy Owl this morning in Rowlett, TX. He/she sure was beautiful. The circumstances weren't ideal for photos, but I did manage to get some distinguishable pictures. Here's one.
Congratulations to Mrs Ed and Missy for sighting the Snowy Owl. That's a feather in each of your caps.
I went down the river this morning - I was going to say early, but decided that would be stretching the truth a bit. First off, four images of a Little Pied Cormorant and then a pair of Pacific Black Ducks.
#1 Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron being chased by a Magpie Lark.
#2 Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron. They have an impressive wingspan.
#3 Nankeen Night Heron feather
#4 Black Swans swimming over to have a drink from the wall.
Then, a bird I have been trying to locate for ages. Not a lifer, but I haven't seen one for about three years. Sacred Kingfisher. It's scary when you see the amount of fishing tackle tangled in power lines and trees.
That Little Pied Cormorant really posed for you. Love it. And the Black Swans are heading for another drink of fresh water. Hope you get to see the Sacred Kingfisher again. Shame it has to share its perch on a man-made mess. How wonderful to see all of the beautiful blue water in these shots. Love them all.
Congratulation Missy and Mrs-Ed. Nice one to get for a life list.
Love the little Pied Comorant and the Sacred Kingfisher, Margaret. I can understand, how that fishing line. can cause some problems, for the birds.
Red, great shots of the Golden-fronted WP and Titmouse, nice ones to see.
Cute C Wren GG and Nanny.
Elphaba, I think I saw one of those Cooper's again today, I have a lot of their favorite preys here.
Rock Pigeon take a lot of spce on the plateform feeder.
Then a Downy WP showing his sweet side.
Starling in the snow.
Thanks to Missy for the tip on the snowy. Got on texbirds and found his location, only 27 miles from me. Found the owl and got a few pics. It's in Robinson Park on Lake Hubbard in Rowlett, TX. Has been there a few days. The map on flickr is accurate. Copy and past this address to get the map if you want to chase this bird. http://www.flickr.com/photos/reddirtpics/6905942655/" title="Snowy Owl by reddirtpics, on Flickr">
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I didn't have any local Snowy Owls to photograph. So, on my way to vacation in warm Arizona, I stopped in Washington, and drove to Ocean Shores. At the end of Damon Point in Ocean Shores, there are suppose to be eleven Snowy Owls. I didnít know ahead of time that it was a two mile hike to the end of the point. That is a long ways for an old man with flat feet, sore legs. It was worth the hike, I photographer at least five different Snowys yesterday. I would have gone again today but it is too dark and rainy. But, I did add the Snowys to my life list. I would still like to go to Alaskaís north slop, see them nesting on the tundra some day.
Great shots everyone! Gary, congrats! Can't believe you had to come to the lower 50 to see a Snowy!
I went and got the Snowy too! It was a 4 hour drive for me but so worth it! I went on Sunday which was a gorgeous day and birded the area as much as I could since I didn't really know where to go. Birds abounded though! If any one else goes to see the Snowy in Rowlett, that tree line as you are leaving the park area toward 30 is full of great little birds -- warblers, sparrows, bluebirds, creepers. Jeepers!
This last little group is from a really cool park that I stumbled onto by accident called Lake White Rock Park. Got my second lifer for the day there, a Bonaparte's Gull. Didn't get a very good pic of him, but did get the proof pic! The park had GREAT birds though! There were people everywhere, and the birds didn't care. I should have taken a pic of these kids on the pier in front of the pelicans in this pic. In fact, 2 Ring-billed Ducks swam right by even with about a dozen kids shouting and pointing.
Bufflehead -- never been that close to one!
Fox Sparrow -- you kind of have to look for him. He was foraging in those leaves.
Gary, had to make one more comment about your Snowy pics and that is that I love those 2 shots where you can see its feathered feet! That is so cool. Can't believe people were that close to one too. We were trying to stay back and not disturb the owl but then no one wants to be the person who scares it away so no one else can see it as we are unlikely to get more than 1 in Texas.
Red, your pics are amazing! I was going to ask when you were there and point out that I was the one in the funny hat but then I realized that a funny hat wouldn't really be a unique identifier in a group of birders!
Elphaba, I was there on Sunday afternoon. Saw a couple birding the tree line with the little birds, could have been you. My dau said the owl was on the Dallas TV stations Sunday evening. Had a friend that tried for it yesterday morning and couldn't locate it.
Had a couple of rare birds for OK yesterday on a meandering route home. Two caracaras in Bryan Co. Oklahoma and a Say's Phoebe at Tishomingo WR. Got rarity photos, but not worth posting here.
Some birds from South Texas. Hope I haven't already posted these, hard to keep track. A chachalaca, White Ibis and a nesting Common Pauraque.
I enjoyed the snowys, too, Gary. I probably should have chased some of those on the prairie in northern OK.
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I was dead serious about birding the north slope! Barrow, Alaska is a popular birding destination. In addition to Snowy Owls nesting, four species Eiders, and artic shorebirds are a major draw. Everything is extremely expensive there because it has to be flown in, and a permit must be purchase from the Eskimo Cooperation which owns the land.
The problem is I finance my travels by operating a small plant nursery during May and June, which is the time to be birding the area.
I think I heard somewhere that Robins were a sign of spring, well I went strolling around the neighborhood and saw these two guys. Also my hubby put out a apple and is trying to entice a cedar waxwing to come to it. I am really surprised that it is still there, I thought sure a squirrel or a raccoon would try to take off with it, but it is still there.
Sorry, I got behind and missed so many beautiful photos. Well done everyone. I had surgery on my hand and it's hard to type, plus I'm trying my best to keep the house sparrows from nesting in our 6 houses but it's taking all day everyday to chase them off and clean out the houses they do get in. My poor tree swallows keep coming to pick their houses but are getting chased off.
Here's a Bewick;s Wren and a Brewer's Blackbird showing off for a female-must be the start of spring here.
Also, during the Backyard Bird Count, I was happy to count these two Bald Eagles on two of the days.
Hi all, thank Elphy for such a colorful new thread. It's most interesting with a wide variety of birds. Too many to mention each and everyone, so let's me say thanks to each and everyone for the wonderful job! Welcome back to Burd from a long absence.
I was delighted to have added this cutie into my 'lifer' list. The Brown Creeper on Feb. 22nd.
On vacation Gary? Great shots! Oh I can imagine going from 3 feet of snow to the desert warmth. I'm rubbing it in for those that still experiencing winter else where -- it's almost spring here, my Blue bird says so. lol
Yes, there were house sparrows in the vicinity and he was really guarding this nest box. Here he is as he exited the box. You may not be able to see it, but he has a tiny piece of grass in his beak. This recent warm weather has to him thinking of nesting, but I suspect she knows it's still too early.
I've been watching this bird for awhile, and finally got an opportunity for some photos--they are taken in bad light, through door glass, and during a snow storm, but because this is such an unusual bird I decided to post.
Neat cardinal. I saw a sighting of an albino in an OKC park on okbirds awhile back. Had 4 Greater Scaup, 6 ringnecks, 3 mallards and a pintail on the pond this a.m. Also a GB Heron and 3 kildeer. Have some fairly close pics of the scaup in the camera, I'll post when processed.
A pic of a Sandhill Crane from a recent visit to the OKC Zoo.