Thanks for the new thread and those fantastic shots, Rose. I'm looking forward to the return of the White-crowned Sparrows, and the Purple finches. The first Sparrow to arrive is usually the Song Sparrow, and that should be sometime this month.
Margaret that little Plover is so sweet. And love the Terns too.
Rose, I can't see Burns' photos either. Thank you for starting the new thread, GG love those Five Muskateers you've got there. Those are our residential birds here. Though, Blue Jays don't mingle with other yard birds. lol Those do show their own character lol with you Rose.
Oh, Burd, where are you? Down in Alabama, we've Alabama Elvis here too.
Here Nan. Here is a "mocker" for you. I'm so glad you've posted that Kestrel. I think I saw one passing on the road. I remember seeing the stark white 'bib' on the smaller size, hawk like bird perching.
Nice pics everyone. I guess bluebirds have to be my favorites, too, Dell. Went looking for a specific out of range bird yesterday in the Wichita Mountains and we were fortunate to see and watch him for quite some time. Pics of an Acorn Woodpecker, rare to see one in OK. I think he is lost and will not find a mate. Has been seen near the Refuge HQ since Jan.
Rose, there are no characters at my house--had fingers crossed when I wrote this. LOL
Lily Love, that group is also our common backyard group. Nanny, I like the Kestrel and lucky you a Bluebird. You want a Mockers--if mine does not stop hammering on my bedroom window at the crack of dawn every day, I'll ship him off to you. LOL
Red, poor Acorn Woodpecker with no mate.
Okay Burn, I understand. Darned broom was not very good transportation--got caught up in one of those storms and darned near ended up at the North Pole!! LOL Nice shots you posted now that we can see them--darned computers!!
Duc, love all of the shots, but the cropped head shot of the Crow is fantastic!
Rose, great photos of the sweet goldfinch and titmouse. Such a pretty dove too. Don't you love it when you find an uncommon bird?
I'll start off with a coot-one of many on our lake. I watched through the window as these two female HOSP argued over which one could get to the seeds I hide in the log. My tree swallows are trying not to pay attention to the HOSP.
LOL, Rose. I thought I would share a little bit of spring with y'all. Duc, as the weather getting warmer. I'd have to say bye to my American Coots which are winter migrants here. I'll be missing them-- that is for sure. Just love those Tree Swallows, they're like children singing. They're so sweet!!!
Got a beautiful visitor today. A Swan! That's a rarity. My Blue bird was curious of the beautiful, gracious visitor this morning.
This afternoon, for nearly a half an hour this Great Gray Owl hunted from a bush fifty feet in front of me. Five times it flew towards the mound I was standing on, and returned to the bush. Twice it plunged into the snow, within 15 feet of me, but didnít catch a vole either time. It was a spiritual experience observing such magnificent creature, at close range.
A couple of purple finches were fighting over pilled seed on the ground. In spite of our snow overnight I have not seen any birds on the tube feeder. Love the pictures, especially the grey owls, kestrals & woodpeckers.
Nanny, love all your birds, especially the grackle-so pretty.
Granny, pretty shot of your robin. Sure wish spring come soon.
One of my mourning doves has the tail of a white-winged dove. I'm told it's called a variant.
We're getting some badly needed rain-this female brewer's blackbird seemed to be saying thank you.
Speaking of rain, the lesser goldfinches are loving the rain and the seeds in these weeds.
Not sure this mockingbird was enjoying the rain.
I've had 4 Anna's hummingbirds here for a month-3 spent the winter with me. This one sat close to me as I was photographing the birds on our deck.
Nice shots GG, Nanny and Duc. I am very jealous of the Pileated and the Hummingbird..can't wait for their return.
The American Kestral was not aware of the "no fly zone" established each year by the blackbirds during nesting season. As soon as the Kestal landed in the dead tree he was
quickly dive-bombed by the Red-winged Blackbirds!
Nanny, your little junco is a cutie. I still have my little slate-colored one here with the others. They sure are pretty little birds.
Rose, great shots of the kestrel and the bb. I watch the crows attacking the raptors doing the same thing here. Sure is interesting how protective the birds can be.
Here's one from several days ago, a brewer's blackbird showing his stuff.
This house finch was more yellow than red.
This house finch is more orange.
This white-crowned sparrow is starting to show adult colors of black and white on his head.
This is such a great thread. I love everyone's shots and thanks, Rose, for such a brilliant start.
Just a couple from over here. Our heat persists and so I haven't been out much. First two shots are of a juvenile Western Magpie (not related to the Magpies of the northern hemisphere). This one is about five months old and has been accompanying its parents here since it fledged. Leave a door open and all three will wander into the house for a sticky beak. The last shot is of a couple of Little Corellas in our big eucalyptus, which is flowering profusely at the moment.
Gary love your Owls and the Ptarmigan. That Ptarmigan must of been hard to spot, in the snow?
Duc It fun to see the difference in color in your House finch. You have some great pictures of your birds.
Aww the Pileated WP is always a welcome sight, Nanny. Can't wait to see the Killdeer. The Red-winged Blackbird and a Robin, anf Grackles showed up today. But they have not stop for a bite, except for the Grackle.
Rose sad to see the Kestrel are being chased by the Red-winged. But I'd do the same, if something would treaten my family.
Hey GG, got some male Purple finch snapshots for you, showing his face profile, for you. ;)
Interesting bird that Magpie, it's legs seems to be bending the wrong way, Margaret. what did you do to it? :) Those Carellas are always seen in pair, do they mate for life? Love those birds.
The deform bill on this Mourning Dove doesn't seem to bother it at all. He eat well. A Chickadee has been checking one of the birdhouse, It's a bit early for nesting, but he's not procrastinating on finding a home.
Margaret, I love that juv magpie and the corellas are so beautiful together.
Burn, great shots of your purple finch. Glad the dove is surviving with that bill.
These house finches looked cute-they were all looking up and watching for the 2 red-tailed hawks that had been kiting above them earlier.
Here's some photos of my tree swallows. They're not yet staying near the houses on our deck, but they do come and look at them every day.
Haven't been here in awhile. Too many nice pics and birds to comment on them all. I'm down in the SE corner of OK for a few days. Managed to see a couple of endangered Red-cockcaded WP's. Got some rarity photos for confirmation, but not worth posting, the birds were extremely wild.
Ran across this loon in the middle of Broken Bow lake and just eased up to him in the boat. Quite a ways south for this guy.
While attending a Dinosaur re union, I visited the Merced NWR. Lousy weather and poor light, but I took a few pics anyway
Coopers Hawk...Blue Heron...Black-necked Stilts...American Pipit...American Avocet