I forgot to tell everyone I really loved all their photos on our last thread.
Here's one of my Ash-throated Flycatchers, a Black-headed Grosbeak, a California Towhee and a photo through the window of my rare sighting for the third time this year, a Calliope Hummingbird (each has stayed just an hour or so and then they're gone).
Lovely Tree Swallows, ducbucln. We think they nest near the creek, but have their silly cousins, the Barn Swallows, trying to build a nest on top of our front door again. This location does not bother me at all, but it eventually bothers the birds. They do this every year, but abandon it because of all our activity. Even when we avoid using the door, we still have to get to the front yard for the mail, tend to lawn and pretties and of course the children play.
Thanks for the comments on the Savannah Sparrow, Purple finch and Indigo Bunting. You guys are really kind. My pictures are not so great lately, but you still find good things to say.
lol GG, can you still get parts for that old broom of your? The Purple finches are still waiting for you. I just love the large derriere of your Doves. Nanny, poor you, you missed it! The Indigo flew the coop. :( Gone, poof, just vanish into thin air, no more to be seen. :((
Chilly yay for your Doves, it's time they stand up to the Grackles. Here,the Grackles bullies all the birds, the Dove also if they are on the feeder or the tree. But they are allowed on the, ground with them.
Great photos of the Robin at the pond, Sprout.
Savannah Sparrow, messy Hairy WP, A.Goldfinch, A. Robin, Chipping Sparrow.
Beautiful start to the new thread, duc. The tree swallows are so sweet. Wonderful little Calliope.
Burn, I agree with the comments on the last thread about the indigo bunting. Simply stunning. And I love the messy hairy.
Nice shots, nanny.
Welcome, sprout13. Your'e posting some wonderful bird shots.
Finally, we've had a bit of rain and the local lake has some water in it, after being dry for several months. Most of these shots are from at least several days ago. First two shots are of an Australian white ibis, third is a straw-necked ibis, then a magpie lark and fifth, a distant shot of a nankeen kestrel.
Thank you Duc for a nice start of the thread with those adorable Tree Swallows. Love that little Calliope hummingbird, and I especially like those Flycatchers' hairdo. Nan, love those shots of the Redbellied wps, is that a female? Enjoyed the Crows as well. Margaret, love, love those Pelicans and others all beautiful shots. I like the Magpies with their juvie and the flock of corrolas in flight.
Nanny, your photos of the oriole and wp are cute. That first one looks like they're both trying to decide what they want to eat. Love the crows too.
Sprout, great photos of the goldfinch and congrats on your first hummer.
Chillybean, sorry the swallows pick the wrong place to nest.
Burn your photos are great! The sparrows sure are pretty and that wp is a cutie. That robin blends so nicely with the surrounding colors.
Margaret, glad to hear you got some rain. Wonderful photos of all your birds. Loved that straw-necked ibis and the eyes on that magpie lark are so pretty. Your pelicans are just spectacular.
Lily, great catches on your beautiful red-headed wp and heron.
Granny, I love the blue jays-so many colors of blue on the. Great job with that pretty cardinal too.
We've been seeing a pair of bald eagles chasing each other for several days now. The eagle in the third photo has a good sized bass. Next is a lesser goldfinch, and last is one of two regular visitors, a nuttall's woodpecker.
Looked out the camera and look who I caught, our first photo of a hummingbird of 2012! I sure do love this camera that my hubby gave me, it really takes close up shots and they are clear too. Going to have to put up the other ones now, were just waiting to see if they were going to come back and they did!
Gras, your furbaby is so cute the way it's looking at the raven.
Adel, I got that email too. Whatever species that bird is, it sure goes to a lot of trouble to build a home for the family.
We finally set up our solar fountains and this female brewer's blackbird was the first to enjoy it. Next is a house finch, a hooded oriole, an oak titmouse and a dozen cedar waxwings flew past me-thought they'd all left the area.
A couple feeding birds. The first one amazed us, a Dickcissel in the platform feeder. We never heard of or saw such a thing before. Except for a juvenile last year, they usually stay clear of the house. Do any of you have Dickcissels come to your feeding areas?
We enjoyed this Clay-colored sparrow one day last week. A few of them came with the White-throated sparrows. We sure would have liked them staying here to eat more of the Cabbage beetles.
I don't know how I missed the start of this thread! It's so awesome too!
Can't comment on all, but great job.
I've had a number of warblers this week as they pass through. Someone IDed this as a female common yellowthroat, though it seemed bigger than the males I've seen. In any event, here it is getting ready for a bath.
Today, I was about driven mad hearing the male, but never spotting him for a picture. I have one from last year, but it wasn't very clear. I have a better camera now, so am trying for better shots of some of my birds. Oh, but that little fellow, he'd be right over my head... And to make it worse, I was under that tree, knowing he's there when my youngest comes out and said the Yellowthroat was perched right in front of the window. Grrrr...
Not a great picture, but here is one of my favorite birds. (Oh, it's so hard to have A favorite as I enjoy about all of them except for those I don't like- Cowbirds, HOSP, Common Grackles. Grackles got some bad marks for harassing the nesting Brown Thrashers making them abandon their nest) Oh, but back to this happy bird, the Bobolink. The grass pollen allergy sufferers are going to suffer through this year so these birds and others can nest successfully in our pasture.
Iris, I asked my husband about this and he did notice that he hasn't had any issues, but then peak for him and one of my children would usually be the end of May. He did say that if there is less pollen, there would be less seed, so in that way it could effect the bird's food sources later this year.
Adel, I find the nest building very interesting. they are really hard worker!!!
I saw the Baltimore Oriole, but he didn't come to the feeder. And I was expecting the Ruby-throated Hummingbird yesterday, he was a no show. This is what I have to share from the pass few days.
Mom Pine Sisken brought her newly fledged babies to the feeder, this is one of the fledge.
Then some Mourning Doves decided to have a siesta in the Spruce Tree.
I got another very nice surprise from a female Indigo Bunting this time. At first, I thought it was a female Goldfinch. I had found it odd, that she was feeding on the millet all the time. And I found her a bit brownish for a GF. I only realized it was a Indigo Bunting after I downloaded my pictures to my PC. She had some light streaking on the flank.
A new arrival is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. He has been around for the past few days.
The Savannah Sparrow is still mingling with the other Sparrow.
Wonderful shots, everyone. Burn, that's a lovely shot of the mourning doves all lined up there.
Went to Pelican Point on the Swan River this morning. First, a black swan coming in for a landing on the marsh behind me, then a Caspian tern (the largest of all terns), a white-faced heron and a hoary-headed grebe
Great pics. everyone, Duc I like all your birds, but especially like the Wood Ducks, terrific photos Margaret. When I saw this Egret, I thought of you and your birds. Burn, how nice to have the Rose Grosbeak! Chillybean, I have not seen a Bobolink in person. IrisMA, I didn't know Northern Flicker will go after ants. Will they eat the ants or just their eggs?
We finally have hummingbirds!! Besides being first of the year, they were in our yard!! I assume these are Ruby-throated. We had the male the two days before.
And they have wings! LOL Because my first pictures were taken on a cloudy evening, you couldn't see the wings.
The first picture, I was standing maybe 4-5 feet away giving myself warbler neck when I hear a low-pitched bzzzz. I thought it was a massive wasp at the feeder and I was ready to bolt. I hesitantly turn around and got a nice surprise.
This little miss had no fear of me at all. Was she fed by someone down south?
The second one was taken a little further away. I tried the setting that takes 8 pics in a second. This was my favorite of that set.
The little quail will be fine, I had a nest about three feet from this location last year in a large scented geranium.
I put the leaves back in place after I took the picture. I could hear the mom in there this evening when I went out to water my flower
garden. She couldn't have picked a better spot, it's the one plant out there that the sprinkler doesn't hit. I have no problem letting the ditch
lillies languish until the little chicks are out!
I found another nest today in a hanging bromeliad. I think these are finches. The mom was having a fit when I came over to hang another plant
next to hers. They have nested in there before too. There is going to be lots of baby birds in my yard!
All these bird pics inspired me to get out the old hummingbird feeder. I had three juveniles buzzing me yesterday in the yard and one that was sitting in a bush closeby bathing himself in some water held by a leaf. They seemed like nest mates to me the way they were playing. I wonder if they will find the feeder this year, they never found it last year. So I decided to hang it near a cardinal climber seedling that will eventually grow up and make a good natural feeder for them.
I finally managed to get some shots of the red-tailed black cockatoo. Look closely, you're seeing a bird that is rapidly progressing to extinction in the wild because of habitat destruction. It's heartbreaking to be seeing them where we are, in the city. They're here because they are starving and there is not enough food for them in their natural habitat. Nothing sadder than seeing these beautiful big cockatoos feeding on the seeds of the Cape lilac, a tree introduced from South Africa. Developers and governments have a lot to answer to.
First shot is of the female, then the male, then the two together, followed by the male leaving his perch and last, the male in another tree close by.
That is terrible about the habitat loss. It is happening everywhere and we see it just outside our windows. We are trying to do what we can on our little place, but it's so overwhelming!
Thank you on the congratulations about the hummies. We sure are enjoying them. Yesterday they were testing out the Orioles' jelly. The Orioles prefer the oranges. We have double the Orioles this year, so need to keep those oranges stocked up!
OK, this picture does not show a bird, but it's bird related. We had our first bird death in about 3 years from a window crash a couple weeks ago. A Tennessee Warbler of all things. The bird's been passed on to a local school to use for study, but boy! We hated that it happened because of our windows. So we bought this American Bird Conservancy bird tape and put it on the most prone windows. I feel like a caged bird, but we'll get used to it. The coverage is a lot more than we had before. I was watching out a window as a truck roared by and an Oriole was coming right at the window, when he put on the brakes and flew in another direction.
Margaret, love your photos. I'm so sorry to hear about the gorgeous red-tailed black cockatoos. It's too bad the government won't do something to help the species. You should send your photos to your local newspaper with a paragraph on them-bet they'd print it.
Chillybean, glad that tape is working.
I think this is a bushtit enjoying the bath, a couple of mourning doves and a lesser goldfinch.
I was using a pie pan for the birdbath and decided to switch to something a little bigger and not so shiny, we had a old clothes basket that was falling apart, so my hubby cut the bottom out. Do we need to make the edges smoother, or is that alright the way it is? I thought I would just see what happens with it the way it is, any suggestions would be helpful.
teddy, I've seen birds stand on all manner of things and especially with the rock in the middle, that should be ok. I'd like to see how this works for you, can you post an update? That is a great way to reuse something.
Here is our Mourning Dove, falling asleep, facing the correct direction. They usually have their back ends facing into the water.
Lily, I want to thank you for finally sending that Red-headed Woodpecker my way. He arrived last week and in good condition. Two birds have eluded me for some time, the Red-headed Woodpecker and the Prothonotary Warbler. And, as luck would have it, I captured both of them last week.
Everyone has been posting some really nice photos. I have been keeping rather busy and only getting out about once a week. And, I am still waiting for my pre-ordered Nikon D800 to be delivered. I ordered on February 8th ... and still waiting. I keep telling myself that it's only a "camera". But ...
I'll post some more photos later but just wanted to let Lily know that it arrived. Here's the proof.
Teddy, we even use the saucer trays for our pots as baths. I don't think the birds will care about the sides of your bath as long as you keep one or more rocks in it and the water isn't higher than 1 1/2 inches deep. That's a great way to recycle.
Chillybean, your little dove is beautiful.
Linth, love, love, love your red-headed. Babies to follow hopefully.
Here' one of my mourning doves after pulling out a lose feather, a bald eagle flying to its usual tree to enjoy a fish breakfast, a few Canada geese and a California towhee.
Some incredible shots Margaret. It's so awful, that the Red-tailed Black Cockatoos are starving. All because of greed. They will have a lot to answer too when they are gone.
Chilli, I so enjoy seeing the Bobolink in the wild. I would so much want, to have a close up shot of one.
Duc , awesome shots of your birds.
Domehomedee, glad you found the Quails eggs, and happy, she returned to her eggs.
Now Lily if you can send Linth a Red-headed WP, what are the odds of you, sending me some.
Lovely shot Linth and congrats on the 2 visitors.
A few from the last couple of days.
This Crow didn't let the harassing Grackles, from him figuring out, how to get into the suet cage. He emptied it in no time at all.
Female Purple Finch, calling it's mate.
This Evening Grosbeak looks as if, he has a thing or two to say to me.
No more room for Siskens on this feeder.
and a tireless Yellow Warbler, looking for bugs.
Duc, all great shots. I have sooooooooo many doves here. Small, medium, and large, with more on the way by the romantic encounters I witnessed the past few days. In fact, I have so many doves that I am going to have to go to the feed mill and purchase some corn for them. I just cannot keep them supplied with sufficient amounts of BOSS or the striped sunflower seeds. Fantastic having them here, no matter how much they eat.
I shared everyone's sentiment about the Redtailed Cockatoos lost of habitat, love all the birds you have shared everyone. I sure can't take credit on sending Linth the Redheaded Woodpecker. lol, congrats Linth on both rare sightings of the woodpecker and the warbler.
Here is a Carolina Wren and two male Nothern Cardinals do what they do best. lol