Sunday, June 29, 2014

Babies Really Are Booming


                                                          Northern Mockingbird


                                                  Mother Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Nest


                                                     Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Portrait


                                                              Another Portrait


                                                     European Starling Gathering Food


                                                     Newly Fledged Western Kingbird


                                                                       Ditto


                                                          A Parent to Our Fledgling


                                                 Male House Finch in Breeding Plumage

Our friendly neighborhood birds are in a frenzy regarding their nests and their young.  This is very typical behavior at this time of year.  By the way, I was led to the Western Kingbird fledgling by a parent when I came out the door for an errand.  Last year I obtained a photo of a recently fledged Mourning Dove on the property, too.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Front and Center Stage


                                                              Male Purple Martin


                                                       Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Nest


                                                           Male Mallard in Flight


                                                Eastern Kingbird Coming in for a Landing


                                                        Eastern Kingbird Portrait

76-85 degrees/partly cloudy/light and variable winds/0700-0930 hrs.

This was the ultimate fare for this morning, top of the crop.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Many Birds Are Dressed in Breeding Plumage

                                                 
                                                       Immature Red-shouldered Hawk


                                                                 Great Blue Heron


                                                               Northern Cardinal


                                                         Female Red-winged Blackbird


                                                            Male Great-tailed Grackle


                                                               Eastern Kingbird


                                                                        Ditto


                                                              Double Canada Goslings


                                                                   "Wait for Me!"


                                                                 Eastern Kingbird


                                                           Brown Thrasher Near Nest


                                                     Great Egret in Breeding Plumage


                                                                       Ditto


                                                                        Ditto


                                                                       Ditto


                                                                      And Again


                                                                     Yet Again


                                                            Last, But Not Least

These are the stars of the week, or at least, thus far.  Great Egret was a wonderful surprise this morning, as was Brown Thrasher thinking that I did not see him/her.  Started off as a very cloudy day, which helped Great Egret's shots.  Enjoy, and keep the wild in wildlife.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer is Right Around the Corner


                                                            Great Blue Heron at Sunrise


                                                              Pair of Tufted Titmouse


                                     Male Red-winged Blackbird Worrying Great Blue Heron


                                                                        Ditto


                                                           Female Northern Cardinal


                                                         Female Red-winged Blackbird


                                                             Eastern Kingbird Pair

It was a mid-afternoon trip to the lake today, since it rained the better part of the morning.  However, it was just as well, since these views would never have been seen.  Touche!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Immature Downy Woodpeckers, The Highlight of Young Birds


                                                              Great Blue Heron


                                                    Immature Downy Woodpecker, Male


                                                                       Ditto


                                                                      Ditto


                                                                      Ditto


                                                                         Ditto


                                                    Pair of Downy Woodpecker Brothers


                                                                 Great Blue Heron


                                                                Eastern Cottontail


                                                                     Mallard Ducklings





                                                          Backlit Scissor-tailed Flycatcher


0645-0840/partly cloudy/15-25 mph winds/76-85 degrees



                                                                 Mallard Ducklings

A day filled with interesting sights.  A number of people stopped me this morning to discuss birds and see where the beavers are living.  Several people seem to be interested in birding tours and to learn more about what they see.