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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Backyard Birding

This week, I am out of state visiting my mother in Plainfield, NJ. These photos were taken from The Frog & PenguINN kitchen window in late February. The feeders were very busy.

There were the usual unwelcome visitors of grackles and cowbirds . . .
UV collage1And, one which we don’t often see – until he has caught a meal , which unfortunately has happened over the last several weeks. This appears to be Sharp-shinned hawk, an agile flier that surprises its prey, typically songbirds.UV collage2There’s been an assortment of male and female cardinals . . .
female cardinal collagemale cardinal collageAlso house finches and goldfinches . . .finches collage
A tufted titmouse sometimes visits, but never stays long enough for some good photos.tufted titmouse collageSharing is nice . . .
sharing collage
Just a little break from reading about Grenville’s fabulously fantastic fun-filled fen adventures this week. 

13 comments:

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! We have the same bird here as well some are welcome and some are not ! Have a good day !

Daisy said...

I enjoyed your collages, Beatrice. I've never heard of that kind of hawk. I think we mostly have red-tailed hawks and falcons here.

A Quiet Corner said...

Sharp~Shins and Cooper's...tangled with both in VA & although I've seen them around here, I haven't yet caught one in the act, so to speak. But, I have found evidence. Great pix of your birds!!!!...:)JP

Montanagirl said...

A lot of variety there! Very colorful assortment.

Chip Allen said...

I never tired of watching burds and this is a fine series. We get a lot of titmice here as well as all the rest pictured but I guess our mild winter kept the natural food supply plentiful as our feeders are mostly deserted and have been except on the few occasions the weather has turned bad.

grammie g said...

Hi B...Love you entourage of feathered friends...that a very colorful bunch!!
I need to find out from you what you told me you had for a camera...I am having some problems with mine!!
Grace

possum said...

Glad you kept those grackles down there. Have only seen them here once all winter. No doubt they were on their way to your place! LOL! Or maybe it was when you were away!
Be safe coming home!

Sandra said...

so many birds, we have hardly any due to mr red shoudler hawk who eats all songbirds and doves. wish he would eat the black birds, the big nasty loud ones. we saw another pest yesterday, mr squirrel as he ran up the tree carrying a grapefruit in his jaws that weighed 10 times more than he did. enjoy your visit

L. D. Burgus said...

You have a large variety of birds similar to ours. I had forgotten as to how the eastern part of the US has so many cardinals. We have one pair this year and last year there was three pair.

Anvilcloud said...

It's nice enough to look at the pictures, so it must be even better to see the birds so close, live.

Elaine said...

You have such a nice variety of birds coming to your feeders. I don't have much variety, but I do have a lot of birds coming. They've been keeping me running to the store to stock up on more seed--the favorite is sunflower chips.

Country Mouse Studio said...

I agree with the others you have such a wonderful variety of birds.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Everyone for the comments. There were no feeders at my mom's home so it was nice to return home this past Sunday and see the finches enjuoying the thistle feeders. Need to mow the grass that has sprouted below the other feeders before refilling them this week.

Elaine (Country Girl) seems everyone has their share of welcome vs. unwelcome visitors.

Daisy, I have seen and heard of those 2 hawks.

JP, unfortunately a few weeks ago I did catch this hawk "in the act" and his victim was a male cardinal which he flew off with for lunch. Then a week later we saw lots of feathers from yet another victim. Bird feeders provide meals in many ways.

Mona & Chip, glad you enjoyed!

Grace, my camera is a Canon PowerShot SX130IS and it's what took these backyard bird pics.

Thanks Possum and can send some UV your way when our food supply runs out!

Sandra, I also wish this hawk would eat those types, but seems to prefer songbirds too.

AC, it's entertainment while I enjoy morning coffee.

Elaine, sunflwoer seeds are also favored here, but so costly so I mix with other seed.

Thanks Carole!

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