Last Sunday morning, I awoke to the call of “pretty bird, pretty bird, pretty bird!” At least that’s what it sounded like to me as the local cardinal sang. It seemed very loud but then, my morning person husband had left the back door open.
This fellow usually hangs out quite high in the trees making a photo of him let alone a decent photo of him with my current camera just about impossible. I got lucky though! Most my attempted shots look more like this: He really is a pretty bird though isn’t he? While sometimes, I’ll spot him & his lady friend in the front yard, they mostly stick to the backyard. I did capture (on film) another neighborhood couple in the front yard though: These doves nest in a nearby yard.
I also spotted the following camera elusive birds (well, not the grackles or robins) in or near or front yard this week:
- The tiny titmouse family making lots of noise to steer away a nosy grackle.
- More grackles including a family teaching their younger bird and feeding it. (I can’t decide if my grackles are neighborhood guardians or a neighborhood gang)
- The robin debating a nest in our maple tree
- A flash of something small and yellow which may have been a goldfinch
- A Chimney swift finally flowing low enough for me to use my bird app and id it
- A turkey vulture soaring high and making shadows on the ground
- A couple of pigeons (not on our street) as I was driving home from work one day
They aren’t always in our backyard and usually much like the singing cardinal, they like to hang out high in our trees but earlier this week I heard their somewhat (to me) bizarre and prehistoric sounding calls. Since they were low enough in the trees, I grabbed my camera.
The woodpeckers were working hard on this day!
First I spotted a pair of downy woodpeckers, who were not in the mood to be chased by the people paparazzi so these blurry blobs were the best I could get of them: The red-bellied woodpecker proved to be a bit more of a cooperative subject: Finally, this Northern flicker was the most cooperative bird of all. I used to see these woodpeckers a bit more often after rainy days but haven’t in some time:
Also spotted in our backyard but not photographed:
- An English sparrow chattering at me before flying off to a different backyard
- A nuthatch happily hanging out in a tree without a titmouse family chasing him
- The pesky bluejay who simply refuses to be captured on camera
- The robins and grackles who run the neighborhood
Once again, I’m joining in with the weekly link-up over at I’d Rather B Birdin’ and since I missed Five on Friday yesterday, I’m letting this post do double duty and joining in that link-up hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog as well.
What birds did you notice this week?