A Dove, a Flamingo, and a Hummingbird

It’s been a fairly slow bird-watching week here. I ran out of birdseed at the beginning of the week. And the birds flew off to fuller feeders.  Or maybe they ate some insects instead. That would be nice!

However, we’ve been seeing hummingbirds at the hummingbird feeder. Getting a shot of a hummingbird is a bit of a challenge. While I’ve had lots of shouts of “There’s a hummingbird!”, not as much luck in them sticking around while I fumble for the camera.

I’ve been seeing a lot more doves lately. Usually, I only see the mourning doves who like to clean up under the feeders.  However, a pair of  Collared-doves also decided to hang out around the yard this week.

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Did I mention it was kind of a slow week for birding around here?

I was a bit busier this week in addition to the empty feeders. Saw a lot of our yellow flamingo though.

Wait, what you’ve never seen a yellow flamingo?! Let me show you!

Yellow Flamingo

He likes to hang out here under the lemongrass pot. Oh, did you think I’d found an actual yellow flamingo? I guess I should have specified he’s of the plastic variety.

Just this afternoon, I did manage to spot our elusive ruby-throated hummingbird with camera in hand. Patience paid off  as it  took a tiny break on the fence.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Still not the best photos. I need practice capturing these busy birds. It’s a wonder I got any photos though as my “assistant” yelled for my attention the whole time I attempted to take my shots.

Little Gray Cat aka My Assistant  

And finally, one last photo just for fun.

My first try to capture this year’s hummingbird:

Do you see how it looks trapped in the feeder? Ha! Note: no birds were trapped in feeders nor harmed by the little gray cat in the making of this post.

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Other birds spotted this week included robins, starlings, cardinals, grackles, the downy woodpeckers,  a red-bellied woodpecker, a mockingbird (not at home), house finches and sparrows.

What birds did you spot this week?

Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

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11 thoughts on “A Dove, a Flamingo, and a Hummingbird

    1. Jean Post author

      I’m glad. I was hoping my flamingo bring a little lightness to things. Hope your week is off to a super start!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I’ve heard that about patience myself. Definitely, need more practice with that virtue. Closest I’ll get to seeing any flamingo around here (not counting a zoo visit). Hope your week is off to a terrific start!

  1. Anni

    Being a cat lover myself, I love your assistant. Looks like the flamingos has dined on too much yellow squash these days!! Love the gunners too! Hope your day has been super so far, and thanks for joining us at IRBB.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. My assistant certainly keeps me on my toes. Keep thinking I need to get the poor flamingo some summer attire (it was a Christmas gift with a red bow which I finally took off of it). Hope your new week is off to a wonderful start!

  2. Beverly

    We have two American Goldfinches. They are so bright.! Almost neon. One has been here for about a week. We saw the second one Yesterday

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