Slow Birding Week

Maybe I should title this post slow bird photo taking week. I saw enough birds just either didn’t have the camera in hand or took more than a fair share of blurry photos.

So, forgive my post that’s going to be a bit more tell than show this week. Let’s start with the birds I did manage to capture on camera.

Put a different blend of suet in the suet feeder (mainly because they didn’t have my usual) and wasn’t sure if the birds were going to like it. The downy woodpecker didn’t seem to mind. I apparently missed a great sale on safflower seed and settled for something called songbird blend to refill the feeders last week. I’m not sure what song grackles sing but it’s not one of my favorites.

And yes, I know we have poison ivy growing in our yard. Losing battle. It pops up around my flower garden as well.

Now, I do have some tell instead of show for this week. Another reason for fewer photos is my busier week. I worked 4 days! One day while cutting through the park and driving into work, I had to stop and yield to a little family of ducklings crossing the road. I sat enjoying the moment and then thought, oh, I should take a photo! Of course, I was too slow with it all. Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the moment instead isn’t it?

Other birds spotted this week included house finches, sparrows, robins, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, both mourning doves and Eurasian ring necked doves, and chickadees. Plus, a few turkey vultures soaring overhead.

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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10 thoughts on “Slow Birding Week

  1. Eileen


    I do love the sweet Downy woodpeckers. The Grackles are colorful and pretty. I agree it is good to enjoy the moment, it doesn’t always have to be about taking the photos. It is cute to see the ducklings. I am glad they made across the street safely. Enjoy your day, happy weekend!
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    1. Jean Post author

      I was thrilled to see the little ducklings. Usually, unless I walk down to the lake at that park, I only see geese. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  2. Phil

    Never mind you missed one or two Jean. The main priority is that you enjoy your Birding and life itself. You seem to do that just fine. And the grackle is a splendid shiny blue.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! The grackles are very shiny but they tend to bully the other birds around the feeders so not my favorites. Hope you had a great weekend!

  3. Linda Walcroft

    My birding is slowing down. A critter tore up the finch feeder and that’s a sign that summer’s hiatus is here. I’ll just be feeding hummingbirds and they only visit occasionally.

    1. Jean Post author

      I went ahead and caved and bought one more round of seed. The critters were pretty rough on my feeders this year as well. I saw a hummingbird this morning! Happy Monday!

  4. Anni

    Truly! I agree…soaking in a moment of pleasure with the duckling family is awesome…in fact taking photos of certain things in life makes you miss some action you normally would see without the camera in front of your eye! Your post today is a treasure. I enjoyed every minute here and want to thank you for participating at IRBB this week.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Yes, that is true, I often hear birds and don’t always see them. Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

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