Variety of Backyard Birds

Enjoyed the antics of a wide range of our backyard birds this week! Even spotted some birds I’d not seen hanging around our yard in a while.

The house finches are regular customers at the backyard feeders but I don’t always get to see the tufted titmouse. Rare to see it sitting still and so close to a house finch as well.

Tufted-Titmouse

Usually have to try and capture quick snaps of them as they hurry to and from the bird feeder. The one above stopped briefly on the fence.  Speaking of stopping briefly…

Ruby-throated hummingbird

This bird’s been taunting me. Likes to sit on a wire that runs across our backyard. And about the time I notice it, fly over to take a quick sip from the feeder before zooming away.

Though it doesn’t show in the shots above, the throat on this little bird is as bright (maybe brighter) than the color of this…

Cardinal

He’s been hanging out at the neighbor’s yard. I think he likes their food better than ours. Right on the post above him sat a…

Robin

It was odd how I was thinking that I’d not seen many robins lately, looked up and saw one sitting on the post! Two other feathered friends I’d not seen in a while also came to visit:

Carolina Wren

and a…

White-breasted Nuthatch

I sat outside on our deck with evening approaching (and my furry cat assistant by my side) for most of these pictures.

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We also enjoy just watching the bird antics:

I think I’m turning my youngest son into a bird-watcher as well. He often goes to the backdoor now, looks out and reports what birds he sees. Heard him laughing one day, he said the silly chickadee was trying to eat out of the hummingbird feeder. Sorry I missed that one. I did enjoy watching the silly little chickadee challenge the downy woodpecker on the suet feeder. Guess who won that match? I’ll give you a hint. It was not the chickadee.

Before I end my post, I  wanted to thank Phil from Another Bird Blog for his advice last week about speeding up the ISO setting on my camera. Motivated me to take my camera off the “bird watching” auto setting and see what happened. Reminded me I bought the bridge camera to learn all the “fancy” stuff in the first place.

Finally, a few other birds spotted but not pictured from the week (not all were in the backyard): turkey vultures, chickadees, sparrows, starlings, mourning doves, Eurasian collared dove (this morning!), and oddly enough, a little goldfinch singing away in the tree I parked by at Target today. What birds did you spot this week?

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

 

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Variety of Backyard Birds

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! It was a lazy weekend which was nice except makes for feeling a lot more tired after work on a Monday! Hope your week is off to a great start!

  1. David Gascoigne

    It’s great to see your backyard birds. We have a good degree of overlap but a Carolina Wren or a Tufted Titmouse at my feeders would be a real surprise. They are present here but quite rare. Today we had a family of five House Finches.
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. We do enjoy our wrens and titmice at the feeders. The house finches are always present. Hope your Monday has gone well so far.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! The birds do like to perch on the poles. I’d like to get a few more. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

  2. Anni

    Upside down! I guess that is the nature of them tho. All your captures are fantastic! Beautiful array of gorgeousness.
    Thanks so much for coming by I’d Rather B Birdin this week and linking in!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, the nuthatches always seem to be upside down. They are funny (and fun to watch) little birds. I looked up the frigate bird in my bird book, looking forward to seeing your photos of it. Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

  3. P Slade

    Thanks for the name check Jean. It’s food to see you investigating your camera’s capabilities. So often those initial settings do not suit every situation. If you can find your camera on You Tube, there’s often good advice there too. Meanwhile, your variety of garden birds is much more than our own. The upside down White-breasted Nuthatch made me laugh. Are you sure it’s not an Australian Nuthatch?

    1. Jean Post author

      I did watch a video long ago on You Tube, need to look it up again. Thank you again for the motivation! The nuthatches are funny birds. I really enjoy watching them, they’re very often upside down in the trees. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

  4. Eileen

    Hello,
    I enjoyed your back yard birds. The Titmouse is a sweetie, I also love the Nuthatch.
    The chickadees and the wren are some my favorites. My camera is usually on the Auto setting.
    Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’ve been really spoiled with my camera as it has a “bird watching” setting. Time to learn how the camera actually works, I suppose 🙂 Hope your new week is off to a fantastic start!

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