Why would possibly the slowest week of the slowest year not also be a slow bird-watching week? Wonderful sunny weather but hardly any birds spotted!
I did work Monday, Tuesday, and Friday so it limited my bird-watching time. And Wednesday, my plans changed as my youngest needed help with school. Thursday, I managed to go on a walk at my favorite park but no luck spotting many birds.
It’s been so slow, I ran outside with the camera just now to try and capture a few decent shots of our resident cardinals and sparrows to share. We do have a large family of cardinals hanging out with us this fall. Unfortunately, they are quite skittish making decent photos of them hard to obtain.
Backyard Cardinals and Sparrows
The above photos were all from today. Next, I’ll share my photos from the one walk to managed to take this week.
Spotted At The Park
Did I mention it was a slow bird-watching week despite fantastic weather? The park seemed unusually quiet. Perhaps my timing? Only time available for me to go was basically the noon hour.
These winged creatures were happy to guide me along on the path taking breaks from the wild daisies (about the only flower blooms left).
Spotted a couple “whirly birds” though only grabbed a photo of one.
Only feathered birds spotted were cardinals. One posed but my backyard photos were better. Heard some wrens as I passed them. And of course, a few blue jays. Took both cameras allowing me to zoom in on this little bird. Want to try and id it from a fuzzy photo? Some sort of sparrow.
A peaceful walk in beautiful weather just not a productive one for bird-watching.
Other Birds Spotted This Week
Not a lot of time to watch for birds this week so maybe that explains my poor luck. Out the back door, I spotted our usual friends: the tufted titmice, the pair of nuthatches, house finches, a few robins, and two white-throated sparrows. Three crows sat in our front yard maple tree one morning as we left for school. And I’ve seen the occasional dark-eyed junco this week. If furry birds count, then the squirrels at the feeders are certainly abundant. Pretty sure one thinks it’s a house pet. Trying to refrain from giving him a name. One morning I briefly saw the flicker woodpecker in the oak tree. And the red-bellied and downy woodpeckers were around here and there.
Even without a lot of birds to enjoy (this week), I can’t help but enjoy the end of the fall colors around here. I often share views of the neighbor’s oak tree but here is the other neighbor’s sweet gum tree. Gorgeous color almost makes me forget about those spiky seed balls it throws to the ground.
At work, we saw more squirrels. Is it the year of the squirrel? And a chipmunk yesterday! I also spotted more sparrows and a few blue jays. One my break, a duck flew toward a pond at that park. What birds did you spot this week?
**Joining in with The Bird Depot hosted by Anni at I’d Rather B Birdin’.