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Back To Backyard Birding

This week it was back to backyard birding.  Didn’t get out as much as I wanted.  Really wasn’t even sure I was going to post as my photos didn’t turn out very well.

However, J helped edit one of them and I thought I’d go ahead and share his artistic editing efforts: backyard birding One of our backyard robins: backyard birding And sadly, those were the two best photos of my birding week.  My original plan was to go north to an Eagle Days event but then this cold (Yes, I’m sick yet again) arrived. A two-hour drive while sick didn’t seem like the best idea.

The rest of my backyard birding results:

I was so happy to capture a chickadee! Too bad the photo didn’t turn out very crisp. backyard birding And then, I captured it in flight! Except the tree branch blocked his head.  I suppose it would have been a perfect Halloween photo, the beheaded chickadee: backyard birding See the silly Nuthatch up there in the corner?  Didn’t even know he was there until I pulled this photo up to edit it.  Here is my nutty Nuthatch on the tree: backyard birding They don’t stay still for long either!

Other birds spotted in the backyard during the course of my week but not on camera: Cardinals and snowbirds, right on our deck! My little Carolina wren, sparrows, a downy woodpecker, and it appears the Cooper’s hawk now resides in our neighborhood. Yikes!

Spotted while driving: Starlings, ducks on the lake in a park, a rather large flock of seagulls flying north, a king-bird keeping watch.

I noted a different hawk flying over the wooded area behind the playground while working on Friday and my husband saw pelicans while on his hunting trip Saturday (I was quite jealous!). His phone photo came out too blurry to really share.

At least my little brown creeper came back to visit this afternoon although once again, no photo as I didn’t have my camera handy at the time.

What birds did you notice this week?

Birding On Thanksgiving Weekend

I spent some of my Thanksgiving weekend birding.  My weekend started on Tuesday when I went birding locally. Then, I searched the skies of Kansas on our travels to Oklahoma.  Plenty of red-tailed hawks to count along the way.

Finally, I also did a bit of bird-watching at our destination in Oklahoma.  While I never spotted their state bird, the scissor-tailed fly-catcher, this road runner standing still gave me a thrill! birding birding He also reminded me to put a tripod stand on my birthday or Christmas wish list. Oklahoma winds plus zoom…not a good mix!

Let’s return to the Kansas City area and my early weekend (Tuesday was sort of like a Friday for us) search for a turkey on Tuesday.  I drove out to Burr Oak Woods as I remembered they often had wild turkeys frequent the bird feeders.  No luck and a field trip!  Ugh, walked a trail instead and spotted Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and this Red-bellied woodpecker:  Back at the nature center, still no turkeys, just these goldfinches hanging out on the feeder: birding I’d given up on a turkey feast for my camera and was already in my car when I looked up and there were the turkeys! Right in the grass in front of the employee parking area.  So I hopped out with my camera and keys only, ran over and took a few shots: birding birding We went ahead and stuck with a Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving!

Birding In Oklahoma

We visited a couple of lakes during our time in northern Oklahoma so I was able to spot many birds not often seen in our residential backyard with the exception of Canada geese, never seems to be a shortage of those birds no matter the location.

Canada goose

Also spotted lots of ducks including this Bufflehead (Hey, I have another bird book now!): birding I knew this was a Blue Heron: birding And in flight: birding However, the book didn’t help me (or my husband) to identify this bird: He was simply standing on the top of the ledge between the disc golf course and the boat launch. I kept inching closer to get better shots until a car scared him away.  Is he a young Blue Heron or something else? Also spotted at the lakes, a red hawk, possibly a young eagle in flight:  birding and lots of sea gulls, just one in the photo below along with another Blue Heron! birding Once we were back in the residential areas, I noticed some Robins and of course, the sparrows outside the restaurant fronts on the way home.

What birds did you spot this weekend?

Joining in with Anni over at the Bird D’pot, go check out all the great photos taken by Anni and other birds in the link up.  So much fun.

Duck, Duck, Robin

I’m a little late with my Saturday bird-watching post but still wanted to share my duck pictures.  I saw ducks plus a few other birds on my walk Thursday.

Happily, I walked down to the lake to see if any birds were present.  Lately, as I drive by the park, no birds appear in my view from the highway and side roads.

When I walked down to the small fishing dock near the playground, I saw lots of ducks near the shore.  duck

The sunny day meant changing my angle to get photos where the sunlight glare didn’t bounce off the water: duck Still not complaining about warm and bright November sunshine after too many days of gloomy gray skies!

Some of the ducks on the shore were still sleepy.  duck

Other ducks swam in the water. duck

This duck (My duck-naming knowledge stops with mallards) hung out apart from the other groups.  Is he something else? duck There were geese, just not in the water. duck Canada geese are year-long residents of our area and sometimes considered nuisance birds.  They did get in the water later when I was on the far side of the lake.


Bass Pro Shop is the anchor of Water Fall Park, location of these pictures


There were more ducks on the other side of the shore.  This mallard thinking of testing the waters made me smile. duck duck He finally went to join his friends. duck And the robin: duck duck duck

At the park, I also noticed snowbirds, a hawk (too far away to identify), crows, more robins, and a few woodpeckers.  My usual feathered friends were hanging out around our yard: cardinals, snowbirds, sparrows, and a downy woodpecker.  It’s also the time of year when Starlings gather on the power lines.  Can’t help but notice those.

Linking my post up with the Bird D’Pot.  What birds did you notice?

Bird-watching Woes

I saw such amazing birds this week and yet my post is titled bird-watching woes.  Wonder why?

It’s because I didn’t have my camera when I saw them!  The Wayne Gretzky quote, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” went through my mind.

Of course, it would have been hard for him to take those shots without a hockey stick.

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Had my camera but struggled to get a decent shot of this dove

My Bird-Watching Woes:

ONE: No Camera

On Wednesday, there were Cedar Wax Wings!  Cedar Wax Wings are the most amazing birds and I’ve only seen them one other time when I didn’t yet have my good camera.

When I saw the “museum” of Cedar Wax Wings on Wednesday, I was at work!  They were flying from the evergreen tree on the playground over to the bare tree tops on the other side of the fence.  It was very hard to watch children on the playground as opposed to the birds.

Naturally, I didn’t have my camera with me at work.  When I walked back out later (on my break) with my cell phone, the birds were gone.  Every day during my coming and going to work, I took the long way into the building, cell phone ready, but never saw them again during the course of the week.

I am, of course, grateful to have seen them.  And since they are year-round residents of our state, perhaps I’ll get eventually get a decent photo of one.

TWO: No Birds Plus No Time!

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Our skies have looked a lot like this lately

Not sure if it was our whiplash weather or something else but there were very few birds around during the rest of the week.  Well, at least when I had the time to look which wasn’t very often.

THREE: Uncooperative Weather

We went from sunny fall days to COLD ones.  Cold enough for me to dig out my winter sweaters.  Not great weather for bird-watching.

On Friday, I decided to take the time to battle the cold, gray day (rain was moving in for the weekend) and go on a walk to look for birds.  Friday was an odd day where I worked in the morning and then, agreed to return to work in the afternoon.

I spent my longer break in the day over at a local park where the boys and I used to go once in a while.  Thought it would likely be deserted due to the cold (didn’t want to be the creepy lady with a camera and no kids at a park!).  Only one other brave soul there, walking her dog.  We had a brief conversation about the yucky weather, her dog, and my camera (What you taking pictures of?  Birds.  Oh, there are a bunch over there.  Have a good weekend!).

Did I mention it was cold?  bird-watching woes My fingers could hardly hold the camera to focus on the birds I did see.  At the park, I noticed chickadees, a red-headed woodpecker, sparrows, doves, and robins.

Once at home, this kind Cardinal agreed to pose for my camera. bird-watching woes At least, my lovely Cardinals are still hanging around.  This poor fellow was just as cold as I was on Friday, I think.  bird-watching woes

Linking up my post with The Bird Depot, hosted by Anni from I’d Rather B Birdin’.

What birds have you noticed lately?





Five Birds I Saw This Week

One of the five birds I saw this week gave me a bit of a thrill.  Once again, the week gave me little time or decent weather for a nature hike.  However, I saw enough different birds during my week to satisfy me.

And hopefully, today, I’ll be able to get out and go on a nature walk to see a few more.  If the weather holds.  It’s another gray and gloomy Saturday.  Hoping the sun arrives soon. The weather is, thankfully, warmer at least.

The Five Birds I Saw This Week:

ONE: A Tufted Titmouse

This silly little fellow lit on the basketball goal on Sunday afternoon. As if he were contemplating shooting a few hoops.  five birds He then flew over to the fence.

TWO: A Silly Sparrow

Wanted to join in the action and play a game of backyard hoops. Chased the little Tufted Titmouse away from his perch.  five birds Silly sparrows, basketball is not for birds.  five birds

Three: A Brown Creeper

Not the best picture but these tiny little birds do not stay still for long! five birds The tail-feathers helped me identify this little bird. five birds

Four: An Early Halloween Treat on Monday, A Backyard Hawk.  I think this is a Cooper’s Hawk.

Monday was both cold and windy.  I spied this hawk land on a tree in my neighbor’s yard and so ran out on the deck with my camera and did my best to zoom in on him.  five birds Here’s a close-up of his body and tail-feathers.  Let’s pretend I took the below photo on purpose.

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A photo that would have made my mother proud, she always managed to cut off heads in her photos.

Truly, a beautiful bird and a great lesson in how hard it is to use a zoom lens without a tripod, especially on a super cold and windy day. five birds five birds

Five: A Downy Woodpecker

No time for a nature walk on Thursday since I was called into work.  However, I work close to a great little park where I like to go and decompress on my lunch break.  Parked the car against a wooded area (the parking lot is for people who do have time to go and walk) on yet another gloomy day.

First a little Chickadee said hello.  Then, a mass of Robins.  Followed by this little guy who made me long for my good camera.  Still captured a photo of him with my phone.  five birds ****

Joining in with Five on Friday (Yes, I know it’s Saturday) hosted by the F.A.S.T. blog and The Bird Depot hosted by Anni from I’d Rather B Birdin’.

What birds did you see this week?


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