Friday, May 22, 2015

Looking through leaves

The male black and white warbler.  Bold colors
The gentle veery
      This was a total surprise, a "what's that" bird. Looks like a sparrow, but walks differently and is smaller. A more experienced birder identified this sweet bird, a Lincoln sparrow, first time for me. Pretty and sweet.                           
Then into the leaves came the male chestnut-sided warbler. Love this bird.  First time I ever saw this bird I thought it was the prettiest "sparrow" I had ever seen. That was nine years ago. Live and learn.
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Quiet park day

Straight out the door, bath time.
This is a very young sparrow. Look at bill, yellow. It instinctively knows the cotoneaster buds taste good.
Redbelly woodpecker nest.
Oh, good grief!  The birds have found a hamburger. Add this to goofy food list.
Sheep Meadow hawk nest, Papa watching above, Mama on nest, very protective. Windy day.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

At the cotoneaster

I'll hang out at the cotoneaster shrubs and wait for the orioles. This came as a surprise. The cardinals also like the buds (seeds).
This is the loveliest anyone can see. This time the female was feeding the male.
Finally an oriole arrived, a young male.
And suddenly something caught my attention behind the oriole. Oh my God, the indigo bunting also likes cotoneaster seeds .
This was a wonderful red/brown/yellow/blue half hour.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Nice variety

This black-throated blue male is for my friend Eric. We heard the bird singing together. Not a clear shot, but that doesn't matter. The song was the best.
The common yellow throat, maybe a male-to-be or a very bright female, hard to tell.
The male redstart. I like the fly-out image the best.
The red eye vireo
The black-throated green with a magnolia in background.
The beautiful photogenic black-throated green
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