Whatever Weds. Snowbird

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The Sparrows have arrived for winter! I’ve topped up all my feeders so they’ll have plenty to eat, but they seem to love the new block of seed and millworms I added.

Here’s I believe a Female White-crowned Sparrow waiting for her turn at the feeder.

White-crowned Sparrow Female

I hope you’re all having a great week!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 300mm f/4| Lexar Digital Film| PS CC 21.0.1

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Friday most Fowl!

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I was sitting on the patio with a tasty glass of rosé ( Chateau de Beaupré) the other evening thinking about posting some recent bird sightings when this new title/ category popped into my head so, here is its debut; Friday most Fowl!

Sunday morning I was up early as I am wont to be and it was lovely out so, I opened the patio door and heard the sweet melodious sounds of a chorus of birds. I did what any birder does: I quickly grabbed my camera, snatched my freshly brewed cup-a-tea and headed to the patio. Of course the instant they heard me open the sliding screen door they flew into the far bushes and trees to hide.  That was okay. I knew they’d back…this is home.

I settled in and was quiet…camera ready…letting my tea get cold. Oh, the sacrifices we make to get an image!

First back was the Female Rufous Hummingbird…a lifer for me!

Rufus Hummingbird-Female

…then the Songbirds returned,

Female Finch

a Tern made a pass over, I think it’s a Foster’s Tern?

Tern

Then Mr. Quail thought the coast was clear and hopped up on the bottom of the fence to be sure.

Male California Quail

He looked me over real good. Then decide the oldest of his brood could come up for a little look-see.  Last time I counted there were 6 little ones in his brood.

California Quail Juveniles

Then I had the biggest surprise I’ve had in birding in a long, long time.  A Male Northern Flicker landed on my fence! A Northern Flicker! Right there less than 20 feet from me!! WOW!!

Northern Flicker-Male

It only stayed a minute, but what a minute!! Of course, all the other little birds flew away, but I didn’t care just then. 😁

It was a pretty great birdy morning on my patio Sunday morning don’t you think?

He-Man was away on business most the week so I took a couple of days in the middle of that and went to Baby Girl’s to visit the Grandson’s and be there for #1’s first day of First Grade. He’s so stoked. His best friend is in his class and he likes his teacher.  A great first day!

I’ll be catching up with your posts over the next few days.  I hope you all have a wonderful week-end and Happy Friday!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm| Lexar Digital Film| PS CC 2019

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Whatever Weds. Great-tailed Grackle

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This bird was on the back fence competing for food with the Yellow-headed Blackbirds making rather lewd calls to scare them off.

He looks a bit grumpy, doesn’t he?

Blackbird

Since we’ve been pretty well settled in we’ve been having family and friends come to visit which is why I’ve been less active on the blog lately.

Baby Girl, the Handsome Surveyor, and the boys came for Mother’s Day and my Birthday, then a good friend stopped by for the night while traveling, and we’ve had Big Baby Boy home for 5 days. Sadly, he’s heading back to SOCAL today.

Both the kids said, “it feels like home!” at the new house and are happy, and like it here too.

The weather has been a bit gloomy lately and driving home from Baby Girl’s Sunday we had snow in the mountains. It was a gorgeous winter wonderland with the tall pines flocked in snow.

On the homefront- I’m still waiting for the countertop for the base laundry room cabinets to come in. The pantry cabinet I ordered arrived damaged and went back, and a wall cabinet got smashed in transit and I’m waiting for that replacement.

The closet shelving in the office and retreat are complete, and He-Man’s Master Closet is finished. He wasted no time filling it up!

The house in Silicon Valley went on the market Friday.  Here’s hoping for a sale soon!

I hope you all are having a good week!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2019 & iPhone 7 Plus

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Wild Wednesday 39/52 Yellow-headed Blackbird

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While photographing Wild Mustangs one morning in August this little guy popped out of the grass almost beside me to grab an unsuspecting Butterfly for breakfast.

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Wordless Wednesday 33/52 Anna’s Hummingbird

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Anna's Hummingbird

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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A Western Bluebird at her Toilette

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A few weeks ago I had a first time visitor to the little feeder which turned into a bird bath after the rainy week. I was thrilled to see the Western Bluebird in my yard!

Well, she like the temperature, and atmosphere so she decided to stay and have a bath. Luckily my camera was nearby.

Eyeing up the tub, and making sure the coast is clear overhead…

Bluebird Female

At her toilette

Western Bluebird Female bathing

“Do you mind! I’m bathing here!” That look really got me thinking…”man I’m a voyeur!” 🙂

Do you mind I'm bathing here!

All clean! She had a good shake and flew away after this image was taken. I hope she comes back!

Western Bluebird

I took these images through the window so they’re a bit soft. I used the dehaze feature to help that a bit. It’s a pretty neat feature!

 

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 300mm f4| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015

Hermit Thrush…I think!

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This little bird lives in my neighbors Oleander bush, and I rarely see it. I tried photographing it last year when it flew up to the fence, but the shots were through a window, and I really wanted an image without a window between us.

Hermit Thrush I think

A few days ago while #1 Grandson was in the backyard playing and I was sitting in the middle of the lawn hoping the Chick-a-Dee would stop making such a fuss about us being out there and fly down to the feeder so I could take its picture the Hermit Thrush flew up to the top of the fence to see what all the fuss was about.

What luck! I got two frames of it before it jumped down into the safety of the Oleander.

I thought it was Fox Sparrow, but now that I have decent image to compare with the birds in my bird books I now think this little bird is a Hermit Thrush.

If I’m wrong please let me know!

Nikon D300s| Nikkor 200-500mm | Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015

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