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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Wordless Wednesday 38/52 Chick-a-dee

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Look who's come for Breakfast

Chick-a-deeChick-a-deeChick-a-dee

Nikon D810| Nikkor 200-500mm @500mm| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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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

P52: 22/52 Anna’s Hummingbird-Female

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P52 22 of 52  Anna's Hummingbird- Female

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 @ f/8| ISO 800| Hoodman STEEL Digital Film| Hand-held

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Color Coded

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Color Coded

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 + 14eII Teleconverter| Hand-held| Lexar Professional 600x Speed Digital Film

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Life in the Garden-Chestnut-backed Chickadee

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Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Shortly after the mornings began getting chillier here in No. California a pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees showed up at my feeder. They make sorties for about 30 minutes or so in the mornings then I don’t see them again until the following morning. Since their arrival I’ve been trying to get a good image of them from my window, but I’ve not liked anything I’ve taken as they were too soft, or blurry, too noisey, or something so, I ended up deleting them all. I was quite frustrated I can tell you!

Thursday afternoon I was in the backyard with #1 Grandson who was busy getting into everything he shouldn’t…not being content with his climbing fort, toys, or sandbox as some toddlers are wont to be when a Chestnut-backed Chickadee perched itself on a tippy top branch of my Camellia bush!
Fortunately, I took my camera out with me just in case the Hummingbirds were brave enough to continue feeding with us in the yard. This is the best image of the Chestnut-backed Chickadee I’ve been able to make to date! I hope I’m ready the next time it makes an appearance.

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4| Nikkor 14eII Teleconverter| Lexar Professional Digital Film

UPDATE on the RUFF- A post by a birder on the birding forum reported seeing the Ruff in its favorite corner of the salt pond today. It had been flushed by the Harrier a couple of times. The Ruff is wounded on the wing, but it can fly without any apparent problems, and is eating.  Happy news indeed!

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