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Bird Blog: March 13-19, 2005
Spring is not just icumen in, but really getting underway. This is prime bird photography season, at least until the leaves come out.
Today I walked around the neighborhood to see how well I could do without the aid of a birdfeeder.
|Downy Woodpecker||American Robin with worm||Male Northern Cardinal||Male Northern Cardinal||Male Northern Cardinal|
This was the first decent weather in several days, and birds abounded, though never in brightly lit places (as usual).
|Male Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), NC Botanical Garden. Note the black malar marking (near beak).||The same Northern Flicker, giving a better view of the malar marking.||Northern Mockingbird, Durham. Birds of these species will sometimes let you get up close and personal, at least for a few moments.||European Starling, Durham.||Mourning Dove, Durham.||Male Eastern Bluebird. He came right away when a co-manager of the Wild Birds Unlimited® store put mealworms in the feeder. See other Eastern Bluebirds.||Female Eastern Bluebird. She came, too.||Male and female Eastern Bluebirds, still waiting in the tree across the way for mealworms to appear.|
|Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum), Durham. Just a few of a large flock of these birds that landed on a tree near Wild Birds Unlimited®. They didn't stop to use the birdfeeders, though.||Carolina Chickadee. This bird's first trip to the suet.||Tufted Titmouse, elusive for the past few days but caught unsuspecting this time.|
Definitely one of the darkest days of the year -- even at noon! The light wasn't really adequate for taking pictures. The birds came infrequently but in big bunches.
|Carolina Chickadee||Red-breasted Nuthatch at suet.||Dark-eyed Junco eating corn dropped by squirrels.||This Yellow-rumped Warbler's yellow crown spot is getting pretty conspicuous.||Another YRW taking off.|
This day was generally rainy and miserable. But several birds were willing to get soaking wet just to get something to eat.
|This Yellow-rumped Warbler found something to eat on the deck.||This Pine Warbler went to the suet...||and found a seed.||I caught a glimpse of this male Northern Cardinal from the living room window.||This Red-breasted Nuthatch was on the fake branch of the birdfeeder.|
It's amazing how many birds you can see in shopping centers, and not just where they're building their nests under the eaves!
|European Starling, Durham, shopping center.||House Sparrow, Durham, shopping center||Eastern Bluebird, Durham, shopping center||Carolina Wren, Durham, back yard||Yellow-rumped Warbler, Durham, back yard|
|American Goldfinch, Durham||Chipping Sparrow, Durham.||This is how most Northern Cardinals in this general vicinity look since I got my scary new zoom lens.||Getting this photo required hiding in a brand-new place.||Brown-headed Nuthatch, Durham, NC.|
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Seaforth Recreational Area (Jordan Lake), Chatham County, NC. This was apparently a single osprey that periodically circled around above a small inlet from the lake, making loud chirping sounds. Nest construction had gotten some human assistance in the form of a wooden platform.
|American Robin||American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)||European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)|
|Yellow-rumped Warbler, Durham||Chipping Sparrow, in street near Wild Birds Unlimited® birdfeeder, facing my way.|
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