Friday, April 20, 2012

Camera Critters

I took various photos this week.  This is a Carolina Wren singing away.  Pretty loud for such a little thing but such a joy to listen to.

Female House Finch if I'm not mistaken.

Grackle looking straight up.  Watching out for hawks maybe or wondering where its family is?

The Blue Jay is usually the first one to the table when food is put out.

Hard to tell but I think this was Mr. and Mrs. House Finch.  I liked their dark outline against the background of tree branches.

This pair of Goldfinches are regular visitors now.  They love that thistle sock.

A male Cardinal and his mate wasn't too far away.  You can see it rained on this day.

I didn't get a shot of her when it was raining but here's one from earlier on in the day.

This Grackle seemed to be following another around and continuously fluffing up his feathers.  I couldn't figure out if this was his way of communicating his discomfort at the rain, or whether he was an early baby as he seemed to be following another Grackle around on the deck.   It was very interesting behavior.  Ahhh, just read a comment from TexWisGirl and she said it was probably a mating ritual.  Should have known, it's that time of the year.  Thanks TexWisGirl.


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31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the grackle yoga is part of their mating rituals. :) trying to display for the ladies (and get rid of rivals).

Antonette said...

Spectacular shots! I wish I could get gold finches at my bird feeder, but all I get are house finches. Have a great weekend!

Beyong Zephyr said...

Wow..you have such a variety of birds to show. They are fantastic shots, as birds are constantly on the move.

Gill - That British Woman said...

those grackle's can clean out my suet feeder in seconds....

Gill

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! You have the same types of birds as we do ! Yes that Starling or Grackle depends on who ya talk to lol is doing the mating dance they are all doing that here and its funny to watch as the females dont seem to impressed lol ! Between the Grackles , Blue Jays and Charlie our Red Bellied wood pecker , Chipmunks and Squirrels hogin the feeders the little birds do pretty good for them selves ! Have a great day !

gigihawaii said...

Every time I see your birds, I am tempted to install a feeder, too. But, when I think of the mess under it, I change my mind.

Don't unplug your hub. said...

I wish I could take pics like this. They just fly off when they see me.

Lois Evensen said...

So many pretty feathered friends visiting you! Very nice images. :)

The Elephant's Child said...

Just lovely. The Blue Jay is spectacular. Thank you.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Love your "camera critter" sharing. Great shots.

Out on the prairie said...

You really caught the blue on the grackle.

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous shots, Denise! Love the grackle looking up! That's so cool!

Carletta said...

Quite the variety Denise.
I love both shots of the Grackle! They will eat up all you have but I just love their coloring.

Cezar and Léia said...

All of them are beautiful critters, but the first one is particularly special being spotted in full singing! :)
God bless you!
Cezar

i beati said...

I awaken to all their songs and it is so sweet to hear - "Faith is knowing the birds will sing long before the sun comes up"

Linda said...

I just love these photos! Thanks for sharing, Denise.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Just lovely shots Denise, they know where they are welcome, and will be served a treat :)
The BlueJays are always the dominant birds around our feeders also, they are SO loud, but ooh, so pretty.
I've never seen a Grackle, what beautiful plummage.
Have a wonderful weekend dear friend.
~Jo

Jean said...

Carolina Wrens are loud for their size!
Love that shot of the Grackle looking up.:)

Kathy said...

Nice bird photos, Denise. I love the little wrens with their huge voices! I think they are the opera singers of the bird world!

RoeH said...

I wish we had cardinals here. But they are probably glad they don't have to live here. I've heard they are up in the White Mountains.

My Piece of the World said...

Outstanding work - keep it up!

ladyfi said...

What a lovely series of bird shots! The blue jay is spectacular.

We have those loud birds - how come they only sing like that at about 5 in the morning? ;-)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What a pleasure your post was!!! I'm a birder [at least when I find time to travel to all the birding areas along the coast]...and love watching and photographing birds. That very first one, the wren, singing...marvelous capture. And the colors of the grackle doing the heads-up ritual that they do so very often...love it.

ALL the images...amazing and beautiful.


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Naturegirl said...

Denise! A great series of various birds in your world! I am just back from Arizona and saw my first male cardinal welcoming me back home! Today Earth day a great day for birding!

Tammy said...

Nice collection of birds :) I love to hear the wrens sing!

Phil said...

Good variety there Denise. All wren species seem to be loud - to compensate for their size?

jabblog said...

The grackle looking straight up is a great capture, Denise.

NatureFootstep said...

lovely shots Denise. Your birds are gorgeous and well captured. :)

Marie said...

The birds are lovely! You took some great shots. I love how blue that grackle looks and his yellow eye!

lina@happy family said...

Amazing bird shots, Denise. You've got many visitors :)

Thanks for dropping by.

DeniseB said...

Beautiful shots. You already have so many colorful birds. We have not had any golden finches here yet. Are all your greckles that blue are was the light just right? Ours are not nearly as pretty. Love all your beautiful photos!!! Thank you for sharing.