Sunday, February 10, 2013

Two birds at Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, Virginia

We were walking in Huntley Meadows in Alexandria last Saturday and took a couple of bird photos.  The first one came out quite well.  I am not an expert at identifying birds but am enthusiastic about learning.  I think this is a sparrow of some sort.  Can anyone identify it properly for me?  It has a little patch of yellow on its head and a touch of white under the beak.  A white-throated sparrow perhaps but any help would be gratefully received as I want to be 100 percent sure. Thank you!


The female Cardinal was harder to take a photo of.  She was in a tangle of branches among the red berries, which she was probably having a feast of.

Today I am also joining in with Anni's Bird D'Pot Meme.  Thank you for hosting Anni.  Click here to see other feathered friends from all over..

26 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hi Denise. You are good at id-ing the birds. And you are right on the White-throated Sparrow. Beautiful birds and lovely photos. I enjoyed my one visit to Huntley Meadows, I hope to return there this spring. Have a great evening and a happy week ahead.

TexWisGirl said...

should be white-throated sparrow. :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Stunning shots. I love your new header photo as well.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! I think that is a White Throated Sparrohttp://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-throated_Sparrow/idw This is the website I use to help me identify birds ! Oh I love your header photo as well ! Thanks for taking us along nothing better then fresh air sunshine and birdies to photograph ! Have a good evening !

Lois Evensen said...

What lovely birds. Great "action shots." :) We were in Alexandria, VA, this morning. It was a beautiful day there!

Cloudia said...

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Cloudia said...

sweet birds
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KaHolly said...

Great job!!

Leave It To Davis said...

I envy these women who know the birds by sight! I also would love to know what kind of birds I am taking pictures of. Maybe we should find us a bird watchers book?

diane b said...

Its a cute little sparrow with his yellow dot and white throat. The cardinals are so colourful. I find birds herd to photograph. Good luck with your birding.
I hope you weren't badly effected by the snow storm we saw on TV.

Linda said...

You are doing well with your bird photos.
So many different varieties to photograph
where you are and interesting to see.

Valerie said...

Seems your identification was spot on, Denise. The only Whitethroat I know is a warbler type bird.

sandyland said...

lovely here and below

Mary said...

Very nice White-throated Sparrow shot! And Cardinals do love to hide in the bushes and make it hard to get photos. I think they must know that they are bright red and vulnerable, so they are always jumpy. Even though I have lots of them here, I have more trouble getting their photos then a lot of the other birds.

Linda Gross said...

Every time I see a post from you about Huntley Meadows, I relive the one time Bob and I were there. I hope one day we are able to make a return trip! Lovely photographs of the sparrow and cardinal.

Gary said...

Yup that's what it is!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Anni said...

I'm definitely far from any expert advice on sparrows, I found one the other day out walking, and tho it was ID'd in my guide book, I certainly wouldn't have known one sparrow from another. They're so common.

As for the female cardinal...she's a beauty in the 'tangle of branches'...that's what makes a photo so interesting; I think. Nature/natural surroundings.

An Historical Lady said...

Sigh....So lovely. We are buried in over 2 feet of snow here!
Mary
http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

Debbie said...

The white throated has those pretty yellow eyebrows, the cardinals are always hard to capture. They like to hide among the branches! Pretty captures!

Mama Zen said...

What beautiful birds!

Kay said...

When I looked in the bird book, there were tons of pictures of sparrows. It's hard to tell them apart. Great shots! The cardinal is so pretty.

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm always enchanted by your pictures, these are adorable birds!
Léia

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the birds.

Gill - That British Woman said...

Cardinals are always a joy to see this time of year, adding a bit of brightness to a dull day,

Gill

EG CameraGirl said...

What fun to be out and about taking photos of birds! Yep, a white-throated sparrow. :)

eden said...

Great shots of the bird. he photos.