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:

  1. 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.

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  2. should be white-throated sparrow. :)

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

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  4. 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 !

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

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  6. Aloha to YOU
    from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
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  7. sweet birds
    Aloha to YOU
    from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
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  8. 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?

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  9. 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.

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

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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

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  15. 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.

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

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

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  18. 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.

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

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

    Gill

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

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  22. Great shots of the bird. he photos.

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