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Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Town Monday; Backyard Birds

For My Town Monday this week, I'm sharing a plethora of our recent backyard visitors (here in sleepy Abita Springs, Louisiana.) April seems to be a pretty full month for us, where birds are concerned...

Carolina wren.

Female red-bellied woodpecker (there are 2 males around, as well.)

Tufted titmouse.

Carolina chickadee.

White-throated sparrow. These are the hardest songbirds to photograph. They never come close to the house & they move quickly & a lot.

The last of our Wintering chipping sparrows. Dozens have dwindled to 3 & these will be headed back north any time now.

Indigo bunting. There were 10 here today (including one female,) blowing away last year's record of 7.

Northern cardinal. The most consistently prolific of "our" birds.

Blue jay. At least one of the local group can mimic a hawk quite well.

Common crows.

A pair of brown-headed cowbirds. These parasitic birds lay their eggs in other birds' nests.

We also have numerous mourning doves chasing each other around & fighting, although I haven't taken their pictures lately.

My Town Monday is the brainchild of Travis Erwin.

28 comments:

David Cranmer said...

I still like the Blue Jays the most. Beautiful bird. And I did enjoy all the wildlife while I was in Louisiana... except the gators.

G said...

I like that picture of the two common crows.

They looked like they were knee deep in a serious discussion about something.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love the versaility of your wildlife.

debra said...

I love to watch the birds, too, Lana.
Right now there are cardinals, breeding male American Goldfinches, mourning doves, chickadees, and a pileated woodpecker outside my kitchen window.

Charles Gramlich said...

You're my little birder.

Travis Erwin said...

I'm learning to ID a lot of birds just by reading your blog.

Reb said...

Some of the Sparrows sparrows are back North already. Love the Indigo Bunting, I don't think I have ever seen one. Lovely photos.

ARCHAVIST said...

Some lovel pics - those chipping sparrows. Over here we call them house sparrows - they look like the same birds.

Barrie said...

I'm impressed you can name them all! Love that indigo bunting.

lyzzydee said...

Stunning shots!! I spent ages the other day tryinmg to capture a Robin, and the only shopt I managed to get in focus, it turned its back and could have been any bird!!!

letspaintnature.com said...

The birds love your yard, you must be a terrific host! What a beautiful collection you have. :O)

Cloudia said...

A treasure chest of feathered jewels, Lana. What a delight!
Aloha-

Rick said...

My white turkish angora cat Minx viewed these with me and has expressed a strong desire to meet your little bird friends in person. I could barely see your marvelous photos what with her head between me and the screen!

A. K. said...

Stunning pictures.. BTW love you blog. Its very exciting and entertaining!

Sphinx Ink said...

Thanks for the vicarious bird-watching experience. The indigo bunting is especially spectacular. I don't recall ever seeing most of those birds--or if I have, I wasn't close enough to see detail. (I also don't know bird species well.) Great pix, as always. You have The Magic Eye.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

What a beautiful journey you took me on!!! I'm captured by your nature photos.:D Absolutely lovely post and photos!!! Loooove that you saw an indigo bunting. We don't have those birds here this time of year.

Hugs, JJ

Erik Donald France said...

Here's to the Carolina Wren. Ah, my little Chickadee . . .

Laurie Powers said...

I know that cardinals are common in your area - I wish they were in mine.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Your photos are just fantastic! I love them all, but the 8th one down - of the cardinal from the back - with all the green around is just lovely.

Tabib said...

Beautiful multicolour birds series
Indigo bunting and Blue Jay are my pick.

Lana Gramlich said...

David; I love blue jays, as well. I was delighted when they started coming around & I always enjoy seeing the next generations, too. You didn't enjoy gators? But they're so amazing!

G; *LOL* Truth be told, they were knee deep in "the seeds on this stump are MINE!" I like that photo, too, though. Thanks!

pattinase; We're truly blessed & I appreciate it every day.

debra; Birding is such a peaceful activity. Very Zen. I'm hoping to get a photo of our local, elusive pileated woodpecker someday. I'm not holding my breath, mind you. Just hoping...

Charles; And you're my big co-birder...and pocket man...and chicken man. Heck, is there anything you can't do? :)

Travis E.; Glad to hear it!

Reb; Thank you. I'll miss our sparrows when they leave, but they'll be back in November!

ARCHAVIST; Very cool. We have house sparrows on this side of the pond, too (not typically in our yard, though.) They're a different species, however. I'll have to see your kind. I'm always interested in similarities between birds separated by vast bodies of water.

Barrie; Thanks. I've been birding since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.

lyzzydee; Don't you hate when that happens? That's the beauty of a digital camera, though. I take FAR more photos than I used to, just because I CAN! Thanks for the kind words.

Chris; Perseverance has paid off. When I started putting out seed, nothing was coming. Now we're like the neighborhood Birder King. (Pun intended. ;)

Cloudia; Glad you enjoyed. :)

Rick; Reminds me of when my husky used to watch nature shows about arctic foxes with me. He was totally into it & you could see the resemblance in their behaviors! Animals are so interesting!

A.K.; Thank you kindly! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. :)

Sphinx Ink; Thank you for enjoying our visitors (& for the kind words. :)

JJ; Thanks! Not just "an" indigo bunting, though...Today there were 17 of them (which blows AWAY last year's record.)

Erik; That "little Chickadee" comment totally dates you, you know. ;) It dates me that I get the reference, too, of course...

Laurie; You'll just have to come visit someday. ;) *L*

Drowsey; Thanks. I just wish the bird had been facing me, instead of away, but it still came out kind of cool!

Tabib; Thanks! I'm partial to the blue colored birds, myself. They're not even truly blue colored, either. It has to do with the structure of their feathers & the way the light plays on them!

Lynda Lehmann said...

Fabulous bird photos, Lana! I love the way the light is falling on the cardinal and the foliage behind him.

They are ALL my favorites!

You are blessed with lots of winged friends.

Steve Malley said...

We'll get to see more birds here, now that winter's coming...

Lana Gramlich said...

Lynda; Thanks! I assure you that "eat like a bird" is a TOTAL mis-statement!

Steve; I hope you find time to share some of your birds, too!

earthtoholly said...

Yay! More birds! I swear you've got so many birds down there... I know we've probably got more than I think we do but I "hear" more birds than I "see."

Awesome pics!

Rob said...

Great variety, Lana. I don't get cow birds around here any more ... or Bobwhite quail. I don't miss the cow birds but I miss the quail a lot. Still hear them in the distance sometimes but never see them. Do you get them there?

Lana Gramlich said...

Holly; Thanks! We love "our" birds & try to take good care of them. :)

Rob; No, no bobwhites here, unfortunately. I used to raise them years ago. Beautiful birds.

Doson said...

Clean Crows & Lovely Indigo Bunting :)

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