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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Yard Birds

Our yard birds are starting to change as migration time approaches.

As usual, however, the Hermitage also doubles as Charles & Lana's Cardinal Emporium.

If anything, we're starting to see more of them now.



Another couple of regulars; a blue jay & female red-bellied woodpecker.

There are still lots of chipping sparrows, but many of the goldfinches are already gone.

About a dozen yellow-rumped warblers picked through our front yard yesterday.

A bluebird on our front railing, one of 3 I saw the other day. Sorry for the poor quality, but this was the best I could do.

In addition, I saw a blue grosbeak yesterday. They're not due here for about a month, so that was quite a surprise.

24 comments:

YogaforCynics said...

Hmmm...from the title, I was expecting something about the band that did "Heart Full of Soul"...seriously, great photos of actual birds in an actual yard...

G said...

Yay!

Spring has sprung somewhere else!

Fantastic bird shots.

Can't wait when the mountain becomes full bloom with birds, etc.

Lana Gramlich said...

Dr. Jay; You should be here in a couple of weeks, when the Spring migrants start coming through. ;)

G; We're kind of behind where Spring's concerned, too (unfortunately,) but we ARE starting to see signs, at least! I bet the mountains are fantastic...

Tom said...

It's neat that you are seeing seeing signs of migration already. I don't know that I've ever seen a yellow-rumped warbler on the ground- very interesting. Keep us updated as to what is passing through your yard, I'm getting excited for the migration.

Tom

bernie kasper said...

Beautiful shots Lana..I would love to be able to photograph and enjoy these wonderful birds like you do. but sitting in the middle of my little urban sprawl doesn't help much !!

Lana Gramlich said...

Tom; I'll definitely be updating my migratory sightings, fear not. I've been waiting for April all year! *L* As for the warblers, they were picking for insects, of course. Out back we have woods & feeders, but our wide open, treeless front yard attracts bug pickers, too.

bernie; Thanks. I can't "do" the city scene, y'know? I lived in Toronto for a little over a year & it was a HUGE mistake.

Travis Erwin said...

Y'all have more Cardinals than the Vatican!

letspaintnature said...

Awesome cardinal pictures! I have never seen so many together at once. Also, my american goldfinches are too timid to hang out with sparrows...always staying away. I can't wait until they turn brilliant yellow. Maybe I'm jumping the gun, but I think some by my house are already turning!
Chris

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; One summer we had over 30 of them (at a time.)

Christine; Thanks. :) I don't think you're jumping the gun. Some of the few goldfinches that are still here are definitely getting their breeding plumage.

Müge said...

Beautiful photos! I especially like very much the one where you captured woodpecker and blue jay together.

Have a nice day!

photonz said...

I'm liking it and your yard.

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful settings for bird photography. :)

Wren said...

You draw quite a crowd, Lana. I love the four cardinals arranging themselves as if by design. I'm really looking forward to seeing your photos of the migrants as well.

Larry said...

wow-you've got way more action in your yard now than I do.It's a Cardinalpalooza!

Lana Gramlich said...

Müge; Thank you! We refer to the birds as our "kids." They're much cheaper than the real thing. ;)

Paul; I love it, myself...even though I have to have 200lbs of birdseed on hand at any given time. *L*

NatureFootstep; Thank you.

Wren; Yeah, I was pleased at that grouping of the 4 male cardinals. Glad I had my camera handy! I'm starting to see more uncommon birds even since I posted this. We had an Eastern towhee yesterday & a crow this morning.

Larry; Cardinalpalooza...*LOL!* These photos are but a fragment of ALL of "our" cardinals, too. When the fledglings start coming (in June,) there'll be dozens!

Travis said...

I don't know what they are, but there are bunches of little birds fussing about behind the condo. They come out in the evening after the workers leave.

Antônio Araújo said...

Simply wonderful... God bless you!

Chrissy said...

Those cardinals are amazing. So brightly coloured :D

valerie@composition-life said...

What lovely shots. Such variety too.
Well done!

gwendolen said...

What a wonderful variety. You could start a backyard bird park :-)

Love the Cardinal Emporium.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Do you have a digital camera? If you can get some shots, I might be able to help you ID them...

Antônio Araújo & valerie@composition-life; Thank you.

Chrissy; We love 'em, too. :)

gwendolen; Thanks. We'd considered registering as a bird sanctuary, but we don't bother putting water out (which is one of the requirements,) since we live in a veritable swamp, as it is.

Demon Hunter said...

Beautiful pictures, Lana. :-D I hope you and Charles are doing well. ;-)

v said...

beautiful cardinals. i hope to do a little more bird watching. they're interesting creatures. especially when i have bread.

Lana Gramlich said...

DH; Thanks. Yes, we're doing alright. Charles has been sick since he got home. I'm sure he'll feel better soon.


v; Thanks. Just don't overdo it on the bread--it can clog up the crop & cause birds to inadvertantly starve to death. Popcorn is better. ;)

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