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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More (& New) Yard Critters

This broad-winged hawk got one of "our" doves the other day & took it across the street for lunch.

3 mourning doves, a male indigo bunting (right) & a male blue grosbeak (left.) We're somewhat inundated with mourning doves right now. I think the buntings have peaked for this year (at 4 males & 1 female.) Like the buntings, the grosbeak is also a Spring migrant.

Yet another migrant; a male brown-headed cowbird. There's been 2 males and a female around lately.

Our daily 2pm visitor (with pilfered bird seed stuck to her nose,) yet again. She's looking much better these days.

10 comments:

Larry said...

Nice shot of what looks like a Broad-winged Hawk to me, with the black and white banded tail.

The raccoon is very cute too.

Erik Donald France said...

Mr. Racoon is stupendous -- the Little Bear seems very satisfied with the afternoon raid . . .

NicoleB, Egypt said...

Beautiful photos. Those blue birds always amaze me.
Your little thief is a cute one too :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry; Yeah, I think it's a broad-winged, too. Not much else it CAN be, really.
We also love the raccoon. Come fall she'll be bringing her kits by. :)

Erik; There's seed not far from my back door, so with my 300mm zoom lens I was able to get right in there. She must be getting some good nutrients--she's looking much better.

NicoleB; Thanks. We love 'em all. ;)

NatureFootstep said...

great photos you have here. It is too bad we dont have those blue birds coming here. I so much like the coloring they have. :)

mick said...

You have a nice variety of birds around your feeders - and the raccoon looks cute.

Mumsy said...

That's so nice that you get to see many different birds in your yard!

CTStudios said...

Isn't it interesting that we can be so fascinated by hawks, even as they devour the invited guests that come to our yards. We have one that often sits on a lamp post near the front, instantly enforcing silence in the community.

Maryellen said...

Beautiful photos!

Lana Gramlich said...

NatureFootstep; Thanks. Unfortunately the indigo buntings are migrants, so we only have them for perhaps one month out of the year. Better than nothing though, certainly!

mick & Maryellen; Thank you. :)

Mumsy; Agreed. We love the variety we get!

CTStudios; Hawks are invited guests here, actually. I know that nature is "red in tooth & claw," & that, inevitably, attracting the song birds means attracting the raptors. Fortunately our feeding area's bounded on 3 sides by thick brush, so many of the birds can get away & hide quickly, if need be. The doves, which are plentiful throughout the country, are large, plump & slow to take off...to their peril, at times...

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