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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Weekend Snapshot: Birds and humans buzzing with activity

The birds are becoming increasingly active and easy to photograph. It's quite cold at night but warmer days seemed to get bird and human alike out to enjoy the weekend.
I took the photographs of the woodpecker at my house on Friday (first two shots). The shots below were taken Saturday during a walk around Shelly Lake.There are more and more seagulls stopping over at the Lake. This time of year they are outnumbering the ducks and geese but that changes by summertime.It always amazes me how they can fold up those wide wings against their smaller bodies.The seagulls on the bridge let me photograph them until I got too close and then I was afraid they would run into the people.There is a field on one side of the lake that is often used for soccer games in the spring and summer. Saturday, another type of game was being played and I couldn't figure out what it was.
You can click inside to enlarge the photographs and I'll also include some close ups below.If anyone knows what the game in the last three shots is, I would appreciate your leaving me a comment with the answer.To find other weekend snapshots, please visit the home of Weekend Snapshot.

21 comments:

AscenderRisesAbove said...

wowzers! we dont get woodpeckers in this area; but as soon as I saw the photo I recalled the noise they make. very comforting.

juliana said...

amazing bird shots, and i've never seen an activity like this in your shots before.

ellen b. said...

Love all the bird shots...
The only thing I can guess about the weird game with brooms and hockey sticks? and 3 goals would be a lawn version of quidditch from Harry Potter :0)

marcia@joyismygoal said...

wow what fun all in one area

SandyCarlson said...

Woodpeckers and gulls....delightful harbingers of spring. Love these!

SabineM said...

I did birds for mine too! Lovely shots Carver!

Dora said...

The bird in the 1st 2 pics can camouflage very well. :)

Happy WS!

SASSY MOM said...

I like the first shot. Amazing! They almost look like the trees except their heads gave them away.

Have a great week ahead.

sweetytots said...

nice photos, i like the close up photos of the birds.. thanks for sharing.. my entry is here

sweetytots said...

nice photos, i like the close up photos of the birds.. thanks for sharing.. my entry is here

EastCoastLife said...

I have never seen a real woodpecker. Do they peck at anything wooden or just trees?

the donG said...

what amazes me is the way they travel from country to country when migrating.

Heart of Rachel said...

Beautiful shots of birds. It must be rewarding to observe bird activities like that.

That game looks interesting but have no idea what it is.

Kero said...

i love the third shot! It perfectly shows the richness of nature. Happy Monday, Carver! my WS entry is here http://kcelebration.blogspot.com

Indrani said...

They are a big help to trees. Nice captures!

Mar said...

I have never seen a woodpecker, I have been wanting to see one ever since I met Woody as a kid :)

DeLi said...

lovely series

ramblingwoods.com said...

It looks a lot more like spring where you are than here in snowy Buffalo. I like to see those big woodpeckers..I have a whole bunch of blurry bird photos from today..sigh..

Dr.John said...

Great bird pictures.
Never saw a game like that one. It looks like aerial croquet.

antigoni said...

Great photos of birds and humans.

Curbside Puppet said...

dang it. i'm afraid of bird pecks.