Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Nature Notes: Continuing with the birds
I find in winter the main thing I focus on in terms of nature are the birds and the weather.
The carolina wren above actually stopped moving long enough for me to photograph it, although it blended in to the background.
The titmouse crown was so far back, I was almost unsure that it was a titmouse since I associate them with their little upward crowns.
The red-bellied woodpecker was moving up and down the tree with great speed but occasionally stopped.
The black birds are hard for me to decide about, but I'm thinking starlings although possibly ravens or crows.
I know size is one way of determining which birds they are but without measuring them I'm never sure.
There are so many cardinals in my yard that I frequently post shots of them.
I never tire of watching the cardinals because they have such a range of expressions.
The bird below almost looks like a robin but it's hard to tell in the shot below what it is.
The rufous-sided towhee is one that's easy to identify with it's patch work look.
I think blue jays are very spiffy looking with their brilliant blue feathers.
We've had quite a range of temperatures. There was still some snow on the ground that hadn't melted on New Year's Eve but the first day of the year was like spring and melted the last of it.
We've returned to quite cold nights with the temperature inching above freezing during the day.
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