Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Nature Notes: Regulars and newcomers
I always like photographing the birds in the winter because they are so much easier to catch on bare branches, than when summer foliage hides them.
The carolina wren (above and below) is one that's particularly hard to catch in the summer because they go in and out of the bird baths so fast so it's easier to catch them in the trees when they've dropped their leaves.
The American Robin (below) is mostly in the trees or at the bird baths once it starts getting cold and there isn't much on the ground for them.
The female cardinal below is color coordinated with the bath.
The American Robin below was staring at a new bird that is similar in size to it as well as similar socially.
The new type of birds (which I hope someone can I.D.) came to the baths in a group.
They shared with each other and the robins but also chased each other off when there wasn't room for all of them.
They seemed to treat each other and the robins the same way and the robins treated them the same way as they treat each other.
If someone hogged the bath too long they got chased off but there was peace as long as everyone had enough room. I looked all through my bird book and couldn't find a bird that looks like this one.
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