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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Judy said...

I love the Carolina wren...I've not seen that before...Love your header.

Rambling Woods said...

I linked you up to Nature Notes is easier to get photos at this time of year if it isn't too cold...You could take a web cam and show your bird baths all the time.. People would love it..LOL...

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Carver,
Thanks for these beautiful pictures, the birds are adorable!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

These birds are just wonderful. I wonder if that one is a kind of starling? It looks sort of like the ones we have in Oregon, but not quite. You could post this to World Bird Wednesday!

eileeninmd said...

Hello! I love your birdies, Carver. Could the unknowns be juvenile Starlings or Grackles or maybe a juvie redwing Blakcbird?

Unknown said...

Great shots - I love the little wren! I don't know what the bird is that you are trying to identify but it's very pretty!

Nicole said...

I love these shots!
The 'new' birds are gorgeous, whatever they are :D

Gattina said...

Your pictures are very nice, certainly not easy to take !
In our garden we don't have a lot of birds or I don't see them, maybe it's because of the 4 cats !

Nature Rambles said...

Wow, those birds without an ID are pretty! Wonderful pictures!

Nature Rambles said...

Wow, those birds without an ID are pretty! Wonderful pictures!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm always amazed to see how many birds you see right outside your window!

Anonymous said...

Very nice birds.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful shots! The birds in the bird bath seem to be vying with each other to give a good pose!