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Now Exposed

Red Bellied Woodpecker

This red bellied woodpecker has figured out how to use my bird feeder even though it is actually designed for smaller birds. In this photo, a faint red patch on its belly, which is usually concealed by surrounding feathers, is now exposed. This is a male bird, as you can see by its red forehead, nape and crown. I never grow tired of gazing at the striking colors of the amazing creature!

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Inspired by the daily post one-word prompt: exposed

Altercation

Territorial

First, no birds were harmed during this avian altercation. There are bluebird boxes all around the park where I go to walk. On this day, I saw a tree swallow fly into this box. This brave eastern bluebird, sensing danger, swooped in to defend its territory as the swallow made its exit. I don’t know if the tree swallow was just looking around, or if it had more sinister motives.

Both of these birds are beautiful. To see more pictures of pretty blue birds, click here. To see more pictures of vibrant tree swallows, click here. Or you can click on the birds header at the top of the page for more bird posts.

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This post is in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: danger

Cardinal Red (CYW-Red)

Cardinal Red

Red feathering immediately draws our attention to the cardinal. We can’t miss it. It is a stand-out bird. I have been wanting to capture a picture of a cardinal in my flowering dogwood tree. The Cardinal is the Virginia state bird and the dogwood is the state tree. Finally, I got my chance! Here is the photo, recently posted on my Instagram.

Representing Virginia

Here is one more photo of a cardinal perched on a pole above the bird feeder in my yard. He’s a beauty!

Pole Position

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World challenge:red

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (March 2017)

Woodpecker Pair

Nesting Haiku (Peck)

Peck, peck, each day
Find the spot and peck away
Ready for nesting

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I have been watching red-bellied woodpeckers pecking the wood in this old tree. It is amazing to see how they have transformed the branch with a perfect circle entry way to the nest. It must go pretty deep, because I have seen the male bird go completely into the branch and then turn to stick his head back out. This was the moment that I actually saw the pair together at their nesting site. I guess this means they have completed the courting ritual and agreed on the nest location. I will be keeping watch for new developments!

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This is my third 2017 post for year three of Cardinal Guzman‚Äôs photo challenge, The Changing Seasons. You can post a photo gallery (V1) or a single photo (V2) that showcases your view of the month. You can check out the Cardinal’s page for the general challenge rules and join right in! His photos are fantastic and this month he has an extensive gallery! Like last year, I am planning to add a haiku along with my single V2 photo each month. Even though it has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I like pairing pictures and words; both can still mean different things to different people.

All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. And, I also have a bird header where all my bird pictures are gathered.
Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!

Atop A Perch

Starling Atop

This European Starling must have a great view from atop a perch in an old tree! Talk about a bird’s eye view; this bird can see it all! Sometimes viewed as a nuisance bird, I think the starling is interesting and beautiful in its own right. It certainly stands out against the clear blue sky.

Here is another picture of the bird, nesting in a tree cavity and taking in the view.

Nesting Starling

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: atop

Even Familiar Roads

Eastern Phoebe in the Park

Eastern Phoebe in the Park

(4 photos) I often take a walk in the park. The road taken to the park is not new to me. The pathway around the park is not new to me.

Of course, I am always looking for birds. This weekend, on a walk in the park, I saw an Eastern Phoebe bird for the first time! Yes, this was exciting to me! Even though many people already know of this bird, it felt like a new discovery to me. Sometimes, even the familiar road, often taken, will offer a surprise!

Today, I had the pleasure of seeing and photographing four kinds of birds. The Eastern Phoebe, pictured above, is a flycatcher and I watched it swoop low to the ground to catch bugs in mid flight!

I also watched a White-Breasted Nuthatch, upside down, pecking and posing in a tree.

Nuthatch in the Park

Nuthatch in the Park

The park is a haven for bluebirds with bluebird boxes spaced all around. This Eastern Bluebird perched prettily on a branch.

Bluebird in the Park

Bluebird in the Park

And, I got to see, and hear, this sweet song sparrow! It was singing its little heart out!

Song Sparrow in the Park

Song Sparrow in the Park

These little birds, so vivid and distinctive from one another, are amazing and fill me with wonder. I just want to take pictures of them all! It’s a good thing that I know which road to take to find them!

daily post weekly photo challenge: the road taken
and daily prompt: vivid

Sky blue and bluejay too (CYW)

Sky blue and bluejay too

Sky blue and bluejay too

JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge theme for today is sky blue. I just love a clear blue sky! And, if you look close, you can see the pretty blue feathers on this bluejay too! I was double blessed with the beautiful view!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Yellow Rumped Warbler (CYW-Yellow)

Yellow Rumped Warbler Mid Landing

Yellow Rumped Warbler Mid Landing

Do you see the yellow on this bird’s side? Last April, I saw this flash of yellow up in a tree. I managed to get a few pictures of the moving bird, and then looked it up in my bird guide when I got home. It was a Yellow Rumped Warbler!

It was pretty high up in the tree and it was not sitting still, but I could see spots of yellow that intrigued me.

Turning to Show its Yellow Rump Feathers

Turning to Show its Yellow Rump Feathers

Here is a closer view. He is hiding his head, but you can see the yellow side and the yellow rump-patch that I was able to use for identification! I was very excited to add this bird to my list of sightings! According to my guidebook, this bird would usually be seen around here in the winter, but I saw it in the spring. And, I haven’t seen one since.

Yellow Rump in Closer View

Yellow Rump in Closer View

These may not be perfect bird photos, but I still like them. So, maybe you will enjoy them too!

*to see more yellow themed photos, check out JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge: Yellow

You Are Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy

Sleepy Bird

Sleepy Bird

This little bird, a baby sparrow, was certainly a sleepy bird. I guess being new to the world can be tiring! He sure was relaxed. I was able to walk right up close to him to get these pictures! Here is the sleepy sequence:

Resting Bird

Resting Bird

Drowsy Bird

Drowsy Bird

Sleepy Bird

Sleepy Bird

He was so sleepy, he even fell asleep at the bird feeder! Bless his sweet heart!

Should I eat? Or, should I sleep? That’s relaxed!

*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge:
relax

Stand Out Sparrow

White-Throated Sparrow (White-striped Adult)

White-Throated Sparrow
(White-striped Adult)

What makes a sparrow stand out from the crowd? The bright yellow head markings, of course!

White-Throated Sparrow  (Another View)

White-Throated Sparrow
(Another View)

I am new to birdwatching, so I was amazed when I spotted the bright yellow brows on this bird. I soon learned that it’s eyebrows are actually bright white and it is the supralorals that are yellow. The bird is called a white-throated sparrow due to the contrast between its gray breast and white throat. Still, I think it’s the bright yellow that makes this bright, white-striped adult bird so identifiable.

I saw this bird in my yard back in April. My guidebook notes that it is a common winter bird in this area. So, it may have been a rare sight for spring. I never saw two of these birds together, only one at a time over the course of a week. Then, suddenly, it was gone. I hope it will be back this winter.

This week, the daily post weekly photo challenge, Rare, asked us to showcase something that stands out from the everyday. I think this little bird definitely stands out from the sparrow crowd!

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