Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Misc. Birds at Run*A*Round

Hooded Mergansers



Hordes of Red-Winged Blackbirds and Brown-Headed Cowbirds



An American Crow playing lookout.


And a Black-Bellied Whistling Duck among the hordes





Where'd everyone go?!

140 comments:

Linda McCane said...

Such fun today! I loved the look on the duck's face - she was apparently quite happy sitting there with all the birds around her...and the crow gave you quite a look too! Loved these photos today!

Carole M. said...

it was great to finally get to see a cowbird. Their plumage in a certain light sure looks good and the duck's beak! They were having a great time, one and all

Kerri said...

Your HOODIES are Gorgeous .... and I love the shot with the duck "low to the ground" - with all of those other birds surrounding him. Super capture!

Jill said...

Lot's of fun.

Giga said...

Ślicznie wyglądała kaczka wśród ptaków i szkoda, że ją opuściły. Pozdrawiam cieplutko.*** She looked cute duck among birds and a shame that it had left. Yours warm.

Fireblossom said...

I adore red wing blackbirds. Cowbirds not so much. They are related to cuckoos, and they don't build their own nests, as you may know. They drop their eggs in somebody else's nest, and the bsaby cowbird, who is bigger than the baby almost-anything-else, pushes the babies that belong there, out, and the poor parent bird has to feed this big faker.

I like crows, they're my totem animal. They appeal to my sense of mystery.

And the duck! The duck looks happy no matter what. I see ya, Mister D!

Deb said...

It's busy at your place....great photos

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Theresa those Mergansers are just the coolest ducks. CH saw a female Red-Winged yesterday so I am thinking her fella is somewhere. I hear Mr. FeeBee FeeBee as I am typing :) Man you have lots of birds there!

Catherine said...

Excellent birdie photos today ~ especially the duck at the end. Cute!
xo Catherine

Betty Roan said...

Strange, you don't normally see a lot of ducks hanging out at the bird feeder. ;)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Thought of you when I was trying to get photos of gulls and pelicans in Gulf Shores. Funny how your blog friends travel with you even when you are without access to their blogs. ;)

c. Joy said...

In the second duck picture, the duck looks like it's smiling. Love it. Around here the doves are everywhere, and the bow-tailed grackles are totally oblivious to the rest of the world - the males just wander around doing that "Look at me, baby, I'm a big bird" thing. And the females seem to be answering "Put that silly thing away."

JM said...

Great series of bird shots! The little ducks on top are absolutely cute.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

I hate it when the Blackbirds and Cowbirds take over the feeders, I usually chase them away so my regulars can eat first!

What a cute smile that little pink eraser duck has on his face!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Ha ha, that duck looks a little fat and lazy ;-)

Melodie said...

That duck in the black birds is too cute!

Comment1 said...

Love the red-winged ones. Very tasteful!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

With all those Blackbirds around you must go through a lot of bird food. Yikes!

Sandra said...

is the whistling duck being shunned by the other birds? how do you know the crow is American? LOL
love the first two HORDES shots. wow, the details on their wings and the colors. really super shots.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

The birds know where they ara well off ...and thats at your ranch ...great
photo story

Peter

rkbsnana said...

I don't think the birds were playing well with the little duck. I think your ranch must be a very pleasant place to live.

DJan said...

These are just super pictures! I especially love the duck looking like he's wanting to join the fun. He doesn't look awfully bright, does he? :-)

Jan n Jer said...

LOL..the duck looks so happy amongst it's feathered friends. You have such a mix of birds to view...lucky you!

Frank said...

MacDonalds ... lol.

Nancy Claeys said...

You always have such a variety! :) Great shots.

Linda said...

I always think that ducks sound as if they're laughing at me. This one actually seems to have a smile on its face. :)

KaHolly said...

Fine shots! You have such diversity at your place!!

sharon said...

I really like the Brown headed cowbird. Really unique bird.

MTWaggin said...

Can't get enough of those whistling ducks! That one photo looks like he's smiling!

Sally said...

So many! Great shots! I especially like the one on the stump. :)

Sylvia K said...

Love all your birds and the duck is priceless! Never thought of ducks having expressive faces, but this one does!! Fun, wonderful captures, Theresa! Great way to start my day! Hope you have a good one -- all of you!

Sylvia

Inger said...

Spring must have come to Texas! So many birds! So much fun!

bailey-road.com said...

Your pond seems to be quite an attraction.
Love the shots of the the duck surrounded by all those blackbirds.

Veronica said...

I love red-winged blackbirds. My dad told me I was not a real photographer until I got a photo of one. I searched high and low around friend's farms who said they always had them...no luck. I had given up when one day I happened to look out my front window and guess what was in my own yard?? Yep...a red-winged blackbird.I guess that proves there really is no place like home!!

Charade said...

Is that duck sitting on an egg? It didn't look like it had any intention of moving. When I get a change to surf around, I always stop at your blog first because the most interesting birds flock to your place.

ellen abbott said...

those are some great shots especially of the crow.

Sivinden said...

What a lovely series of bird shots!

polkadotpeticoat said...

No one captures nature like you.....lovely!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

Those hooded Mergansers are beautiful. All of your photos are excellent again and with a nice 'story'!
Love to you,

Mariette

Wolfsrosebud said...

very nice... still in wisconsin, but my dear friend moved down to texas and there she makes beautiful stain-glass crosses

grammie g said...

HI Teresa...Those Whistling Ducks have to be the comedians of the duck world..they are so funny...tis the season for the influx of blackbirds,and cowbirds..have been coming in here by the 100's!
The Hoodies are the cutest ..love them..: }}
Grace

EG CameraGirl said...

Hooded mergansers are among my most favourite ducks!

Judy said...

I love coming here, I get to see things that I don't see here.

CameraCruise said...

Great shots of all the lovely birds.
Love to see all the birds visiting you.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The duck smiles when having his picture taken. How nice.

Amila Kanchana said...

So many birds! Spring has been very good hasn't it?

Tombstone Livestock said...

Great Pictures once again.

Thanks for the tip about the rice, went to try it on my camera but didn't need to ... guess just being in the house for a day and not in a wet pocket did the trick.

Now I will try to get pics of the new bull calf today .........

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Texas birding! It's the best. They seem to love the RunARound Ranch! (I think that crow thinks he owns it though -- I'd watch out for him if I were you ;>)

It's me said...

Hahahahahahah !!...love your birds pictures !!..love from me....xxx...

Andrew said...

it's lovely to see all the birds your home attracts.
I can't wait to see the painted buntings again..

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Such a great diversity of visitors, they are all beautiful.

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

what fun! absolutely loved seeing so many birds!

the duck at the end is soo cute!!

xo

Millie said...

That's a whole lot of feasting going on!

Susan said...

The duck almost looks like he's smiling! Great crowd of birds you have! Lucky you!

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful photos and very cute duck!

Kisses!:)

msdewberry said...

Feeding birds is one of life's simple pleasures! Love your bird shots.

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Theresa,
Funny all these different birds. Nice to see them all eating on the ground. Nice shots!!

Much greetings,
Marco

Montanagirl said...

My goodness! Lots of birdies. I haven't had much for feeder birds all winter.

Michael said...

"our" homes belong to many

Cher' Shots said...

I sure love your pictures. I always feel like I'm standing right there beside you.
'love & hugs from afar'

Robin said...

T, great! What a swarm of birds. I love the one shot of the Whistler looking up. Such a nice smile!

Tracy said...

Tex, I lOVE the haircut of te one in photo #3...made me laugh. Can you say bad hair day?

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

i'll 2nd that... where DID they go?

Gary said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Furry Bottoms said...

That duck looks so happy and content in the middle of traffic! Then sad when everyone left.

Patty Woodland said...

Oh I love cowbirds!

cristina munteanu said...

So cute! :)

Bob Bushell said...

Are there any birds around here????????????

SweetMarie said...

Love the birds all eating together in the bird bath. :) And I love the duck sitting in the middle of all those birds...so cute!

Barb said...

Wow! You have quite a few birds visiting you! Love the whistling duck!

Fjällripan said...

Beautiful photos of all this birds, I really like your sweet duck!!

Rita said...

Now that a festival of birds!! Was a delight for the eyes. I bet for your ears, too! ;)

heyBJK said...

I always like the Hoodies! The BWD cracked me up! It looks like it's smiling in the one photo and then everybody else is gone.

Texan said...

those hooded merganser are very cool looking. I hope I spelt that right LOL not going back to see tee hee.

Eva Ason said...

Lovely pictures, so many interesting birds you're sharing today. Have a lovely week!

Eva

Madge Bloom said...

Whistling Duck?? Never heard of that one!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Those Mergansers have got some seriously scary eyes. wowzers
Shaun
Valleys ShutterBug

barbara l. hale said...

Great batch of pics! I really love the crow ones. I was telling my daughter about your cool ducks and showing them to her yesterday. She was impressed.

Rohrerbot said...

Excellent quantity of birds in your area.....I've been looking for the Mergansers this year and haven't seen them. I know they are around because people report them, but we just haven't met up yet:) Looks like you are having a lot of guests for awhile:)

Denise said...

You do have some lovely ducks in your area. I could look at those all day. Fun to see all the other birds too. The sun is shining and I have just filled up all my feeders. With the windows open I can hear my feathered friends out there having a field day. It's time to get the camera out I think :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The little Hooded Merganser are cute but the the duck steals the show!

Rose said...

You have so many friends....I swear those Black-Bellied whistlers probably know you by now.

oh, Sarah and Lorelei have friends now, too. They live in a subdivision in Indianapolis, and have a mallard with eggs right out by their front door!

Jeremy worked putting up a new screen door yesterday for a couple hours and she did not mind at all.

Hilary said...

Wonderful faces. That last one is such a cutie.

Kim, USA said...

Hahahaha oh my gush these just made me smile. Yeah I hope these duck didn't think she is one of them, lol! Happy weekdays!


You are invited to post your water photos here Water World Wednesday

joo said...

Such a lovely collection of birds:)

Clint said...

Beautiful shots. I have come to love all the birds. We have a feeder off our deck and we get lots of cowbirds and blackbirds of all types.

Unfortunately we don't get ducks. Ha. But I can tune in to the Runaround Ranch for my daily dose of ducks.

Barb said...

The duck looks like it's smiling. You have a bonanza of birds just now - so glad you have the pond filled again.

Julie G. said...

You have a VERY busy backyard! Love the beautiful Hooded Mergansers. The lone Whistling duck looks very content amid all its feathered friends. That cutie even looks like it is smiling in one of your wonderful photographs ... priceless!

Farm Girl said...

I love that shot that looks like that duck is smiling at the camera.
My daughter always said, " Blackbirds must be very social-able birds, and they always let lots of other birds around."
Hey did the tornadoes get close to you? I hope you are fine. :)

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Theresa,

Are you ok? there's tornadoes moving thru texas right now... i've been texting my brother that works in Plano & he's ok, but one passed just north & one south of him... be careful!

Icy BC said...

What a great collection of birds, and ducks! They must be very noisy when there is a big congregation like this..

Lindsjö taxar said...

The ducks we dont have here , never seen. Great pictures of the crows , you have a very exciting bird life,glad you´re sharing it to us.

NitWit1 said...

I love ducks and vote for the ducks.

You really have a lot of birds to work with.

NitWit1 said...

I love ducks and vote for the ducks.

You really have a lot of birds to work with.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

THAT'S a lot of birds!! what a variety!

those hooded ducks are so weird looking! i've never seen them in person. and towards the end...with the whistling duck surrounded by the smaller birds...and her head is cocked to the side, like she's giving you the eye...LOVE it!! great shots theresa!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

crap there's more moving thru now... he's gonna have to stay back at work for a bit cuz there's one moving thru between Plano & Terrell where he lives...

parker said...

Like that crow on the stump in the pond. Think the whistler has an identity problem, He/She makes me laugh!

Tammy said...

Holy smokes! There are alot of feathers friends visiting the ranch these days :) Love the mergansers!

Debbie said...

they all play so nice together!!

and i see some red winged black birds amoung the scavengers, ummmm, i mean grackles...

i updated my post, gave you props!!thanks for your help!!

Porch Days said...

That is am amazing number of birds. Love the merganser ducks. They are really beautiful.

latebloomerbuds said...

My favorites, my favorites!!! They always look like they are smiling. I LOVE them!!! Margie

Candy C. said...

PERFECT caption for the last picture! :)
What a crowd you had visiting!

Gillian Olson said...

You've got a good looking crowd of visitors there, and great pictures too. The black bellied duck gets expression of the day award!

John McElveen said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!


J

eileeninmd said...

Now, that's a lot of birds to feed. Love the Hoodies and you know I love the whistling duck. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelente trabalho....
Cumprimentos

HansHB said...

Great post and lovely photos!
Happy Easter to you!

Larry said...

Great post Theresa! I love that shot of the Whistling Duck looking up from among the hordes of blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. I wish I had a big pond like that. What a joy!

Grant Blakeney said...

awesome shots!

RoeH said...

I adore the last three photos. So cute.

And all the others too, of course. :)

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, Love the ducks! Great pictures. My thoughts and prayers are with Lancaster, Arlington, Dallas and the N.E. TX region tonight after the twisters there. Have a good day tomorrow and I hope your area stays safe!

Lindy MacDuff said...

What fun pictures of all the birds, but the duck is my favorite; actually looks like it is smiling in the one image.

Have been hearing about the storms and tornadoes in your state today and hope everyone is safe and secure at your place.

Judy said...

I've been thinking about you hope all is well.

Springman said...

The whistling duck is the silliest looking creature! Impossible not to smile!

Lynne said...

Amazing collection of bird photos . . . Whistling Ducks have such happy faces and they make me smile.

Tammy said...

Wow, that is alot of birds! Love the Mergansers, I never get tired of looking at them!!

missing moments said...

What a flock!

jyothisethu said...

nice shots...
thanks for sharing the beauty of the nature which is difficult to capture...

Randy said...

Looks like a party.

Michelle said...

I love seeing that duck!

Paula said...

That duck doesn't even know it is outnumbered.You have so many pretty birds of different kinds.

Val said...

Gotta admit that I cruised over the photos to check out your comment section after hearing of the Texas tornados. Hope you are safe!!
Now to go back and enjoy your awesome photos.

islandwonder said...

The duck is SMILING. I did not know ducks smiled. Awesome!

mick said...

Great series of photos. You certainly have a variety of birds around you.

Michelle Renee said...

There's never a dull moment in your yard. I just love seeing all your visitors...even if it's a brown headed cowbird (my least favorite bird). :)

Carletta said...

The duck stole the show! They are so cute!!

pattisjarrett said...

"My" mallard was lying down to eat, too! We also have a bevy of cowbirds. No redwings lately, though. Good shot of the one flying in next to the birdbath/feeder.

BlueShell said...

Oh...they are so many...a lot, I would say!....LOL

have a nice day Theresa! Kisses.

JDC said...

That duck looks like its smirking haha.

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh i do especially love your birdie shots, the ducks are the stars.
So so sorry to hear about how badly Texis has been hammered with tornadoes, it looks dreadful on the news, love Posie

Fiskarn said...

Beautyful pictures of these beautyful birds !

NatureStop said...

Greetings from Oman!!!

Nice images.

Shantana

Honest Abe said...

You got a lot of brown-headed cowbirds in that mix. We saw a couple of pairs the other day.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love when the duck enters the images, so, so sweet!

Joe said...

Looks like the duck lost all of it's friends.

georgettesullins said...

You have so many friends who come by and drop in! Lucky you!

Liz said...

I love the heads on the Mergansers! Your Whistling Duck is similar to our Plumed Whistling duck (without the cream coloured feathers). Looks like the pond is a hive of Spring bird activity... lovely!

Paula said...

Awwwww! These are great pictures! I especially love the ones of the cute lil' duck~ he looks like he's smiling!!

Andrea said...

Pretty peaceful little duck surrounded by the hoards of bully birds. I bet,if he was wondering where they all went, he was also thinking thank goodness they are gone. Don't get me wrong I love my bully birds, but other birds don't ... just sayin'.
Great shots ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

looks like Mrs. Merganser needs to do something with her hair....she's got the frizzies

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