Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Bunch of Birds

Just dumping a bunch into one post. These are all birds hanging out at the feeder area in early March.
Field Sparrows


Harris' Sparrow


Eurasian Collared-Dove



Male Downy Woodpecker

Being joined by a Male Red-Winged Blackbird
Female Red-Winged Blackbirds


Joined by a Female Brown-Headed Cowbird
Brown-Headed Cowbirds, Female Red-Winged Blackbirds and Mourning Doves
Throw in a few Whistling Ducks


For size comparison, a Harris' Sparrow and a Collared-Dove

A Female Red-Winged Blackbird, a tiny Field Sparrow, and a Harris' Sparrow
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

133 comments:

Julia said...

I love the bird show. Thanks so much... Such an assortment. They must bring you a lot of enjoyment.
Hugs,
JB

georgettesullins said...

You know how to identify so many! How wonderful they come to visit in numbers and often.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

All eating at the best buffet in town:@)

eileeninmd said...

The Harris Sparrow is a handsome bird and I love the sweet doves! And of course the whistling ducks are a favorite! Great post!

Kay G. said...

My Dad has red wing blackbirds, he lives out in the country and I have taken photos of them, they are easy to identify.
However, the FEMALE red wing blackbirds, wow, they look more like sparrows, now I will know what they are! Thank you!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Now that Harris Sparrow is new to me...so dapper!!

Great photo shares as always.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It's always a delight to see a downy woodpecker! And your usual photogenic models, the whistler ducks made an appearance!

Your bird feeder is a real draw.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really love the Harris' Sparrow and the Downy Woodpecker :)

Carole M. said...

they're all super but I'm kind of leaning towards the Harris' Sparrow

Mary Cromer said...

WOW you have some different birds there and that Eurasian Collared Dove is spectacular. The spreading of seed on the ground is always a good idea, but I have too many hawks to do it unless under cover~

magnoliasntea said...

Love this birdy post. They're one of my favorite forms of entertainment. Have a great day.

AGATA AGATUSZKA said...

I love the bird show.Great photo shares as always..

Frank said...

Super selection dining out at the ranch.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Lovely photos from quite a large variety of restaurant visitors!
They are such a joy however!
Hugs,
Mariette

Primitive Stars said...

Here a bird, there a bird, everywhere a Whistler. Great pictures, enjoyed, Francine.

Stephanie Faris said...

My mom and stepdad put a bird feeder by their driveway, near their cards. Bad idea. Bird droppings everywhere!

Roan said...

We have tons of sparrows, but not the Harris' Sparrow. They are nice looking little guys.

William Kendall said...

Quite a variety!

Whistlers of course were to be expected.

EG CameraGirl said...

Love all the action you see daily on your property!

Kate said...

The woodpecker and blackbird certainly add color to the group of birds!

Pom Pom said...

What a pretty woodpecker! I love the whistler acting like a flamingo! So cute!

Pamela Gordon said...

That's a lot of birds. What a great variety. The field sparrow sure is tiny. Have a great day!

Molly The Wally said...

Have to say love the woodpecker best. Mind you they are all cute. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

rainfield61 said...

Though hearing no sound, but it must be very noisy.

Cranberry Morning said...

Love the bunch of birds! Cute little whistler with one foot up. :-)

DJan said...

I've never seen a Harris' Sparrow before. Nice markings. And your menagerie of birds is just wonderful. I enjoyed it a lot. :-)

Stewart M said...

Nice selection of birds - I like the woodpecker bursting off the feeder.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: there is a brief explanation of why the beach squeaks in this weeks WBW.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Tour Bunch o' Birds is delightful! Those sparrows look so plain from a distance, but up close they are little marvels! Of course, love the whistler on one leg. I've been enjoying birds out my window, my 1st spring here. And today: a hummingbird on the azalea blossoms, right near the window!!!!!!

Montanagirl said...

Lots of variety -Nice photos!! I've been getting migrants showing up too - guess I better post some of them tomorrow.

Dicky Bird said...

The bird tour was great! Love the woodpecker and the cowbirds.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Lovely serie!
Today we have Heavy rain so no birds are at the feeding place

Willow said...

Birds of a feather ...

Mike said...

Morton Downy? Is he soft to the touch?

troutbirder said...

Nice collection indeed. We're getting our first ever Collared Doves now here though I understand there replacing the Passenger Pigeons someday.... spread as far north as Alaska. :)

Trollstubben foto said...

So lots of beautiful birds.
Hugs from Karin

Gail Dixon said...

Love that Harris sparrow! He's got such interesting markings. Really great shots! Enjoyed seeing the variety. :)

S. J. Qualls said...

The ground around the feeder must be fertile! Having an 'eyes glued shut' morning. How are you?

Beth said...

So many birds! Lovely! Great series of shots!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Great variety! Now, all you need is a partridge in a pear tree ;)

Irma said...

So many different kinds of birds.
I like the Harris' Sparrow and the Turkish Deaf.
Very well photographed, my compliments.
Greetings Irma

Mary said...

What a bunch of cuties. I am not fan of the collared doves however.

Leovi said...

Nice pictures! Yes, I love those birds!

Jeanne said...

OMG... I was trying to figure out what kind of bird I had at my feeder. It is the female red winged black bird. I had no idea that's what they looked like. The males are obvious. Nice shots!

Marit Sønstebø said...

They are all so cute! Field sparrow and the woodpecker are very similar to those who are here too :-)

Catherine said...

Love watching the birds. They make everything look so free and easy.
Wonderful photo's. Blessings, Catherine

Anvilcloud said...

Ni doubt about it. You are a complete bird brain. :)

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a wonderful assortment of feathered creatures. The first thing I had to do upon returning home was relocating a tree rat so that the birds could enjoy their feeder and not be bothered by the intruder.

don said...

Your feeder(s) is a very busy place. I like all the variety of this type of post. You get so many different kinds of birds there. Have a great day.

Sally Crowe said...

Lots of birds!

I love all the photo's; especially the woodpecker! :)

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I love those happy birds all enjoying a great meal at their favorite eatery!!

Karen said...

What a great bunch! So many female red-wings. I get tons of males and one or two females.

Halcyon said...

You really have a variety of visitors!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

That Harris' Sparrow looks crazy, like a well of ink exploded in his face!

Debbie said...

seeds flying, hugging, dancing, wing spreading, one stepping....that was a great show ;)

my birds have become so picky and spoiled rotten. they only want the black sun flower seeds!!

joeh said...

And I always thought all red winged black birds were alike. I guess I thought the females were a different breed.

MarkD60 said...

I love the bird pics! Especially the tiny ones!

Black Jack's Carol said...

No cowbirds in the west (that I've seen). When I was in Quebec, there was one that came to my feeder every winter. I knew it because of its injured foot. Nice to see the ones here. Love the woodpecker with wings fluttering as the Redwing joins it. Lots of new birds here for me to enjoy. Thanks, Theresa!

Karen S. said...

Good morning everybody! The gangs all here, everyone is accounted for! WooHoo, now for some feed!

Dave said...

alive with nature..... what a selection. I think ground feeding situations like this work very well. Big uns and little uns getting their fare share.

Kerry said...

I love the variety of bird life that you get. How fun!

ashley said...

Beautiful pictures! :) I have a lot like those at my house, too, and they light up my day!

ashley-ashstash.blogspot.com

Debby Ray said...

These are great bird shots! Thanks for sharing!

Kleine Waldameise said...

Oh, ich beneide dich um so viele gefiederte Besucher. Das muss eine Lust sein, dabei zuschauen zu können.

DIMI said...

What a pretty woodpecker Tex!!Gorgeous picture from all those pretty birds!!Great shots!!
Dimi...

Becca said...

I could watch birds all day! ( just like Lucy) Love the woodpecker…those things wake me up sometimes! Lol Yesterday while sitting outside I heard a bird overhead but it didn't sound like a crow. When I looked up, an eagle with a crow chasing it flew right over my head! I was on the upper deck and they flew over so low! It was amazing to see one fly right over me.

Paula said...

What a bird party! We had nice rain last night here in town. Can't wait to see what it did at the ranch.

Patty Woodland said...

I just love sparrows and wrens. I think they are often overlooked but they have the most interesting patterns in their feathers.

amanda | wildly simple said...

I love them all!
First hummers have been spotted in our area, and an oriole, too!
Time to get my feeders out for them.

the wayside wanderer said...

Such a great variety! The red wing blackbird is the bird I have most recently learned to identify by sound. :)

Red said...

The Harris sparrow is interesting as we never see it in that plumage.

karmnik54 said...

Fajne ptaszki:) Gołębie idętyczne jak nasze sierpówki:)

Nancy J said...

Eating together, so many species, and food provided at the best " Fly-In" in the area. No wonder they arrive as soon as the message goes round. Lovely series. Cheers, Jean

Ela said...

Such a beautiful collection of photos !!! Greetings

cobie en bas van Es said...

je hebt geen reclameborden nodig dit is gewoon mond op mond reclame van hier moet je zijn.

Susan said...

It's gotta get noisy at your house from all the bird.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice and sleezy. Lots of birds, my favourites.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tex great collection of birds around your feeders. Love the woodpecker adn of course your 'ducks'

Farm Girl said...

What a busy place and a feast for the eyes.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I'm going to look more closely to see if we have an Harris Sparrows. I don't recall seeing female red wings before, cool details in those feathers.

RedPat said...

Wow - quite a group, Tex!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Have to get a few whistlers in!

Chris Rohrer said...

You lucky lucky person! FIELD SPARROWS! I had no idea that you had those birds down there. This is one sparrow I have yet the pleasure of meeting. And who can complain about Harris's Sparrows coming for a visit. Lovely assortment of birds in your backyard!

Karen said...

The doves are beautiful.

Filip Demuinck said...

A nice serie of pictures, many different birds.

Greetings,
Filip

Amy Burzese said...

Great variety!

Romance Book Haven said...

Wow! Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing all thee beautiful photos!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

It's been ages since I've seen a Harriss's Sparrow (and that is a mouthful of s's!). Also enjoying while envying your other backyard treasures.

Our photos said...

Very nice ! I like the one on one leg.

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great collection of photos! (I was staking out my bird feeder today, but I didn't upload my photos yet, to know if any of them came out good enough to post.)

I love the woodpecker and red winged blackbird photo! All of your photos show nice details in the birds.

marilyn said...

i remember being amazed when I discovered how different in appearance the female red wind black bird is from the male. I'm developing a real soft spot for those whistler ducks.

barbara l. hale said...

I like your smorgasbord of birdies! That Harris' Sparrow is pretty petite. And of course, the Whistlers!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

It looks like that whistler done went and stepped in it again.

Blackberry Lane said...

I love all your photos today.
Hope you are having a good week.
We should close on the house Fri or Mon. A neighbor is helping us move some of our favorite plants this week and the sod arrived today.

NatureFootstep said...

that´s a lot of birds. I envy you. :) Loved to see the Harris' Sparrow. Loved it´s coloring.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

They are a wonderful collection of birds!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

bailey-road.com said...

Great avian variety. Love the Harris's Sparrow - such a pretty little bird.

Stephen Hayes said...

You provide quite a banquet for these guys. I hope they appreciate you.

Carletta said...

It's a dump of lovely birdies!
The balancing on one leg whistler just might be stealing the show though. :)

Melissa said...

Great variety! Love the little downy woodpecker. I miss seeing them from when I lived in Michigan.

Michelle said...

You are well represented within the bird family!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Nice seeing a Harris Sparrow. I might have, MIGHT, have confused it with a House Sparrow.

Terry and Linda said...

As always OUTSTANDING!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Brian King said...

Love the Collared doves! And the goofy one-legged duck! :-)

Susan said...

A great display and am glad the Whistlers were there too :D)

Stephanie said...

Fabulous display of birds!

Randy said...

Busy little cafe you have there.

Paul said...

Nice bunch of pictures, looks like you have natures version of an airshow going on at the Run*A*Round Ranch!

Linda said...

Awesome! We don't have the harris sparrow here.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I so enjoy your sharing of your love of birds! So many different varieties here. Of course, I love the whistlers. But those little field sparrows are precious too.

orchid Miyako said...

OMG, what a varieties of collection of pretty birds♡♡♡ Harris' Sparrow is my favorite here and your size comparison shots are really great; made me feel SO sweet to see them together♬♬♬
Haha, the Whistling Duck standing with one leg is cutey, isn't he♪

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend Theresa, xoxo Miyako*

SquirrelQueen said...

The little Field sparrow looks a bit intimidated by the "big" birds. You have an amazing mix of birds in your yard, I love them all.

i stora drag said...

Oh, that was a lot of birds, how nice to have them that close.
Fun to see birds you haven't seen before, the cowbirds for instance.
And the ducks are always fun to see! Great job!

About the dead swans, maybe a fox did it, but I wouldn't be surprised if there have been a fight between swans either. Loose running dogs we don't have here in Sweden. /Pia

Pantherka said...

Beautiful birds, very nice series of photos.

Elaine said...

It's a very nice bunch of birds!

Magia da Inês said...

Parabéns pelo show fotográfico!
Magnífico! Todos convivem com harmonia no mesmo nicho.
Boa quarta-feira!

¸.•°❤❤彡º°。

Laura. M said...

A good neighborhood meeting;)

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Awesome, as always. You don't have cats, do you?

Jeevan said...

Beautiful shots! My favorites are the sparrows :)

Ron said...

A smorgasboard of birds at the Run A Round Buffet

Midmarsh John said...

A nice varied collection of feathered friends.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love all your visitors.....

Marie said...

Wonderful shots! I love that you get so many collared doves. I have seen a few but mostly the mourning and white winged. That Harris Sparrow was sweet, and the Downy.

Margie said...

You aren't kidding, a bunch of birds!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great bird post. I love seeing different kinds feeding together and it is a great way to compare the sizes.

Chandra said...

I absolutely love how lucky you are to get all them birds in your own backyard. I get about 10-20 different varieties, but I have long ways to go in identifying them. My identification method calls them all pretty birds. Well, with the exception of the Wrens, Bluebirds, Cardinals, Tufted Titmouse and the Finches. There are many others whom I haven't identified yet.

I love the ducks with the brilliant orange bills too.

So, what a joy, to immerse oneself in nature.

Peace :)

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, so many wonderful birds

Gerald (SK14) said...

As an experiment I have turned off word-verification on most of my blogs but if I get inundated with spam will turn it on again.

Not allowing anon comments is not an option I want as some of my best comments are actually anonymous.

Hilary said...

Avian adorableness in action. (atrocious alliteration in action, also).

Rose said...

On second thought...I think more than the Whistlers thinks life is good at the ranch!

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

You have a lot of different birds that visit you.

Helma said...

What prevents a variety of birds. The woodpecker I really like to see you but Harris sparrow I find very beautiful. The sparrows are with you really much nicer color than in the Netherlands :-) Great blog again.

pattisjarrett said...

I love how you captured the red on the Red-winged Blackbird's wings. Nice click! Their girls are so pretty. You have many varieties of sparrows--nice group of photos.

bon bon said...

as busy as an airport!

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