Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bird Species #93 and #94

Although these photos won't look like much, I've added a couple of new birds this spring to my species list spotted here at Run*A*Round.

First, the Lark Sparrow. Two of them were be-bopping around the lawn so I had to zoom in and crop as they stayed pretty far away. They are pretty birds, though, and quite large for sparrows, too.





Next, a bird that was common in Wisconsin where I grew up, but one I haven't seen in 30 years of being in Texas...The Red-Headed Woodpecker. I was thrilled to see one clinging to the feeder! The lighting was terrible, but I was happy to grab some record shots before *pfft* he was gone again.

A female Brown-Headed Cowbird is in the feeder.


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111 comments:

AGATA AGATUSZKA said...

Very nice and lovable birds.

Carole M. said...

nice to see them coming in and good to have your record shots; another time you might get lucky. I had a similar experience this weekend with 'the one that got away' ... :)

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

I used to see a lot of the woodpeckers, not so much any more. Happy Sunday:@)

Janey and Co. said...

I am use to seeing the Red Bellied Woodpecker in south Texas. Their head is red too...but have sort of spotted wings. I have not spied this one. really pretty!

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

Nice stripes in the face on the small bird :)

How many kind of different birds have seen so far at your place?

maryaustria said...

Lovely shots of the little beauties!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Great that you have seen these birds after that length of time, they dont seem to stay long when you have a camera in your hands.

peter

georgettesullins said...

While sitting in the back yard among all the trees of our neighborhood, grandson and I heard it. "Do you see it?" he asked. No, we never saw it, but we sure heard it. I have to show him your capture.

Julia said...

I'm glad that you finally got the Red Headed Woodpecker come for a visit at your feeder. He's didn't find any worms in the metal feeder but he sure has a pretty red head.
Hugs,
JB

Stephanie Faris said...

Ooh, pretty! I can't look at a bird and say what it is, but the I love the coloring on the red one!

EG CameraGirl said...

How very nice of the red-headed woodpecker to visit your feeder!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I love Woodpeckers. They are some of my favourites. The Cowbirds are prolific here, too. The Lark Sparrow is pretty.

Giga said...

Miłe, że zobaczyłaś u siebie te ptaki . Pozdrawiam.
Nice, did you see that at home these birds. Yours.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Congrats with ## 93 and 94!
It is incredible how many bird species you have captured at your lovely habitat for birds.
We live here only 23-½ years but the total in Georgia is also 31 this August. A lot more to spot than ever in the over populated Kingdom of The Netherlands. One reason for living here...
Hugs and happy Sunday!
Mariette

messymimi said...

We have woodpeckers, but none quite like that species! He's beautiful!

Tamago said...

Such beautiful pictures. I don't think I've seen red-headed woodpecker, but he sure is cute!

rainfield61 said...

Such an excitement to see two lifers at one time.

Andrew Fulton said...

Congratulations on the newbies... the woodpecker is a stunning little bird.

DJan said...

Yes, congratulations, Tex! The lark sparrow looks a lot like a large white-crowned sparrow around here. And I notice you are closing in on 100 species now. That is a beautiful woodpecker, all right! :-)

William Kendall said...

That is a very distinguished looking woodpecker.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

That woodpecker looks fabulous! On your way to the century!

Birdman said...

I'll give you this. YOU know your birds!

Willow said...

Cograts on the new feathered finds !

Linda R said...

How exciting to see some new birds hanging out.. Awesome shots.

Hugs~

Halcyon said...

I am really envious of all your birds. European birds are not as colorful.

cobie en bas van Es said...

dit is prachtig vooral de laatste.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a beautiful woodpecker, how exciting to see it again after so many years.

The lark sparrow is very handsome too

Anvilcloud said...

You have the proof that you saw them. I wonder what bird will be featured in #100?

parker said...

94 species of birds is remarkable. Your little piece of Texas is quite a bird sanctuary for feathered friends. Good job!

DIMI said...

Very nice and adorable birds Tex!!
Great shots!!
Dimi...

Mary said...

I love the woodpecker! I used to keep a journal of all the birds we got. One year we got all different kinds that aren't normally common.

Sally in WA said...

Oh, wow! That woodpecker is fabulous! What a great sighting to capture, even if the lighting was poor.

Lynne said...

Literally . . . pffft and he was gone . . .

I love watching and finding new sightings. I have a larger water bath which is tall and has a copper bowl. I put it out yesterday, the first time since winter. Since it sits up high and in an opened area I decided to fill it with oranges instead of water. As I worked outdoors it was such fun to watch the birds fly in for a bit of sweet. The Orioles and Purple Finch were the most frequent visitors.

The small visitor has beautiful markings . . .

Lynne said...

The small Sparrow visitor . . .

eViL pOp TaRt said...

The red headed woodpecker is spectacular.

Leovi said...

Nice pictures, full of beauty, beautiful birds!

Karen S. said...

It's always a treat to visit your bird friends! Nice day to romp in the grass for them too.

genie said...

Now that is one impressive woodpecker. That red head is drop dead gorgeous. Love the last shot of the departure. Know you were thrilled to spot to new fellows. For me, I would not know the difference in new ones from the older ones. I still need you to bail me out when I do not know.

Mersad said...

I like those first simplistic shots. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Thank God we are fine here in the south.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

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

The photos are good enough to give yourself credit for two new ticks on your bird list.

Sylvia K said...

I love those red-headed woodpeckers!!

don said...

Your amazing variety of birds continues to grow! These are fine shot of the sparrow considering how elusive they were. The red-headed woodpecker is spectacular in colors. Very good shooting of the new birds.

Molly The Wally said...

Lovely. We have never heard of a cowbird before.
Have a serene Sunday and let us all enjoy some big easy today.
Best wishes Molly

Hilary said...

Isn't it such a kick to spy a bird you've not seen before... or rarely get to see? You have a good eye to pick out the lark sparrow at that distance.

Every time I see a cowbird (not too many up here but there were lots at my previous place), I wonder who raised it. It's the funniest thing to see one being fed by a much smaller species of bird as they so often are. Cowbirds are a strange and interesting quirk of nature.

Stephanie said...

Pretty birds! I really like the red ones. We don't see red colored birds here.

joeh said...

I would never even notice the sparrow, but I would live to spot one of those woodpeckers.

Beth said...

I love the woodpecker! Great shots!

Frank said...

Two very nice additions to your yard list.

Kerri Farley said...

Hurray for new birds :)

Kerry said...

Quick! Put out some suet and get that woodpecker to come back!

Sally Crowe said...

awww - these are cute. I especially like the woodpecker. So glad you were able to take pics. :)

Patty Woodland said...

Red head was probably passing through and heard about the restaurant on the flyway

Midmarsh John said...

Always great to see something new turn up.

Łucja-Maria said...

Wow, with you too birds.
Great pictures.
Greetings.

Terry and Linda said...

OH!!! I have those sparrows here and didn't even know what they were!

THANK YOU!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife@wordpress.com

Melissa said...

That's a lot of birds on your list! Love the *pfft* photo!

Debbie said...

ooohhhhh t, I get it, we get it!!! So exciting, awesome pictures!!

Pom Pom said...

I'm so glad that red-head came to see you! What a treat!

Raggedy Creations said...

at least you got to see him for a few minutes.

Rose said...

Oh, Theresa....so glad you got to see a red-headed woodpecker again!

RedPat said...

It's always exciting to see a new bird!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

What a delight for you to see the Red-Headed Woodpecker!

Yesterday, Mike and I were painting our sun room, which looks out into the back yard. A motion in the trees caught my attention, so I stared hard for a few seconds and out of the trees came some sort of hawk being chased by no less than five robins! I did not see any 'dinner' in the hawk's talons as he flew by. There was a lot of squawking going on for quite a while, as you can imagine.

~Lindy

Roan said...

Cute sparrow. Glad you got to see the woodpecker. They sure are beautiful.

Roan said...

Cute sparrow. Glad you got to see the woodpecker. They sure are beautiful.

Gail said...

You did very well with both. The shy wood pecker is hard to capture but you did it splendidly.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Yipeee! Wonderful! Have a super coming week and listen for the trill of the Red.

Bob Bushell said...

Do you know what, I had some Larks tomorrow, but I won't now. You have some of the best.

NatureFootstep said...

cool bird with the red head. And fun images. :)

Brian King said...

Congratulations! I've only seen a Red-headed Woodpecker here once and that was while on a lake. They don't visit the feeders.

Linda said...

Cool! Love that red head!

Munir said...

The last shot is amazing.

Our photos said...

Very nice !

Gary Phillips said...

Great finds!! Boom, Bobbi & Gary.

Annette Mickelson said...

What a good idea to number the species. I'm up to maybe ten. LOL. Our acorn woodpeckers have red on the top of their heads but not the entire head like yours.

Anni said...

Okay....you, dear one, have me green with envy again!! I've not seen either species here this far south. Way to go. It's always great to add to your list, isn't it?

I think the images are just fine...sometimes it's better to have the photo than not at all in my opinion. And your photos are super.

Red said...

The lark sparrow is a very handsome bird and yes, large for a sparrow.

Deb said...

I've had some lark sparrows too...lots of dove this year..and the mocking birds have been causing havac...

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Congrats on snapping these two. I have two woodpeckers that I captured once, but they haven't sat still since. LOL,

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I just love the red-headed woodpeckers! I'm happy you spotted this pretty boy!

bailey-road.com said...

What attractive birds!

Christian Weiß said...

Great to see a new species or a species after such a long time.

Kevin Smith said...

Good birding! I've not seen the Lark Sparrow here although they are supposed to be quite common here. Try putting out a suet feeder for the woodpeckers Once we did we've had them flocking in. Crossed all of them off the checklist.

Stephen Hayes said...

Is this the origin of Woody the Woodpecker?

Michelle said...

Nice to see the woodpecker!

Paula said...

You do know your birds. Because of you and your blog I've been paying more attention to birds. Always liked them but just thought a bird, is a bird, is a bird. Now I know better, thanks.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

How cool that you were able to get these shots and add to your list! We have a red headed woodpecker here, but I haven't seen him--only heard him pecking on the aluminum around the windows. :-)

Randy said...

Nice shots. I like the movement in the last shot.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've not seen a Red-Headed Woodpecker in many years, what a fun sight to see--Good eye there! :-)

Cloudia said...

I love their racing stripes! What fun to see all these "foreign" birds, Tex!




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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Karen said...

I understand the excitement of spotting a new bird, AND getting photos of them. How wonderful that the red-headed showed up for you!! I had 2 new birds show up this weekend, and I am stoked.

Montanagirl said...

Love it that you clicked a Red Head! I saw my first one here a few years ago. He was flying alongside our pickup and landed on a wooden fence corner right out my window. I managed several good photos of him. Nice Lark Sparrow too!

Made by KKann said...

Nice pics of the Woodpecker.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow!!! #93 and #94 must be incredible record; BIG Congratulations(^_^)v

Lark Sparrow sure is a lovely sparrow. They were be-bopping♬♬♬ The word reminded me old drama for youngsters. "Be-bop High School" p;)
Oh, 30 years must be a long time for you; the Red-Headed Woodpecker is really cute♡♡♡ Haha, I checked 'pfft' means a disappear soon. All birds are so for me, sigh :-)

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

Stewart M said...

Two new yard birds so close together is a good day!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pantherka said...

Very beautiful photos of birds.

Miss Val's Creations said...

They are both cuties! I love the red head of the woodpecker. What a handsome little fella!

Gert said...

How very cool. Love seeing new species in our backyard too.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Almost missed this one. So glad I didn't! I hope your red-headed woodpecker will return a few more times, but you did great to get those photos when I imagine happy-tremors were an issue. Love the sparrows too. Once, when I first started bird watching (not that long ago, really), I thought I saw a Lark Sparrow and told a bird-watcher friend. He explained that the chances of that were about zero, and I learned after reading my new book a bit more carefully that he was right. At least now, I've seen one second hand :)

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Congratulations Tex! Those Red Heads are awesome!!!

Fjällripan said...

Allways funt to spot some new birds :)

Gail Dixon said...

Lucky you seeing that Lark Sparrow! The red-headed woodpeckers are such pretty birds. I have never seen one at a feeder. They are always very high up in the trees.

Wally Jones said...

Congratulations on two wonderful species!

I haven't seen a Lark Sparrow since we left West Texas.

Red-headed Woodpeckers are one of my all-time favorite species and am happy to see one anywhere!

Chandra said...

The Red Head is so pretty.
So, is the brunette.

Peace :)

edenhills said...

Yeah! What wonderful variety. I saw a red-headed woodpecker this evening, but I didn't have my camera.

Paul said...

94 types of birds and counting... Wow, that's amazing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yay, two more birds -- you have more on the RunAround than a lot of public parks that are birding destinations.

pattisjarrett said...

Nice! New visitors are always a treat. I've never seen a red-headed woodpecker.

Beate said...

Wow, the Red-Headed Woodpecker is a real beauty! So amazing you got to take these shots :)

Laura. M said...

The fly, you caught :))

Mary Cromer said...

I wonder if any of those Lark Sparrows came this way during migration...I had never seen them before we got an alert that we had some visiting. Beautiful birds too!

Helma said...

This magnificent birds. The lark sparrow is really special but the red headed woodpecker is a very special. Birds that we will never see in the Netherlands.

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