Sunday, May 3, 2015

Feather Patterns

Miscellaneous songbirds from earlier this year.

Male Red-Winged Blackbird (the Blackbirds have gone north, now).



Female Red-Winged Blackbird



A Male Downy Woodpecker (they stay all year)

Female Brown-Headed Cowbird (we still have some of these around).
 At first glance, she might appear a dull, dusky bird, but in the right light...she's stunning!
 

Dark-eyed Junco (they've gone north, too)
 

Tiny little Field Sparrow (I believe they've gone north as well)

Near a Cowbird so you can see the size difference.
And if the above birds weren't flashy enough for your tastes, a male Northern Cardinal in a swing (we have these all year, too.)
Linking to The Bird D'Pot

102 comments:

Revrunner said...

I love to watch and listen to the blackbirds as they flit about the marshes of our Commonwealth.

Sandra said...

i love the third shot the way the red cups around like it was painted there. truly beautiful patterns on all these birds and until I met you i never noticed the details on birds like i do now.

Mildred said...

They are all beautiful. Love seeing the detail.

Gosia k said...

woodpackers are the same as Polish ones

Nancy Chan said...

These birds are very beautiful. Love them all.

Midmarsh John said...

It amazing how many birds which appear dull at first glance actually have intricate patterns when seen close up.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

They're all beautiful in their distinctive ways!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

We have tons of cardinals and a woodpecker has taken up residence outside my window. They are all beautiful in their own way.:)

messymimi said...

Such a nice variety! There are only a few varieties of birds i know on sight, and you are teaching me more of them, thank you.

Cranberry Morning said...

Thanks for sharing your birds with us. I'm glad you send them north. We're so glad to have them back. :-)

DJan said...

It's fun to look at all your pretty birds. I think many of them are hanging out in the trees near my house. Just this morning I realized that they start waking up before 5:00 at this time of year! :-)

Barb Brookbank said...

Truly gorgeous patterns, all of them.

Gayle said...

Coincidental - I've been trying to get a red winged blackbird shot just this week. When they arrive here in Mar or Apr it's a sure sign that spring is on the way.

Anvilcloud said...

Yes, the red wings have arrived here.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Cowbird! I saw something like that a few weeks ago. I was wondering what this grey bird with a seedeater bill was.
~

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is a beautifully creative post. I love it!

Ela said...

Such beautiful birds !! Nice to see them in your yard !!
Happy Sunday !

Nancy's Notes said...

Loved the Style Show! Oh my, to live exactly where you live and to enjoy these shots in real life, wow!

Birdman said...

Love your images of the red-winged blackbirds, both male and female.

ThreeOldKeys said...

I like Nancy's comment above ... what a feathery fashion show! And all the models are eating ... hurray!
: )

Fireblossom said...

And the cardinal sings birdybirdybirdybirdy!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the birds.
The latter has a nice color.
Have a good Sunday.

Uppal said...

such beautiful birds,a treat to watch the images.

RedPat said...

The blackbirds are here building nests and singing away - they mean spring is here to me!

Chandra Eswaran said...

They are all superb birds - you are so lucky and hence we are by association.
Happy Sunday!
Peace :)

Margaret Adamson said...

I loved seeing this selection of birds.

Rose said...

Excellent shots! It is getting to be as exciting to see the red-winged blackbirds return as it is robins. Maybe even more so.

Debbie said...

they all have beautiful feather patterns, but without the color, they are surely overlooked!!!

some sparrows have a magnificent feather patterns but don't get near the attention they deserve!!!!

Filip Demuinck said...

Nature creates art in an easy way.

Greetings,
Filip

DIMI said...

Such beautiful birds visiting your yard,Tex!Like the blackbirds, and my favorite cardinal!!Magnificent shots!
Dimi...

Paula said...

Hello pretty bird, that's what I used to say to my Parakeet. They are all pretty.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

 Wonderful pictures, I really like these beautiful birds !!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful birds and such a variety!! Love them!!

Bob Bushell said...

Lots 'n' lots of birdies today, but, my fave is the Blackbird, superbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb.

Kovács Miklós said...

Very nice bird collection and some species were new for me again.

SweetMarie said...

they're all beautiful in their own way. :) love the last pic!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, It is funny - I just was looking at your photo of the Northern Cardinal and am hearing one right across the street singing away! Love your pictures today as always. That Downy is gorgeous. Have a great coming week!

Joy said...

so lovely birds!

Gwen said...

Beautiful, amazing zoom-in's! You amaze and inspire me!

Red said...

You have a good variety of birds. Some of those give us a visit.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Great shots, Tex. I didn't know the blackbirds went north already..I need to study up on my bird facts. Have a wonderful Sunday!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful details in these shots- the cardinal looks happy!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They are all so beautiful.....

Kathy said...

I guess it would be selfish to want to keep all the birds year around. After all, our Northern friends love them too.

Nancy J said...

Our birds stay here all year, and now we have the younger starlings feeding on the lawn every morning. What a variety you have, and as seasons arrive or leave, so do your birds. A splash of red looks great.

Black Jack's Carol said...

This is a great post to learn a bit more about which of your birds hang around and which ones migrate. I wonder if climate change is affecting that a bit. I have suspected for a while that some birds in Vancouver are staying around instead of migrating now. We don't get cowbirds here, but I loved them when I lived in Quebec. I had one that came back for several consecutive years to my feeder. He had what I thought of as a "club" foot. We are enjoying the Redwings a lot right now in Vancouver. I guess it is highly unlikely that any of them came from Texas but it's a fun thought :)

Anni said...

I'm running late with my visits....

Fantastic array of such wonderful migrants. You've captured them perfectly.

Anni said...

ps...I had to come back. The comment you left in UPPAL's blog about birds on a wire looking like musical notes....my goodness, how true, how true!!! I'd never thought of it, but you're so right.

bj said...

Oh, my...they are all pretty.
Cardinals are, by far, my very favorite bird in the world. They are magnificent and I've never....NEVER..
seen one in person. :(

Adam Jones said...

I need to see a red winged blackbird. They look amazing.

Fjällripan said...

Very beautiful birds!! :)

Primitive Stars said...

Afternoon, I think they all have beautiful feather patterns, great pictures.Blessings Francine.

Our photos said...

Beautiful birds !

Robin Lamb said...

T, all of them very nice little birds and nice photos too!

Miss Val's Creations said...

They are all so beautiful! Your red winged blackbirds are prettier than ours. In MA they are solid black with a single red stripe (sometimes with some yellow). The color only really shows itself when they fly.

Mama Zen said...

I love the red-winged blackbirds!

Stephanie said...

Great series of shots especially that Cardinal!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Red-Winged blackbirds bring back a lot of memories for me, and I enjoy hearing them. I just wish they'd remember their manners at the feeders! :-)

Julia said...

Lovely photos Theresa. I think all the birds have arrived from their migration as the sky is filled with a variety of songs early in the morning and I love it.
here
Hugs,
JB

Cloudia said...

You nicely show the depths of their 'coats'


ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=




bailey-road.com said...

I love the Red-winged Blackbirds!

Lynn said...

It's funny, we have cardinals all year too, but I only seem to notice them in the winter:@)

Lois said...

Beautiful shots! I don't think all of the red winged black birds have gone north though because I saw several today while I was walking at the park. One of them actually stole a french fry out from under one of the picnic tables!

Lois Evensen said...

You have so many beautiful visitors! :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I loved the juxtaposition of the cowbird and sparrow. so cute.

Ms. A said...

I just had a redwing yesterday, must have gotten lost. My Daughter has tons of cardinals and is just getting batches of hummingbirds to enjoy the feeder we got her.

magnoliasntea said...

Great photos! I've been expecting to hear the red-winged blackbirds, but sadly their main habitat near me is being turned into a housing blunder - too many houses for the acreage...argh.

Michelle said...

Nice photos! I always like seeing those blackbirds!

Marie C said...

Wonderful photos of some awesome birds! A great variety!

Indrani said...

Very artistic patterns! Nature has her way! :)

Randy said...

Nice variety.

MarmePurl said...

you've got the best guests.

Janey and Co. said...

I miss having a feeder.Here there isn't a place for one....and the bears attack those at our Colorado house.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

All beautiful birds, nice sequence!

Annesphamily said...

Beautiful photos. The birds where we live like to start singing their songs at 4 A.M. ! I love listening to their melodies. Such simplicity. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

You get quite a variety of birds!

Paul said...

That's quite the group of feathered friends you posted today, nice close up detailed pictures too!

Rita said...

The female red winged black birds have beautiful markings! :)

Handmade in Israel said...

Beautiful photos, as always! Love the woodpecker. That cardinal is awesome!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

My mom would always put out suet for the downys way back when.

Made by KKann said...

So many beautiful birds - The Cardinal is wonderful.

Ratty said...

Wonderful pictures of the birds. I've never seen a red-winged blackbird up that close before.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Sweet pictures Tex! The birds were crazy busy and had lots to say this weekend. Mr. Tanager and Mr. Baltimore are back!

Lynne said...

Wing patterned close ups are great to see . . .

NatureFootstep said...

lol, nice closeups on the blackbirds plumage :)

Karen S. said...

Oh yes, I may have met a few already here in Minnesota! Our bird action is growing larger everyday, they even like my waterfall!

Terry and Linda said...

I'm so glad they have...I love them in my yard!! We are sharing you and I :)

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Love these detailed close up shots.
The feather markings are gorgeous. Nature at it's best!!
cm

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You make me wish I had a yard again and a few dozen bird feeders. (But then I remember .... )

maryaustria said...

An amazing series! Such different colors and patterns! Great!

Michael Manning said...

So nice to stop by, Theresa, and be introduced to new birds I've never seen before.

barbara l. hale said...

Nice array of birds. Some of those have come up to visit us. We are fortunate to have Cardinals all year, too. They're easy.

Felicia said...

beautiful feather patterns.

edenhills said...

They do have lovely feather patterns. The cowbird is pretty.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Lovely series of images .. Great!!!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful variety of birds. I really like the Field Sparrow and the Junco.. The Dowy is another favorite..Great shots!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Ms. Cowbird IS stunning! Love that subtle coloring. Lots of beauty here. blessings ~ tanna

Munir said...

Wow ! such a variety of feathers, such a feast for our eyes. Thanks.

Helma said...

Again, this is a great post with all these different and beautiful birds. The last photo of red cardinal is also very funny :-)

Laura. M said...

They know where to find food !!

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! We had some blackbirds early in the spring.

pattisjarrett said...

It's hard to compete with a RW Blackbird--unless you're a Cardinal!

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