Monday, February 18, 2008

Some Birds Have Been Here

I didn't get to participate in the weekend bird count, but judging by the tracks in the snow on our deck, we had quite a few visitors of the feathered type last Friday.

What I love about the photo below is the soft blur to the left--that's an eastern bluebird beating a hasty retreat when the male cardinal landed on the feeder. I thought I was taking a picture of red, white and blue, but what I got was red, white and blur! If you click on the picture, you can see the bluebird a little more clearly, sort of like a ghost of a bird in flight.

An informal survey of bird visitors to our feeders over the weekend included cardinals both male and female, bluebirds, blue jays, mourning doves, chickadees, nuthatches, juncos, chipping sparrows, downy, pileated, and red-bellied woodpeckers. Nothing exciting or unusual in our flock, but there are so many of them that the air is full of their calls all day.

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