Feathers on Friday – Northern Flicker

For Feathers on Friday – I found a Flicker picture from a couple of days ago, he was singing on a cloudy grey day, Flicker Feathers on Friday 😉

Springtime flicker in a tall tree
Springtime flicker in a tall tree

Other Feathers on Friday blogs:

Prairie Birder

Bird Boy

The Cats and the Birds

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European Starling, Northern Flickers, Pine Siskins, & American Robin

The backyard has sure been busy with birds this month, today was no exception. I think my favorite photos in this post are of the European Starling in smooth and fluffy mode. They are not loved by many birders, but you can’t deny how beautiful their feathers are…

European Starling in the Cherry Tree (Smooth)
European Starling in the Cherry Tree (Smooth)
European Starling in the Cherry Tree (Fluffy)
European Starling in the Cherry Tree (Fluffy)
How adorable is this fluffed up Robin?
How adorable is this fluffed up Robin?
Pretty Pine Siskin on the fence
Pretty Pine Siskin on the fence
Flicker pecking on my neighbours house...lol
Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker on my neighbours house…lol
Little Pine Siskin in the tree
Little Pine Siskin in the tree
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Red Shafted Northern Flicker hunting on the grass...
Red Shafted Northern Flicker hunting on the grass…
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Robins in the Rain, er… Bath!

The Robins found my babbling brook! I’m delighted that the water feature in my yard has attracted its first birdy bathers! I feel like I’ve won the lottery… I could sit and watch this for hours (if they stayed that long!).

"Hey you! Not so close!"  Robins bathing in my backyard.
“Hey you! I was here first!” – Robins bathing in my backyard.
Splish Splash I was having a bath...
Splish Splash I was having a bath…
Now just let me spread out my feathers... ahhhh
Now just let me spread out my feathers… back off it’s my turn!
I told you it was my turn first! -Robin Redbreast
I told you it was my turn! -Robin Redbreast
Peeking around before a bath...
Peeking around for a quiet spot …
House Sparrow... hoping for a quick drink beside the Robins
House Sparrow… hoping for a quick dip beside the Robins

2015-09-20 09-24-37 Robin on the fence

North American Robin having a cherry snack...
North American Robin having a cherry snack…
North American Robin
North American Robin
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Wilson’s Warbler, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Dark-Eyed Juncos & White Crowned Sparrow

I woke up thinking “I’ll take a walk today around the block and see what’s visiting today…” so I did…

This might be the final Wilson's Warbler I'll see this year since migration has slowed and its been a number of days since I saw the last one...
This might be the final Wilson’s Warbler I’ll see this year since migration has slowed and its been a number of days since I saw the last one…
Peek-A-Boo - what amazing camouflage! This is a male Wilson's Warbler
Peek-A-Boo – what amazing camouflage! Male Wilson’s Warbler
A noisy crow making a racket beside my house... lol
A noisy crow making a racket beside my house… lol
Handsome Red-Breasted Nuthatch on the top branch of a tall evergreen
Handsome Red-Breasted Nuthatch on the top branch of a tall evergreen
Red-breasted Nuthatch, he found one of his hidden seeds - they are so clever.
Red-breasted Nuthatch, he found one of his hidden seeds – they are so clever.

I’m walking through the treed area now …

Is that a Dark-eyed Junco I spy?
Is that a Dark-eyed Junco I spy?

I think Dark-Eyed Juncos are SO beautiful… the contrast of their colors and eyes… quite stunning and yet – also – cute!

Soft little Dark-Eyed Junco on the tree
Soft little Dark-Eyed Junco on the tree
Pretty Dark Eyed Junco foraging under the trees
Pretty Dark Eyed Junco foraging under the trees
Handsome Dark-Eyed Junco
Handsome Dark-Eyed Junco
Dark-Eyed Junco hunting on the pavement
Dark-Eyed Junco hunting on the pavement

And one last bird for today’s walk…

White Crowned Sparrow (female) foraging in the grass
White Crowned Sparrow (female) foraging in the grass

Another enjoyable birdy day :) Until tomorrow…

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White Crowned Sparrows, Blue Jay & Finches

This has been a great month for birding in my yard! This week I saw this beauty of a Blue Jay in one of my trees – the color just grabs me, I love blue!

Blue Jay
Blue Jay

Here is a lifer for me, a white crowned sparrow (male) was poking around in the shrubs with the house sparrows looking for seeds. The white caught my eye – and I’m glad it did! Another one for the yard list!

White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow

I never tire of the beautiful house finches, and I’m especially attracted to the orange ones, and I love the rain!

Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)
Orange House Finch (male)

A couple of days after spotting the male White Crowned Sparrow in my shrubs – I saw this pretty gal in my grass – new bird for me = happy day!

White Crowned Sparrow (female)
White Crowned Sparrow (female)

Until Next Time!

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