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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Northern Flicker lookin’ pretty

I’m very happy today because I had a nice backyard visit with a beautiful Northern Flicker.  My feathered friend even posed for me and gave me great eye contact all while enjoying the beautiful warm day.

Northern Flicker in the Cherry Tree
Northern Flicker in the Cherry Tree
Northern Flicker Profile
Northern Flicker Profile
Close Up Northern Flicker
Close Up Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker

I’ve seen the Robins around the neighbourhood, but today I saw a good photo opportunity so snapped this (below).  I like how he’s just resting in the cherry tree.

American Robin
American Robin

How sweet is this little singing Tennessee Warbler?  She popped by to say hello, so tiny and lovely.

Who Me? The Tennessee Warbler
Who Me? The Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

She posed so perfectly on the fence – I just had to take her portrait.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow
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