It’s a Lifer! Blackpoll Warbler

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I’ve never really watched for warblers in my past years of birding, I was mainly focused on owls, shore birds and other medium-large birds… but this year I am noticing all of the tiny birds that you almost won’t notice if you don’t look for them on purpose.  This gorgeous little number was hard to photograph but she finally took a second or two at a slower pace through the branches and I got my shot.  It’s a Blackpoll Warbler in fall plumage.  A lovely bird to add to my yardlist. :)

Blackpoll Warbler in Fall Plumage
Blackpoll Warbler in Fall Plumage
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Northern Flicker & Juvenile Wilson’s Warblers

It was a short and sunny backyard birding day today, although the sun was quite harsh I was still able to spot a few birds standing under tree shade.

Flickers are cool, they just are!  Their colors and mismatched patterned feathers make them really stand out from other birds. The ones I’ve seen around my yard are usually on the ground hunting for bugs and they usually don’t mind me taking a few photos if I stay in my place with very little movement.

Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker)

Hiding under the trees in the shade also led to my first warblers captured on camera in my yard. I welcome the bright little ladies and hope to see them again soon, they are such a delight to watch as they hardly stand still for a second!

Juvie Wilson's Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson’s Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson's Warbler (female)
Juvie Wilson’s Warbler (female)
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Cedar Waxwing (Juveniles and a Silhouette)

This afternoon in the top of a pine tree I saw a bird perched against the sun.  The shape of her side profile and her whistle was enough for me to identify her as a Waxwing.  The sun was very bright behind her so I thought ‘hey, why not just shoot it as a silhouette?’  I was very happy with how she turned out and so I’m using it as my clean and simple blog header photo. :)

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I also saw my first juvenile Cedar Waxwing in my cherry tree having breakfast, boy are they ever interesting looking, not quite as regal as their parents yet… haha!

Juvenile Cedar Waxwing with his cherry breakfast!
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing with his cherry breakfast!
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing
Juvenile Cedar Waxwing

 

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Birds, Glorious Birds

I am VERY excited today! I have had more birds in my yard and was able to capture most of them on my camera.  I was SUPER excited to see this Beautiful Bandit (Cedar Waxwing) in my Mayday tree from the kitchen window… I was able to sneak out fast enough to get this shot below.  What a magnificent bird, and what a treat to see him here! I hope that means there will be more!

Gorgeous Cedar Waxwing
Gorgeous Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow backlit by sun
House Sparrow backlit by sun

I also had a few silent moments with a Crow, she was so pretty with brown feathers on her head… likely a juvie, but just staring into those eyes, knowing how intelligent they are, I just couldn’t help but wonder what she was thinking.

Handsome American Crow
Handsome American Crow

Who doesn’t love a baby face?? :)

Sweet & Soft Baby Sparrow
Sweet & Soft Baby Sparrow

A couple of Pine Siskins were hanging around the Mayday tree near the sparrows, they are so small and move so quickly that it’s not easy to see the yellow feathers tucked in their wings.

Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin, all fluffed up
Pine Siskin, all fluffed up
House Sparrow (female)
House Sparrow (female)
House Finch
House Finch

 

I’d say this was a great day for backyard birding!

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