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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Backyard Birding Today: Another Lifer!

I’ve been hearing the call of a Blue Jay in the area for a week now but have not managed to capture him with my camera yet.  Today was my lucky day – he stopped in my tree for a second and then he was gone.  Blue is my favorite color – so I have a penchant for blue birds…. <3

Beautiful Blue Jay
Beautiful Blue Jay

Here is a new one for me! It’s my first time seeing an Ovenbird – he was in the trees by my backyard.  When I called my friend all excited that I finally captured an Ovenbird – she said “do you mean like a chicken or a turkey?”  HA HA!  Ovenbirds are named so because of the type of nest they build – the are like little mud ovens.  I watched a documentary on them once – its really quite amazing how they build their nests and the ‘secret’ room they put inside to keep the babies safe.

The Elusive Ovenbird
The Elusive Ovenbird

The color of this Wilson’s Warbler against the color of the tree is eye-popping here…

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Male House Sparrow
Male House Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
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