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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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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A Whirlwind of Goldfinches

Early this morning as the sun was just up I heard a commotion in the backyard, a commotion of the bird kind… singing, squawking, chirping and peeping so I stepped outside with my camera (what else would I do? lol).

To my surprise and delight a group of American Goldfinches had stopped in my yard (on their way south I presume) and took over the feeders and trees.  They were so loud and so fast I took photos quickly and within 5 minutes they were gone – it was the craziest thing!  Just came in with a bang and left just the same – never to be seen again! (this season anyway..)

Here are a few photos from my whirlwind goldfinch visit….

Awwww sweet little yellow fluffball goldfinch
Awwww sweet little yellow fluffball goldfinch
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Group of Goldfinches on the feeder
Group of Goldfinches on the feeder
Soft little goldfinches...
Soft little goldfinches…
Here Finchy Finchy...
Here Finchy Finchy…
Handsome Goldfinch
Handsome Goldfinch

Until Next Time…..

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