Feathers on Friday: Common Raven in my ‘hood

I see Crows quite often in my neighborhood but seeing a Raven is much more rare.  Today I heard one calling loudly and there’s no mistaking that gutteral sound… a Raven!

I found him on a neighboring rooftop and snapped a photo.  One more for my Yard List this year :)

Common Raven on the Roof
Common Raven on the Roof

More Feathers on Friday Posts:

Prairie Birder

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Brrrrr! An Early Snow

Well, after the cold rainy days – we had a brief snow overnight… the weather here is always changing so it won’t last, but still it’s no picnic to wake up to.  I headed outside around ten to do the usual bird watching and hoping to see the Catbird again.

Let’s see who was out and about…

Chilly Little Sparrow - wishing away the snow
Chilly Little Sparrow – wishing away the snow
Cold Little Finch on the Snow-Covered Feeder
Cold Little Finch on the Snow-Covered Feeder
Male House Sparrow peeking around the tree
Male House Sparrow peeking around the tree
Sweet little pair
Sweet little pair

 

And aha! I see the Catbird again, and this time he’s having lunch in my tree :)

Grey Catbird having lunch
Grey Catbird having lunch

After lunch he hopped over to the Mayday tree where I was able to take a couple more pictures through the branches.  He’s such a beautiful bird.

The elusive Catbird is back!
The elusive Catbird is back!
House Sparrow fluffing up and keeping warm
House Sparrow fluffing up and keeping warm
Squirrel keeping watch..
Squirrel keeping watch..
Grey Catbird in the Mayday Tree
Grey Catbird in the Mayday Tree
Grey Catbird
Grey Catbird

 

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Grey Catbird – a new challenge

A dark and rainy day today, so dark and cloudy I knew photography would not be a good option but still I’m compelled to see what might be moving about in the yard.  As usual, there was a few house sparrows around the tree beside the feeder, but something else in the cherry tree caught my eye.  The dark day made finding the dark bird a bit of a challenge to see it high up in the cover of the tree, but when I finally got a good look I was so happy to see it was a Grey Catbird! Another first for my backyard birding 😀

This is the only photo  – but enough for my ID and now I’m going to be on the lookout when the rain passes to see if he is still around.

Grey Catbird on a dark rainy day
Grey Catbird on a dark rainy day
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Red-breasted Nuthatch = Adorable

How cute are the Nuthatches? I mean really! They have such a cute call – it sounds to me like ‘peep peep peep’ or ‘beep beep’ and the way they defy gravity by walking upside down on the bark of trees …. ?  It’s exciting when I can catch one posing in an area of light for a second because normally they are tucked under the shade along the trunks.

Defying gravity in search of food... Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Defying gravity in search of food… Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Side Profile of the Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Side Profile of the Red-Breasted Nuthatch

I particularly love the shot below…. the detail on the feathers make me want to jump into the image and cuddle the little guy <3

Peep Peep! Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Peep Peep! Red-Breasted Nuthatch
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