Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Few Yard Birds

Gardening, bird-watching and a bit of photography.....that's about all I'm doing these lovely Spring days.

As of Thursday, my yard was busy with birds:  Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, American Goldfinches, House Finches, Pine Siskins, Harris's Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds and Baltimore Orioles, to list a few.

A male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) doing a display of dominance or territory or something - I love watching blackbirds, by the way.

And their Icterid cousins, the beautiful Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula) 

A female oriole

Another handsome male.

A female Tennessee Warbler (Vermivora peregrina) sipping on the flowering plum.  I'm glad she likes them; the plum flowers have a beautiful scent.

A wonderful male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus).  There is something very calming about Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.  This fellow pretty much sat in the same tree all one day.  The next day, several more males and a few females arrived and things did get a little more active.  However, they don't bicker and squabble like the blackbirds and orioles.  Each movement is very studied and slow.

An American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) taking a little exception to the arrival of a House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus).  Peace prevailed, with each moving a trifle farther apart.

Can't wait to see what will be around tomorrow! 


  1. Beautiful photos, Kathy! I love the photo of the female Tennessee Warbler, I don't get them in our yard, but I see lots at my grandparents' yard in the Mayday trees.

    1. Thanks, pb. They will soon be up your way, I'm sure - and maybe this year in your yard. Happy Spring!