Posts tagged birds
We have a new guest photographer today! Mel sent in this image of a hummingbird on a windsock in nearby Sublimity, after seeing this photo of another hummingbird by Denny Barnes. Mel’s description:
I also have three hummingbirds that stay around all the time. The last several nights I bring in my two feeders at night and put them back up in the morning. They are waiting for me. Sunday morning the metal swing they use must have been too cold, so one of them sat on the wind sock and spun around on it when a breeze came up. The wind sock must be a warmer perch?
Everybody’s just trying to stay warm somehow. Thanks, Mel!
Guest photographer Denny Barnes caught one of his hummingbird friends out in the snow. His description:
We got 2 1/2″ of snow. I still have three hummers that will probably be with me all winter. With all this cold weather I have to bring the feeders in every night otherwise they freeze. The hummers are waiting for me every morning at daylight to put the feeders back up. This one never gets very far from the feeder. Not the greatest shot, shooting through a not so clean window but you get the picture.
Coming home from Salem this evening, we noticed the thousands of Canadian Honkers on the Aumsville water treatment ponds. What a sight later when they took flight. According to Wikipedia, when not in flight, a group of geese is called a gaggle, when in flight it can be called a skein. I learned something new again today.
Thanks to Ron for the gorgeous images, and the education. Be sure to click on the thumbnail at right to see the birds in the air.
Guest photographer Tom Miller has some beautiful bird images for us today. His description:
It won’t be much longer and the cedar waxwings will be back.
If you like taking bird photos, Mill Creek Holly Farms on Shaff Road is a good spot to run into a bunch of them. They’ll most likely be munching down the holly berries to the point where they don’t much want to fly.
Be sure to click on the thumbnails below to see other views. Thanks, Tom!
A few days ago, I posted a photo of what turned out to be a great blue heron standing in some water. It turns out Tom has photos of great blue heron doing a little dance, which really shows off the full beauty of the bird. Click on the thumbnail at right to see another view. Thanks, Tom!
The fine looking bird was hanging out in the wetland area behind the park and ride off of Cascade Highway at the north end of town. I’m not sure if it’s a heron or a crane, but he or she is certainly a beauty. The bird was pretty far away, so I took dozens of images trying to get one which wasn’t blurry. That’s a trick without a tripod or a decent telephoto lens. Still, it came out a lot better than I’d hoped, even after a lot of cropping to isolate the subject.
I already know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Wow, is that really the back of some random bird walking on some random grass?” Yes, friends, it really is. It’s so random I don’t even remember where I took it. Somewhere around 5th or 6th Ave., I think. Unless it wasn’t.
The bird is a starling, I think. Unless it isn’t.
Guest photographer Tom Miller brings us another woodpecker, this time a downy. His description:
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) soaking up a little valley sunshine, they are the smallest of North America’s woodpeckers.
Too cool. For more views of the little one, click on the thumbnails below. Thanks, Tom!
The little dude — I think it’s a male brewer’s blackbird, based on its coloring and eyes, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong — was strutting his stuff in a parking lot outside of a restaurant yesterday, along with one or two of his friends. Such a cute little thing.