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Bath Time With The Bluebirds by Mary Lew Renninger
Palm Coast, FL PHOTO#3-1MLR
This is a photo of the Bluebirds who live here almost all year in Palm Coast, FL. Most of the winter it is about 40-60 degrees. I feed them and provide fresh water constantly. They eat meal worms and bugs mostly. They have really taken to the birdbath this year and so watching them is quite exciting. One can almost read their thoughts!
I am an amateur photographer and I love Birds. I even took an Ornithology Course in College and loved it. Now at 78 I enjoy taking pictures of my birds and love watching them in my yard. These are some of the pictures I have taken this last month. Hope you enjoy them. I use Coolpix P900 Nikon camera. It has given me many wonderful pictures.
The Red Head is Feeder Beware!! by Mary Lew Renninger Palm Coast, FL PHOTO#3-2MLR
Here in Palm Coast, FL I have several Woodpeckers that feed with my little birds. It is interesting to see them interact with each other. He spends time at the suet block which is basically for the song birds. I also put out peanuts in their shells which he sometimes takes. His colors are brilliant! It is a challenge to catch him at the right time because he seems very cautious. It is Feb1st here and the temperature is about 60 most of the day. I keep fresh water in the birdbath and he even takes a brief bath sometimes. He always seems to love it!
Backyard Friend 1 by Randy Rosenberger
Kittanning Pa PHOTO#3-3RR
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Backyard Friend 2 by Randy Rosenberger
Kittanning Pa PHOTO#3-4RR
Hello by Angela Vanderski Mays Landing, NJ PHOTO#3-7AV
I See You by Angela Vanderski Mays Landing, NJ PHOTO#3-8AV
My Red-bellied Wookpecker.
Saying Hello to me.
Grabbing A Quick Bite! by Mary Ann Igoe Blackfoot, Idaho PHOTO#3-9MAI
This photo was taken in Blackfoot, Idaho (USA) on February 3, 2020. On this very windy, cold winter day, I noticed the Magpies were leaping from the ground up to the suet feeder to grab a bite, and would then drop back down. They normally stay on the feeder and chow, but I think the wind was too much. Magpies are resourceful, so they found a way to get the suet regardless of the wind.
I am an amateur photographer and enjoy practicing camera skills with the birds at the feeder.
This photo was taken with a Nikon D500, F5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO 1000, focal length 155mm, and no flash.
Look At That Tongue! by Michelle Wittensoldner New Philadelphia, Ohio PHOTO#3-10MW
sticking his tongue in the feeder!
Finch Party! by Michelle Wittensoldner New Philadelphia, Ohio PHOTO#3-11MW
on the feeder.
Hummingbirds! by Michelle Wittensoldner New Philadelphia, Ohio PHOTO#3-12MW
Female & Male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
at the feeder.
What A Beauty! by C. E. Jones Deltona, Florida PHOTO#3-13CEJ
Female Painted Bunting
What a surprise to discover a painted bunting on our feeder! Though the male is the one that grabs all the attention, I have to confess this female is quite a stunner!
Take Time To Eat! by Edward Surette Netcong, NJ PHOTO#3-14ES
Bluejay feeding on my deck. I have 3 pairs eating sunflower seeds being taken through a window with a 500mm lens. Sometimes as many as 40 birds at and around the feeder.
Light Up My Colors! by Edward Surette Netcong, NJ PHOTO#3-15ES
When Starlings come they eat everything, and they fight too. If there are bugs in my yard, going, going, gone! Get bird seed and enjoy the show.
A Pose For The Camera! by Edward Surette Netcong, NJ PHOTO#3-16ES
A House Finch on my deck by the feeder. They like sunflower seeds, and if I run out they come to my window and say where is the bird seed. I live in town and the bear likes seeds too, so new feeders. Let the show go on!
Sharing! by Bette New Ashford, Ma PHOTO#3-17B
Male Baltimore Oriole & Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Hummingbird and Oriole sharing a sugar water sip in New Ashford, Ma. Spring of 2019.
Welcome To My Tiny House! by C. E. Jones Deltona, Florida PHOTO#3-18CEJ
This tiny feeder is usually occupied by our smaller birds... except when this big ‘ole Mourning Dove (who happens to have a very good sense of balance) takes up residency!
3 Amigos! by Gary Brockman Des Moines, IA PHOTO#3-19GB
3 Male Baltimore Orioles
3 Male Baltimore Orioles, enjoying Welch's Natural Grape Spread, from a Birds Choice Oriole Feeder.
Hey I'm Trying to Eat Here! by Gary Brockman Des Moines, IA PHOTO#3-20GB
Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Enjoying some Safflower Seeds
Hey I'm a Hummingbird! by Gary Brockman Des Moines, IA PHOTO#3-21GB
Male Baltimore Oriole
Enjoying a Sweet Drink!
Was It Something I Said? by C. E. Jones Deltona, FL PHOTO#3-22CEJ
Other birds tend to scatter when these guys show up at the feeder.
Carolina Wren Ready to Fly by Lonestar North Fort Worth, TX PHOTO#3-23LN
Carolina Wren My resident Carolina wren is perched on an open platform feeder. I dedicate some feeders to specific seeds but this one is a mixture buffet of peanuts, corn, sunflower hearts and millet. The mix allows for many different birds to enjoy. This Carolina Wren looks surprised by my presence.
Blue Jay with Peanut Trouble! by Lonestar North Fort Worth, TX PHOTO#3-24LN
Blue Is Eating Peanuts
Blue Jay on a circular wire peanut feeder. The Blue Jays love peanuts and I enjoy watching them tackle this particular style of feeder. They can get very creative in their approach.
Downys At Dinner by Lonestar North Fort Worth, TX PHOTO#3-25LN
Downy Woodpecker On A Suet Log Feeder
This adult is feeding the juvenile a morsel of my homemade peanut butter suet. I really like the natural look of this feeder which attracts many varieties of birds.
Love Watching by Lorie Oneil Ogallala, NE PHOTO#3-26LO
Cardinal, Goldfinch & Others
Big Bird and Cardinal by Lorie Oneil Ogallala, NE PHOTO#3-27LO
Big Bird and Cardinal
The Birds From My Back Window by Lorie Oneil Ogallala, NE PHOTO#3-28LO
The Birds From My Back Window
Black-capped Dee with Yoda:) by Jason Novak Newburyport, MA PHOTO#3-29JN
The Black-capped Chickadee
Seeing as it's National Bird Feeding Month, I thought I would do a series of photos at my bird garden here in New England. The Black-capped Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse are the majority I have here, and many others too:)) The Black-Cap Dees are so kind. They eat out of my hand every day. Here I am feeding them their absolute fav... black oil sunflower seeds.
Just a Moment in Time, Breath Before Moment by Jason Novak Newburyport, MA PHOTO#3-30JN
Downy for the Ride by Jason Novak Newburyport, MA PHOTO#3-31JN
Sir Downy frequents my bird garden several times a day. I have never had Sir Downy feed from my hand like the Chickadees and the Titmouse. At the same time, this friendly woodpecker is not scared that I am close by. The Hairy Woodpecker and Red-Bellied Woodpecker do not hang around when I am close. I am fascinated by the sounds of the woodpecker wings, very distinct!
Also, one of my favorite facts..."It may seem strange for a woodpecker's tongue to wrap around its skull, but this adaptation serves a far greater purpose than simple storage. The muscles of the tongue actually help insulate a woodpecker's brain from the shock of repeated pecks, decreasing its chances of developing serious brain injuries. The woodpecker's tongue basically acts as a helmet, holding everything in place and absorbing the force from each peck."
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The Birding Curve Backyard birding is a wonderful activity I enjoy with my wife and son. But like the old saying goes ... it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks!
Grampy Cardinal Not rated yet My grandfather and I always had a very close bond. He was my greatest supporter, always helping me believe in myself.
As I grew up, he shared many …