Not all the pictures I take make it onto this blog- most do not.  This seems like a good time to start picking some of my favorites and posting them here.  Now, let’s see, which ones to pick from 2015…there’s a whole lot. So I’ll limit this post to birds!

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This is a Red-Tailed Hawk- notice the band on its right foot

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One of my favorite birds, a Red-Winged Blackbird.  These birds aggressively defend their territory in the spring and summer.  Many is the time that they have flown over my head squawking, protesting my intrusion in their nesting area

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It’s always good to see Bluebirds

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Here’s an immature Cardinal- they often have interesting color patterns, but always have a non-red beak (red beaks are an adult characteristic)

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The ever-present Carolina Chickadee- one of the most frequently-seen species on my bird walks

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A Brown-Headed Cowbird- I must do a post on these interesting parasitical birds sometime

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This Brown Creeper is very hard to spot, it blends into tree trunks so well

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A male Mallard in his splendid plumage

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Here’s a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird on a friend’s patio feeder

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A Great-Crested Flycatcher.  The largest of the Flycatchers regularly nesting in Ohio

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A Willow Flycatcher singing- these birds are frequently seen and heard in scrubby fields in the summer

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These Canada Geese seem to be herding more than one brood of goslings together

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A Common Grackle, they sound very unmusical but they look magnificent

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This male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak was very cooperative posing for a picture- that doesn’t happen a lot

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This Great Blue Heron was croaking its odd call while flying over the water

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Here’s a young White-Breasted Nuthatch on a tree trunk- you can tell it is young by its yellow ‘lips’ around its beak

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This female Baltimore Oriole had some food in her beak and was waiting for me to walk on by before feeding her nestlings

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A Song Sparrow, a common bird to be seen in Ohio- I need to do a post on them one day

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A White-Throated Sparrow seen migrating through the state last autumn

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A Tree Swallow using a nesting box- they often compete with Bluebirds for these prized nests

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A Prothonotary Warbler seen during spring migration- love the rich yellow color

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A Yellow-Rumped Warbler in autumn- some winter over here

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Another of my favorite birds, a Cedar Waxwing- they love to eat berries

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Last but certainly not least, a handsome Carolina Wren striking a pose

So many photos, so little space to put them in…I have plenty of wildflowers, landscapes, and other shots.  But good pictures of birds are much harder to take.  I have many bad shots to prove it 🙂