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Pictures From 2015- Birds.

January 2, 2016
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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 🙂

23 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2016 9:23 pm

    A very nice selection, particularly like the Willow Flycatcher singing!

    • January 2, 2016 9:29 pm

      Thanks Bob & Donna! I took that picture along the Heritage Trail Park greenway which is a great place to see them. I must have taken 15-20 shots trying to catch the bird in full singing mode!

  2. January 2, 2016 9:45 pm

    Love the cedar waxwing eating the berries. Such a classic shot! These are wonderful.

    • January 2, 2016 9:58 pm

      Many thanks, Apple Hill! I remember that morning I took the Cedar Waxwing shot- the light was just right, and the bird posed while eating. Sometimes it comes all together.

  3. January 2, 2016 11:34 pm

    That’s so true. Landscapes tend to hold still. Great shots of some beautiful birds. The juvenile Cardinals do get interesting color patterns.

    • January 2, 2016 11:55 pm

      Thanks, Patti! If I had a penny for every poor bird photo I’ve taken, I’d have a good pile of money!

      • January 3, 2016 12:00 am

        I know what you mean. SO happy to have digital and not film!

  4. January 3, 2016 9:02 am

    Just beautiful! Thank you!

  5. January 3, 2016 11:26 am

    Such variety! Beautiful shots, Tracy!

  6. January 3, 2016 4:08 pm

    A very fine selection.

  7. mary permalink
    January 4, 2016 1:52 pm

    Wow, what wonderful shots! You are certainly enjoying retirement! How long have you been retired now?

    • January 4, 2016 3:54 pm

      Thanks, Mary! It’s been 5 1/2 years now, time really flies! Hope all is well at the library!

  8. January 5, 2016 12:45 pm

    Love love love all these photos! I can’t even decide which is my favorite! Hope you had a great 2015 and that 2016 is a great year for you! Have you entered the Birdspotter 2015-16 photo contest? Your photos are certainly good enough…
    Thought you might be interested in seeing my newest post:

    • January 5, 2016 4:55 pm

      Many thanks Cats & Birds! I should look into that- and I enjoyed your most recent post!

      • January 5, 2016 10:11 pm

        Thanks for your nice comment on my post! Please share the link if you enter the contest. I’d love to vote for you!

  9. January 13, 2016 8:43 am

    Lovely birds!


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