|I love the way this image came out with the gray sky as the background and then the shapes of the sticker balls and leaves.|
The bird watching in our neighborhood has significantly improved with cooler weather. The number and variety of birds has been amazing! Every day I end up with my camera and binoculars viewing some new bird visitor….in my feeder, under my feeder, in the berry bushes, in the pistache tree, in the birch tree, in the sweet gum tree.
This was obviously on another day when we had crystal clear skies. This Western bluebird and many of his friends were eating the fruits of the pistache tree. These are such pretty birds and they always seem to come in a flock.
I love it when I load the photos onto my desktop and I find I have captured a “moment”. This is another Western bluebird image showing his magnificent wings and ability to grab a bite to eat on the fly. Love it!
Here is another one of those surprise images. I think this is a starling and I love the way it shows his legs and feet and speckled belly.
We had a couple of days this month when we had turkey vultures by the tens all soaring over our house. All of those black specks are turkey vultures just soaring and swirling around. We looked it up on the internet and there is an official name for this….a kettle of turkey vultures.
We also had one day where the sparrows came by the hundreds to eat at our feeders, in the trees, and on the street as well. It was an amazing sight.
We have been counting birds as part of Project Feederwatch a couple of days a week.
Here is my list:
- House sparrows
- House finches
- White-crowned sparrows
- Dark eyed juncos
- Anna’s hummingbirds
- Lesser goldfinches
- Spotted towhees
- Western bluebirds
- White-breasted nuthatches
- Cedar waxwings
- American robins
- Mourning doves
- European starlings
Next month one of the Outdoor Hour Challenges is to note how the weather affects animals and birds in our neighborhood. This will be a fun way to see how our autumn birds stack up against other seasons.