Category Archives: Photos-Birds

Photos that I have taken of Birds.

~Snow and record-breaking temperatures…

October 14, 2018, Loveland, Colorado

Received about three inches of snow overnight.  Before daylight, woke up to the sound of a snow ploy, on our hill. Tonight will be 15F, a record low for this time of year. Spend the day inside; cooked some dried Black-eyed Peas and drank lots of hot liquids. Brrrrr!

Starting tomorrow our temperatures will be more moderate.

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I took this photo looking south, in the backyard.

The birds have been flying in and out of this evergreen tree all day trying to stay warm.

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Backyard
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Young White-crowned Sparrow
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Adult, White-crowned Sparrow
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Spotted Towhee

The Juncos have been a challenge to capture, so no photos. Please excuse the poor quality of these bird photos, because I took them out the window.

 

~Welcome to Autumn!

Autumnal Equinox

Today, September 22, 2018, the Sun crossed the celestial equator and marks the first day of autumn. We celebrate two equinoxes, one to mark the beginning of Spring and one to mark the beginning of Autumn. Equinox literally means “equal night.” And during the equinox, most places on Earth will see approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

On Sept. 22 at 9:54 p.m. EDT, the sun will cross the celestial equator, or an imaginary line that projects Earth’s equator into space. At this exact moment, the Northern and Southern hemispheres will receive an equal amount of sunshine, and the length of day and night will be approximately equal around the world — hence the term “equinox,” which is derived from the Latin phrase meaning “equal night.”

To learn more see Astro Bob’s Blog at Fall. Some of this information was taken from Space.com Space. Also go out to wikipedia to learn more. Click here: September Equinox

OoO-A few photos I took today while on a bike ride, while enjoying this first day of Autumn. What did you do today to celebrate the September Equinox?

 

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Canada Geese enjoying a rest. Some are probably getting ready to migrate.

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A guess some will stay.

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Mehaffney Park. Fall colors haven’t arrived yet at 5,000 feet. Our home sits on the hill in the background.

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A bug enjoying the warmth of the sun on this first day of Autumn. Taken in my backyard.

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This bush is showing some cooler weather changes. Our lows have been in the mid 40’s.

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Easing into fall.

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Some bushes are announcing their fall arrival.

Welcome to Autumn. Enjoy!

And, here is what Scrubby is doing on this first day of Autumn:

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Cashing peanuts.

 

~Birds in the yard…

~Loveland, CO, September, 2018

A few bird photos from my yard.

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A male House Finch looking a little scruffy.

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Seeing some migrating Robins, they sure are enjoying the water.

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A young Robin (note the yellow bill).

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A black and white of a Blue Jay drinking water.
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Photo taken through the window.

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A very young Red-Shafted (Western) Flicker. Photo taken through the glass.

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Black and White of a Downy Woodpecker.

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White-Breasted Nuthatch (not a good photo, testing a different lens).

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Common Grackle(?) (lots of them passing through).

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Only saw two Hummers today. Looks like a female Rufous.

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“I think I need to scratch.”

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Black and White of Western Scrub Jay.

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Sitting pretty!

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What a stern look she has going.

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Happy Birding!

 

~On the Move…

~Birds!

Birds are on the move.

Fall migration must be happening.  Just this week I am seeing small flocks of birds in the yard, which weren’t here during the summer months – Robins, House Sparrows, and Black Birds.

OoO-Also, seeing:

American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, Red-Shafted Flicker, White-Breasted Nuthatch, Black-Capped Chickadee, Eurasian Collared Dove, Mourning Dove, Bushtit, Blue Jay, House Finches, Common Nighthawk, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird

OoO-These tiny hummingbirds need to get going. I have enjoyed feeding and watching them all summer.

There are lots of web-sites that track the Hummingbird’s spring and fall migration. Here is one that is gearing up to track their fall migration. Journey North

Here is another one with color-coded, migration maps and great information on the Hummingbirds.  Hummingbird Central

OoO-Of course my Western Scrub Jay is still around.

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Scrubby isn’t looking scrubby any longer.

OoO-For the last several days, I have observed this young Spotted Towhee feeding at the feeders. He/She is maturing nicely. It was looking pretty scraggly in its young feathers. Not a good photo, but you can see the colors starting to come in.

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Fall is coming. Take some time to enjoy the birds in your area and be on the lookout for ones passing through. If you can, assist the Hummingbirds on their way south by putting out feeders.

~Happy Birding~