Category Archives: Photos-Birds

Photos that I have taken of Birds.

~Western Scrub Jay…

~July, 2018, Loveland, Colorado

Everyday she comes for a visit.

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Hopefully, she is molting, because she sure looks “scrubby”.

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We will be sitting outside having our morning coffee or out in the evening having a glass of wine and she will fly to the post you see her sitting on. She will peck at the wood for attention and pieces of wood will break off. (Naughty Bird)

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This Western Scrub Jay is the same bird that visited us last summer.

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She will fly down to the deck railing and just sit there with us. Sometimes she will “sing” very softly.

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I read that a Scrub Jay can live to be fifteen years old. I sure hope this one is around for a long time.

Happy Birding

 

~Birding in Texas, Pine Siskin

~South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX, November, 2017

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Pine Siskin

Although it is patterned like a sparrow, its shape, actions, and song all reveal that this bird is really a goldfinch in disguise.

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Note the shape of the bill.

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It was fun to observe 30+ Pine Siskin up close. In Colorado I would see them while hiking; however they tended to flit high in the trees out of photo range.

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Cammouflage

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To learn more about the Pine Siskin go to: Pine Siskin.

 

~Birding in Texas, Hermit Thrush

~South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX, November, 2017

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Hermit Thrush

I believe this is the first photo of a Hermit Thrush I have taken. Generally, I don’t get an opportunity to observe one. This one was hanging around one of the bird blinds at South Llano River State Park when we were there over Thanksgiving, and I am thankful I got its photograph.

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A few facts about the Hermit Thrush – taken from WhatBird.Com….

Hermit Thrush: Small thrush, with olive-brown to red- or gray-brown upperparts, black-spotted white underparts and rufous tail. Distinct white eye-ring. Pink legs, feet. Swift direct flight, may hover briefly over prey. Considered to have one of the most beautiful songs of all North American birds. The state bird of Vermont.

  • In the Appalachian Mountains the Hermit Thrush is displaced at lower elevations by the Veery and at higher elevations by Swainson’s Thrush.
  • East of the Rocky Mountains it usually nests on the ground. In the West, it is more likely to nest in trees.
  • Walt Whitman construes this bird as a symbol of the American voice, poetic and otherwise, in his elegy for Abraham Lincoln, ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’.
  • A group of thrushes are collectively known as a “hermitage” and a “mutation” of thrushes.

Range and Habitat

Hermit Thrush: Breeds from central Alaska east to Newfoundland and south to southern California, northern New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Spends winters from Washington and southern New England southward. Preferred habitats include coniferous and mixed forests; deciduous woodlands and thickets are favored during migration and winter.

~Happy Birding~

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The beautiful South Llano River

 

~South Llano River State Park

 

~South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX, November, 2017

Howard and I spent several days, during the Thanksgiving holiday at South Llano River State Park. Because, it was a holiday weekend the campground was full and crowded. Lots of people enjoying this beautiful park, birding, walking, hiking, biking and fishing.

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South Llano River

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Fallen

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Me and my buddy!

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A little Fall color

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Hiding in the Woods

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Clear Water

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Mules

Of course some of us were enjoying taking photos. More to come from South Llano River State Park.

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Vermillion Flycatcher