Category Archives: Today’s Feathered Friend

~Today’s Feathered Friend – Eastern Bluebird~

 The Eastern Bluebird is a Thrush

Eloquent songsters of open marshes and woodlands, the thrushes include many familiar species. With narrow notched bills they feed on insects and fruit.

Eastern Blue Bird
Eastern Blue Bird (male)
Male in breeding plumage
Throat, sides of neck and breast are a chestnut color. Belly white. Males are deep blue above, females grayer.
Eastern Blue Bird in breeding plumage.
Nest in holes in trees and posts, and in nesting boxes.

Bluebird Conservation:

Eastern Bluebird populations increased by almost 2 percent per year between 1966 and 2010, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates the global breeding population at 22 million, with 86 percent spending part of the year in the U.S., 22 percent in Mexico, and 1 percent breeding in Canada.

They rate a 7 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and they are not on the 2012 Watch List. Eastern Bluebird populations fell in the early twentieth century as aggressive introduced species such as European Starlings and House Sparrows made available nest holes increasingly difficult for bluebirds to hold on to.

In the 1960s and 1970s establishment of bluebird trails and other nest box campaigns alleviated much of this competition, especially after people began using nest boxes designed to keep out the larger European Starling. Eastern Bluebird numbers have been recovering since.

For more information on this beautiful thrush, please visit this web-site – http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Bluebird/id

 ~Sharing with Charlotte at Prairie Birder for Feathers on Friday 

https://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/feathers-on-friday-139/

~Sharing with Michelle at Rambling Woods for Nature Notes

http://ramblingwoods.com/2015/03/02/nature-notes-302how-do-bumblebees-hibernate/

~Sharing with Eileen at Viewing nature with Eileen

http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2015/03/saturdays-critters-64.html

 

 

~Today’s Feathered Friend-Gone Crabbing~

Western Gull

Western Gull
Western Gull looking for dinner in the surf of the Pacific Ocean
Dinner
Got a crab!
He keep dropping this crab in the ocean and picking it up again.
He keep dropping this crab in the ocean and picking it up again
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“I think I will go eat it now!”
Can just make out the crab leg
Can just make out a crab leg

Photos taken, August 3, 2014, while we were staying at Fort Steven’s State Park in Astoria, Oregon.

 

Joining Stewart at http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com/2014/09/wild-bird-wednesday-112-kittiwake-black.html

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Happy Birding!

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~Today’s Feathered Friend – Whimbrel~

Whimbrel

Whimbrels in Flight
Hunting

I am happy to share with you my sightings of these beautiful curlews. These photos were taken on a cloudy and windy day, July 14, 2014, while walking on the beach at Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon, Oregon.

Whimbrel
Watching

The Whimbrel is the commonest curlew, which escaped the destruction suffered by other curlews at the hands of early gunners, probably because the species migrates chiefly over water. Its nesting habitat in Canada and Alaska hasn’t been disturbed so its numbers are stable. It is easily identified by its large size, distinctive head stripes, and decurved bill. It is a monogamous breeder and occasionally nests in loose colonies. (info taken from several birding books)

 

There are four!
Gliding

Searching for food
Searching

This was my first sighting of these Whimbrels, making it number 369 on my Birding Life List. It was exciting seeing these Whimbrels searching for food and taking flight along the shore of the Pacific Ocean. It was an extra special walk, this July day, because hubby and I were were accompanied by friends.

 

Joining Stewart at http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com

for Wild Bird Wednesday and

 

Charlotte at http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/feathers-on-friday-134/

for Feathers-On-Friday

 

~ Today’s Feathered Friend-Western Sandpiper~

 

Western Sandpiper

 

Western Sandpiper

A FewFacts:

`Black, relatively long sharp-pointed bill
`Black legs
`Contrasting reddish-brown markings on shoulder
`Reddish brown on crown and ear patch
`Feeds on crustaceans, mollusks, worms and aquatic insects
`Nests on moist tundra or mossy slopes

Fishing
Fishing
Western Sandpiper Art
Western Sandpiper Art

New one! – #372

 

Photos taken at Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, Oregon

 

Bullards Beach State Park
Bullards Beach State Park

 Joining Charlotte at Prairie Birder at http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com

 

~Today’s Feathered Friend – Black-necked Stilt~

Black-necked Stilt (juvenile)
Black-necked Stilt (juvenile)
Mom and baby
Mom and baby
Sharing
Sharing
Flying over the marsh
Flying over the marsh
Close-up in flight
Close-up in flight
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

 

I captured these photos when visiting Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on Monday

 

 

Please go out and visit  Charlotte’s Blog at http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com to see her work and  photos on birds.

~Today’s Feathered Friend – silky-tailed songbirds~

 

Cedars have velvety chests of gold,

and crests fitting of a king,

their colors so prominent and bold.

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While wearing a black facial mask,

and smiling, it appears,

stealing berries their task.

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Bright as the sun, a tail dipped in yellow,

distinguished with age,

are these fellows.

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Among the ladies, they are measured,

 for their waxy, red, wing tip,

and then granted pleasure.

 

 

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

 

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A Cedar Waxwing sitting in an Oak Tree

 

Gregarious by nature
Gregarious by nature

 

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Sun-streaked in beauty

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a charming, courtship ritual they exhibit,

while sitting on the branch of a tree,

passing a cherry, insect or petal of a flower,

back and forth to each other,

until the gift is accepted, freely

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A pool party
A pool party!

 

We have never seen so many Cedar Waxwings in one location. It was fun watching them come in for a drink. In all the photos I captured of them drinking, there was always one Cedar preforming the task of “lookout”. Photos taken in April 2014 in South Llano State Park, Junction, Texas. I was using my Canon 70D with Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens.

 

Added to my Birding Life List

on o6/09/87

Loveland, Colorado

(with Ann Means, my birding friend

and my Mom who came for a visit [special])

 

Sharing with: Wild Bird Wednesday

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Prairie Birder

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