~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~

 

~Reflections

~Inspired by Ingrid’s post on Refections. Visit her site at Ingrid’s Blog

~Inspired by Beth’s post on Reflections. Visit her site at Beth’s Blog

Sunset on the Snake River
Reflections are best viewed with a camera in your hand
A beautiful sunset
Another sunset
Roseate Spoonbill
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Reflections of current day viewed through a window of the past.
Artsy Cypress Trees
Trees
Water side trees are an interesting subject for reflections shots
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Ghosts of four reflections.

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A few photos from my archives. Thanks to the both of you for a reflection back on some old photos. Fun!

~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

 

Enjoying retirement: On The Road & At Home