Tag Archives: Friday’s Feathered Friends

~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-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 – 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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~Today’s Feathered Friend-Color me Indigo~

A Tanka

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unique in color,

depending on how the sun,

shines its light on him,

a deep blue to purple sheen,

is how seen, his name Bunting

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What a beautiful bird!
What a beautiful little bird measuring only 5 1/4 to 5 3/4 inches

 

¬†Today’s Feathered Friend:

Indigo Bunting

 

Male:

`deep-colored bright blue overall (breeding plumage)

`only North American small finch to appear blue all over

`blue-purple head

`dark blue to black lores

`blue edging to blackish wings and tail

`dark gray conical bill

Female:

`plain, but beautiful brown

`two tawny buff wing bars

`short, gray, conical bill

`blue-edged feathers on wings and tail

Facts:

`populations are expanding with the creation of disturbed habitat after logging, highway and power line    construction and from farmland abandonment (yeah to expanding)

`likes forest edges, roadsides, hedges, dry brush lands, orchards, open woods, creeks and rivers

`eats grasshoppers, beetles, weevils, aphids, cicadas, cankerworms, span worms, flies, dandelion seeds, aster, thistle, grasses, grains, berries and more

`nests in raspberry and other shrubs

`song is a sweet-sweet, where-where, here-here, see-it/see-it (pretty melody)

`many are killed, while migrating at night, striking power lines and tall buildings (wind farms next?)

`neotropical migrant, flight speed measured at 20 m.p.h

`common hosts to cowbird parasitism ūüė¶

 

Indigo Bunting taking a bath
Deep blue with purple sheen on head

 

Splish-Splash I'am taking a bath
“Splish-Splash I’am taking a bath”

 

**If  you want to learn more about the Indigo Bunting, please go to The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds, Smithsonian Handbooks, Birds of North America and Stokes Field Guide to Birds. I used these sources for my information.

Artsy background highlighting a beautiful Indigo Bunting
Artsy background highlighting a beautiful Indigo Bunting (I played with the background in this photo.)

 

Added to my Birding Life List

on o7/12/88

Sky Rocket Road, Loveland, Colorado

(with my amazing birding mentor- Ann Means)

 

 Photos taken at South Llano River State Park in April of 2014 while sitting in a bird blind. I was using my Canon 70D with Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens (no stabilization).

 

 

Links:

Paying-Ready-Attention (Wild Bird Wednesday)

http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com

Prairie Birder (Feathers on Friday)

http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com