Friday, January 04, 2013

Birds that aren't chickens or ducks

We've had Northern Cardinals hanging around for a few weeks now. Yesterday I saw FOUR at once, two boys and two girls. They are such beautiful birds.


Mrs. Cardinal is a little windblown!


Mr. Cardinal is very flashy!


American Tree Sparrow.



Bossy Blue jay. I do love these guys!




A Downy Woodpecker makes off with a peanut while a Junco watches in amazement.




Goldfinch in winter plumage.

I took these through my office window with my Nikon 70 - 210 mm lens. The seal is broken on the window, so it's a bit filmy, making it hard to get a really clear photo. But I was pleased with how these turned out.

Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

  1. Gosh, I'm glad you are out there.

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  2. Oh, how I love birds....adore the funky jig the juncoes do!
    We saw one cardinal on the day we moved in....not one since.
    Jane x

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  3. These are plenty clear enough for me. You really have a very active feeder with a variety if species.

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  4. These photos look great. That poor disheveled female cardinal!

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  5. Once again; beautiful photos. Not quite cold enough to feed our birds yet, but I do anyway!

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  6. They came out really well Knat.I wish we got that range of birds in our garden but for some reason we rarely see birds actually landing.

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  7. You've captured some beauties! I am amazed how their "western" counterparts look different, especially the Jay. I love bird watching; it brings back such great memories with my dad; naming each one at the feeders like you have. XOXO

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  8. Lovely bird shots. Must try a 'through the window' photo, I keep warm and they don't get scared off!

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  9. What a nice assortment of birds. Since I only put out cracked corn and bread for the turkeys, I don't get many birds now.

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  10. Beutiful bird´s !
    We don´t have any of these birds in Sweden , but on the other hand we have bird´s that you don´t have :)

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  11. Your bird photos are amazing!

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  12. They are really colorful and so beautiful!

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  13. Love all these photos. That camera is wonderful along with the photographer.

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  14. Great photos! I don't think shooting a window made any quality difference. I especially like the mussed up cardinal in the first one.

    Janet

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  15. We love the birds, too. But I don,t miss the snow a bit. Especially when you don,t
    have to turn the heat on. We have not done it till the day (15. Dec. 2013) we moved into our new apartment in Pforzheim. We love it!!!!!!!

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  16. So *that* is "cardinal red"!

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  17. What lovely birds, and your photos are great.

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  18. You should be pleased with those pictures. I was wondering how you got such great close-ups then I read that you took them through a window! Well done.

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!