Sunday, January 31, 2021

January in the Bird Garden

American Robin.  Shoot them when you have a chance.  They are scarce at best except in winter.


Black-and-white Warblers seem to be more common this winter than in the past. That black cheek patch and heavy marking on its flanks tell us this one is a male.  He looks a little scruffy, fresh from a bath.


Not much of a shot.  Taken through a window.  This is a female Purple Finch. They will periodically come this far south in winters when pickings are slim farther north.

I haven't stopped photographing hummingbirds with multiple flash, but it is getting harder to get motivated when I have been shooting the same species year after year.

Surprise visitor, a Summer Tanager female.  She has been hanging around since I first saw her at the feeders on December 17.

Even a bird as common as Tufted Titmouse can make a nice portrait with the right light.

The bully at the feeding station.  This male Yellow-rumped Warbler, now showing
 signs of molting, chases everything it can away from the feeders. 
A White-breasted Nuthatch got fed up recently and chased this one off! 

Now is the time to get good shots of Eastern Bluebirds. They are abundant, they sit up nicely, and they hold still.  In good light they are a no-brainer for bird photographers. 

The Brown-headed Nuthatch is my nemesis bird (one of many).  They are quick, they never sit still,  and I cannot get them posed in a natural setting. Hope springs eternal.

Hermit Thrush is another 'get 'em while you can'.  They like low light and stick close to
cover and the ground.  Fastidious, they take a bath every day.

No, this was not shot at home.  The dog and I placed a recorder and a trail camera in a secluded location near SkIO.  The dog was pretty much indifferent to the process, she was only looking for a place to poop. We were rewarded by this transient Eastern Screech-Owl about 2:00A.M.