Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More snow birds


These pictures were taken on Saturday morning, the day of our most recent snowfall. The snow was mostly gone by late afternoon.

The Bluebirds weren't the only ones enjoying the beautyberries during the recent snows. This Phoebe moved in whenever the Bluebirds wanted to rest or had eaten their fill.


This beautiful Hermit Thrush picked up the berries that the Bluebirds dropped.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hermit Thrush has a very distinctive liquid chirp that they make, which has the same rich quality as their song.

24 comments:

  1. You are blessed with visits of lovely birds to compensate for the seemingly late arrival of spring... ~bangchik

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  2. Juncos are one of my favorite birds, I dunno why. The thrush is also so sweet and not something I've seen at my feeders.

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  3. sweetbay, beautiful photos of wonderful creatures. We are hoping to attract some bluebirds to our garden; this weekend we put up a new birdhouse for them, and everyone else seems to be checking it out; I even put a little blue strip on top just in case they are flying overhead. ;)

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  4. Wonderful pictures of your birds in the snow!!! They make me feel like I'm actually THERE!

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  5. My word these are gorgeous captures..look at that sparkling snow!!

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  6. Wonderful photos. The thrushes and phoebes are birds I don't see very often.
    Marnie

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  7. How beautiful birds are in the snow! Great photos!

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  8. SweetBay,
    The Hermit Thrush is a great find! I used to see them every winter but I don't get out bird watching to much anymore. Saw lots of Wood Thrushes in Belize!

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  9. Thank you everyone for your comments. Randy we always get Hermit Thrushes in winter, but not hanging around so close to the house like this before. They love those berries!

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  10. That Hermit Thrush is adorable! I had to look it up in my Alberta bird guide and, yes, they do come here in the summer. Yay!

    The book also mentions their pretty song - so I googled it and played it. How sweet!

    What charming winter guests you have :)

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  11. Wish we had Hermit Thrush here....so cute.
    We have plenty of Juncos they're so sweet...one of my favorites.
    Just love seeing others show their backyard friends.
    Super pictures !!

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  12. Beautiful bird pictures. You really are a scillful photographer.

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  13. I can see that you are a birdlover, just like me! All the birds you show us are beautiful, but not familiar to me. We seem to have different sorts overhere in Holland!

    Lieve groet, Madelief

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  14. Beautiful pictures!thanks for your visit and comments.I've never seen such a blue headed bird! what 's his name? XXX CATHERINE

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  15. I never tire of bird shots. We have a lot of dark-eyed juncos here in the winter. Along with American Goldfinch. We counted 18 on our birding tree this morning - it's just outside our kitchen windows - but I only have to put my hand on the doorknob and they fly away. So it's hard to get a picture.

    The Hermit Thrush and Phoebe are gorgeous. I've never spotted them but I'm going to check my Island bird book to see if they come this far north.

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  16. You have some really terrific birds that visit your yard Sweet Bay! Do you also have tons of English Sparrows & Starlings?? I wish I had more songbirds instead of those two! I haven't ever seen a Hermit Thrush in my yard ~ I wonder if Colorado is hospitable to him?!! Beautiful photos (like always).

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  17. Thankfully there are no Starlings or House Sparrows here, although there are a few in the neighborhood up above us.

    There aren't any at places like Jordan Lake either -- they seem to like developed places best, where there are concentrated sources of food.

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  18. That's so interesting Sweet Bay ~ I wonder why not? Do you have a trick to keep them away?!!!!

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  19. No tricks -- I think it's just too "wild" down here for them. Both species are very opportunistic, and so if they're going to be on a farm they're going to be where there's silage and grain, or in town where they can eat french fries, or in a suburb where there are lots of sunflower seeds. :)

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  20. I love seeing your bird pictures. The one of the Junco is so cute with all the bird foot prints around it. The rest of the birds aren't ones we see around here.

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  21. I just love seeing pictures of birds with snow in the background. I especially like your photo of the Junco.

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  22. These photo are so good that I almost feel like I could reach out and grab one of your little feathered friends.

    donna

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  23. Great photos! I love the one of the little guy looking right at you. And your description of their song as a liquid chirp.

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