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Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 9: At the feeders

It was a perfect day weather wise; comfortable temperature and beautiful sunshine, a rarity this summer. I decided to take a break from mowing the lawn and I saw what I thought was a baby woodpecker sitting on the branch above our bird feeder.

I took out the camera with the 500 mm lens and snapped some pictures. It was a baby, but I didn't know what kind of bird it was. He sat there snoozing for a long time, while goldfinches came and went to the feeder. He wasn't bothered by them, he was perfectly content.

Soon his father showed up, and the mystery to his identity was solved...a Rose-breasted Grosbeak! Pete had told me they were around and showed them to me in a bird book a few days ago. While they are supposedly common, I'd never seen one before. He was a beauty.
He would eat the seeds and then go over and feed the baby, who by now was awake and hungry!
I'm still trying to get a shot of the hummer that captures the red on the throat, crisp detail and the wings stopped. Didn't get it this time, but not for lack of trying...

They are so cute! I love seeing them on a branch, or on the hydro wires...they are so small (this was taken the other day when I was out with 'Mayer').

6 comments:

Jan July 9, 2009 at 11:59 PM  

Wow! such great family shots :) A terrific glimpse into the natural details of a Canadian summer. Thank you for sharing these photos. What a camera! And of course the photographer, who has "the knack". haha. Love Jan

Cool Design Shelties July 10, 2009 at 5:07 AM  

Really beautiful pictures of birds :o)

//Bente

Vanesa July 10, 2009 at 5:45 AM  

Beautiful pics!!! and what breathtaking scenery have your home!!! It`s transmit a lot of peaceful !!!!

anamchara1 July 10, 2009 at 9:01 AM  

Fantastic shots!! You must have been incredibly patient to capture these tiny subjects! Just superb ...

Bren

Abby and Aiden July 11, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

Fantastic shots! Never saw a baby woodpecker up close. Thanks for capturing it!

Laureate July 11, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

I had fun taking these shots! The hummingbird is a challenge, but with having a feeder it feels like cheating. I kept moving the feeder to try and get him in the sunshine.

Abby and Aiden, it wasn't a baby woodpecker. It only looked that way to me when I first saw him...but then I don't have good eyesite anymore! It was a baby rose-breasted grosbeak.

Kim

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