Bird Weekly Photo Challenge – More than One Bird Species

I feel very disadvantaged with the feeders down. Finally, I put up a tray of just black sunflower seeds. There are plenty of bugs and other seeds and blackberries in the woods, but this is the only locale where they can find favorite seeds. I’m just yearning to see a bright yellow Goldfinch before their colors start to fade. I’m weak. I know, but I can’t help it.

Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse

It will probably be three or four days until any of the local birdies find the feeder. — unless the Cowbirds come back, in which case down come the feeders.

Goldfinch and Tufted Titmouse
Goldfinch and Chickadee
Red-Bellied Woodpecker and Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown-Headed Cowbird and House Finch
Chickadee and Red Squirrel. I know a squirrel isn’t a bird, but isn’t it cute?
Cardinal and a Junco
Red-bellied Woodpecker and Blue Jay
Carolina Wren and a Nuthatch
Bluebird and a Chickadee

I also just read a great book about birds. I recommend it to anyone who birds, casually or seriously. It’s called: “One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives” by Bernd Heinrich. The individual lives are the lives of birds.

He’s sort of famous runner, but he’s a very dedicated birder too. He lives in a cabin in Maine without electricity — but including Wi-Fi. He lives in the woods and when he wants to see how the baby hawks are doing, he climbs trees. His observations on Blue Jays, for example, are rather different than mine, but maybe it has to do with his much wilder location.

I really enjoyed it and I felt like arguing with him about Blue Jays and their communications, but he has done a lot of listening. He’s probably right. \

He has regular YouTube video about running, but I guess he couldn’t help himself and had to add birds. I’m going to have look to him up.

Categories: #Birds, #Photography, Blackstone Valley, bluebirds, Cardinal, Chickadee, Goldfinch, House Finch, Wildlife, Woodpeckers

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8 replies

  1. Nice gallery this week. I hope the cowbirds kinda stay away so you can enjoy the others. I looked up that book and the author has 4.5 stars on Amazon. That’s really good. I’d say the behavior of birds changes based on the location. The Blue Jays may act different here in Florida than they do in Maine vs. where you are. I think all birds are quite adaptable to their surroundings. People don’t act the same in the same area a lot of the time so I think the behavior of birds can be different as well. I think birds are intelligent and adapt and overcome to their environment. LOL! 🙂


    • What made the book such a pleasure was that it was all personal observations. It wasn’t a book about birding. It was one guy’s experience with his local birds.

      I have a lot more pictures, but I was having trouble finding the pictures — and also finding ones that seemed sharp enough to display.

      We put out some black sunflower seeds. I have yet to see a bird, but the seeds are gone. It has been so hot up here, you don’t see anything moving except very early in the morning. It hit 100 today. I’m hoping the heat breaks soon. It is supposed to go down to a more reasonable level by the end of the week. I sure hope so. It really IS too hot to breathe.

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      • I’ve got a novel to read when I get a chance to that is called Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy. It’s a NOVEL. 🙂 I will have to think about getting this book you mentioned.

        Since I lost my SD card, I’ve been pulling from a lot of archives. I’m shooting a little but I can’t hike and not really bird much for now.

        I hope you get some cooler temps. We are in consistent 90’s everyday now. I can’t do much with my foot anyway. Seeing the surgeon on Friday. 🙂


        • You can’t walk and I can’t breathe. We’re a fine pair, aren’t we.

          I have to say that I have ALWAYS avoided loading up an SD card for exactly this reason. They are so small, so easy to lose or break. I download everything and put it in a folder (which I later can’t find, but that’s another story) AND I spent the money and bought two 2-TB solid state external back up drives. I don’t back up all the time, but I do a monthly backup and I keep all the material on my SD chips — have have about 30 chips, half and half 16MB and 32MB until the beginning of the next month. I keep all the cards in hard, waterproof, dustproof containers (which cost less than $8 each) so even if they fall and get stepped on, they are safe. I’m such a klutz that if there is a way of breaking something, I’m going to do it.

          I have two canes and a walker and somehow never use either of them, though I should. It’s hard to take pictures with all that stuff and I can’t walk on rough surfaces very well anymore. The equipment just makes it even m ore difficult.

          I’m trying to get my breathing back and I hope that whatever is wrong with your leg, you find a fix for it. It seems to get more difficult to deal with life every day. I did put out a couple of simple flat feeders so at least I get to see (if not photograph) all my little pretty birds. Our heat wave broke last night. Today in’s in the low 70s. FINALLY. It hasn’t helped my breathing, but at least I can turn off the A/C.

          Take care of you! I’m running on almost entirely archives for now because long walks are impossible. Isn’t it lucky we took so many pictures?

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          • Yeah, what a pair we make. LOL! I’m glad your temps have dropped. Not so lucky here. I lost my card because I was downloading photos to my 5tb hard drive on my laptop on a day trip while in the car. I wasn’t finished when we stopped. I had never done that before. Instead of leaving the card in my computer, I took it out. Lost it somewhere after that. First time it has ever happened in 25 years of photography.
            I have a torn tendon in my foot. They have to graph it. It is not repairable. No idea how long recovery will take or anything, but I will be glad to get back on the trails when I am healed. Should be about the time the weather cools off in 3-4 months. LOL!
            You take care too and be careful. Hopefully, you can get out and get some fresh air with cooler temps. 🙂


  2. Two birds, one stone… er…camera.



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