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Summer Backyard Birding

We had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird in the backyard a few weeks ago!  She stayed for at least three days, eating voraciously at my nectar plants.  Her favorites were my fire bushes and coral honeysuckle.  I grabbed my camera and went out to see her…

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

It was a dark evening with a lot of cloud cover, but I managed to get a high enough shutter speed to freeze her wings as she nectared at the honeysuckle.  Planting honeysuckle over my photography blind was one of the best things I’ve done in the backyard!  All the birds seem to like the vine for its flowers, berries, and protective cover.

My American Beautyberry bush is beginning to put on berries.  All summer I’ve been trying to get good pictures of the baby cardinals in the backyard.  Finally I got a good opportunity as the juvenile cardinal posed on the beautyberry.

Juvenile Cardinal
Juvenile Cardinal

Then the cardinal moved to the bird feeder and started eating suet.  She flew so close to me that it was hard to focus on her, and I got some head shots as she stuffed her beak!

Juvenile Cardinal Head Shot
Juvenile Cardinal Head Shot

We have a new family of House Finches growing up in the backyard.  It’s fun to see the feeders covered with birds like they were this spring.  One House Finch paused on a shepherd’s crook to look at me…

House Finch
House Finch

This last shot is another one of the baby cardinal.  She flew over to the bird blind and started poking around.  I think she was hunting insects.  She has such an expression of curiosity on her face.  So cute, and so perfect for her!

Curiosity
Curiosity

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