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Springtime Morning of Backyard Birding

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American Goldfinch

Recently I spent a weekend morning in my backyard – rather unusual for me, since mornings are usually when I venture beyond the backyard.  It was fun to see my yard in morning light.  This is the time of year that I love backyard birding the best.  Flowers are blooming, the air is fresh and not too hot, the goldfinches and buntings are getting into their best costumes for spring, and knowledge that they will soon be leaving makes the quiet opportunities even more special. Within a few minutes, the alert was out.  Fresh food at the feeders!  Fresh food!  Come and get it!  The Red-winged Blackbirds are like birdseed magnets.  They pose in the nearby shrubs as they alert the neighborhood. The little Palm Warblers came to see if I put out any fresh mealworms.  They don’t mind having me around.  This one perched in the flowers very close to where I was sitting.  So close, in fact, that I could barely focus on him.  (That’s a nice problem to have!) Our Common Ground Dove flew in and landed on the feeder perch.  He looked a little scruffy.  He’d lost some feathers since the last time I’d seen him. One of […]

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Birds of a Feather

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Whiskey Loopy was very intent on the window this weekend, and when we investigated, we saw these two little Common Ground Doves preening each other in our front tree.  One of these guys was huddled on our porch during the strong winds – I guess our house offered him some shelter.  The two together were very sweet.  They are very skittish so I photographed them through the window.

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From the Kitchen Window

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Your house can be the best bird blind, if you can attract the birds close enough to the windows.  I recently did my fall window cleaning, getting the glass nice and clear for winter shooting.  So I was excited when one of our Common Ground Doves came into the nearby flower bed, and didn’t freak out when he saw The Beast pop into the window.  The image quality through the glass of the window isn’t the best, but it beats sitting outside under a blanket for hours! :)

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Calling All Hummers…

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The weather forecast called for rain, so I stayed home this morning. Then of course it didn’t rain. Oh well! :-p So I spent the afternoon working in the backyard, planting more hummingbird-attracting plants. As I worked, our neighborhood pair of Common Ground Doves flew into the yard. Usually these guys are very skittish, and it is hard to get a clear picture of them. But today I guess they decided that I wasn’t going to bother them, and they tolerated my presence as I took a few pictures. I love their iridescent feathers and those bright orange beaks. These two are always together, which makes sense because Common Ground Doves mate for life. It’s sweet to see them together all the time.

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Common New Visitor

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A couple of Common Ground Doves have been visiting the yard lately.  They miss my grapefruit tree just like I do.  At first I thought they were fledgling Mourning Doves, but then I saw their orange beaks.  These are Common Ground Doves!  They are pretty skittish, but I finally got a picture.  ?