My best photographs of birds at my backyard feeder come on overcast days, because there are too many window reflections on a sunny day.
The feeder is a few feet from my window in the master bedroom, which serves as my sunny office. Birds are often startled by who-knows-what – a cat, a hawk, a leaf blowing in the wind. They hit the window, but don’t have enough momentum to hurt themselves. That’s an advantage to having a feeder close to a window.
House finches make nests right against buildings – over a light fixture or in an eave. And every one I’ve ever seen is “decorated” with bird poop. Apparently this is from the nestlings. Not sure what they are accomplishing with this.
This guy raised a family last year. He seems ready to do it again this year as he sings to his mate.
The Carolina wren engaged in a little acrobatics on the fence while assessing the food situation. Since I put up a suet feeder, he’s been very happy dining at my buffet.
I know this bird is a male because he sees his reflection in my window and does a little aerial battle with it.
The male robins are more colorful than the females. In Maine our summer robins flew south and the darker, larger ones from Canada feasted on my fermented apples in winter.
Last year I lived in another section of Lawton, Oklahoma and there was a huge tree that kept its leaves through the winter. Perhaps a thousand robins and blackbirds roosted in that tree, making terrific noise through the night!
The Inca dove is my favorite dove – much smaller than the white-winged and Eurasian collared doves that visit the yard. It’s a western species, but since we’re at the confluence of eastern and western ecosystems, we get them here.
This shows the size difference.
Inca doves also huddle very close together, often pyramiding two or three deep. I think it’s to keep warm.
Their scaly plumage makes them quite attractive.
Here’s another Inca dove with two white-winged doves.
A very handsome fella up close.
Showing off the white wing bands.
The Eurasian collared dove is an exotic, but doesn’t seem to be particularly invasive.
House sparrows are also imports, and they ARE invasive. But they do look kinda cute perched along the fence like this.
Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre
Feel free to reblog or share
Join my Facebook Page
Contact: cindy at cindymcintyre.com
I understand the short-eared owls at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in Southwest Oklahoma will be leaving soon for their breeding grounds up north. This was my second time seeing them last Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »
There’s a little town in Southwest Oklahoma not too far from where I live, and it’s impressive for two things. One is the number of murals painted everywhere on the town’s main street.
I spent about an hour last month photographing a single male American kestrel, also known as a sparrow hawk. When he first arrived at the blind at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwest Oklahoma, he was wet. Read the rest of this entry »
Harriers, also known as marsh hawks, are a very common sight here in southwestern Oklahoma in winter. Although the Cornell Lab of Ornithology map shows they occur year-round in the northwestern parts of our state, I did not see any last summer. They were replaced by the very numerous Mississippi kites. Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes you have to look hard to find a bird that blends in so well with its surroundings as does the American bittern.
I was with another birder on Jan. 2 when a photographer drove up and told us where to find a bittern at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwestern Oklahoma. Read the rest of this entry »
I didn’t get a chance to post my photographs from my January 2 visit to Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in southwest Oklahoma. I flew to Seattle two days later, and did some of the photo editing while there.
The short-eared owl, which is a winter bird in Oklahoma, is a life bird for me (number 461) and I would have missed them if another birder had not told me there was about a dozen of them hunkered down in the tall grass by the visitor center. Read the rest of this entry »
I lived in Tacoma for 18 years and worked for two of those in Seattle. One of my favorite places in the world is Mt. Rainier National Park. I’m happy I got to see The Mountain on this trip. Last time I was in Seattle for nine days and saw only rain. Read the rest of this entry »