Birds at my feeder

March 14, 2017 at 8:50 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma)

Male house finch

My best photographs of birds at my backyard feeder come on overcast days, because there are too many window reflections on a sunny day.

Male house finch

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.

Female house finch

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.

Carolina Wren

This guy raised a family last year. He seems ready to do it again this year as he sings to his mate.

Carolina Wren

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.

Carolina Wren

Tufted titmouse male

I know this bird is a male because he sees his reflection in my window and does a little aerial battle with it.

American Robin

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!

Inca Dove

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.

Inca and white-winged doves

This shows the size difference.

Inca doves huddling

Inca doves also huddle very close together, often pyramiding two or three deep. I think it’s to keep warm.

Inca dove in wind

Their scaly plumage makes them quite attractive.

Here’s another Inca dove with two white-winged doves.

White-winged dove

A very handsome fella up close.

White-winged dove

Showing off the white wing bands.

Eurasian collared dove

The Eurasian collared dove is an exotic, but doesn’t seem to be particularly invasive.

House sparrows

House sparrows are also imports, and they ARE invasive. But they do look kinda cute perched along the fence like this.

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Owls ‘n Hawks

March 6, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, , )

Short-eared owl

Short-eared owl

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 »

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Apache, Oklahoma

March 5, 2017 at 10:03 am (Oklahoma, Photography)

Apache, Oklahoma murals

Apache, Oklahoma murals

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.

Apache, Oklahoma murals

Apache, Oklahoma murals

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Valentine Rocks

February 14, 2017 at 6:02 am (Uncategorized)

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Kestrel (Sparrow Hawk)

February 11, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma) (, , )

American kestrel male

American kestrel male

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 »

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Harriers and a Merlin

February 10, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, , )

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

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 »

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American Bittern and Some Other Birds

February 9, 2017 at 5:00 am (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, )

American bittern

American bittern

Sometimes you have to look hard to find a bird that blends in so well with its surroundings as does the American bittern.

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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 »

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Short-eared Owls

February 8, 2017 at 8:08 am (Birds - Oklahoma, Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography) (, , )

Short-eared owl

Short-eared owl

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.

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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 »

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Seattle – The Mountain, The Coffee, The Skyline

January 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm (Seattle) (, , , , )

Mt. Rainier from Crystal Mt. Summit

Mt. Rainier from Crystal Mt. Summit

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 »

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Seattle Women’s March video

January 29, 2017 at 1:36 pm (Seattle, Video) (, , , )

I thought I posted this already.

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