Wild Bird Wednesday #246

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All Seasons

I haven’t had much to share lately, but today I snapped a much-anticipated shot and couldn’t wait to share it with you. 

It’s almost time for the Yellow-rumped Warbler to tweet his final goodbye and head north. He’s changing into his spiffy new attire, ready to impress the ladies when he returns home. He’s a handsome catch! This represents the color of spring for me.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Not all that long ago, he hunkered down in the cold in his nondescript browns and blended into the wintry background. Except for that little yellow rump. I’m going to miss the constant guarding of “his” territory, the high-speed chases that ensued. Godspeed, little buddy. 


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and All Seasons

Good Fences and Wild Birds

Good Fences #137
Wild Bird Wednesday #223

This week, I have a good fence with attitude–namely, a Carolina Wren. It seeks and devours all those creepy crawling and flying things that bug us. I’m glad we have a resident pair to claim our backyard as their territory. 

Fall colors also creep into the landscape. I’m trying not to notice. At 83F today, I’m lingering in a summer state of mind. Fall is too fickle for me. I want to get up, pull on shorts and a tank top and know it’s going to be comfortable all day long. 


Carolina Wren

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Wild Bird Wednesday #213-Osprey

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Mid-August, we wandered some back roads along the Rappahannock River on our way home after a weekend with family. The Osprey perched on this limb where it had a literal bird’s-eye view of the river. Evening approached, time to look for a little something for dinner, and fish was on the menu. 

The camera lens extended into digital zoom, and I shot from inside the car, elbows anchored on the door to serve as a tripod. Frame after frame, I couldn’t get a clear shot. I finally realized the car’s idle caused enough vibration to interfere with clarity. Hubby shut off the engine, I got this shot, and called it a day. 


Below is one of about a bazillion reasons (slight exaggeration) to stay inside the car. It’s yellow-fly season, and those little buggers bite! On vacation a couple years ago, I had a run-in with them. Apparently, I tasted a lot better than hubby. They drew blood! We didn’t stay on that beach long.


Patiently waiting on the other side of my car window.

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Wild Bird Wednesday #212–Brown Thrasher Fledgling

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Last week I shared the Brown Thrasher. This week it’s back, and brought its offspring. The adults build the nest together, and share incubation duties and feeding.

The North American Breeding Bird Survey shows the Brown Thrasher’s numbers declined 41% from 1966 to 2014. Along with loss of habitat, this website states: They can become unintended casualties of pesticides that people use to control insects, including organophosphates used in pecan plantations, dieldrin used on fields, and heptachlor used to combat Japanese beetles.


Brown Thrasher adult


Meet the baby! Love that blue eye.


Hungry baby!


Baby’s fed, time for a relaxing bath!


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Wild Bird Wednesday #211-Brown Thrasher

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The Brown Thrasher hasn’t been hanging out in the backyard lately, unless we were on different schedules and I missed it. Not having any good bird photos to share this week, I was happy to find it perched atop the feeder pole this afternoon. Interesting that it chose to sit atop the head of the ornament. One would think the feet would hurt. 


Brown Thrasher


Keep an eye on the sky!

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Wild Bird Wednesday #207

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Here’s another juvenile visiting the feeder. This is a Grackle, but not sure which one just yet. I’ll have to get a closer look at the adult that accompanies it, but it usually stays in the tree, out of sight, and makes a warning call when it perceives a possible threat. Its feathers will darken and take on an iridescence, and the eyes will turn yellow, like this one.

I just realized, this is the first year I’ve not seen any young Brown-headed Cowbirds. Their eggs are “dropped off,” then incubated and raised by another type of bird.

Grackle Juvenile

Grackle Juvenile

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