Wild Bird Wednesday 265 –Cooper’s Hawk

Wild Bird Wednesday 265

Discriminating diners flock to the Backyard Bird Buffet. This Cooper’s Hawk seems to be a frequent visitor as of late–with an affinity for the other patrons. It sure knows how to clear a room. 

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Where’d everybirdy go?

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Wild Bird Wednesday #258

Wild Bird Wednesday–Rufous-sided Towhee, juvenile 

It took a couple days of brief sightings to ID this new visitor to our yard. Finally, I got a glimpse of its left side, exposing a tiny patch of feathers that gave it away–a juvenile Rufous-sided Towhee.

Juvenile, Rufous-sided Towhee

Here is a picture (not a very good one) of another that visited in 2015. There seems to be some confusion regarding the Eastern Towhee and Rufous-sided Towhee, whether they are actually two different towhees, or one and the same. 

Eastern Towhee

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Wild Bird Wednesday #251

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Double-crested Cormorant–Immature

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I stopped by the Double-crested Cormorant “hang out” when visiting Norfolk Botanical Garden. There weren’t as many as in this post. Their double crest is only seen on adult birds during breeding season. I found the feathered-wing patterns interesting on this juvenile, as the adults are solid black. 

Cormorants differ from other water birds, having less preening oil on their feathers. That is why they are often seen perched near water with wings expanded to facilitate drying. These “water-logged” feathers help them stay submerged as they glide underwater in search of fish, their diet staple. 

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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

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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. 

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Carolina Wren

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Hope you will, too! 

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. 

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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.

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Patiently waiting on the other side of my car window.

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