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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday - November Yardbirds




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This past month I've tried to keep a record of all the different birds that have visited the bird buffet or just roosted in the now bare trees just long enough for me to get some not so great photos.  The tufted titmouse is a frequent visitor and doesn't stay still for picture-taking.  Maybe should be renamed the blurred titmouse!

Here are others spotted in the yard in November:


Clockwise:  northern male cardinal and house sparrows, cardinal, blue jay ( first snow of the season)

 
Clockwise: mourning dove, cardinal, hawk (no idea which kind), the black-eared Chetbird, Carolina wren, Carolina chickadee

 
Clockwise: male house or purple finch, trapeze artist, juvenile European starling, dark-eyed junco, mourning dove, northern mockingbird


Clockwise:  brown creeper or downy woodpecker, another woodpecker - hairy or ladder back?, hawk, white-breasted nuthatch, American crow, red-bellied woodpecker

I'm still learning about how to ID the birds that visit--get right maybe 50% of the time.  Just wish I'd started with this interest a long time ago.  Could spend hours watching them out the window--and sometimes do!

Linking to: Wild Bird Wednesday .

18 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Faye, you have a nice variety of yard birds there. Love the mosaics and photos. Have a happy week!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful array of backyard birds Faye!!! And the trapeze artist takes the cake [and eats it too!]

Beth Edwards said...

what cutie. looks like you have a busy yard. ( :

thank you for sharing your yard birds, Faye. have a warm day.

Karen said...

A lovely post. You have a lot of customers at your feeders! I have a trapeze artist or two in my yard as well!

NatureFootstep said...

you have all these birds in your yard? You are certainly lucky. Blurred titmouse! A great name. :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Fabulous number of birds and fabulous photos!!!!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great bird photos! I love the Cardinal best!

mick said...

You have a great variety of birds coming to your feeder but I think the little Tufted Titmouse is the cutest! I have difficulty in IDing all my bushbirds - but I DO have good friends that know them all!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and colorful birds. They are all cute.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful photos! You've had very lovely visitors.

TexWisGirl said...

they are very cute and happy to have your seed.

HansHB said...

A great post, so many details!

Brian King said...

Great shots and a nice variety of birds! Beautiful shot of the Titmouse! You're right, they don't sit still for long. The squirrel cracked me up!

Arija said...

What a great variety of yard birds you have, I'm sure your trapeze artist can almost be classed among them too. There are ties when any shot that you can ID a bird from is a good shot. With time, you will just get quicker on the trigger and things will improve. But then why should they? The important thing is to enjoy the watching.
Good work Faye, keep it up.

Dave said...

Nice array of visitors Faye.

Its like changing channel on TV, always something different to see on the otherside...... garden bird watching is so much better though. Excellent post.

Dave

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I do love the little bird photos.The cardinal is amazing. So peaceful and cute. I guess nature is the one thing we can count on. cheers Nora.

EG CameraGirl said...

You have a nice variety of birds in your yard! Birding is a fun, FUN hobby! It won't take you long to ID the ones in your area and then - if you're anything like me - you'll be out looking for new birds to identify. ;)

Stewart M said...

Wonderful collection of birds (and a squirrel!)

The magpie is an intelligent bird - and they have rather short tempers too!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne