Friday, May 1, 2009

Yard Birds

It's rare that I post about my yard birds, but since the weather has been gloomy, the only quality photos to be gotten are close ups, so I set up just inside my sliding glass door and waited for my feeder friends to show up.



A favorite of mine, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is always welcome in my yard.








The female Rose-breasted Grosbeak










I have 5 Indigo Buntings in my yard. I think that they are all related and this one is most likely a first-year male, showing variable amounts of brown, especially in the wingbars.










Here's a look at another sibling.









And this closeup was the closest encounter of the day, as the House Finch fed just 6 feet away.

12 comments:

Eve said...

great shots Hannibal!!! I'm hoping to get some Indigo Buntings! I'm still waiting for everyone to find the darn feeder!!

Shellmo said...

I've always wanted to see an Indigo! Beautiful shots!!

Aluajala said...

Great shots! Grossbeaks are my favorites here!

Melissa Weisbard said...

I saw one of the Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks at my birdfeeder for the first time the other day and I didn't have my camera ready. Beautiful photos!

Marsha said...

What beauties you have at your feeders. The RB's and IB's have not shown up here yet and I just can't wait. Your photos are the best and I am so thankful you show them.

Chris said...

Hi Hannibal,
I will simply say: LUCKY you!! When the weather is gloomy, you can turn to your yard and you have an impressive collection of nice shots... Here when it is gloomy, you just have to sleep, because there is no chance that you will get birds in your yard. They are very few passerine-like birds and they do not do that :-(

Don and Sher said...

This morning in my feeder I had two male Red-breasted Grosbeaks, this was a first for me and of course I didn't have the camera either.
Don

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

WOW! Fantastic pictures.

Carol said...

So that's where my Indigos went. I was in NY & Vt for 3 weeks and missed the Painted and Indigo Buntings leaving FL. Just got back yesterday and no little beautiful birds. They were here all winter. The Indigos finally got most of their color. You have to brag about those that come to your backyard..it gives others hope in trying to encourage them to theirs.

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Tina said...

Gee, could you send over those buntings, please..would love to see them fly into my back yard!! You have such a great selection of birds visiting you!!

Bird Girl said...

That male grosbeak shot is outstanding! And i really love the first year indigos with their mixed feathers - sure wish I could get all these birds in my yard - WOW!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.