Monday, April 11, 2011

The birds of spring

After I posted about dove hunting, my brother-in-law in Alaska suggested I shoot with a camera.  Good advice, though my camera is usually someplace else when I see a bird. And the birds are not patient posers.

I was reminded of his advice when I saw a wild turkey strut by. Of course, no camera in hand. The bird was quite impressive when it took off and flew right over the house. I don't think I've ever seen a turkey in flight.

Having learned my lesson, at least for the moment, I now have my camera beside my computer and I'm doing my best to shoot all the birds who come by.  The water dish on the deck is a popular stop for birds of all types.

Over the weekend, I captured my elusive dove, as well as a blue jay, a robin, and a red-bellied woodpecker. Today, the goldfinches (not wearing their full gold color yet) are fighting with the black-capped chickadees for time at the thistle seed feeder. A cardinal is too far away on the fence for my little camera to record. And the brown creeper is too similar in color - and too tiny - to see on the trunk of the ash tree.

I'm not getting much else done, but I am enjoying the birds!


  1. Wow! I love the variety you have! We have tons and tons of robins, a few wrens and many more blackbirds. Hmm. Maybe I should set up bird feeders. Think that'll attract 'em?

  2. It's kind of amazing, isn't it? The suet feeder definitely brought in more of the 'clinging-type' birds. Others are seasonal and this is their season. But I imagine others were always around but it takes sitting still (not one of my strong suits!) and just watching to see who shows up.

    Hope you survived all the tornadoes without damage!