Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Birds in my Backyard


I admit that I enjoy seeing birds in my backyard and feed them during the various seasons.  Typically I see this Cardinal and his mate eating each day.  We also get the typical Finches and Sparrows, with the Blue Jay showing up on occasion.  This spring, however, I have had new birds at the feeders that I am not familiar with.  



I think this is a pair of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks.  




At the first blue glance, I thought this was a Bluebird.  However, after looking through photos I think it might be an Indigo Bunting.  





There is also a Brown Headed Cow Bird that is frequenting the feeders, but is too quick to catch on camera.

   Any help with identification of these new visitors would be appreciated!  




44 comments:

  1. Oh dear. I am no help at bird identification. But I do love your birds!

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  2. We have lots of birds as the horse drops his grain on the ground and they are always watching to get a meal, he is our bird feeder.

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  3. We are 'bird watchers' too and try to have feed available in each season as well. It never ceases to amaze me at the colors of each kind. Your pictures are so pretty.

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  4. Michele, those are two male rose breasted grosbeaks. The females are colored like a huge sparrow!! Yep, those are Indigo Buntings. Looks like there is one male and perhaps several females.

    I've been lucky in that I saw one grosbeak in my yard this year and have had buntings on two occasions. They don't stick around, though. I'll send you a few of my bluejays. They have just about taken over our yard.

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  5. i love the cardinal against the red blooms. so, so pretty. ( :

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  6. I love sitting on my porch and watching the birds. You do have a "nice selection" to watch! I'm not full of bird specie knowledge but they are a pleasure with their pretty colors and sounds. Blessings~~~Roxie

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  7. Gorgeous first photo! I just love it! The whole composition is perfect!

    I would love to have an indigo bunting in my yard! ...or a bluebird for that matter!

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  8. I love watching the birds in our backyard.

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  9. I wish I could help with the identification, but I can't. Love the variety of birds in your neck of the woods!

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  10. Agreed on the two male rosebreasted. That should be an indigo. Only other possibility is a blue grosbeak.

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  11. We have had so many cardinals this past week. Pairs of cardinals so I guess it must be their nesting time. The House Finches are still nesting outside my window too. Have seen three hummingbirds, but they don't seem to be staying here long as of yet. I think they are in the migration process.

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  12. It is sad that I am never able to see birds like these: the first one is awesome!

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  13. Just this morning, I was listening to a beautiful red bird sing.....Thankful for these lovely friends...
    sweet pictures!

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  14. Morning, you did great Michelle, I believe right on the money of the birds. I am so envious you have the Cardinal visits, so pretty. Thanks for sharing, Blessings Francine.

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  15. The cardinal is beautiful and the grosbeak (I can see why it would be called gros!) is a new one for me!

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  16. I don't know a thing about birds, but I sure hope yours don't go all wacky on you, too! :-)

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  17. oooohhhh you have some real beautiful birds in your yard!! The cardinal choose the perfect spot to pose for a picture!!

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  18. Do you think that little Red Cardinal posed for you, such a marvellous capture! You are lucky to have such a variety visit you...I can't even tell you if a crow is a crow so no help identifying your beauties.

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  19. We do not have any red birds out west, how fun!

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  20. You have such pretty birds in your backyard.

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  21. Wow, such colorful birds! I love the Cardinal but we don't get them in Oregon. I also love the birds we get here in Oregon.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  22. How ironic that after I posted that answer above this morning, I had a female rose breasted grosbeak on my feeder for a bit.

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  23. Looks like much of the same birds visit you too ;)

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  24. I never see these beautiful birds...so colorful. Have fun.

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  25. What beautiful birds! A nice sight to see. xo Karen

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  26. Hi there! I have not visited in SO long! Everything looks GREAT here...wonderful photos! I love the planter that the cardinal is sitting on too!

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  27. What pretty visitors you have! I have to admit the cardinal is my favorite. :)

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  28. Oh I love seeing bright bird visitors, especially if they bring a lovely song to accompany them.

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  29. I knew that someone would be able to help. I would have been no help.

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  30. You have some colorful vistors.

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  31. Sweet bird photos! The only one of these I see here on a regular basis is the Cardinal, and we do get the cow birds.

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  32. You are right! We don't get a huge variety of birds, but my parents do. They saw the first Indigo Bunting of the season just this morning. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have not made their appearance up hear yet. Hopefully soon.

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  33. What beautiful blessings to have land in your yard!

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  34. We've had a cardinal visiting our feeder lately too, but no blue birds. We get little yellow finches too. I just love watching them all. I love your shot with the geraniums.

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  35. Wow you are fast to catch any bird and get such great shots. I have more birds this year too. I think it's because my cat died :(
    I love your planter with the geraniums.

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  36. How blessed you are to have such a variety of birds - beautiful shots. It's been several years since I've seen a cardinal.

    Lovely shots of the irises too; we're still a few weeks away from having those.

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  37. You ID;s are spot on, Michelle. We're still awaiting the arrival of the Grosbeaks but the Cowbirds showed up a week ago....;)

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  38. What beautiful little birds!!! I've got our lilac bushes right outside my office window and somedays a Cardinal comes to relax there. I've seen a good variety lately. Yay spring!!

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  39. I can't help you with the birds, but I do share your love at watching them. We get a pair of cardinals daily, too, as well as several woodpeckers, but nothing as pretty as that little blue bird! I'm going to put a hummingbird feeder out soon- hope they come for a visit!

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  40. Great photos... I like the variety of birds you get in your back yard!!

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  41. Your backyard birdies are lovely! I love their vibrant colors... especially the cardinal :)

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  42. Can't help at all I'm afraid, as we don't have any of these in the UK. But they are all beautiful.

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