Monday, March 4, 2013

Winter Birds

As the winter carries on the birds keep on visiting the feeder.
All the pictures today were taken with the Canon SX50 HS.


This first shot is again taken through a window. I like the size contrast here.
The male Hairy Woodpecker on the left and a Red-breasted Nuthatch on the right. You can also see another Red-breasted Nuthatch partially hidden by the suet.


I noticed this bird in my maple tree the other day.He seemed to be finding something of interest on the tree. I saw immediately that it was a Waxwing,but was pleased to see that it was  a Bohemian Waxwing.The rusty colour under the tail tells me that.


While I was outside photographing the Waxwing,I noticed this Hairy Woodpecker on the tree and took his picture as well. You can see that the ires have used this tree a lot.


A week ago,on a Sunday afternoon drive in the countryside,I came upon these birds.
At first I thought it was a Grey Partridge,but am pleased to see that it is a Sharp-tailed Grouse.


Three more birds joined him on this mound. I am quite happy with the performance of the little SX 50 camera.


Thought for Today:
Speak kindly of others - no matter what.

If we all followed this advice this world would be a better place.

26 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a wonderful bunch. the grouse are a real treat! love the hairy - such a long beak compared to the downy. :)

Neal said...
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Neal said...

What some great shots. That lone Sharp-tailed Grouse is just fantastic

George said...

Your new camera takes wonderful pictures. But I suspect that the photographer has a lot to do with that as well. I really like your first photo.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Gorgeous, Ruth... You are doing great with the new camera. Love seeing that BIG Hairy.. We have them here --but not many have come to the suet feeders --or at least I haven't captured them much!!!!

I love Cedar Waxwings. One time when we were at a waterfall, I looked up and in a nearby tree were about 20 of them. I was more excited about them than I was about the waterfall (if you can believe that)... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Dorothy said...

Great pictures of your birds, Ruth!!! I especially like the Grouse!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

So incredibly beautiful! The partridges are so great. I've never seen them before.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

It seems brave of the small birds to approach the suet feeder when the Hairy Woodpecker is there. The waxwing and the partridges are a real treat. That shot of the single partridge is especially beautiful.

Montanagirl said...

Nice! I really like the Grouse photos.

Hilary said...

You sure have no shortage of beautiful birds willing to pose for you, Ruth. All delightful to see.

Vores have said...

Nice pictures you show Ruth. Really like the picture with the goose. I have tilfĂžjnet my arising out of your blog. Wish you a good day :) Hanne Bente

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh these are fantastic photos. I love the waxwing. Thank you for sharing God's beautiful creatures and creation.

FlowerLady

warriormom said...

I'm going to have to ditto George. I don't think I've ever seen a bohemian waxwing! I love the size comparison shot of the Hairy Woodpeckers with the Nuthatch!

Gail Dixon said...

What a great variety of birds and you photographed them so well! It's so awesome than you got the Bohemian waxwing. And the grouse. Man!

Naturegirl said...

Great thought for the day Ruth! I love the images of all your birding from inside the the window and outdoors. Thanks for identifying some birds for me. I see them in my neck of the woods as well!
There is something so peaceful and serene in the photo of the single Grouse. Good camera zoom.The photo is worthy of framing to remind you of the silent season when summer heat takes hold of you.
Blessings to you dearest Ruth. xo

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm so glad you like the camera, Ruth. Lovely photos!

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, As always, a wonderful thought, and I sure enjoyed your photos and the stories to go with. I hope you have a good day and thank you for all your kind comments on John's Island. John

Anita Johnson said...

I have never seen a Partridge in the wild, what a pretty little bird!

Sandra said...

my first viewing or a grouse... these are awesome photos Ruth, i love the hairy woodpecker and he is new to me also

Unknown said...

Ruth, nice shots! Really nice to see the Sharpies.
I think the SX is doing a great job!

Shug said...

Certainly enjoyed the birds in the snow...Beautiful..
love your thought for the day...
kind words are needed every where we go..
hugs

happyone said...

Great shots of all the birds.
I can see why that bird is called a waxwing. It really does look like wax!!

Karin said...

What an educational visit here for me today! Love the coloring of the Waxwing! That plump grouse is an excellent shot. Are more than one grouse called grice? Hahahaha

Great thought again - had a hard time this week speaking kindly of one of the staff who was rude to one of our residents. I'm afraid my talking to her about it allowed my frustration with her to show through. Hope she took things to heart.

Janice K said...

Wow! You got some neat pictures of birds I don't usually see.

We're getting lots of snow right now. I guess we have to wait a little longer for Spring.

Have a great day.!

Debbie said...

the grouse is a great find ruth but the waxwing was my favorite, gorgeous!!

Elaine said...

Nice collection of birds!