Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Birds of Summer

I have been anxious to try my new camera on birds.Well,I have not had any chances at birds in flight but a few have shown up on my yard and along the road.


On a recent warm and sunny day,this Robin tried his best to get all the sunshine he could. I don't know if birds sunbathe,but it sure looked like that is what he was doing.


After a while it seemed that something was not quite right on that wing,so he worked at it,trying to make it better.


Ahhh,that feels better,now on to enjoying that sunshine.


The House Wren has set up homemaking at this little house just a few feet from my door.I do enjoy having these birds around,even when he starts singing at much too early in the morning.4AM is not the time that I appreciate his song the most. 


A drive out of town the other day gave me a chance at this Western Meadowlark.I wish he had been closer,but this was the best I could do.


I don't see as many birds around now as in early spring,but I know that is because they are busy raising their young.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a nice selection. love the house wren. :) we get the loud carolinas here but rarely house wrens.

EG CameraGirl said...

I have heard the Western Meadowlark is sometimes seen here in Central Ontario but so far I have never seen one.

Hootin' Anni said...

Pretty birds!!!! Imagine, a wren so close to your home. That is awesome.

Ginny Hartzler said...

The wren is so cute! And I love the meadowlark on the post. The robin almost looks injured, and I know they will do that to distract from their nest.

Muffy's Marks said...

Love the little wren. My birds have become scarce also. Enjoy your feathered friends.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Great photos, Ruth. We all love our little yard birds, don't we?

Our Carolina Wrens love to build their nests either in our garage or in the hanging basket on our front porch... We try to keep them out of the garage so they won't get trapped in there.. BUT--I truly don't want them on my front porch either.... ha

Hugs,
Betsy

S. Etole said...

A fun series of photos. I had to put my feeder away for now as a mama bear and her 3 cubs kept knocking it down. I miss the birds of summer.

George said...

We've seen robins sunbathing in odd positions as well. It looks as if your new camera does an excellent job with birds, as it does with people, flowers and landscapes. I hope you get a chance to try it with birds in flight very soon.

George said...

I've not heard of such a thing before, but it looks as if the children were having fun. It would be nice to know the reason for the antlers, however.

George said...

I've not heard of such a thing before, but it looks as if the children were having fun. It would be nice to know the reason for the antlers, however.

Cloudia said...

you're doing great!





ALOHA from Honolulu
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waldlaeufer68 Frank Scholtyssek said...

Hi Ruth,
the bird pictures are fantastic .. the last photo is my absolute favorite
regards Frank

Janice K said...

Nice pictures....It is so much fun to observe birds when they seem to be having a personal moment.

I have a little wren house close by our house. Earlier this year I was watching as a hawk seemed to pick up the father while he was serenading his wife who was in the house, possibly sitting on the eggs. She flew out of the house so angry, and so loud. Without any apparent fear she flew after that big hawk and almost had him by the tail feathers. Unfortunately she came home without her true love. Then she left too.

But just this week, a new couple found the little house. They were so loud and so happy. One of them gave the house a thorough inspection on the inside and then looked all over the outside and the roof. So funny to watch. There's a lot of singing going on now, so maybe they are hatching up something.

MadSnapper said...

maybe a combined sun bath with sand bath. i saw a Jay on the ground yesterday under the hisbicus, looking out my kitchen window. I thought he was hurt, but then he started beating his wings in the sand and i realized he was sand bathing. he flew off so I know he was ok...

Hilary said...

It's so interesting to see how the birds vary from one part of the continent to the next. I'm not sure if we have those birds here (aside from the robin) or not.. I just know I've not seen them around. And our feeders are having much fewer visitors right now also. I'm hoping we'll be seeing some young before too long.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Your shots are wonderful, Ruth! I love seeing the robins and I do think they must sunbathe as I've seen them preening in the sun too. I enjoyed seeing all your birds.

Rose L said...

Yea, shooting birds (only with a camera!) is not easy and takes lots of patience. I have had some success lately (see my last several blog posts) and am very pleased. I love my 200 mm lens.
You got some good shots. If you crop them with your photo program it will bring them in closer.

Debby Ray said...

Great bird shots, Ruth...love the little wren. I am getting a new (old) camera today and after I learn how to use it, I am excited to try it on the birdies!

Diane said...

Nice photos, Ruth. The Western Meadowlark song is the most cherished sign of spring around here. Diane

Montanagirl said...

Those Robins are a lot of fun to watch. We have one that built a nest just above our deck on an over-hanging branch. Lovely post, Ruth.

Gail Dixon said...

Oh I love the meadowlark! Saw one from a distance last year and haven't seen one since. I love the way he is perched on the post. Looks like you and the new camera are a good fit!

Arija said...

The robin was just getting rid of some mites, drying out his feathers and picking them off.
Lovely shots of the birds.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

It looks like you are mastering the new camera.

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