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    This is for the birds.....!

    Some locals, some visitors, some common, some slightly rare.....

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    Re: This is for the birds.....!

    Nice photo's Searambler. There are a couple there which we don't see in the UK. What's 5 and 8?

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    Thanks Andy!

    First is a couple of geese on a river near my house.

    Second is (I believe) a very common wren. I caught it flying away quite by accident!

    Third is a young raven, his head will turn black as he reaches maturity.

    Fourth is a robin, very common around here.

    Fifth is a male cardinal. The females are a very pale red, the males are brilliant in color and very skittish/shy around people.

    The last is (I believe) some type of finch. This was the first time I'd seen one around here. Last night I saw 3 of them on my feeder, so there must be a migratory population that is arriving for the summer.

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    Awesome shots Paul!
    Luv the Blue Finch. They are all amazing looking creatures. One of these days I'll have to upgrade my camera so I can contribute something here.
    Keep snapping and posting.

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    Re: This is for the birds.....!

    Photo number 3 is a "Black-Capped Chickadee." They're highly common just about everywhere in the US.

    The last photos are of an "Indigo Bunting." Similar to a Blue Grosbeak, but can be told apart by the lack of reddish-brown markings on the wings.

    Indigo Bunting:



    Blue Grosbeak:

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    Thanks Nevyn. Ornithology was never my strong suit. I'm usually the guy who says "Oooh, look at the pretty yellow bird.....".

    And thanks Brian. I used a Fuji s5100 on a tripod at 10x zoom. (Except for the geese shot, I had no tripod, so it was free-hand). The bird feeder is pretty close to the window which helps for the close-ups. All shots taken on 'automatic' setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Searambler View Post
    Thanks Nevyn. Ornithology was never my strong suit. I'm usually the guy who says "Oooh, look at the pretty yellow bird.....".

    Paul
    Well, if it helps any, in your area, it's probably an "American Goldfinch"!

    If you can, snap a picture of one and send up here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevyn View Post
    Well, if it helps any, in your area, it's probably an "American Goldfinch"!

    If you can, snap a picture of one and send up here!
    I haven't seen any of the yellow ones on my feeder yet, but a friend who lives about 7 miles from here has a bunch on her feeder. I don't know what specific bird food she uses but I'll ask. She also has a hummingbird feeder and they have returned to it again this Spring. Next time I go over I'll bring my camera and try to get snaps of both!

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    Re: This is for the birds.....!

    The one you classified as a young raven,
    could actually be a Brown Headed Cowbird.
    I've seen them on Long Island, & they are
    part of the Passerines: Starlings, Red Winged
    Blackbirds, Crows, Mynas, Grackles, Magpies,
    & Ravens. All have that greasy black oil slick
    sheen, accompanied by green & violet iridescence. :thanks

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    Gorgeous pictures...

    Very hard to take pictures of these small animals...
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