A Breathtaking Moment

A juvenile female Hairy Woodpecker allowed me to capture her engaging in grooming and tick removal. Normally, adult Hairys vanish the moment they realize they are being observed, so this was one of those rare times that might not happen again.

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Behold the Bristles of Doom!

A young male Downy Woodpecker throws the scary bristles at a Dove. The compleat dialogue, as I imagine it: “Behold the bristles of doom, Dove! They shall scare you away from the delicious suet!”  *Dove stares*  “Wait…why isn’t this working?”

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Cowbird

Female Cowbird (Molothrus ater).

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Out of the Nest…

and not terribly happy about it. Baby Robin.

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Young Dove

A very young Mourning Dove was perched in the tree outside my studio window, waiting for a parental unit to show back up, and trying to figure out what that talking, clicking creature hanging out the window happened to be.

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Baby Robin

Sitting in the feed tray, waiting for mum or dad to come back.

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Baby Hairy

A Hairy Woodpecker Papa has been bringing his little girl to the studio side feeder, and I finally got photos of her, so exciting. While Papa is still feeding her, she is also trying to figure out this tree pecking business.

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On the Deck: Downy Woodpeckers

I took these while sitting out on the deck.

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On the Deck: Grosbeaks

Black-headed Grosbeaks. I took these while sitting on the deck. Pheucticus melanocephalus.

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On the Deck: Robins

I was sitting on the deck taking photos – the robin in the second shot was a bit alarmed to find that I was only about four feet (about one meter) away, but went back to getting a drink as if I weren’t there.

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On the Deck: Grackles

I took these sitting out on the deck. Quiscalus quiscula.

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Lady Oriole

Baltimore Oriole, female. (Icterus galbula)

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Bright and Beautiful

A male Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula).

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