Chipping Sparrow Photos

The Chipping Sparrow

The chipping sparrow is a charming petite little bird that’s fairly widespread in North America. Sparrows in general are small birds but the chipping sparrow is actually the littlest in this species of birds. Vocally chipping sparrows love to sing and their songs are sharp and rapid. The rather active chipping sparrow often spends time throughout the day searching the ground for grass and other plant seeds, insects and also eat from bird feeders as well.

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downy and hairy woodpecker photography

The Smallest Of Woodpeckers

The Hairy and Downy are the smallest woodpeckers in North America, common and widespread, although it avoids the arid southwest. In the east this is the most familiar member of the family, readily entering towns and city parks, coming to backyard bird feeders. Its small size makes it versatile, and it may forage on weed stalks as well as in large trees. In winter it often joins roving mixed flocks of chickadees, nuthatches, and other birds in the woods.

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Shasta Daisy Photography

The Shasta Daisy

All photographs of wild Shasta Daisies in today’s post. Shasta daisy flowers provide perky summer blooms, offering the look of the traditional daisy along with evergreen foliage that lasts year round in many locations.

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Tufted Titmouse Bird Photography

The Tufted Titmouse

The tufted titmouse is a charming little bird with a lively personality. Even though the adorable tufted titmouse is small in size they’re highly energetic birds and extremely vocal. Tufted titmice are cheerful little songbirds that make a variety of different high-pitched sounds including the distinctive “peter, peter, peter” song. The athletic tufted titmouse is often seen clinging upside down to the underside of branches or on trunks of trees seeking out insects or seeds that have been stored in the cracks.

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hawaii sunrise and sunset

Sunrises and Sunsets At Sea

While we were on our cruise through the Hawaiian Islands I made a valiant attempt to grab a sunrise and sunset photo from the ship every day (I say attempt as the ever flowing drink refills had me sleeping in a coupe of those days). Now that I have had time to review and process some of our trip photos, here is a selection of some of my favorite Sea Sunscapes from the ship.

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nuthatch bird photography

Me and Mr. Nuthatch

The white-breasted nuthatch is a small bird with a very short neck, long narrowed bill and very active. Very energetic and agile birds, white-breasted nuthatches are fascinating to watch as they’re foraging for food on trees. Commonly seen clinging to the side of a tree, the white-breasted nuthatch is known for their ability to move down the trunk or the under-side of a branch headfirst pecking at crevices in the bark searching for insects. Nuthatches are also enjoy eating seed and suet from feeders. Vocally the white-breasted nuthatch has a rather loud nasally voice when they’re chattering.

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red-bellied woodpecker photography

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker

The Red-bellied Woodpecker has a black and white zebra-backed pattern on its back, a red nape and crown (males). These woodpeckers prefer to feed in the upper parts of live and dead trees. Oak trees are preferred. Surface probing and gleaning techniques are used more than pecking or hammering like other woodpeckers.

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Squirrel Photography

On Squirrel Patrol

A lot of squirrels in the yard still to photograph, but at least they are leaving my feeders alone now. I have replaced all of the ones in my bird-watching area with the Squirrel Proof “Yankee Flipper” ones, and saving a ton of seed! Here are some recent shots of my furry friends down on the ground, where they should be!

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