There have been some interesting birds around this New Year-here are a few. The first 5 are Pine Grosbeaks. They are an “irruptive” species- they come further south than their usual habitat when food is scarce where they usually live. The males are deep red, females have reddish orange heads. Next is a Tree Sparrow, then a male House Sparrow, followed by some Common Goldeneyes. The male is the one with the dark head and white spot on his face. The next 2 show the male Common Goldeneye with Common Females, and one Barrow’s Goldeneye Female, which is highly unusual. She’s the one with the bright yellow beak.
Hummingbird Moths look and act remarkably like real birds. They are beautiful! This is the first one I've ever see-it was in my tars,feeding on a Bee Balm flower. Official name is "Hummingbird Clearwing" (Hemaris thysbe).
These birds are becoming more populous here-perhaps even breeding. Many have been seen this winter...mostly heard, actually, as they prefer the tops of tall conifers. I have seen some near my home and about 3 miles away, on a roadway. The closer shots of the redder bird are of a male on the roadway, the more distant shots are a female at my home.
"Barley" is playing with my daughter. Then we see him playing with a barrel, double time! The music was played and recorded by myself and Wayne Cripps on flute and guitar. The tune is an Irish slip jig: "Butterfly" . Click on Barley's picture (all grown up- same game), to see the video.
While I am re-inventing my web site I would like to share a few of my favorite photographs from past years. You might also see some of them in-my galleries.Read More
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