Today was gray, but warm and the wind was calm. Perhaps that combination made the birds more willing to pose. I caught all of these pictures today except for the bluebird (obviously... blue sky!) They aren't great shots, but it was fun to see what I "caught" when I looked at the files. The dove was easy to tell, but I wasn't sure of any of the others until I could blow the picture up on the computer. Digital birdwatching!
I'll do the bluebird first- it's the best picture. It's also the bird most featured on this blog, definitely because I like the little charmers so much.
All of these birds are common, and will also stay here all winter. Next up is the purple finch. I featured a much better picture of this bird another time (see link below), but I am happy to just see such a variety of feathered friends today.
Next up is a male goldfinch in his winter colors- much more drab than summer. I could see a hint of the yellow, and suspected that's what this one might be, but he sure was hiding in those branches.
This little bird, gray on top and white underneath with a pink bill, is a junco. They are common in winter and spend most of their time near the ground.
Finally, another very common bird, but I haven't featured it before. Lots of people really like the mourning doves, but somehow they don't appeal to me very much. A few of them hang around all year too. With the heat and food from the grain elevator they have all they need.
Supposed to be sunny tomorrow, but it's also the first day of gun-deer season. My outdoor activities are going to be limited to hanging out a load of laundry, I think.
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