Birds of Summer, Part II

House Finch (male)

I usually try to space out my photography posts, but as this week has been an especially busy one, I am afraid I don’t have much in the way of new artwork or poetry to share at the moment.

So, bird photos it is.

Blue Jay

A thought: I firmly believe that my photography, poetry, and collage practices inform one another. Specifically, I think there’s a special link between nature photography and collage for me that extends beyond the visual. I also believe that, no matter which of our creative pursuits is dominant at any given time, it is important not to abandon the others–or to forgo the possibility of exploring new creative outlets, as we are inspired to. This is a topic I’ve been contemplating for the past several days, particularly in light of previous discussions on belonging, and hope to post about soon.

Anyway, please enjoy the birds. A few quick notes: summer is very much finch season in my backyard. Lots and lots of House Finches and American Goldfinches. The male House Finch above brings his family to the feeder often and typically perches on top and guards while Mrs. Finch and the kids grab a snack. (I know for certain there are at least two House Finch families who visit my feeders regularly–but there may be more.) You’ll find some juvenile finch photos below.

American Goldfinch (female)

Mourning Dove

House Finch (juvenile) and Northern Cardinal (male)

American Crow (juvenile)
Downy Woodpecker (male)

L to R: American Goldfinch (female), Northern Cardinal (female), American Goldfinch (male), House Finch (female or juvenile)
I was attempting to shoot the Blue Jay here when a female Red-bellied Woodpecker (left) arrived at the feeder rather aggressively and chased the Jay before grabbing a peanut for herself. The Jay came back a moment later to finish snacking.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)

White-breasted Nuthatch (male)

Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal (female)
House Finch (juvenile)
Blue Jay, sunbathing. Sunbathing is an important part of their preening. They lay on the ground with wings and/or feathers spread and allow the sun to sanitize their feathers. This individual’s mouth is open because, like dogs and cats, birds lack sweat glands and pant in order to cool themselves.

17 responses to “Birds of Summer, Part II”

    • Thank you so much! I always feel fortunate when I happen to capture a head tilt or a certain look in their eyes. 😊 The variety of wildlife is one of my favorite things about living in NC. Until I put feeders out, I had no idea how many different birds lived in our woods. It’s really awesome. But, to be sure, I would love to take a trip out to your neck of the woods one day and explore the landscapes and wildlife—so different from what we have here. And I always enjoy your beautiful photographs. 🙂

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      • You are welcome! Your photos are awesome! I have only flown in and out of NC, but from what I have seen from above, it is beautiful, and green. You would probably enjoy southern Arizona when a variety of birds migrate through the region. It happens at various times during the year, depending on the type of birds. Thank you, I enjoy being out and about and learning about photography. Quite fun!

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      • It is lush and green, and because of the humidity this time of year, almost tropical. It is always a joy to be out in nature and learning about photography. I wish you a happy and creative weekend! 🙂

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      • A beautiful result, but humidity can be a challenge. We are having a humid day here, up to 67%. That is very high for us. Brought on by recent monsoon activity. I love it! Thank you very much! Wishing you the same. 🌞

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  1. Really wonderful photos. I’m really enjoying your creative pursuit 🙂 And I didn’t know that birds lacked sweat glands…I always love learning new things about the birds and animals that we share this world with 🙂

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    • Thank you very much! The first time I saw a bird dive to the ground and lay with it’s mouth open, I thought it was sick. 🙂 We are surrounded by so many fascinating, intelligent, and wonderful creatures.

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