Birds of Fall, Part II

Northern Cardinal (female)

It’s been overcast and rainy for the better part of the past week, so I haven’t spent much time outdoors taking photographs. This morning, however, I was able to get out for a bit, despite the cloudy skies. There was also a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that were active around my feeders this morning, and I didn’t want to miss them.

Afterwards, I realized that, even though I haven’t been dedicating as much time to photography, I have still managed to build up a reasonable cache of images over the past week or so, so I thought I’d share. Please enjoy.

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
White-throated Sparrow
Pine Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male)
Carolina Wren
Tufted Titmouse
House Finch (male)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Mourning Dove
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male)
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Carolina Chickadee. I named this image file “Carolina Chickadee Praying” because, to me, that’s what this looks like. That isn’t, of course, what’s happening. The chickadee is clutching a seed between its feet and bashing it with its beak.
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)
Eastern Bluebird (female)
House Finch (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Cooper’s Hawk. These birds don’t come around very often, but they do occasionally look for a meal at my bird feeders. This one attempted to grab a Downy Woodpecker. He missed.

12 responses to “Birds of Fall, Part II”

    • Thank you! They do look menacing! And I know they like Mourning Doves. After the Downy got away, this one tried to perch on my feeders…he was too big to fit, but I wish I had gotten that photograph! His red eyes were on full display.

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      • wow, brazen. I had a sharp-shinned hawk in my backyard once, on a wire, eating a carcass, and scaring everyone else away from the feeder… I consulted Audubon’s and found they feared Cooper’s hawks, which are slightly larger. So I played a Cooper’s screech .mp3 snippet out the window, and that thing took off, circling high.

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      • Haha great idea! The only Sharp-shinned Hawk I’ve ever seen was a resident at the Carolina Raptor Center. I was surprised by how small it was. I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk out in the woods yesterday morning. They pass through occasionally. So majestic looking, especially when their red tail is fanned out.

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      • Yes, beautiful when the sun gleams off their tail feathers. I think the female sharpies can be almost as large as the male Cooper’s, to the point where they are easily confused. Females of both are larger unless my memory has it backwards.

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