BPW: Yard Birds

by John Briggs on May 4, 2009

in Bird Photographs, Bird Photography Weekly, Blog

Downy Woodpecker (male) | Click for larger view

Downy Woodpecker (male) | Click for larger view

It is amazing what you see in your own yard if you take the time to sit and watch what is going on. This past Saturday afternoon, I sat in my favorite swivel chair with camera in hand and watched the activity for over an hour.

My first sighting was an amorous pair of Eastern Phoebes. They were attempting to mate on a small branch that would bow under their weight. After several failed attempts, they flew off in search of better accommodations.

Tree Swallows, Tufted Titmice and White-breasted Nuthatches made trips to their individual nest boxes. Eggs are present in all three nests.

Four female Purple Finches visited the thistle feeder, males no where to be found. American Goldfinches vied for space on another thistle feeder. Males, now in their bright yellow plumage, chased one another at times swirling around each other in mid air.

Pine Siskins are still visiting the feeders along with a pair of Dark-eyed Juncos. Warblers stopping by included Yellow-rumped, Black and White, Palm and Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Sparrows included White-throated and White-crowned, Savannah, Song, Chipping and Swamp. Chipmunks and Squirrels seemed to be everywhere that I looked.

It was good to sit in the yard and watch the activity around me along with the fresh air, the warm temperatures and the sunshine. The melody of all the birds around me enriched my heart and spirit. The birds seemed not to bothered by my presence as some landed not more than 5 feet from where I sat.

May is a busy month in the backyards of America. Migration is in full swing and nest building is underway. What have you been seeing in your backyard?

Enjoy the photos of the bird activity in our backyard!

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