We finally got our Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera to improve the quality of bird photos we put on this blog. Today I started shooting pictures of our yard birds. The birds featured in this post come by nearly every day. In fact, a few of our regulars did not show today: the Northern Cardinal, Evan’s Eurasian Collared Dove (click HERE to read the story behind that), and the Blue Jay (He showed up, but not long enough for a picture.) Below is what we captured today. Enjoy.
Dark-Eyed Junco – Slate-Colored
Dark-Eyed Junco – Oregon Race (F)
The Oregon Junco is one of my favorite visitors as we are near the very eastern edge of its winter range. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to photograph it, so please excuse the blurry shot I took.
American Goldfinch (Right)
Yes! American Goldfinches stay throughout the winter. I didn’t know that until this winter. Their plumage is a duller, greener color, but they are still fun to see!
This bird looks very similar to the Common Redpoll and mixes in their flocks. It is paler or frostier in appearance (compare with the picture of the Common Redpoll above), it has a white rump, and its beak is smaller and more conical in shape. See if you can pick out the one Hoary amongst the Commons in the last picture in this series.
And one of our pests…