Saturday, January 8, 2011

Birds, birds, birds

Red-bellied Woodpecker

When we lived in New Mexico I fell in love with hummingbirds. There were so many different kinds out there it was fascinating. We also lived very close to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Bird Refuge and we were so spoiled with different bird sightings. I wasn't terribly into bird watching before moving to New Mexico so I'm glad moving there gave me the new appreciation I have for birds. Now, I have a whole new region to explore in terms of birds and so far at our house we've had a healthy helping of visitors to our bird feeders.  Lew got me the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region for Christmas and I've been enjoying looking up some of the birds I've been able to take pictures of:

Tufted Titmouse
Downy Woodpecker

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Female Cardinal
American Goldfinch


We've also had a Heron in our front yard, a male Cardinal, Blue Jays, a Carolina Wren,  a "Yellow-shafted" Flicker, and a Pileated Woodpecker but I didn't get pictures of any of them.  I'm looking forward to this spring to see new birds that start migrating.  The previous owner of our house told me that he once had orioles nest in the box in our front yard - that would be neat!


Velva said...

Awesome! There is a lot of pleasure in enjoying the birds that visit us in our backyards. I live in the southeast too, and get to enjoy many of the same species that you shared here. Love it.



Danielle said...