Tuesday, November 11, 2008

So much to learn...So much fun!

Am I addicted to this idea of birding or what? I find I have to head outside for at least some of my day. I was only out for about an hour, yesterday, as the wind chill factor, here, was in the mid 30s with a few rays of sun here and there.. but I'm so glad I did. I managed to catch two shots of this adorable little bird flitting among the branches located behind a blind at one of the local parks. I couldn't get that one clear shot that would show wing or tail markings. I definitely need to work on gaining more knowledge of how to use my camera's features so I have more control over the outcome of my photos. I not sure what kind of bird this is... maybe you do.
here, it is partially hidden behind a branch but one can see some of it's back and wing...
and since I'm throwing out... gosh, what is this bird ??'s... I took this over the weekend and haven't been successful in finding pictures that resemble this guy's belly colors! Darn branches, I did attempt to take a few more pictures but by the time I changed the settings...no bird!! just gotta laugh sometimes...but ya know, it's still a lot of fun!

13 comments:

Lynne said...

I think the bird in the first two pix is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
The last bird I'm guessing is an Eastern Towhee but I've only ever seen a Towhee in a book. I love your idea of getting outside every day.

fishing guy said...

Tina: What unusual birds you have found. You might try Abe Lincolns site he has great pictures of birds.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I would agree with Lynne,the first bird looks like a Ruby-crowned Kinglet,and Ths last one loke an Eastern Towhee.THis really a beautiful bird.

Shellmo said...

How fun - wish I was a better idenitifier - I don't think these birds visit me in Mich.

Mary said...

Lynne's right, I think. Ruby-Crowned Kinglets are hard to photograph as they are so small a flitty! You did great!

The Towhees are more easy-going. I'm sure that's him.

Tina, enjoy every day - it's a new adventure!

Eve said...

Hi Tina! Everyone is right on the ID's! The Eastern Towhee is one of my regular birds here at home. They say "Drink yer teeeeeee"! We just love them but are VERY hard to get a picture! Nice work!! If you think bird watching is fun wait until you get to learning their songs and calls! It's a whole other world out there when you can ID birds by song!!

Tina said...

lynne, thanks for your help!!

Fg, thank u, I have visited his site and it is pretty cool!

Ruth, thank u!

shellmo, that's what so nice about having those experienced birder blog/friends they can help to give "it" a name.. thanks for stopping by!

mary, I'm so excited about seeing this towhee!! thanks

eve, wow, you are right, can't wait to have some of the kind of knowledge...I'm psyched!

Craig Glenn said...

Tina,

I am brand new to blogging, but an old nature lover. I am so excited about my new journey with blogging, renewing my love of nature, and my love of writing. All because I just wanted to loose some weight and lower my cholesterol! Anyway check out my humble start if you like, and I look forward to following your blog for inspiration and just plain fun! Great job with your site.
Craig Glenn

Bird Girl said...

Hi Tina - Sorry I got here late - and I would agree with the others about the kinglet - and I know for sure that is an Eastern Towhee (used to be called Rufus-sided Towhee when I first started birding. Wow - that would have been the most beautiful shot were it not for those darn branches but you did a great job with both birds - sometimes we have to take what we can get and it is still exciting just to get them, right?

Tina said...

Craig, thanks for visiting. I look forward to seeing your posts!!

Barb, YES you are absolutely correct you have to take what you get, but that's what makes this so much fun..knowing there might be another opportunity to get a better shot!!Thanks for stopping by.

Dave's Bird Watching Blog said...

Tina, I'm way too late to be of any help for you now, but the "What-bird-is-this?" game is always a fun one (as you and I well know)! I agree with everyone else, and I have a few towhee pics if you want to see them. :-)

The Tile Lady said...

Tina, I am Marie's husband. Thank you for your kind comments regarding my service to our Republic. My service means a lot to me and I keep it in a sacred place to visit whenever I want. Much has happened since we served there. I love your bird photos, I too am an amateur birder. I enjoy all wild life and I am fascinated by the ways they live and survive. To answer one of YOUR questions, I really love WWII aircraft, that was truly THE best time to be a raptor and hunt enemy aircraft. I read about it often and cannot get enough of it. It is what inspired me to become a Fighter Pilot. I sometimes play the online wargame dedicated to WWII aircraft combat. It is great fun, I have fought other "pilots" from around the world. I enjoy the challenge of a guns only encounter, lol. Thanks again for your kind thoughts. They do mean a lot to other veterans and me.
Russell

Gail said...

You are the patient one...to get such beautiful pictures.
I raised an extreme population of gold fish in my swimming pool(that is a whole story by itself). I brought them to the creek at the farm. Dad told me the blue heron would get them. I did not think it could catch such a large amount. However, as always, Dad was right. The heron patiently fished for them all. He took about three weeks to empty the creek of over a hundred various sized goldfish. Many were not gold and they had many places to hide. Good fishermen...birds!

would like to hear your thoughts..