I was looking up to see if any tiles were sliding on the roof, lucky I did as there was a Pied Wagtail on the ridge! This looks like a male in his winter plumage, he was looking back at me! He was also looking skywards, there was another two which landed on the ridge! One was a juvenile, not sure about the other as they flitted off and on as if they were having fun for a while but they were probably waiting for each other to group together.
A juvenile, maybe a female..
This looks like the third one.. these were on top of a two story house!
Oh, what a pretty bird! I've never heard of a Pied Wagtail, will have to google to read about it! Isn't nature amazing with all it's critters!
Cooler weather is on it's way to Florida according to our local t.v. weather people! We've been in the upper 80's during the day and low to mid 70's at night. This weekend we are supposed to have daytime highs of about 68ºF and nights dipping into the lower 50's! We've had such a hot summer it will be nice to have some cooler temp's.
I can tell it must be getting cooler up north as we are beginning to see a few migratory birds arrive in Florida. The Common Grackles are back for the winter, they love peanuts!
This morning I noticed that the coons had left their muddy prints on my new bird feeder. Those critters like to play in the water containers, mixing the clean water with some dirt...and then run around getting muddy prints all over everything. We hardly ever see grackles here in the country. In the city, however, there's lots.
The upper eighties! We are having a mild spell after a cold snap, had a couple of early frosts around mid October. The weather now is coming off the ocean from SW instead of the dreaded north to north east from the Arctic regions. Days have been well above average in the low 50'sF! Nights have been around 50 or above, that's what you get with cloud cover. New York is only 40+ deg latitude, we are 53+ degrees north! It looks like we are warming up even more later today, when it gets dark of course but the sun has only made a very brief appearance today! Up to around the 60F mark, summer temperatures at almost the best!
That Grackle isn't stupid, it's gone for the biggest nut!
Birds are very clever, my peanut silo is squirrel battered but it's useless replacing it as they just do the same, chew it to death, so it hangs there with a broken wire near the bottom which most birds know about and they just grab a nut and fly. It also has not top on it, those which are not savvy yet go down into the silo to get their nuts! House Sparrows have done it, a Blue Tit was doing it while I was sitting on the garden seat not far away but it was in deep shadows. I was learning to use my new camera a Nikon D90 (I wore the old one out!) which is different to the D40X in the way it behaves. I had to up the flash compensation to full, and lower the f# as far as I could, I was probably too far off for the flash to have much of an effect.
This was in late September, the Blue Tit..
It was only a few seconds later when it returned to go back for another, must have been handing them over to it's partner! I'm not sure if it was the same bird which was looking at the bottom where the wire is broken, it was only a few seconds later but they are fast!
Within half an hour this might have been the same one, it didn't grab and fly like most do.. there was better light filtering through.
The titis are so cute. they remind me of our chickadees & tufted titmice. I am not looking forward to the time change this weekend either. rain tomorrow & I don't know if I can get outside to work today or not. John working on the leaves. He says that it is easier to rake than use the blower. Well, he is 80.
Oh Janet, you do have the prettiest birds! That Blue Tit is gorgeous! Love how it actually doesn't seem afraid to go down into the cage for a treat! Those last 3 pics are awesome! I wish I had learned about camera's and photography when I was young! I keep messing up my camera settings when I accidentally hit a wrong button. Then I need my technical husband to fix it for me!
I see Blue Jays in the backyard on a daily basis, year round. Sometimes they pose nicely, other times they take off just as you snap the picture!
Lucy, I have had two days now where I have only been out for a short time before the weather turned foul, then to have it get dark so early is mind blowing. I agree that raking would be easier than using a blower, these gadgets are often heavy and difficult to manouvre besides being noisy.
Thanks Lin, you don't get much cuter than a Blue Tit.. maybe the Long-tailed Tit is about as cute, and the Great Tit is awfully sweet looking.
I love your flying shot of the Blue Jay!
Believe it or not, I'm nearly as old as you Lin! I think your husband should 'encourage' you to look at your manual so you can find out how to operate the camera, you would be surprised how easy it becomes once you know how!
Here's a Great Tit on the same day, it tried to go into the silo but was nervous.. this was soon after the Blue Tit so I bet it was watching..
Name: Pat(rick) George Finland (previously England)
Our garden has been covered in snow for nearly two weeks now, and my feeders are covered with birds! Mostly house sparrows and great tits; but also a bullfinch and a couple of green finches. A cock pheasant and several magpies hang about underneath waiting for the sparrows and tits to drop a seed. One magpie has fathomed out how to leap up and hang onto the feeder for a few seconds to grab a seed. A pheasant was standing in his jumping off space recently, so he grabbed the startled pheasant's tail and gave it an almighty pull!
I'm pleased to see the tits. We had a very hard winter, and it hit them hard. However this was followed by a record breaking summer, when temperatures in our garden reached 37 Celsius; and this seems to have helped their numbers to recover.
We don't have snow but it's been wintery, temps of 5-6C but we are getting an occasional day of sun which helps! I have Magpies too but they don't go for the nuts, if I have any potato chips left I cut them up for them. They love potato, mash or whatever, also are quite keen on bread. I also have Pheasants, more so later and in spring but there's been a male and female around. I have seen a female Pheasant fly to the pergola the nuts are on and try to get them but they will stand below to get the dropped bits. When I have the regulars they come to me when I have anything in my hands and ask for peanuts!
We had a hard winter too, from mid December until mid April with days barely above or at freezing until at least early April then not much better for a couple more weeks. Nights were consistently -5 to -8C, rarely above that, not as low as we can have but it was prolonged. My birds got fed so I don't think they were affected too much. Our summer was a good one for a change but not as hot as you had, 2006 was the record breaker followed by two dreadfully cold summers at 14-16C most of the time and as low as 12C max.! The heat helps me recover too.
I had a young Magpie in June sneaking up on a cock Pheasant from behind, it kept pulling it's tail feathers! There was two young Magpies, they had fun exploring the edge of the pond. I'll have to dig up the pics sometime.
Yesterday and today we had sun, but before 3pm it starts to hit the tree line on the horizon and sets now at 4.05pm so you have to take advantage of it! I guess you are also getting short days. I stand by the Ivy when the sun is on my back, there's still a few insects turning up for me to snap. Yesterday I saw a bird land on an Oak branch overhanging my drive so got a dark shot which I managed to lighten, it was the Nuthatch which is again visiting for nuts.
Name: Pat(rick) George Finland (previously England)
We've had snow lying for three weeks now, and the Finnish Met Office says it will probably stay till autumn. Day temps have occasionally strayed just above freezing; but the forecast for the weekend is minus ten.
The most common bird around here seems to be the jackdaw. When we lived in Devon they were frequent visitors to the feeders; but here they never seem to come into the garden. On the one occasion I saw one there it was chased off by a magpie. The magpies also chase the local cats.
Last winter brought an all time record depth of snow. The government issued a warning to householders to clear it from their rooves because of the weight. Two days later they retracted it. In Helsinki alone the hospitals had to cope with thirty people who'd fallen of the roof!
Linda: Did you ever find out which bird that pretty little yellow one is? I've had a new ones (to me) at the feeders this past week and they look a lot like the little one in your pictures. Mine was identified as a Palm Warbler:
Those warblers of yours do look similar...but my book shows them only as far as East Texas. Someone told me that one of those pics I took looks like an American Goldfinch. Looked in my bird book and there are similarities to that kind...only the illustrations in my book show some darker plumage, a bit closer to black on wings and tail. Then I was looking at the Orange-crowned Warbler, too. I'm still not really sure what it is.