Monday, May 30, 2011

Colorful Birds returning

Friday was the last day of school and I have been birding every day since.  But some of the best birds are in my own back yard.  The birds are used to my blind and I am able to get close-ups of them from it.  Here is a male Black-headed grosbeak.  Ther are about 10 at my feeders.


One of the loudest and fun ones is the Bullock's oriole that loves suet.


One of my favorites is the Evening Grosbeak.  We find them in the area year around, but I only see them in the spring and summer.


Here a Lazuli Bunting gets harassed by the House finch and Pine Siskins.


Yellow-headed blackbird continue courting in the cattails.


Western Kingbirds have joined the Eastern Kingbirds as they harasse the hawks and pick up hatching insects.


A great way to spend a holiday weekend in the Wilds of Idaho without buying too much high priced gas.

11 comments:

Janie said...

You have a great colorful variety of birds. Great photos! Maybe I need to make a blind in my backyard. I'd probably get better photos.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful birds, Bill I would love the both of the male Grosbeaks. Gorgeous and colorful birds.

Gaelyn said...

Who need to spend fuel to go out birding when you can see all this color in your own backyard. Great captures from your blind.

Monts said...

Stunning set of images Bill, it makes me drool just looking at them real beauties.
Enjoy your birding vacation.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

So glad the colourful ones have returned to your area Bill and I know that you are too. These are all wonderful images and you have many, that I have never seen, or heard of. Happy Summer. Looking forward to lots of new posts~

Jann E. said...

Lots of pretty birds, nice shots! I'd love to see an evening grosbeak some day, very sharp bird.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Wow-wow-wow.... I'm so glad I checked this post, Bill. Your birds are incredible... I love that blackbird... Ours are just plain blackbirds.. ha... What colors in all of the birds... WOW!!!!!

I need to get a blind sometime. I take most of my shots from inside the house but it's hard through the glass and screen.

I was going to ask what you were going to be doing now that school is out. WELL-I got my answer!!!!! ENJOY...
Betsy
P.S. I did a bird blog yesterday you may want to check.

Sharon M said...

Wow, what a variety! Great shots!

JRandSue said...

Everyone a stunner,fab images.
John.

Kathiesbirds said...

What a wide variety of birds you are seeing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Look at your beautiful birds! Bill I had absolutely NO idea that the lazuli bunting was anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. We saw them in Texas when we stayed there those winters; I have never seen them anywhere else.