Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter Birds

I have many Black-Capped Chickadees (and their buddies, the Tufted Titmouse) flying around my yard.  There will probably be more (and better) photos at a later date. I love how friendly these little birds are. This photo was snapped on New Year's Day, hence the pretty blue sky in the background.
Black-Capped Chickadee
This is one of the many cardinals that visit my feeders - a couple of the females are very friendly with me, the filler of the feeders, but I have problems telling who's who until I get close to them. This was also shot on the first day of the new year.
Female Cardinal
These photos were taken yesterday, during the snow storm. I have no idea if this is the same female I captured the day before or if it's a different female.
Female Cardinal

Male Cardinal
Male Cardinal

This is her mate.

He joined her in the tree just a few seconds after I snapped the above shot.

He creeps closer. 

Male and Female Cardinals
They totally flirted but the falling snow screwed with my camera and killed my attempts to capture their courtship.
Male and Female Cardinals
The following photo shows what the falling snow did to my camera's ability to focus. I believe this little bird is a Dark-Eyed Slate-Colored Junco. And, yes, the bird is fat and it is most likely my fault.

These birds migrate to West Virginia for the winter. I will try to get a better photo later, but the Juncos are pretty spastic and don't sit still for very long and, while they are friendly, they are not as trusting as the Chickadees and the Tufted Titmice (which I will also capture at a later time - they weren't out during the winter storm). 
Dark-Eyed Junco

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