74 Photos - Nov 19, 2011
Photo: Peanut LoverPhoto: #BirdPoker: Gulls, curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Not doing much, just balancing on a railing. Nothing to see here.Photo: #BirdPoker: Gulls, curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I don't ahve any shots of them eating, so I'll just throw a few thousand of them out there. Mostly ring-bills. Taken at Point Pelee NP, Ontario, Canada, July 2011Photo: Last one for #BirdPoker, curated by +Phil Armishaw 
City gulls get real close, shot at 85mm equivalent, cropped a little bit. I hand fed them, but didn't get a good shot :( All I got were sore fingers.Photo: Immature Sanderling, Point Pelee NP, Ontario, Canada

For #BirdPoker curated by +Phil ArmishawPhoto: For #BirdPoker: hummingbirds
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
One of my very few hummingbird shots.Photo: #BirdPoker: Sparrows
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I'll start with a pair of house sparrows.Photo: #BirdPoker: Sparrows
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Chipping sparrow 'raising' his cap feathers.Photo: #BirdPoker: Sparrows
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
My cover for the dark-eyed juncos played earlier.Photo: Male American RobinPhoto: #BirdPoker : Magic hour
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Male American Robin on an old fence, enjoying a warm spring sunset.Photo: Blue Jay - Standing TallPhoto: For #ShoerbirdSunday
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
My only OK shot of a heron was taken with my walk-around lens (18-135mm). I was in a canoe at the time with my family. I thanked the bird for letting me get close.Photo: For #WhattheDuckMonday
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Two male mallard ducks chase each other around for territory; a small storm water pond. Happy Monday, everyone!Photo: Another for #WhattheDuckMonday
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
This female American Black Duck was patrolling the water in Kempenfelt Bay on a cool Fall day.Photo: For#BirdPoker : Raptors in flight.
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I pulled over on the side of the highway to grab this shot the other day. This one was a little shy.Photo: For #WadingBirdWednesday
curated by +Ray Bilcliff 
and (sort-of) #WildlifeWednesday
curated by +Mike Spinak 
I don't think this Disney World local did much wading anymore... His diet comprised of mostly handouts from visitors.Photo: For #ThirstyThursday
curated by +Giuseppe Basile 
This Sanderling may not be drinking, but it sure looks refreshing.Photo: For #BirdPoker Cuteness Factor
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I'll open a proud White-breasted Nuthatch with his trophy; a peanut!Photo: For #BirdPoker :Cutness Factor
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
To cover the chubby Dark-eyed Junco played by +Bruce ClementPhoto: For #BirdPoker : Cuteness Factor
Curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A Blue Jay pretending to be a Woodpecker.Photo: For #BirdPoker : Cuteness Factor
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
and #CaptionthisThursday
curated by +Jenness Dory Asby 
Another Blue Jay, this time having all kinds of fun in the snowy weather.Photo: For #BirdPoker : Cutness Factor
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A very curious House Sparrow.Photo: A Black Tern for #FlybyFriday
curated by +Meg RousherPhoto: I'll start with a Red-winged Blackbird for #BirdPoker : Black
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
covering the one(s) played earlier. I'll jump back in later tonight with some other black cards...Photo: For #BirdPoker : Black Birds
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
My Common Grackle card, to try and cover some of the great shots so far. I think this guy ate half of the grubs in my lawn.Photo: Another, and probably my last this week for #FlybyFriday
curated by +Meg Rousher 
A group of Bohemian Waxwings take off after eating snow on my roof.
Have a great weekend everyone!Photo: For #BirdPoker : Colourful
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
and #SongbirdSaturday
curated by +John Briggs 
A Bohemian Waxwing eating snow from my roof.
These have really nice splashes of colour, and their song is subtle but unmistakable. I always know when they are in town just by the sound. They come every year, but in 2007 there were hundreds on my house and in the junipers eating berries.Photo: For #BirdPoker : Colourful curated by +Phil Armishaw 
and #SongbirdSaturday curated by +John Briggs 
A male American Goldfinch, to cover the one played earlier by +Ricky L Jones. This is summer breeding colours; in the Fall/Winter they turn greyish yellow.Photo: My last card for #BirdPoker : Colourful, curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A Barn Swallow poses for a portrait under the lookout tower at Point Pelee Boardwalk. These guys are not shy, probably due to how many people pass by their nests every year. Good night everyone!Photo: For #BirdPoker : Families
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I'll open with a group of Bohemian Waxwings resting near a juniper hedgerow, back in 2007. Every so often they will fly into the junipers and eat some berries and fly back.Photo: For #BirdPoker : Family
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A small group of Sanderlings comb the tip at Point Pelee before heading further south.Photo: Canada Geese playing follow the leader for #WhattheDuckMonday
curated by +Phil ArmishawPhoto: A White-breasted Nuthatch for #BirdPoker : Winter Birds
curated by +Phil ArmishawPhoto: Bohemian Waxwings on my roof for #BirdPoker : Winter Birds
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
These guys spent lots of time on my roof eating snow. A tough bird to get eye level shots, since they like to stay high up.Photo: A Cedar Waxwing for #BirdPoker : Winter Birds
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
These guys look a lot like their Bohemian cousins. Cedars have yellow underparts and white undertail coverts. They both eat juniper berries. Our backyard is a popular stop for them since we have a row or very large junipers filled with berries. I didn't have the greatest light for this shot, unfortunately.Photo: A Female Northern Cardinal for #BirdPoker : Winter Birds
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I usually get 2 or three pairs hanging around for the better part of the winter.Photo: A Male Downy Woodpecker fueling up at the suet cake for #BirdPoker : Winter Birds
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I enjoy watching these guys work their way around trees looking for tasty bits.Photo: A very uncomfortable looking Blue Jay for #BirdPoker : Contortionists
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Not the best shot, but I like the pose.Photo: Hooray!!! I found a Roughy today!!! Well, actually I spotted a hovering raptor on Monday and could not ID by marks. This morning I ventured back there and got a couple of terrible, but identifiable shots; a Rough-legged Hawk! I'm hoping this one decides to winter here; it's less than 10 minutes from my house!Photo: A Barn Swallow cooling off for #BirdPoker : Contortionists
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Contortionist may be a stretch (opps, pun), however it was a rather comedic pose. It held that way for quite some time, so I guess it's a way to cool down?Photo: Two Pine Siskins and an Immature Female American Goldfinch for #BirdPoker : 3 or more birds. I'm joining late so I fold after the great hands played today!
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
Also for #BackyardBirdingMonday
curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L JonesPhoto: My last one this week for #BackyardBirdingMonday, from way back in 2008.
curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones 
This European Starling was one of many attacking the feeders in early spring.Photo: On Saturday I took a drive to where there were reports of a Snowy Owl spotted. Here she is! In fact, another birder was there and pointed out a 2nd snowy far off in an adjacent field. Cool! Then as I was ready to go, I spotted another white dot even further off. This third one is not for sure, but there are two, possibly three Snowy's camping out in the Holland March on the south end of Keswick. The one in the (heavily cropped, overexposed, terrible) shot was being harassed by a few gulls. This was my first sighting of a Snowy so I was pretty excited and forgot about exposure compensation. It flew around a little but never closer than this.
Since this is one of my three white bird shots, I'll play it for #BirdPoker : White birds
curated by +Phil ArmishawPhoto: For #BirdPoker High Key
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A female Downy Woodpecker at the suet feeder.Photo: For #BirdPoker High Key
curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A Common Redpoll staring me down, or maybe that's a thanks for the seed; I can't tell the difference.Photo: #BirdPoker Bokeh curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I'll open early with a bird I found in my shots from a while back. I can't seem to settle on an ID for this. I originally thought it was an immature finch of some kind, but the all grey throws me off (I have another shot, the top is all grey too). Let me know in the comments if you know the ID.
Anyway, looking forward to this theme. Happy Friday everyone!Photo: #BirdPoker Bokeh curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A Barn Swallow posing in low light with a creamy smooth background.Photo: #BirdPoker Portraits curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I'll open with a female American Robin with food for her little ones. I missed the food theme yesterday, and I'm going through the shots today. Some really amazing shots in there! Today should be pretty good too.Photo: #BirdPoker Portraits curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A female House Sparrow perched on a fencepost.Photo: #BirdPoker Portraits curated by +Phil Armishaw 
An immature Sanderling wondering why I'm sitting on the wet sand like a fool.Photo: #BirdPoker Portraits curated by +Phil Armishaw 
An immature House Sparrow to +Dusty Gedge :)Photo: #BirdPoker Portraits curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A Black-capped Chickadee taken last week, to cover +Paul Reeves chickadee card.Photo: #BirdPoker Portraits curated by +Phil Armishaw 
OK, a Dark-eyed Junco to mix things up a bit at the sparrow table, +Scott Simmons, +Pescalune P, and +Dusty Gedge.Photo: #BirdPoker Portraits curated by +Phil Armishaw 
I'm all in at the sparrow table with a White-crowned Sparrow, my last decent sparrow species (I think). I will be back a bit later to see what +Scott Simmons destroys me with :)Photo: #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones 
A Black-capped Chickadee training for Cirque du Soleil.
I'll throw it on the #BirdPoker Portraits table as well, curated by +Phil ArmishawPhoto: #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones 
Maybe the same chickadee as my last post, this time gathering seeds for its garden next spring.Photo: #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones 
A late entry of an oldie; A Blue Jay firmly asserting his dominance over the peanut box. Have a good night everyone!Photo: #BirdPoker Over The Shoulder curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A Cedar Waxwing checking on me while 'drinking' snow. I've had lots of these in my backyard this year, almost every day. This was from just before Christmas. Yesterday and today a flock of 100 or so are camping out near the juniper hedgerow.Photo: #BirdPoker in Water curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A lone Canada Goose for my opening hand. There were at least 100 in this knot of geese, so framing for a single wasn't easy.Photo: A Red-breasted Nuthatch on the eaves trough for #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones. Happy Monday everyone!Photo: #BirdPoker Closeups curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A couple of Canada Geese from last spring. I missed yesterday's theme completely.Photo: #BirdPoker Wingspans curated by +Phil Armishaw 
My first attempt at capturing in-flight songbirds with flash. This is a difficult thing to get right. After trying it I'm even more impressed with the ones that can capture those amazing BIF flash shots. I suppose I could have chosen a slower bird to start with... ah, but it's all part of the challenge.Photo: #BirdPoker Wingspans curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A loft of Rock Doves were flying in random circles near my home. This is a shot of a few of them. Six of a kind of for my last hand of the night.Photo: #BirdPoker Branch curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A closeup of a Black-capped Chickadee preparing for liftoff.Photo: A few American Goldfinches at the feeders for #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones. I have a few shots still on the camera from today that I hope to post before midnight.
Happy Monday everyone!Photo: A couple of Blue Jays picking on the peanuts for #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones.Photo: A Black-capped Chickadee for #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L JonesPhoto: More Black-capped Chickadee fun for #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Ricky L Jones and +Celeste OdonoPhoto: Here's a Brown-headed Cowbird as my last entry of the night for #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Ricky L Jones and +Celeste OdonoPhoto: Happy Monday Everyone! Time for more #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones. Here's an American Goldfinch waiting patiently for me to move a little further away from the feeders.Photo: A chipping sparrow visiting the thistle feeder one summer. Another entry for #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Ricky L Jones and +Celeste OdonoPhoto: My last entry for #BackyardBirdingMonday curated by +Celeste Odono and +Ricky L Jones is a shot of some European Starlings in flight. A scourge of them were flying into some junipers to gobble up the berries. They have been staying off the bird feeders so far this winter and that's fine with me!Photo: #BirdPoker Small curated by +Phil Armishaw 
A Black-capped Chickadee, photographed while shooting some Birds In Flight With Flash (BIFWF) shots; a lot more difficult to do than I first thought.