Friday, February 4, 2011

Updates from January

Its been a month since my last update, so I thought it was about time I added some new photos to my blog.
Finishing the last Christmas Bird Count on the 3rd of January after completing 6 of them, was great fun as usual.

The weather has dipped down to the extreme's and then back up again, with many of my backyard birds being scared off by a resident female Merlin.
I have had some good fortune though, finding a Brown Creeper in the front yard as well as more Golden-crowned Kinglets.
The female Northern Flicker has also been back and enjoying water from the heated birdbath.
A couple of recent walks around 2 local parks produced sightings of no less than 3 Sharp-shinned Hawks, and 2 Townsend's Solitaire's.

Here are the new photos :

Townsend's Solitaire - Found at a local park last week ...



Sharp-shinned Hawk : One of three birds at a local park near the river...







Brown Creeper - From my own front yard ...




Evening Grosbeak - found on the last Christmas Bird Count on Jan 3rd...




Red-breasted Nuthatch - from my backyard last month ...




And, 2 from the Boxing Day Bird count I did with my wife ...

Pine Siskin :




Mule Deer :

14 comments:

Birding is Fun! said...

Always looking forward to your next blog post and fantastic photography!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures.The one of the Sharpie in flight reminds me of a picture my husband took last spring.
Ruth

s said...

You should put a red arrow on the Creeper photo. I had to really stare at it to find "bird".

Very nice.

Frank said...

Excellent selection, once again, Nick. The Sharpie was obviously monitoring every movement around it and the Brown Creeper shots are crackers. Well done.

Chris said...

wow.... These are just wow!!! Each of your post is a pure window on nature marvels Nick... These shots are just splendid, all of them.... I love the evening grosbeak shot a lot (but more due to the beauty of the bird) but all of them are really well composed and so sharp.... No, you do not post often, but when you do it is for the pleasure of our eyes and soul! Gorgeous mate!

Nick S said...

Thanks for the kind words guys !

grammie g said...

Hi Nick...Miss you.. but when you do post it is a superb !!
All fabolous photo,and the Townsend Solitaire front on reminds me of the Mockingbird!!
The Sharp-shinned Hawk photo's are great...the second one looks like a beautiful painting!!
Love the Creeper and the Red Breasted Nuthatch

Kelly said...

I love your little Brown Creeper, and the photos of the Sharpie are stunning!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

The Sharp Shinned are my favs in this series, just because I love raptors, however, all of these entries are tidy and brilliant. Love the little Brown Creeper and the Waxwing is also a lovely shot, but then too are all of them~

Andor Marton said...

Great selection. The pictures with the Sharpie and the Grosbeak portrait are stunning!

Kathy H said...

Good stuff, Nick

Babzy said...

great picures !

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teresa stieben said...

Wonderful blog. I don't keep bird lists though I do watch, photograph and depict birds in paintings.
Birding is so wonderful, check out my blogs to see what I paint.