Look Ma, No Wings!

I found this pair of birds today ( House Finches? ) as one was showing off, speeding through the air without the use of its wings. Of course that was just for the split second I froze the moment with my camera 🙂

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Robin

I saw this Robin fly in today and couldn’t resist grabbing my camera. The Robin is the State bird of Michigan.

The wind is picking up as warmer air comes into my area of Michigan. It should reach almost 70 degrees today, but some areas just a bit south of here may reach 80 degrees! 🙂

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Nice Couple

I found this nice Northern Shoveler couple floating along the water in West Michigan yesterday. The ducks seemed to be enjoying the afternoon sunshine 🙂

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Greater Yellowlegs

I found these Greater Yellowlegs wading in water yesterday. I don’t ever remember seeing this type of bird before. I’m not sure if they spend the summer here or may have been passing through the area. In any case, I’m happy to have run across them while I had my camera with me 🙂

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Red-Winged Blackbird

I found this Red-winged blackbird yesterday as it was resting on a yellow colored signpost. This is the closest I’ve been to one, that is if you don’t count the ones that have dove at my head over the years. They are very protective of their territory and will do that if you inadvertently get too close to a nest, as I have done.

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Yellow Gold

This American Goldfinch decided to visit today. I was happy where it landed allowing me to use the lattice as a framing device for the photo. It was pausing for a moment with a sunflower seed in its mouth 🙂

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Discovery in the Grass

I found this Northern Flicker yesterday as it was sitting in a field under sunny skies. I like this angle which displays the distinctive red mark on the back of its head. The Northern Flicker is a member of the woodpecker family. I’ve seen a few over the years, but this is the closest I’ve been to one.

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Water Skimming

I found this pair of Bufflehead ducks skimming along the water yesterday. Their skill in flying so close to the waves and each other was a sight to behold.

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Launch!

I spotted some Tree Swallows flying near a nesting box today. I caught the moment this one launched itself sideways from its perch. Today was a beautiful sunny day in West Michigan. It was a welcome change from the recent rain and snow.

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Confrontation or Greeting?

I captured this moment as a gold finch was feeding and another bird, perhaps a house finch or purple finch, flew in very close. Was this just its way of greeting a fellow avian, or was it a confrontation? I prefer to think they were saying hello 🙂

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