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.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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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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House Finch

This cheerful sounding little House Finch flew in for a visit today. It looks like there is a lot more activity with the birds in my area. Perhaps many of them are passing through while some will be building nests nearby soon.

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Sign of Spring

This morning I saw the first robin of the year here as the skies were sunny and beginning to melt the recent snowfall. Its been a mild winter in Southwest Michigan, although the month of March has been colder and had its share of snowfall so far. I’m looking forward to no more snow soon until next winter 🙂

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Passing Through

These starlings paused to rest as they seemed to be passing through the area. I’ve noticed bird activity starting to pick up lately. Despite recent snowfall, they seem to sense Spring is on the way 🙂

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