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.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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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 🙂

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Flight

A moment of flight frozen by the camera can sometimes be a challenge to capture, but always fun to see. At 1/1,250 of a second late in the day, I had to use an ISO of 3200 for the lower light conditions.

Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Day of the Chicken

Today I had some unexpected visitors looking to get their share from a bird feeder’s overflow. They didn’t seem to mind my photographing them at the time as long as they got their lunch. Although the rooster gave me a pretty tough look as he walked away seeming to warn me not to mess with him or those under his protection 🙂

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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Eastern Bluebird

The royal blue of the Eastern Bluebird is always a pleasure to see this time of year. Their sweet songs and vibrant colors are a welcome sign of Spring. You may notice birdhouse boxes in many parks and backyards built for them which has helped to boost their population over recent decades. This has followed a long decline due to loss of habitat.

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Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Look Up

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Sometimes all you need to do is look up, as I did when this green heron flew right above me in a wetland area in Southwest Michigan near sunset.

Owl as the Sun Set

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I was happy to find this Great Horned Owl near where I live in Southwest Michigan. I liked the golden light from the setting sun that enhanced the color of its feathers.