Im For The Birds

I love birds, and I love to photograph them.  I am the kind of bird watcher that prefers the birds come to me, so I just put out bird feeders and bird houses in my back yard  to attract them. On occasion I like to visit the bird sanctuaries such as the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge,  but  I don’t go out too often with binoculars to seek out different bird.  I am however thrilled when a new bird I have not seen before comes and visits.

I recently moved, and so far have not had very much luck in attracting too many different birds.  I have only put out bird seed, and it seems that the squirrels like it better than the birds do.   So with the cooler weather approaching, I am going to try some suet and see if that works a little better then the bird seed.

I find birds hard to photograph sometimes, as they don’t sit still too long.  It always seems that when I go to grab my camera, and by the time I return to take the photo, they have flown away.

Here are some of the birds I have captured.

 Western Tanager

Western Tanager

Although, this is not a very good picture, it was the first time I had seen a Western Tanager.  I ran and got my camera, and took the shot, and he flew off.  After the first initial sighting, I had seen him several times during the next week.  But was never quite fast enough to get a better picture.  This picture was taken on May 17, 2011 in Vancouver, Washington.

 Black-Headed Grosbeak

This is a Black-Headed Grosbeak taken on May 20, 2011 in Vancouver, Washington.  It is munching on some  regular bird seed.

 

Black-Headed Grosbeak

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH

 

American Goldfinch

Back in 1951 Washington State designated the willow goldfinch also known as the American Goldfinch,  as the official state bird. The male goldfinch has a bright yellow body with black wings and tail, and black on top of his head. The female’s plumage is more muted with an olive-yellow body and dark brown tail and wings.

 

Starlings

 

 

American Crow

American Crow

American Crow

 

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

This Picture was taken by my Daughter.  I just really like it.

 

 

 

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