I’m coming clean. Back in the day, when I worked in Corporate America, I was a judger. When I walked up to a co-workers cubicle,I tried to refrain from judging. But, sometimes my mind slipped and I would think, “enough already with the kid photos.” The Halloween picture from last year – when the little boy was Spiderman – represents the child in his costume, right? Is it really necessary to hang another photo from the following year when he was a cowboy? Yes. I get it now. I’m sure some people wonder about my blog posts. Didn’t she post photos of House Finches three days ago?
Joy is worthy of seeking. It’s a personal thing. Photos of wild birds bring me joy and for those of you who feel the same – you’re welcome. I’m very happy to share – for no other reason than that it will brighten your day. So, here are even more photos of a couple of pretty common birds (you make interpret that as “fairly common” or “lovely and common,” I won’t judge you.
The House Finch. It’s curious to me that the male’s summer plumage seems less intense red than the winter colors. I would figure that the brilliant colors would be withheld for the breeding season when males are trying to woo a mate. Still, I’m not mad about the winter flashes of crimson. I love seeing the intense hue during the drab months of beige and brown.
Black-capped Chickadee. That is if nobody tells me it’s a Carolina Chickadee. I live at a zone where the two species overlap. The differences are quite difficult to discern for the untrained birder. These birds fly up to a feeder platform, pick a seed or nut, then fly off faster than I can typically film them. However, at times the bird will only land a few yards away where it will hold the seed between its feet and chip away at the shell. I have dozens of photos of this bird with its head tucked under its shoulders and its beak hidden between its feet. Those pictures pretty much look like a blob on a branch. I have several pictures of the Chickadee hanging up-side-down doing the same – and only a few of those are worth sharing for that same reason. Far fewer shots present the lovely, little bird in it’s entirety! I feel fortunate for having captured this cutie doing what it does.
Crows. This is a species you either love ’em or you hate them. I love them. I hadn’t been able to get a photo of them until now. They seem to be gathering like a large family during the holidays! They are loud and I adore it. I’ve devised a plan to try to lure them close enough to film -but, it might go completely awry. Hopefully, I will be able to catch the glint in the eye of one of these beauties at some point. If so, I’ll obviously share it, here.