Birds flying, perched, foraging, bathing, and with propellers

For them not interested in reading, you can see the bird photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery and a slideshow of the photos in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery (it’s the same gallery). 

When you click the second link, it will open in a new window, and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button near the top-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: Above the play/pause button there’s the option to go full screen. Most of these look really good viewed full screen. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos (this will pause the slideshow).

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

That’s a Common Grackle (LINK) trying to look tough.

Anyway, I wanted to do a quick post and in the process put Guido Jr. through its paces . . . it is a veritable pleasure not having to find stuff to do while I wait for photos to process. There are forty-seven photos in this post, and it seems to me I flew through the process of getting them ready. 

One quick word . . . I’ve been almost exclusively using the block editor to compose all my posts. I can do pretty much everything I want to do and do it without too many hassles, but it still gets confused if I don’t follow precisely the protocol it desires as far as composing posts. Ergo, as much as I can mostly use it without the stress mentioned in this next warning, the warning still stands . . .

Warning: the Block Editor is still a pain to work with and can cause stress levels to spikes. Use with caution. Avoid if possible.

Anyway, let’s begin with two Mourning Doves (LINK) . . .

These two doves had just landed in the middle of the road in front of my house when a car of a rear orifice came barreling down the street (lots of rear orifices in my neighborhood drive too fast).

Normally, I would be irritated … OK, I was irritated, but the irritation was somewhat mitigated by the opportunity to finally catch decent shots of doves launching into flight.

Don’t worry, they were fine; long gone before the car passed through there.

Next up, more birds flying. First, more grackles . . .

Next, what I’m pretty sure is a female Red-winged Blackbird (LINK). . . That used to be where she had a nest. I’m hoping the birds had fledged before the neighbors cleared off the old grass growth.

I’m getting back some of my skill in shooting birds in flight.

Like everything else, it takes practice.

This next bird is a Purple Martin (LINK) . . .

I mentioned propellers . . . I wasn’t kidding, although it’s an aluminum bird I’m talking about . . .

Not sure what’s sticking out the back . . . but it is mating season, so maybe it has something to do with the birds and the bees and planes.

This next bird is a Song Sparrow (LINK) and I’m not sure what it was foraging for . . . it looked like it picked up a small pebble, so it must be hungry for Flinstones.

Because of the season, we have lots of young birds out experiencing their world for the first time. Them be one grackle and a robin and what I think is another grackle but could be some other blackbird. I say that because it doesn’t quite have the look of a grackle . . .

Wait . . . I have one more flying photo; a Robin coming right at me (not top quality, but still interesting) . . .

So, let’s get into foraging . . .

. . . this next bird is a Brown Thrasher (LINK). Only one photo because it avoids being out in the clear. It’s a pretty bird and I’ve been trying to get a photo of it since last year when I first saw one. Because I would catch only fleeting glimpses, it was a long time before I identified it.

Same for this next bird . . . a Gray Catbird (LINK).

Hint for people using the Merlin App (Apple: LINKAndroid: LINK) to identify birds: if you don’t see anything resembling the bird you saw, try changing some of the search parameters. For instance, both of the above birds are listed in the Merlin app, but I found them by searching images on the Internet because those birds didn’t show up as choices in the Marlin app search results. It turns out I had underestimated the size of the Thrasher and overestimated the size of the Catbird.

Of course, the more common birds are easy to identify, like this House Finch (LINK) . . .

It turns out finches like drinking from the hummingbird feeder. I can’t tell if they can actually get anything out of it, but they sure try.

Other surprising visitors to the hummingbird feeders lately have been small woodpeckers, likely Downy Woodpeckers, although I’ve not been able to get a photo of them because they are very skittish.

Speaking of hummingbirds (LINK), we’re finally starting to see more of them, but still a far cry from previous years . . . or, perhaps, I don’t remember correctly and it’s too early for seeing lots of them. Also, because they’re not around much, they are difficult to photograph as they’ve yet to learn to trust me getting close.

Lastly, American Robins (LINK) . . . they and grackles make up the bulk of the bird activity in my yard and at my birdbaths . . . Hence, let me finish with a big gallery of them (some of the photos appear to be duplicates, but I assure you they are individual photos. The photos might look the same and hence redundant, but since I processed them, by golly, I’m going to include them . . .

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