well, I keep seeing more and more birds. I need to clean my windows today to help get some better pictures... but I should be getting some decent pictures soon, of the indigo bunting. There's a ton around lately, and they're visiting my feeder that's real close to the house. Beautiful birds they are. I saw the red-breasted grosbeak again the other day, and this time I had the chance to show my daughters.
Today, I saw a few more birds that I wasn't so familiar with. Only one out of the three am I sure what it was, thanks to my bird book.
The first bird I saw , I never got a good enough look at. It was flying around the grass along with the indigo buntings. It had a lot of red on it. I can only guess that it was a scarlet tanager, though I'm not sure. I'm hoping to see it again to get a better look at it.
The second bird I saw, I saw two. After seeing both I could tell which was the male. They both had some streaks on their breast and a little yellow area back near the start of their tail. But the second one I saw also had a yellow spot on the side. After looking it up, I determined it's a yellow rumped warbler. It's not found here in summer or winter. It's winter habitat is south of here and its summer habitat is north of here. Either it's a little out of its range or it is simply passing through, which is most likely.
The third bird I saw, I'm not sure what it was. It was mostly black with a reddish brownish color on the sides and on the back. It's a bird I know somewhere in my head... I've seen it in a picture somewhere but I just can't place it. There's a few birds in my book that look similar, but I'm waiting to see it again to get a better look.
Hmm... While typing this out I saw one of those orioles at the top of our walnut tree. Too far away to get a good picture, or so I thought. I was sitting here thinking, it sure would be nice to have a better zoom on this camera... like a super zoom. The optical zoom on this camera is 10x, which is pretty nice... but for stuff that far away, it isn't amazing. So, just to try it out I turned up the digital zoom on top of it. Before I clicked, the picture was HORRIBLY pixelated. But after I snapped it, it didn't look half bad. If I have time later I'll try to get some pictures on here. I just LOVE watching these birds.