After my success with pictures of a Robin and Song Sparrow a few days ago, I headed out on the morning after our snowstorm to see if I could get more bird pix. I could hear a lot of birds calling, so I was hoping some of them would be close and co-operative. Didn't happen, pretty poor pictures, but I did successfully document several other species. Given that there was 6-8" of snow I was still pleased.
I thought these were just Chickadees. All the birds just looked black through the camera against the white sky. It wasn't until I started editing these on the computer that I caught the flash of blue and took a closer look. They're a pair of Bluebirds, in the middle of our snowstorm - astonishing!
We also had a Song Sparrow at the feeder! I've never seen a Song Sparrow at a feeder, but there was a pair of them searching for nibbles.
Tramping through the deep snow after digging out my winter boots again, I walked around the corner where there was a loud flock of Red-wing Blackbirds that have been back for some time. Now these were definitely just black birds against the white sky, and they are all males, who return first. But you can see a small yellowy flash on the wing of the first bird above.
I had also heard a lot of Blue Jays, but they stayed at a distance for any pictures.
Some of the Goldfinch at the feeders are turning bright yellow.
And a few days ago we had a pair of Mourning Doves on the ground under the feeder, but they haven't been back.
Then I finally got a picture of a Turkey Vulture circling over the white landscape. This is the usual view of them, a shallow black 'V' shape high in the sky.
They rarely flap their wings, just soaring endlessly, but in today's harsh northern winds, this vulture was flapping those huge wings frequently. And it dropped down quite closely over my head. I was pleased with this picture. That's the best I can do for a few critters just now. Expecting this snow to be all gone in two days with our rocketing temperatures!