Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Recent Feeder Arrivals

I have been able to add three new species to my October Yard Bird list within the past couple of days. This one above, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, arrived yesterday and I did a post on it for Ruby Tuesday which can be found below this post.
This little Red- breasted Nuthatch was a very welcome sight a couple of days ago but it is proving to be very elusive! I have only this one photo although I did see it again yesterday, but the sighting was only for a second before it darted away again from sight.
I wonder how many can figure out what species this bird is if I don't tell you? Why I ask is that the first time I had seen one, about eight or so years ago, I didn't have a clue and had a difficult time figuring it out. I've been waiting for this species to show up so I could put it on my October Yard List count for they often stop by each fall en route to more southerly locations. Its a female Red-winged Blackbird and it really doesn't carry many look-a-like clues to its male counterpart does it?
And then what yard report would be complete with another mention of my four footed friend, the White-tailed Deer. I noticed it visiting again yesterday as I glanced out the windows looking over our back garden area.

It was back and it had spied the berries of the Mountain Ash tree.

See the red berries in its mouth!

25 comments:

bobbie said...

The female redwing is certainly well camouflaged, isn't she? And very pretty.

Ruth said...

Our winter Red-breasted nuthatches have returned and are quite unafraid of us. They love the peanut feeder and stay put for up to a minute at a time. I have never had your other birds (or deer) in my yard!

gina said...

wonderful shots. i have a lot of trouble trying to capture birds with my camera...they refuse to sit still for me! lol

Mary said...

I wish I could add a few new birds to my list! Those female red-wings are confusing and so is the female cowbird. Love the deer and the berries in its mouth...wow! It's a very pretty deer and posing so nicely for you!

Mary said...

Great carved pumpkins! Such talent! We just had some in the local paper carved by local artists and I'm amazed at what the talented can do with a pumpkin! I never was a good pumpkin carver. Happy Halloween!

Pia K said...

Adorable pics, that red berry munching deer has such a sweet face. Have a good RT!

Leora said...

Your top photo is an absolutely fabulous shot! Such energy, all that ruffling of wings. I love the deer nibbling at the bottom, too.

kjpweb said...

Great - and actually - the cool the males look with their red orange markings - overall I like the look of the female Red Winged Blackbird better!
Cheers, Klaus

Dianne said...

oh the deer is so wonderful!!

what a great shot with the berries in his mouth

Deborah godin said...

That little deer eating berries is so sweet-faced, so gentle and ...dare I say it...doe-eyed (hee hee)

A Portland Backyard said...

How cool! They are excellent photos! Nice job on adding 3 new birds, too. 3 and 1/2 days left...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great pictures,especially the Pine Siskin in flight.That is not an easy picture to get.

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

How great that the deer decided to munch on some red berries for Ruby Tuesday! I'll bet you had to pay extra for that. (Just kidding, of course.)

I never would have guessed that was a female red-winged blackbird. Thanks for the lesson.

Mare said...

Your header with last year's carvings is great. You must have put a lot of time into those details. And the birds are spectacular.

Becky and Gary said...

That deer is so cute with the berries in her mouth. Such a good catch I've seen female RW-blackbirds many times, and each time I seem to wonder for a moment what it is.They just look so different.

Leedra said...

The last deer photo looks like she is talking to you.

Rambling Woods said...

Wonderful heading Ann..very creative .... I had two birds show up this week and confused me. I finally figured out that it was a female RWBB and a juve male RWBB..Had me confused. Love the deer too...Michelle..

Rambling Woods said...

Forgot to add that I had a little red breasted nuthatch last fall for a while and he or she was so fast that all I have are blurry photos. You did much better than I did...

Michele Wassell said...

Great blog... Nice photos.. :)

dolittle's daughter said...

Cool header shot. Love the pumpkins. I wonder what they will do this year ...

me ann my camera said...

dolittle:
What ever it is they do its always amazing!!

2sweetnsaxy said...

You certainly got some great visitors in your yard, especially that deer! Nice shots!! :-)

Jeanne said...

Beautiful shots. Love the deer!

Gretchen said...

Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them!

amy said...

That is so much fun to see a deer outside your window. Not many people can witness such lucky things.