Last weekend I was thrilled to capture an image of this Yellow-throated Warbler.
It's not a frequent visitor to our feeders. I did find a backyard photo I took a few years ago of this bright and vibrant bird.
It took some research to positively identify. I knew with all that yellow and black and white pattern that it was not the more regular Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Yesterday I spotted both a Baltimore Oriole and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker using the feeders at the same time. Wish I had gotten a photo of that too!
|Female Brown-headed Cowbird|
I like the facial expression of this female cowbird. It's staring at me I think!
|Female Brown-headed Cowbird|
Here's a more benign shot of the female Brown-headed Cowbird. I've been seeing the males too of this species.
I've been spotting a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on a few occasions this winter. I took this photo today. I love its red head and throat and black streaks along its head and eyes.
You can see its yellow belly in this shot too.
Closeup of the Sapscucker. Not perfectly clear but I really wanted to capture its eyes or in this case one eye.
I like this image with the head turned the way it is. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, for years, have come to a small dead tree in my backyard. But the easy food at the feeders has got to be a nice draw. Certainly a lot less work for this lovely and colorful bird.
Last weekend we had another visit from Baltimore Oriole. This is a rare visit indeed. I only got this one shot, taken from inside the house, through a window.
The Sapsucker was at the feeder the same time. Now that would have been a great photo capture!
|Belted Kingfisher and a Juvy Little Blue Heron|
A few found golf balls are the only sign left of what used to be there. Not sure what's going on with the expansive property but there is no new development or works in progress on it.
Meantime, it is a neat place to visit on occasion. The birding and other animal sightings can be good. In this picture, a Belted Kingfisher is on the top branch and below it is a juvenile Little Blue Heron.
Belted Kingfishers remain one of my favorite birds due to their size, colors, poofed up crown feathers and boisterous behavior.
|Little Blue Heron (juvenile)|
Little Blue Heron- Juvenile. Interesting bird in that it starts out white and turns black and gray as it gets older.
Green Heron- another favorite bird of mine!
YRB- Yellow-rumped Warbler
I'm pretty sure I've seen this little one before. Need to research it some to correctly identify.
Savannah Sparrow! Thanks to Jay who just helped me via Facebook's Carolina Birders Photo Sharing Group. This is a great site and widely used and followed in North and South Carolina.
There were a number of smaller birds in the weeds, in the shrubs, bushes and trees.
This one, I'm pretty sure is a Chipping Sparrow.
Another Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Here you get the idea where "butter butt" gets its name- the yellow coloring on the backside of the Yellow-rumped Warbler.
This YRW shows flexibility in how its claws and legs can go sideways to better perch on vertical branches and limps.
In Photoshop I had to do a lot of brightening to reveal this bird as an Eastern Bluebird.
Another processed shot from that sequence.
One final bird shot as we finished our visit: a Northern Mockingbird with an expression that says glad you are finally leaving!
It's a rich habitat for birds and other wildlife. It was when it was a golf course and is even more so now that it has been devoid of much human activity for years now.
Several creeks and other small waterways attract lots of critters.
The Ashley River is nearby too adding to the natural setting. A rope hangs from a strong branch, providing some fun for adventuresome kids, young or young at heart.