Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Picture Dump: Birds of Spring and Summer

I have already posted pictures of hummingbirds here and here. I also posted a couple pictures of both Red Wing Blackbirds and House Finches here.

Meadowlarks. Shot on March 18, 2014

For some odd reason, the second picture is a favorite of mine.

Scissortails. Shot on April 13, 2014

These were my first somewhat successful attempt to get pictures of these flighty birds.

Another Scissortail. Shot on May 31, 2014

Roadrunner. Shot on July 28, 2014

Cardinal babies. Shot on July 29, 2014

Cardinal baby. Shot on July 31, 2014

The parents of the cardinal babies. Shot on July 31, 2014

The last baby fledged from the nest in the afternoon on July 31, 2014.

I witnessed the event and it was ever so cool. It just bravely took off from a branch, sailed and did a slow fall to the ground. The baby could not quite fly; but, the Mama bird was anxious to get it moving.

It was one tired baby after it went across the entire back yard. (We have just over an acre of land). She hopped across barb wire fencing and attempted several times to get into the tree and finally managed to hop across the long thick grape vine branch and settled herself in the tree. Once she got to that spot, she refused to budge.