Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Some Birds of the Vermilon River. A Post to WBW.

Tree Sparrow
 I was initially going to call this post "favourites of mine", but I soon realized that all the animals or birds that I see become favourites of mine. I suppose I glory in nature. I was also going to call it " Sparrows of the Vermilon", but I hold that one until the wild sunflowers, smaller than the domestic variety, in my garden go to seed. They're growing now and will soon be ready. When they're ready, I bait the whole area with seeds and see what shows up. Last year I got a great collection of sparrows, and I hope it works again this year. So that explains my current title.

Having said that here is a selection of sparrows.
Tree Sparrow.

Tree Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow.

Whit-throated Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow Signing his Heart Out.

Male Goldfinch.
The Dark-eyed Junco should be with the sparrows as he is actually a sparrow. They've left me now and moved further north to the boreal forest.

Dark-eyed Junco
As I said earlier I have seen more Yellow-rumped Warblers this year, and this fellow is perservering in a wind storm, singing nevertheless.
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Male Purple Finch.

Robin
I never tire of the Robin who wakes Boom & I in the morning. I think this fellow looks especially majestic.

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Certainly this Grackle looks slightly mad.

 The Buffleheads below are new to me. They're named "Bufflehead" Because the male's head is reminiscent of a buffalo head.


 I put this post together in the new dashboard format that Blogger/Google is so proud of. It then disappears and I have to go to the old format, post a blank, and call up this post and delete the blank. Isn't Google a marvel??



A Post to WBW @ http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com.

Female Bufflehead.

Male Bufflehead.

35 comments:

  1. they're all beauties. and i love those tree sparrow shots the best!

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  2. Nice post Gary - love the robin and grackle!

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  3. The grackle cracks me up. They always look like they carry a grudge against the world.

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  4. All great shots. My sparrows are STILL feeding their grown young. Fun to watch since the young make such a racket to be fed even though they are flying to my feeders. Will they ever leave the parents think! LOL

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  5. Great shots of all the birds. I have to say, you really know those little guys. I still can't tell the sparrows and warblers apart.

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  6. Fascinating Pictures.
    It has been delightful
    to visit your gallery.
    Good Creations

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  7. Very nice photo series Gary!

    My World Bird Wednesday post: Hummingbird Elegance

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  8. Forget the title Gary these wonderful birds and your images of them say it all...
    "Beautiful Wildlife"

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  9. They are all wonderful shots. Very nice! You have quite a variety of birds there.

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  10. Great selection of birds. I like the two of the sparrow best. Good detail. Your other link today did not open for me...

    Carolina Mts

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  11. Nice shots Gary...I always enjoy the sparrows when they come around my neck of the woods...Glad you got thru the Google trap.

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  12. Lovely bird photos, we have just about all of those birds here in my part on Ontario.

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  13. Great post and photos! I love all the different sparrows.

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  14. very nice series, Gary, I have a few Junco's coming to our camp feeder, (Bigwater campground)
    classed as a boreal forest, I believe!

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  15. That's a great collection of bird shots, Gary. And I love your opening sentence about each bird and animal you see being your favourite. I think I'm the same...LOL.

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  16. great shots Gary. Love the shots of the buffleheads. :)

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  17. Hi there - great set of shots. I like the dark eyed junco - I remember see one in a car park once - I'd have to look up where it was. I had no idea at all what it was. The local birders were helpful - but only after they had stopped laughing!

    Cheers Stewart M - Australia

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  18. Great portfolio! The layout makes them look like baseball cards!

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  19. Loved the buffleheads and the song sparrow living up to his name. Great series.

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  20. Gary, You sure have a diverse number of sparrows in your area. Sweet captures!
    I don't like the new Blogger Posting Format.:(

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  21. Great shots again Gary. That purple finch really stands out in the crowd!

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  22. A great series of photos. It's interesting to see the variety of sparrows.

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  23. All your bird photos are great, but I have to say the tree sparrows are exceptional in their clarity...only if that damn branch wasn't in the way. Oh I know all to well about in-the-way branches and leaves. Well done.

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  24. What a nice series of some of your "favorites" Gary! I love to hear the Robin and Song Sparrow.

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  25. A magnificent collection Gary! I see you have quite the variety of sparrows. That iridescent Grackle is gorgeous!

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  26. Great shots Gary! The detail amazing! ;-)WBW

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  27. Marvellous series of great variety of birds, Gary!

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  28. A real treat to see such a variety of "Canadian" birds up close and personal here! Sparrows are such little sweeties, I find, and robins irrepresibly cheerful with their chirping song. I find it a treat to catch sight of golden finches at a certain time of the year here in New Brunswick, flying in to feed and move on elsewhere, I guess. Gackles are seriously under-rated--they are really quite beautiful.

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  29. You have such a beautiful variety there!
    Lovely photos!

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  30. Wonderful images... I've not seen some of these birds myself but maybe they don't live around here. I'm especially fond of the Tree Sparrow and Yellow-rumped Warbler images... and the Dark-eyed Junco! The last is a bird that visits my garden in winter and I have tried, tried and tried again to get a decent image... VERY hard to capture in my garden! (thanks for dropping by to view my Mallard images, taken while traveling in Sweden)

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  31. It's interesting that birds by the same name here in the NE are often shaded just a wee bit differently. I noticed you didn't post any shots of my least favorite noise-maker, the English House Sparrow. Pretty but annoyingly chatty.

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