Friday, May 10, 2013

Spring Colours At The Vermilon River

We've been in warm weather,25-28C, and have suddenly plunged to a freezing rain warning this morning with a cold weekend in store. Strangely, there are no insects (blackflies,mosquitoes) in the woods. This time of year I would normally be in gloves and netting. This post is long, so click and watch the slide show. Opposite: Evening Grosbeak with green beak, a summer change.

A post to:Id Rather Be Birdin,Our World Tuesday,and WBW.

Just a quick note on Boomer: He seems to do quite well on his home made food with the vitamin ,mineral supplement. If you're comtemplating home food, make sure you look at the web sites especially the one dealing with the change over.


Eastern Phoebe

Red Squirrel

Yellow Rumped Warbler.

Female Purple Finch


Northern Flicker Male

Male Purple Finch

Male Evening Grosbeak

Mourning Cloak

Eastern Phoebe

Red-winged Blackbird

Robin

The River has crested, but is still high.
White-throated Sparrow.


Female Purple Finch

Song Sparrow

Red Squirrel

Yellow Rumped Warbler.

Eastern Phoebe

White Throat

Female Purple Finch

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Back Female Blackbird

Male Purple Finch

Chickadee

 I think these two are a male and female Cowbird deep in a black spruce stand. I was shooting up the west side of the River using my 150-500mm, and should have  changed to the 70-300mm, a faster shooting lens more suitable to a lack of light in the stand.
The Evening Grosbeaks suddenly showed up at my feeders. Remember it's about 100 feet to the woods.



Wetland reflection

Male Northern Flicker.

Male Red-winged Blackbird calling.

Female Red-winged Blackbird.

Female Evening Grosbeak

Female Purple Finch

Showing his epaulet's

Grackle calling

Grackle

Blooms


Mourning Dove.

Male Purple Finch

Same

Red-winged Blackbird


Purple Finch

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Same

Red-winged Blackbird

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Eastern Phoebe

Pin Cherry Blooms

Raven Take Off

Red bark

There are still Redpolls here, probably the result of the weird weather.
Gull in flight.

Robin

Grackle in sun

Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird in sun

 Glare on the wetlands is another problem as shown here. The turtle's reflection is sharper than his actual image. The turtle is a midland red.
White-throat

Sparrow


Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped In flight.


Yellow-Rumped


Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

69 comments:

  1. I'm always amazed at the quality and quantity of your photographs.

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  2. Very beautiful photos for SWF!Cute birdies! Your photos of nature are always really good.Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

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  3. loved all the views of the purple finch as we don't get them here (or at least i've never seen them).

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  4. Gorgeous birds. Happy sky watching.

    My sky.

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  5. Beautiful birds, peaceful skies and great shots for the day, Hope you and Boomer have a great weekend!

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  6. A very nice and interesting bird fauna, you have a great nature.

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  7. another smorgasbord of beautiful birds and glad too that Boomer is going well on new diet. I especially liked the Phoebe

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  8. Love all the different shots of birds, some I have never seen before and the turtle, love the turtle shot.

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  9. An amazing series of shots. Love those blue skies.

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  10. Splendid set of pictures!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. Gorgeous photos of the birds! How did you command them to perch on the branch like these? :-(

    I love your turtle shot!

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  12. So many gorgeous birds!! You always have such a wonderful selection!

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  13. Great serie of photos!
    Allways interesting to visit Your blogg!

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  14. Gorgeous series of photos as always! Especially loved the golden colouring of the little grosbeak flecked with shadow!

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  15. Wow. That Evening grosbeak is really pretty. And your grackle in the sunlight...the photo capture shows off its beautiful iridescence. As always, great images Gary. And hope your best friend, Boomer, adjusts well and continues to do so with the 'new' food.

    By the way, the red squirrel is priceless.

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  16. I like the blue markings on the grackle. :) Great nature as usual.

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  17. Beautiful birds and gorgeous scenery. I love the reflections.

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  18. Beautiful bird collection. I had an Eastern Phoebe nest on our porch last summer...:)

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  19. Terrific variety of birds, and I always enjoying seeing the little red squirrels! Weird weather indeed, it snowed here yesterday!

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  20. I love that first bird, so bright and colorful. I hope our freezing weather is all past!

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  21. You always present so many different photos of beautiful birds. I love the squirrel! I have one in my garden and he likes to play with my dog.

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  22. Great series, Gary!
    I have enjoyed it very much...
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna :))

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  23. Hi Gary, this is a great series of nature photos, loved them all, thank you!

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  24. I admire your knowledge of animals and especially of birds. You know so many names! Have a great week walking with Boomer!

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  25. Yes, a magnificent collection of good shots!

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  26. Another great collection. The evening grosbeak is such a beautiful bird! BTW Gary, how old is Boomer?

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  27. Yesterday I saw a small hummingbird nest and a baby hummingbird inside, I tried to take a pic in vain :( I appreciate even more now the awesomeness of your photos :)

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  28. You live in the most wonderful place; I am catching up on posts and will be back tomorrow to look at both your latest in slide-show format.

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  29. Gary, awesome collection of birds photos. The Evening Grosbeak is one of my favorites.

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  30. Great series of shots Gary, glad Boomer is doing well.

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  31. Wow, fantastic photos of birds on trees. I particularly like the silhouette shot of the yellow wabler. You're lucky to be surrounded by magnificent nature.

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  32. Wonderful spring shots. I love to see the birds you shoot as well as the other wildlife and scenery.

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  33. Beautiful Birds!I have a lot come to my yard,but I don't know all the names. :)

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  34. Huge variety of great beauty around you, as always! Love the grackles.

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  35. What a pretty grackle with the blue ring. I can almost hear them all sing!

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  36. Dearest Gary,
    Wow, what beautiful pictures of with so many variety of birds♡♡♡
    I enjoyed enlarged ones very much.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  37. Great series Gary ... what an astonishing array of birdlife.

    Glad to hear that Boomer is responding well to the diet.

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  38. Love your post!
    Great photowork!

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  39. Great series of lovely birds! I like the redwinged blackbird a lot!
    Greetings Pia

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  40. The Male Evening Grosbeak is my favorite-but what a great set of pictures! Wonderful.

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  41. Nice to see you are getting lots more color. Those Evening Grosbeaks are beautiful.

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  42. A great series of photos with so many beautiful birds. I'm glad Boomer is doing OK.

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  43. Beautiful photos! We do get a lot of these birds here, too. However, I never tire of beautiful photos of them! Thank you!

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  44. Nice collection of birds! And so jealous that you have butterflies already!

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  45. An impressive photo essay, especially the turtle, grackle and landscapes.

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  46. Fabulous bird pics, and what a wonderful selection you have in your area.

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  47. Fabulous bird pics and love the tagline of your blog. Will be returning for more wildlife inspiration.

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  48. Fabulous bird pics, and what a wonderful selection you have in your area.

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  49. What a lovely series ...make me think how similar our birds are, how similar our walks are and how we enjoy the same things...I enjoy your blog style with lots of photos.Love the Grosbeak!

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  50. So much variety! Your post makes my day.

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  51. Simply superb shots! Love your bird captures.

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  52. Hi! Very ineresting post. It looks most ideal surroundings for birders.

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  53. Beautiful birds and many different types.
    Regards, Irma

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  54. As a 'foreigner' I'm not influenced by what of your birds might be common or what might be rare. I just find so many f them to look exotic! The spectacular ones here are the Evening Grossbeak, the Purple Finch, and the Red-winged Blackbird (all males, of course!). However, that Grackle, catching the sun is just amazing. All beautifully captured! Thank you for sharing.

    Best wishes to you and Boom.

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  55. Fantastic series of exciting birds, fun to see so many unknown species.

    Ottar

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  56. Loved the slide show but glad I paged through the photos afterward, or I'd have missed the turtle and his reflection, which is my favourite. Thanks, Gary!
    K

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  57. Lovely photo work Gary!
    I really enjoyed that wetland reflection - so still. :)
    Have a great week!

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  58. fabulous bird shots as always - love the turtle on the rock.
    Have a wonderful weekend ahead and thanks for stopping by my blog the other day.

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  59. Beautiful photos, Gary. Glad to hear Boomer is doing well on the new diet.

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  60. Spring has been very strange this year. We also had heat, then cold and now it's warm again. It feels like the warblers are arriving late...but that might be because I'm anxious to see them.

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  61. Wow to the Purple Finches, the Yellow-Rumped Warbler and those adorable Eastern Phoebes, not to forget the Red Squirrel, so cute

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  62. Beaautiful photos and what a lot of different birds, such lovely colours, each one as nice as the other.

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  63. Amazing photos! I think my fave is the raven taking off!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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