After my dumb luck photo of the tufted titmouse on the wing (previous post), I decided I would try to get deliberate photos of birds in flight. With a sunny afternoon, I sat on the back porch and focused on the sunflower feeder. Eventually, I decided a tripod would ease the task. I took about 300 photos (digital is wonderful!). It was a photographic learning experience. I kept about 20, and do not feel too embarrassed about sharing these three.
Evening Grosbeaks (male) - with a suggestion of a rivalry which will certainly be intensifying in the days to come ...
Purple Finch (female) and American Goldfinch (still molting into summer breeding attire - probably a male, since there is a hint of a black cap). No sexual rivalry here, but a limited number of perches on the feeder often leads to contests.