Tuesday, November 08, 2011

2 OMG Birds

Two birds in the "omigosh" category caught my breath over the weekend.

Saturday in old farmland outside of Philly, Eastern Bluebird (sky blue above and rich earth below) provided OMG moments ...

Eastern Bluebird
At least six Eastern Bluebirds were feeding in a field, often in a watch and strike manner ...


The way they continually returned to the bird house, including checking its inside, makes me think that this may have been mom and dad with the kids they raised here ...


Sunday along the Wissahickon River in Fairmount Park, there were dozens of wintering Wood Ducks ...

Wood Duck - drake and two hens
In N.A., the plumage of the drake Wood Duck is only rivaled by the Harlequin Duck. For sheer flashiness, I tip the scale toward the Woodie ...

Wood Duck - drake
"Only" five Woodies in this photo, but many more in larger and smaller groups were up and down the river ...

Wood Duck - 2 drakes & 3 hens
Good Birding!!

5 comments:

Chatterbirds said...

Although the rarity of Harlequins makes them more exciting than Wood Ducks, I also agree that Wood Ducks are flashier.

Laurence and Maria Butler said...

Stunning birds and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

Kelly said...

...I would have said "omigosh!" too! :-)

OpposableChums said...

Woodies (and Cedar Waxwings) are what I show non-birders in field guides to get them excited; "No, these things ain't in Asia or the Amazon, they're in YOUR backyard.". Worth, at least, a raised eyebrow, every time.

Julie G. said...

Glorious sights! Beautiful images!

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