Five On The Wire – #7

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Five more birds chillin’ on a wire.  Or at least metal.  🙂

The first two photos I discovered mulling through more of my “birds that need IDing” folder.  I found these two birds on a wire during a same shoot, had to work on IDing for this series, ha! 😏  I have quite a few angle shots of each of these and others (there seemed to be a family?).  I believe I’ve made positive ID on them, sharing my best shot of each one.

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Eastern Wood-Pewee #1

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If I’ve incorrectly identified either of these two as Eastern Wood-Pewees, please let me know!  (Both seen same day, same fence, September 2021 in Maryland.)

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Eastern Wood-Pewee #2

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These next three are those ‘metals’ I referred to in the beginning, counting as wire, ha!  The birds are too irresistible when perched so pretty on top of my feeders’ shepherd hooks.  Their blue background is shaded snow, all taken couple weeks ago.

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House Finch (male)

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Blue Jay

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Northern Cardinal (female)

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Weather:  we’re on the edge of the path of the powerful Nor’easter, Kenan; tonight’s forecast for us is 4-9 inches of snow and up to 40 mph winds, no worries for us.  And that’s nothing compared to the blizzard conditions expected for the Northeast/New England states and eastern Canada that’s in it’s path.  Prayers for everyone’s safety and warmth!

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Snow Geese Harmony

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Maybe chaotic harmony!  I love reviewing these shots of Snow Geese coming straight at me, both mesmerizing and “trippy”!  😁

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Snow Geese

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Snow Geese

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Snow Geese

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Snow Geese

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Snow Geese

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Are you dizzy and/or seeing white spots now?  🥴 😉

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1-2-3 Medium Bird Jubilee – #4

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Three more of my favorite shots to share in my series of three medium-sized bird species.  I am fortunate that these three hang out in my backyard quite often!

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Blue Jay
Length 9.8-11.8 in (25-30 cm)
Weight 2.5-3.5 oz (70-100 g)
Wingspan 13.4-16.9 in (34-43 cm)

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Northern Flicker, Yellow-shafted (female)
Length 11.0-12.2 in (28-31 cm)
Weight 3.9-5.6 oz (110-160 g)
Wingspan 16.5-20.1 in (42-51 cm)

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Northern Cardinal (male)
Length 8.3-9.1 in (21-23 cm)
Weight 1.5-1.7 oz (42-48 g)
Wingspan 9.8-12.2 in (25-31 cm)

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All three photos taken in my backyard, December 2021.

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1-2-3 Birds and Berries – #2

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Here’s the second post of my new series of three bird species that have the added bonus of berries (seeds) in the capture, whether around them…..or in their mouth!

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

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European Starling

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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Tundra Swan Fly-by

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How lucky to have a few Tundra Swans delight me in a close fly-by!

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Tundra Swan

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Wingspan 60-72 inches (152-183 cm)

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Gorgeous wingspan!

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While in flight, the Tundra Swan’s wings make a rhythmic humming or whistling sound that carries more than a mile.  It is believed this may help the birds communicate with each other. 

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1-2-3 Cute As Can Be – #11

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My little back yard cuties are such a delight.  If they only knew!  😉

Here are three more of my recent favorites.

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Downy Woodpecker (male)
Length 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
Weight 0.7-1.0 oz (21-28 g)
Wingspan 9.8-11.8 in (25-30 cm)

(photo taken in my back yard, December 2021)

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Yellow-rumped Warbler
Length 4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm)
Weight 0.4-0.5 oz (12-13 g)
Wingspan 7.5-9.1 in (19-23 cm)

(photo taken in my back yard, December 2021)

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Song Sparrow – check out those big feet!
Length 4.7-6.7 in (12-17 cm)
Weight 0.4-1.9 oz (12-53 g)
Wingspan 7.1-9.4 in (18-24 cm)

(photo taken in my back yard, October 2021)

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Five On The Wing – #24

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Let’s go flying with five different bird species!  Enjoy!

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Bald Eagle (immature)
Wingspan 69-90 inches (175-228 cm)

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Double-crested Cormorant
Wingspan 44-48 inches (112-122 cm)

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Snow Geese
Wingspan 55-59 inches (139-150 cm)

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Tundra Swans
Wingspan 60-72 inches (152-183 cm)

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Northern Harrier
Wingspan 40-46.5 inches (102-118 cm)

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Tundra Swans Ice Takeoff

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I was watching several birds from afar for a while, including several Tundra Swans spread out on the ice.  Everyone was resting, not a care in the world.  I was hoping for a swan takeoff.

And I almost missed it!  Looking elsewhere, I caught the movement out of the corner of my eye.  A pair were suddenly on the run across the ice.

Averaging about 3 feet tall, 13 to 20 pounds, with a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet, that’s a lot of bird to get in the air.

Here’s how they do it!  I stayed with them and took 10 photos for the airborne shot.

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Tundra Swans beginning their takeoff

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It takes a lot of distance….

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With a lot of wing strides…..

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And a lot of running…..

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To lift that body…..

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Into the air!

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Airborne!

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Photos taken 1/11/22 – Private Farm, Starr Rd., Queen Anne’s County, MD

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Leucistic Canada Geese

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Single sightings of a Greater White-fronted Goose mixed in with Canada Geese are reported around the mid-Atlantic; and it’d be a new lifer for me, so I’ve got this habit now of scanning flocks of Canada Geese.  🙂

Still no sighting for me, but two days ago when scanning, something different did catch my eye.  I did a u-turn and went back to investigate.

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Leucistic Canada Goose with its species

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I have never seen a white Canada Goose!  Last night, I searched the internet to read about leucistic and albino coloring.

Leucistic is a genetic change that keeps some or all of a bird’s feathers from getting their usual colors.  It happens in several species of birds.

Bird expert, David Sibley, wrote an article, “Abnormal Coloration in Birds”, that discussed in great detail the differences in leucistic versus albino that I found quite interesting for more in-depth understanding, you might too.  (click highlighted article to read, it will open in another window for you)

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Leucistic Canada Goose (normal Canada Goose behind it)

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Leucistic Canada Goose

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I was along a busy road so I rolled on.  Passing more of this huge flock, I saw another Canada Goose with just its head affected.  Another pullover!

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Leucistic Canada Goose? Possibly more like a hybrid Snow x Canada Goose

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I thought these were pretty cool to share.  Have you ever seen a leucistic Canada Goose?

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Another New Lifer

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Wowza!  Last night I stumbled on forgotten photos of a bird I took several of back in September that needed identifying.

I should have ID’d it 2-3 days sooner and my last post could have been “Five New Lifers”!  😁

Welcome to my bird lifer list #253 Blue Grosbeak!  🤗💃😊

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Blue Grosbeak (female) – My Lifer #253

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Another so-so photo, but I just had to throw it out there for my count!  😉

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