New Feathered-Friends’ Captures

Due to time constraints, I’m actually still overwhelmed with several of my ‘regular’ bird species’ photos that I really want to share; but as all birders know, new photo captures are more exciting to share because they’re exciting to the birder to add to their ‘count’ of species.  🙂  When I started this blog, it was dedicated to chronicling the life of our osprey pair located 150 feet from my balcony.  But with our Oliver & Olivia a no-show this season (so disappointing!), my daily ‘osprey’ time has diminished, allowing my eyes to open wider to the other birds and wildlife that live during the osprey season around our Oyster Cove community.

With the world of blogging, I’ve ‘met’ many birder bloggers who track their species & have awesome counts, ranging from annual lists, to lifer lists, to specific area lists, and more!  These great birders have piqued my curiosity and have me wondering just how many have I sighted and captured?  Obviously, no where near my friends, but I’ve got to start somewhere, right?  So I’ve decided to jump on the bird bandwagon to create two lists, one for my captures within Oyster Cove, and another one for my lifer list.  Soon I’ll post those numbers with a photo page to show my pathetic count, which will make me work harder to sight new ones and increase those numbers!   😉

First, if I have identified a bird incorrectly, please PLEASE correct me!  I’ll be the first to thank you!  I am indeed a beginning amateur with birds and rely heavily on books, the web, and fellow bloggers’ photos and postings; so I do try my best, but know I can and will make mistakes.

So back to new birds for my lists!  In the last couple weeks, I’ve captured four species within Oyster Cove that I’ve not photographed before.  The first one is a Grey Catbird who was perched over by the marina early one morning during my ‘loop’.

Grey Catbird

Also by the marina but during the evening of another day, I had a  Rock Dove fly by me and land on power lines above, with an eye still on me.

Rock Dove

Rock Dove

Rock Dove

My third is of the Cooper’s Hawk, who flew out in front of me from over the roof while I was on my balcony.  I was actually photographing an eagle off to my left (later post!) when the hawk appeared.  He was being chased & harassed by a black bird.  I only got three quick shots, with my next ‘best’ one not so great, and minus the blackbird.  But it counts, right?!!

Cooper’s Hawk

My fourth is the American Goldfinch, which I also captured from my balcony early Saturday morning.  Two males and a female flew towards me from CBEC across the water and landed just below me.  I’ll admit my first dozen shots were terrible because I was so excited and was shooting hand-held so they were blurry-city!  I tried to settle down and did manage to get a few goods ones.  The first shot is a male who was the ‘outsider’ in the threesome.

American Goldfinch (male) – the ‘outsider’

American Goldfinches (two males, one female) – Far left male is the ‘outsider’

American Goldfinches – the male ‘outsider’ decides to try & impress the female, which doesn’t work, so he flies off.

American Goldfinches (female & male ) – the love birds

Finally, not a bird photo but I thought cute to share.  I’ve watched this gal and her dog jet-ski many times last summer around Marshy Creek from my balcony, and this past weekend they were out for the beginning of another season of fun.  The dog really does seem to enjoy it, and I get a kick out of watching them.  You should see them do circles!!  And for the record, I’ve never seen them fall off, the girl does not get crazy as some jet-skiers do.

Jet-Skiing Dog and buddy

So those were four new birds for my lists.  I hope you enjoyed them and the jet-skiing dog, and as always thanks for stopping by!   🙂

29 thoughts on “New Feathered-Friends’ Captures

  1. The Cooper’s hawk is really pretty. Love that picture with his wings so widespread. Wonder if he is as big as an osprey. The Goldfinches are so cute!! Such a beautiful little bird with outstanding markings in black and white. Very dramatic!!! Beautiful photos with the green contrast colors. You sure have a great eye for what would make an interesting picture. Do all these animals just jump out in front of you and perform? 🙂

    • Thanks Terry, he is! I’m learning constantly now on birds, and I actually first thought he was a mockingbird who I’ve see in that tree but then I saw him up=close in my lens, and was OH BOY!

    • They are fascinating, I wish when I were younger I had discovered the interest in birds and nature I have now and pursued a career in one of the fields of nature! You and I do love the personalities of birds and they’re behavior! 🙂

  2. Great shots, its amazing that new birds to your area are common birds in other places. it would be the equivilant of me finding an Osprey in Tennessee..:-)

  3. Catbirds are so chatty and dapper with their little caps. Fun birds — unless you happen to be another bird whose nest a catbird has laid its eggs in. 🙂 Amazing how birds have adapted so many different nesting behaviors.
    Enjoy compiling your birding lists.

  4. I’m finding it hard to move beyond beginning birding. I have learned my backyard birds, and I have had luck spotting water birds, but despite spending quite a bit of time in forests, I don’t typically spot them there. I am also in awe of people who can recognize birds who basically look like silhouettes flying overhead.

    I loved your photos and your story. As you name and publish photos of birds near you, perhaps I’ll learn to identify a few new ones.

    • I too have walked in woods and cannot spot them very well, I have respect for those who do and their keen eye! We’ll learn together! Thanks Deb, happy birding during your beautiful treks in Ohio!

  5. Very nice graphic report, Donna. The variety opens up more space for dialog and conversation. 🙂

  6. Great collection, Donna. I find that by keeping my lists it gives me incentive to try to find more, and it forces me to use my bird guides, thus educating me even more. Plus it makes more a game of it. 🙂 My own “life list” is at 246, not great, but it is a thrill whenever I can add one.

    • Thanks Bob, that’s exactly my quest, to learn more about the birds around me, while having fun with it. Your life list of 246 is absolutely stunning, what an accomplishment!

  7. Welcome to the club … what a great start and you live in a fantastic area to add species quickly. Good luck and if your ever really troubled with an ID just hollar and I’d be happy to help! Tom

    • Thanks Tom! Love your quest and finds, I’m always excited for you when you share a new one, and it’s always of a bird I’ve never seen, so that is pretty cool! Appreciate your help always!

  8. Another nice series, Donna. The Gray Catbirds and Am Goldfinches have made their return to the northern Rockies, too. And lately I’ve found a few of them to capture. Not sure what resources you are using for identifying birds, but a couple years ago I found You can search for birds by their markings, shape, bill, etc. And if you still can’t figure it out, they have a great forum where you can post pictures of your unidentified bird and get some help. It is a really friendly bunch (actually, a lot of teenagers) and a well-managed site. By the way, didn’t we call rock doves, pigeons when we were kids?

  9. Donna, really great shots and maybe a blessing in disguise that our Osprey have receded into the background this year. Have you noticed what I think might be a piping plover or sanderling (I am not good with the ID’s) out near the Oyster Cove gate and near the sidewalk by the swimming pool lately? I see her on the ground, sometimes near the exit by Lippincott and the other day she was near the pool sidewalk. I believe they lay their eggs on the pavement as they match the stones. Take a look and maybe you can add to your list! I’d love to know what she is.

    • Check out my last post on the Killdeers, that’s who you’re seeing. 🙂 There are two babies now scurrying around, I saw them yesterday morning around the gate at Lippincotts. I didn’t see them this morning or last night, but they’re there, see if you can spot them, they are so darn cute!

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