Flock of Newbies

I photographed a few birds that I’m familiar with while at Lake Greenwood, South Carolina (as my last post of the Great Blue Heron); but I also photographed several newbies.  Most are land birds as I call them.  Living around tidal waters, I don’t see too many land birds.

It’s exciting to share these.  What a challenge they are, I love it!  I have also found a new respect for those of you who photograph land birds.  🙂  They are small, they are flighty, they are fast.  And they can be very hard to identify since I’m still learning.  So PLEASE, if I’ve identified one incorrectly, let me know!  I am here to learn as well as share.

Because they are newbies, some of the photos just may not be so great.  Just another challenge for me to replace them some day with a better capture.  🙂

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole – Male

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole – Male

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Lift-Off!

Lift-Off!

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Common Loon

Broad-Winged Hawk

Broad-Winged Hawk

Yellow Warbler? (flight photo next)

Orchard Oriole – Female

Orchard Oriole – Female

Need help with this ID - Summer Tanager or House Finch?

Need help with this ID – Summer Tanager or House Finch?  (sorry poor photo, he was so far up in the tree)                                     (The consensus so far is it is a House Finch)

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallows

Tree Swallows

Always great to add to my photographed bird list!
Thanks for any ID help, now and in the future is appreciated.

27 thoughts on “Flock of Newbies

  1. Hi, Donna. I think you got some great ‘first’ photos. The little ones are fun aren’t they? I’m not sure about your yellow bird – also, too unsure to name it, though my first reaction is a female of a species… let me check my field guides and I’ll get back to you. As for the red bird, he looks too all over red for a house finch, though that could be the early morning sunlight… hmmm… just love those I.D. mysteries!

    • The ID mysteries are mind-boggling, lol. I spent more time looking up and trying my best to ID than doing the post. On the red bird, he seemed too small really for a house finch but it kept coming up as a possibility. Always appreciate your help, thanks Judy!

  2. I think that you’ve done well with your “land bird” photos, I’m especially jealous of your brown thrashers! They typically are very shy birds that stay well hidden. Catching one in the open is rare.

    However, your yellow warbler is something other than a yellow warbler, but I’m not familiar with southern birds, so I can’t help you with the ID. Yellow warblers have small, pointed, black beaks.

    • Thanks Jerry! The brown thrasher was all over the place high in the trees behind leaves just as you said, I could hear about where he was with his loud singing. Got many hide & seek shots, lol. Later on, I could not believe that while trying to photograph some bluebirds, the brown thrasher landed right in front of me on the fence. 🙂

      I felt the beak wasn’t quite right on the yellow bird for a warbler but I was grasping at that point with a big question mark. HJ’s comment below said a female orchard oriole and I missed the connection since I photographed a male orchard oriole around the same time. Thanks always for your help and knowledge, Jerry!

  3. Great job on your bird photos!! I’m not sure what the yellow bird is, but it don’t think it’s a yellow warbler, the beak looks different than the warblers and it seems a little larger. You might have a House Finch photo, but I’m not clear on that one either. Hopefully someone with more birding experience can help you figure this out. Keep it up Donna, I love all your photos! Joleen

    • Thanks Joleen! I had a feeling the beak wasn’t right for a warbler but I just told Jerry above I was grasping, lol. It’s a female orchard oriole, probably the mate to he male I photographed at the same time, I missed the connection. I think the red bird was a bit too large for a house finch, but the lighting was throwing me off. IDing can be so difficult! 🙂 Thanks again Joleen for your help!

  4. Hi Donna, I believe the yellow bird is an Orchard Oriole and the red one is a House Finch. Your bird list is getting longer day by day! 🙂

    • I agree HJ, thanks so much on the Orchard Oriole! I did miss the connection with the male in the area as well. I wasn’t so sure on the House Finch but the beak looked right. I see them at home daily but hadn’t seen any there in South Carolina but that one. Go figure! lol Thanks for expertise!! 🙂

  5. Oh, light-lit swallows are very nice, as well as the hawk and moon. That may be a purple finch, I saw a purple finch yesterday at a friend’s. look like they have been dipped in raspberry juice.They have more red than a house finch, although the house finch outside is getting redder. The yellow bird looks like a female yellow warbler to me, but could be a female Orchard Oriole-can’t make out the wings. The male is bang-on breeding colour..Sounds like you are hooked, time to go to the library or buy a field guide or two…I enjoyed the photos, thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks so much Jane, I’ll look further into the purple finch, I’ve not seen one of them before. I think we’ve got the yellow bird as a female Orchard Oriole which I missed on IDing and connecting with the male one in the area. Duh! 🙂 Oh what fun it is in identifying, thank goodness with all of us out there, someone’s bound to know. On my guides, I have five! And then there’s the grand internet. Still can be so difficult, but also fun and challenging.

  7. Not 100% sure but the unidentified one looks like a House finch. Excellent shots.. 🙂
    One good Turn deserves another, as my dad says.. 😉

  8. I just heard the loon –Christmas morning
    I also have been hearing a hawk with a young one I think
    Saw the hawk this am–no pictures but maybe red tail
    Thanks for your photos
    Have a happy holiday

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