Feathers of Four

Here are four more birds I recently photographed at Prime Hook NWR.

First up, a Greater Yellowlegs – you can see why they got their name. These medium to large shorebirds are common and widespread; but with their tendency to breed in unpleasant, mosquito-ridden bogs & swamps, it makes the Greater Yellowlegs one of the least-studied shorebirds on the North American continent.

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Greater Yellowlegs


Next, a Downy Woodpecker – a fairly small woodpecker at 5-7 inches in length, found across the United States year round.  The male has a red spot on its head.  I found a female.

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Downy Woodpecker (female)


Next, a Brown Thrasher.  These birds are accomplished songsters that may sing more than 1,100 different song types and include imitations of other birds.

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And finally, a Savannah Sparrow.  There are many subspecies of the Savannah Sparrow across the United States.  Similar in all are the yellow patch by the eye, small head, and short tail.

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Savannah Sparrow


With the busy holidays approaching, everyone please be safe in your travels!


30 thoughts on “Feathers of Four

  1. Love your shots of very interesting birds we never see. Your shots are so clear and give such a beautiful appreviation of these birds. Your Brown Thrasher is stunning.

  2. Thanks for my bird fix. Come January, I will truly be missing my birds along the Gulf Coast, BUT already have my RV reservation for 2019!

    • You’re welcome, Ingrid! Oh, by 2019, things hopefully will have come ‘back to a norm’ along the Texas Gulf Coast for the birds. Their adaptive ways and resilience are strong…..and for sure, they love their Aransas NWR home for the winter! 🙂

    • Thanks Ellen! I followed the Thrasher for a little while, trying to walk down a path he was foraging along. He just kept running & staying ahead of me, yet I only got the one great shot with his eye. He wasn’t in the posing mood, lol. I finally got past him to give him back his space!

  3. I was wondering why it is called Savannah Sparrow, and I discovered that ‘name comes from Savannah, Georgia, where one of the first specimens of this bird was collected’. Interesting.

    • You are correct, Cornell. And most likely, the Savannah Sparrow was discovered during its fall/winter migration to Georgia, as it is not a year-round bird in that area. It breeds much farther north in the United States and Canada in spring and summer.

  4. Once again some awesome photographs of these feathers! We plan to have our travels over with by the end of this week and then settle in for some relaxing time! Perhaps catch some more colorful sunsets.

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