Little Bird Bonanza at Blackwater NWR

My last post featured the start of the autumn colors from my visit to Blackwater NWR on November 4.  Here’s the start of the bird side from that same visit, along with a couple captures from my October 28 visit.

This post will feature the little birds.  The little adorable ones that flit & flicker, dash & dart, jump & jet.  Basically playing the games “peek-a-boo” and “catch me if you can” with anyone who dares to watch them.

These photos are the little birds that gave me a brief, splitting moment to capture their beauty.

First and foremost, I’ll start with a lifer to add to my list.  In the woods with both sunlight and shade, I was working too fast and both over & underexposed my shots.  But after cleaning up the photos enough to confirm ID, I can now finally add the Brown Creeper.  <happy dance>  My count is now 171, with a photo of each bird species in the wild to confirm.  For an amateur bird photographer, I don’t think that’s half bad, and I have much fun doing it.

Here’s that new lifer, the Brown Creeper.  Beg pardon on the graininess…

 

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Brown Creeper

 

Brown Creeper

 

 

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Brown Creeper

 

 

Brown Creeper

 

 

And here are the other little birds captured during the two visits.

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Savannah Sparrow

 

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Song Sparrow

 

 

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Field Sparrow

 

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Immature White-crowned Sparrow
(Thank you everyone for your ID help!)

 

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

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White-breasted Nuthatch

 

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Dark-eyed Junco

 

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Eastern Phoebe

 

Eastern Phoebe

 

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Eastern Phoebe

 

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Blue Jay

 

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American Goldfinch

 

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American Goldfinch at the golden hour

 

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

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Yellow-rumped Warbler
(nicknamed “Butter-butt” as you can see why)

 

What fun it was with the challenge these little birds provide!

Next will be a quick post on butterflies and then the bigger birds from the same two visits.

 

 

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