Three New Birds!


I hope you’re not getting tired of hearing but…..

I’ve photographed three more birds to add to my lifer list!  πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ


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Cliff Swallows collecting mud along the Yellowstone River (lifer #237)


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Cliff Swallows


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Bullock’s Oriole preening in our campground (lifer #238)


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Bullock’s Oriole preening in our campground


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Black-headed Grosbeak – female collecting berries (lifer #239)


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And her partner, Black-headed Grosbeak – male
(both seen on Norm Schoenthal Island)


I sure have enjoyed floating on Cloud 9 lately!  πŸ˜‰

I’ve got three galleries of birds coming up, all previously photographed, but to share the variety I’ve been so lucky to see and enjoy.


55 thoughts on “Three New Birds!

  1. A wonderful collection of lifer’s Donna, you are soooo blessed to see so many, we have missed seeing lifers for so long because we can not travel out of our city in lock-down.

  2. Wow! Very impressive! Thanks for sharing birds that I will probably never see in person – although I do think we saw cliff swallows on one of our western trips.

  3. Nice set of add! You got one on me with that Black-headed Grosbeak – hoping to tin one in our upcoming trip to SD, however, that bird has an uncanny ability to elude me whenever I go out after it.

  4. Wonderful sightings Donna, I’ve never seen cliff swallows before and it’s lovely to see them in action! πŸ’›

  5. Wow, Donna! You’re definitely on a roll! Congratulations! I love the picture of the Black-headed Grosbeak collecting berries, the way her feet are on two different twigs and her facial expression.

  6. That is great! I think you helped me identify a bird I saw while taking the park bus to the park a couple of years ago., the female black-headed Grosbeak. They might start that service up again this August. I sure hope so. I hope we can see the birds for the smoke. Lots of wild fires in B.C. and the smoke rolled in today.

    • Thank you, Jane! I hope your park bus does start back up by August and for autumn to bird. Montana is having a lot of wild fires too, none near us, but we are experiencing smoke-filled skies where we’re at now too brought in by winds.

  7. Great shots, Donna! The Cliff Swallows blend so well with their background. Almost didn’t see them. Happy you’re capturing so many birds. So please send me some of your luck hehe πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! That mud and the swallows really did blend in together, I could see fluttering across the water but wasn’t sure what until I used my lens & saw that white-spotted forehead. πŸ™‚ Sending some luck your way, so keep your eagle eye and trigger finger ready!! πŸ˜‰

  8. I’m sending my Congratulations for the new lifers, even when I don’t know if they have Internet in Cloud 9! πŸ™‚ Great captures, Donna. You’re on a roll now… πŸ™‚ 🍷

    • Thank you very much, HJ! I’ve been working hard on IDing on my own, trying to learn as I go. I can’t imagine getting many more, can that be possible? I’m so much further than I ever thought possible!! 😊

  9. Welcome to the West! ☺️ I’m a bit blasΓ© about the grosbeaks… they’re regulars at our diner. 😏 Didn’t get the greatest pics of a juvenile bald eagle who stopped at the creek below the house for a drink…. hoping Eric did better! But THAT was a thrill!!! πŸ€—

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