A Gallery of Birds – Part I

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Here’s a gallery of birds, all captured in the past couple weeks, either in our campground or within five miles in local parks.  I’ve had no need to go any further for my birding fix!  😉

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Mourning Dove (Norm Schoenthal Island)

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Gray Catbird (Norm Schoenthal Island)

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American Robin (Riverfront Park)

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Blue Jay (Riverfront Park)

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Northern Flicker – Red-shafted male (Riverfront Park)

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Mallard – male juvenile (Riverfront Park)

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Cedar Waxwing (Norm Schoenthal Island)

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Canada Goose (Montana Audubon Center)

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American White Pelican (Riverfront Park)

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If you had to pick a favorite, which one would it be?  I always love hearing your choice!  😊

A “Part II” gallery of the smaller birds coming next!

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57 thoughts on “A Gallery of Birds – Part I

  1. Although the white pelican is the most unusual – i.e. I can see all of the others at our place – my favorite is the cedar waxwing. There is something so almost unreal about them. Thanks for sharing all!

    • Thank you, Susan! I do think the bold contrasts on the Cedar Waxwing are pretty impressive. Oh, if you do slip down to Blackwater NWR over the winter, you’ll see the White Pelicans that migrate there and hang out on Blackwater River. And, if you’re lucky during the spring/summer/fall, you might see the lone White Pelican that lives at Blackwater NWR year-round. It is injured and has survived at the refuge now for several years. 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Ellen! It’s been great! I’m sure the action will slow down soon, smoke is starting to haze the skies and drift in from the distant Montana & Wyoming wildfires. We’ll see!

        • We just relocated to Kalispell, MT, that’s our farthest west for this year. It’s in the high 80’s/low 90’s here but no humidity. When we arrived, it was smokey/hazy skies, but last night’s breezy winds were awesome, this morning we have clear blue skies! So far, there are no close fires here.

  2. That’s a lovely gallery, Donna! For me it would be the Gray Catbirds, and that Blue Jay. I’ve never seen a catbird, and we don’t have that Blue Jay out here. That one has lovely markings.

    • Thank you, Deborah! Oh, you would love the Gray Catbird meowing in your bushes!! 😃 This jay is striking, and I’ve captured your Stellar’s Jay. But I’ve not yet seen a Scrub-Jay. Someday!

  3. A lovely selection in your gallery Donna, I always love seeing your Blue Jay and your Flicker, but each bird holds its own unique beauty. Enjoy your weekend my friend 🙂

    • Thank you, Ashley! I always think of you when I see a Blue Jay. 😊 This one was the only shot I’ve gotten and they are all about….and so fast! I’ve had an awesome encounter with a flock of Flickers and am hoping to do a post just of them. Enjoy your weekend too, my friend!

  4. With your bird series I found out that your American Robin is quite different from our European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) 🙂
    Have a lovely day Donna 😉

  5. A beautiful gallery Donna, I especially love seeing the Cedar Waxwing and Northern Flicker 💚

  6. Northern Flicker would be my favourite – have seen it during visits to Cuba and Canada in the last 10 years but would love to see them again

    • Thank you, Don! This was my first in capturing the red-shafted flicker which is the western variety. Our eastern half of the U.S. has the yellow-shafted. Both are stunning in flight!!

  7. All wonderful captures, Donna! I love the Mallard photograph! But then I start looking at all the rest and I want to change my mind… It’s hard to pick a favorite!!

  8. Lovely pictures, Donna. Wherever you are, the weather is perfect for pictures! Thank you. 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ! I was totally amazed and surprised with all the birds in the Billings area, I’m sure a big part is the Yellowstone River that was bordering all my sweet birding spots, where no one else was at! 😊

  9. You provided an easy pick for me. The Flickers we saw when we first moved to Oregon… they were all over the orchard acting just like robins. The locals called them Mountain Robins. It took me a bit of sleuthing to figure out what they were. They launched my growing interest in birding.

    • Thank you!! I love Blue Jays and I’m amazed at how fast they are. They and cardinals are awesome sightings in the winter. 🙂 This flicker was part of either a flock or family of flickers. I was taking so many photos, I wasn’t sure. I saw two doing a mating dance, then another pair, a parent was feeding a juvenile. Busy, busy! 🙂 Posts on those forthcoming!

  10. Beautiful! Mourning doves are my favorites and catbirds a close second. 😊 That’s a great picture of the cedar waxwing — I don’t see them too often, and never out in the open like that.

    • Thank you, Barbara! I knew you would be picking the Mourning Dove, being a top fave of yours. 😊 The waxwings were quite a thrill for me as I don’t see them often, let alone get a photo; you’ll see another photo in Part III of a juvi waxwing begging.

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