1-2-3 Medium Bird Jubilee – #1


I take too many bird photos.  There, I said. 😏  In case, you didn’t know.  😁

I’m enjoying doing my three-photo series that helps me share all my recent single favorites.  So here’s starting another post series of sharing three bird species.  This one is for those medium-sized birds that aren’t quite in the cute little birdie category.  They fall into the more beautiful grouping with their striking markings and colors.

Starting off with the American Robin.  I was trying for photos of them again this morning.  They come in a flock, landing in my trees to take a break, calling out, making sure everyone’s accounted for.  πŸ˜‰  I must be a rest area.  After a noisy bit, they’ll move on together, coming back another time and repeating above.


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American Robin
Length:  7.9-11.0 inches (20-28 cm)
Weight:  2.7-3.0 oz (77-85 g)
Wingspan:  12.2-15.8 inches (31-40 cm)


Every single morning a flock of European Starlings arrive to my junipers and feast for a while before flocking off to their day’s next stop.


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European Starling
Length:  7.9-9.1 inches (20-23 cm)
Weight:  2.1-3.4 oz (60-96 g)
Wingspan:  12.2-15.8 inches (31-40 cm)


It’s been a delight to still see the female Belted Kingfisher flying along or perched across our cove on a neighbor’s dock.  She’s a cutie; but when you see her size, she’s not so little compared to the two above.


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Belted Kingfisher (female, ID’d by the rusty belt)
Length:  11.0-13.8 inches (28-35 cm)
Weight:  4.9-6.0 oz (140-170 g)
Wingspan:  18.9-22.8 inches (48-58 cm)


50 thoughts on “1-2-3 Medium Bird Jubilee – #1

    • Thank you! I just commented this, each sunny morning I try to get more shots of the starlings’ iridescence, but they’ve outsmarted me and now flock to the other side of the junipers so I can’t see them. hehe

  1. Lovely captures Donna, yes it can be deceiving comparing photos for size of the bird, depending on the perspective and distance from the subject, and can be surprising as we have found when we actually see the bird in the wild and realize often how small it is. I use the leaf sizes to compare these days. I love your Kingfisher, the way it sits reminds me of our Kookaburra, which is the largest in their family.

  2. Nice collection. It’s always interesting seeing the color on the Starling in certain light. Thanks for the update on your father. Things must be stressful for him and you right now.

  3. Is it possible to take to many bird photos? News to me! πŸ˜‰
    I love your ideas for using your photos. Even when the birds are in the distance, your pics show their details so clearly.

  4. Absolutely perfect lighting for the shots, Donna. We have a different kind of weather now, kind of cold and gray. πŸ™‚

  5. Oh my goodness! I just LOVE all the colors in the top photo! That was going to be my favorite, until I saw the starling! That is an awesome bird! Ok, I can’t leave out the Kingfisher! He’s adorable! ❀ Love them all Donna!

    • Thank you, Cindy! You are right, many people don’t even see them. Now, I will say, if you’re near me, you’re gonna see and know about a bird sighting I’m seeing and excited about for sure when I call it out. πŸ˜‚

  6. β€œWhat’s too many?”, said any photographer.πŸ˜„ You always nail the focus on your images, Donna, along with your pleasing compositions. These three are stunners and I especially love the kingfisher. Such spirited, pretty bird.

  7. Haven’t figured out why, but our Kingfisher(s?) are extremely skittish. Even my sweetie has had little to no success catching any good shots. We DID however have a red-shouldered hawk land and pose nicely on the fencepost yesterday. Far too many shots were taken of him since he was quite cooperative. Seems we’re getting more raptors visiting. I fear for our quail covey… and they have become more cautious as well.

    • I always find Kingfishers skittish! This past weekend while grandson #1 was fishing at our dock, I heard “my” female, so we listened and then spotted & watched her zip around. He was fishing again Sunday and kept watching her, noticing where she kept flying into a clump of trees, so now I may know where her nesting area is. πŸ™‚

      I love hawks BUT not around my little birds either. I hope the raptors aren’t noticing your quail covey, glad they have good instinct to be more cautious!!

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