Beau August 5th, 2009
The birds have been very active lately, or maybe I have- but they seem to be more energetic around the trees and forests. Preparing for winter? I almost had a perfect shot of an Indigo Bunting the other day- it flew off right before I pushed the shutter on the camera. And the camera’s been acting up lately too- which is no surprise since I’ve dropped it, left it out in the rain, and often carry it around on the tractor. Now I’m not sure if it’s the lens or the camera itself, so I’ll be checking that out a bit this month. Forgive the fuzzy shots now and then while I try out some less expensive camera options too!
I caught this male goldfinch sneaking sunflower seeds by the house. They come by once or twice a day, determined to get all the seeds from our larger sunflowers.
Last night I took a picture of these three barn swallow fledglings. There was a fourth that fell out of the nest and, well… lets just say I found feathers around the house and a “who me?” look on the cat’s face. But I’ve been waiting for these three to leave for the past week and this morning they were gone!
That makes it the second batch of barn swallows from this one nest- so that makes seven fledged birds from this one, and 3-4 each from two other nests. About 13-15 young barn swallows just around our house this year. I like to think they keep the bugs down, and it’s fun to watch them zooming by as I cut the grass.