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Without further delay – BIRDS! trav
Today, pictures from valued commenter Albatrossity.
It’s fall, and if you are a birder, you are thrilled because of all the migrant birds right now. I thought it would be good, and perhaps perk up some spirits, to show some of the fall birds in my part of the galaxy (eastern KS, USA). I know that they give me a thrill to see them, photograph them, and know that we share the same planet with them. A lot of these are sparrows, a vastly underappreciated (IMHO) group of birds. Enjoy!
PS – In August some of my images from a trip to the Northern Great Plains were featured here (https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/08/01/on-the-road-and-in-your-backyard-11/). A essay that I wrote about that trip has been accepted for publication as one of their “Letters to America” in the online literary journal Terrain.org. If you are not familiar with it, it’s a great site, and worth a visit. Here’s the direct link to my piece – https://www.terrain.org/2017/guest-editorial/letter-to-america-rintoul/
Common fall migrant in these parts, a notorious skulker, but quite pretty if you can lure one into the open.
Female Northern Cardinal
A subtle beauty, and familiar to most folks who live in the eastern half of the continent. I love this picture because it shows her fancy, but subtle, red eyebrow.
Not a sparrow, but a finch, and quite abundant here some years. This seems to be one of those years!
Southbound view of a northbound Osprey
Fall and spring migrants in these parts, and always fun to watch.
Another common migrant and also a skulker, although they are easily coaxed into view by squeaking noises (aka pishing in birder lingo)
Yes, this is a sparrow, albeit a larger one. We have the Eastern Towhees here in the summer, but those head southeast and are replaced by these western birds in the fall and winter.
The prettiest sparrow in North America, I think, and if these guys don’t get you to appreciate sparrows, you need to stop reading about Trump and get outside more!
Thank you so much Albatrossity, do send us more when you can.
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