The birds in my yard seem a little more patient with me than usual this spring. Some even seem to be posing tolerantly to allow me to get better-than-my-normal photos of them. (I have no special set-up for photographing birds or anything else - no blinds or special long lenses. I don't even use a tripod, just a handheld zoom telephoto lens which I point and shoot as I walk around.)
Here are a couple not-so-common yard photos of relatively common spring birds from the last week or two....
For the last week, I've noticed up to a dozen flickers feeding in the prairie each morning when I walk with the dogs. I didn't think they were a migratory species, but I've come to realize that they are. Each winter I see a couple hanging around occasionally, but then in the spring I see larger groups that are especially noticeable in burned areas. Funny to realize that this "woodpecker" is a ground feeder, particularly enjoying ants!
Eastern meadowlarks are common around here, but fairly wary about actually being approached closely. Most of my meadowlark photos therefore show tiny birds, seemingly far off in the distance.
I am often able to get okay photos of red-bellied woodpeckers at my feeders, but I was particularly pleased to get this shot of a red-bellied female in the top of a tall cottonwood in our draw, even if it is a rather distant view.
Each year brings a different cast of characters that pose for my camera. This year is certainly off to a whiz-bang start!