A Splendid Spring Day

We had a splendid spring day here in Western Kentucky. Started my day observing eagles one of my favorite winter subjects to observe. Decided to move on and try and catch some of the migrating birds.

Had some luck in catching migrators in the open. Catching one that I had never photographed locally the American Redstart. Surprisingly it appeared in the Chinese Chestnut in my backyard. Not remaining there long, I was sitting on the back porch steps listening to the sounds of spring. Snapped three shots and it was gone. A few seconds later a Baltimore Oriole made its appearance. This brilliant orange and black bird remained for the day. Later in the evening my “Little Woman” got to see it as well. I had quit feeding the birds a couple weeks back. But having some sunflower seed left over from planting in the wildflower patches I refilled the feeders. Wander if all the other birds around in the yard caused these two unusual migrators to stop by?

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American Redstart in photo above

 

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4 Responses to A Splendid Spring Day

  1. Mary S. says:

    What a beautiful selection of birds are stopping by to visit you! (And your photographs aren’t bad either! [meaning they are stunning as always and draw the eye to study and look at the beauty of them for a long time]).
    The birds generally look “young” as in perhaps looking for a first time mate to start offspring. Then again, I may be wrong on that; a guess on my part.
    Just a lovely variety of birds. No matter how “dull brown” some may be, even the brown ones have a beauty none of the others has; they all are especially pretty. Accompanied by their calls, it must have been a wonderful morning/day for you. MCS

    • Jim says:

      Mary S,
      Thank You. Many of the birds now in breeding plumage, one reason they truly are showing off their colors. Looking their best to attract a mate. Yes, a day to sit out on the porch steps and appreciate…

  2. I’ve never seen the redstart either. You got some great shots of it even if they were quick.
    I’ve also never seen a bluejay without a crest. I wonder if they can fold it down.
    That wood duck is as cute as a cartoon!

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