|Female Purple Finch|
Another bird more likely seen at bird feeders in the winter is the Red-Breasted Nuthatch. I've been hearing them do their clown-car-horn imitation in my yard since September 13th (early fall date in my yard 9/11/10), but today I got a couple of good views of them and had a chance to get some photos.
Yesterday I spotted a Merlin in my neighbor's Silver Maple tree. Lighting was about a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10. I was able to get a decent portrait of it with a drab background by cranking up the camera's sensitivity to ISO 2500.
I had a Wood Thrush in the yard yesterday morning, it took off as I started to point the camera at it. It was a new bird for my yardlist, number 119.
Trying to keep up with these birds of overlapping seasons is enough to make your head spin
|Head blurred at 1/125 second|