Enjoying Common Birds Before the Migrants Show
Now is the time to take one last look at the birds that have gotten us through the winter. Both the birds that stick around all year and those that visit from more northern climes are soon to be overshadowed by those feckless feathered fops from the south. I know I will be carefully tracking the arrivals and getting excited about them but, like Nate, it is unlikely that I will notice when I see my last Dark-eyed Junco before it disappears to head back to its breeding grounds.
Before the tanagers and the hummingbirds and the flycatchers and the wood-warblers – oh yes, the wood-warblers – arrive I thought that it would be nice to look at a few shots of common birds from the last couple of weeks. It seems only fair to give them their moment before we all forget they exist as we go nuts over the neotropical migrants.
All of the birds in this post were digiscoped with my Swarovski STS 80HD connected to my Canon EOS 50D by a Swarovski DCA adapter.
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata (click for a bigger version)
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea