Sometimes I feel as though I don’t have an original thought in my brain. I see something really interesting on someone else’s blog and I have to do the same. Case in point, Jane at Small But Charming redid her blog header. And I liked it so much; I had to change mine, too. Monkey see, monkey do.
The little bird on the redbud tree is a Dark-eyed Junco. They, too, are sparrows like my Song and Savannah sparrows who come to the feeders (the LBJ’s), but these little sparrows only come when the weather turns cold. They breed in the coniferous forests of Canada and the mountains of the Northeast US in the summer. This is also one of the earliest times I’ve had juncos at the feeders. I generally don’t see them until the end of the year or so. Hopefully this isn’t a portent of a difficult winter ahead.
These are some of the most difficult birds to photograph. They are constantly in motion, hopping furiously from one place to another before I can get the camera focused in on them. Unlike the mourning dove that seems to love to pose, I get more snapshots of empty spaces where they used to be than useable pictures to post to the blog. I haven’t gotten the hang of panning with this camera, but maybe by next spring when it is time to put up the feeders, the bird pictures will come easier and clearer.
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