porches + pastimes | late spring birds

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Here are a few birds + a chipmunk we saw this afternoon from the porch!

We also had the pleasure an uncommon sighting—a pileated woodpecker was spotted this morning just past 8:30am scaling the side of one of the large pine tree skyscrapers in our yard.  The bird was massive in size + ranks among the largest field birds in North America.  We typically see downy + red-bellied woodpeckers as well as the occasional hawk here, but this was just unbelieveable.

We had just been looking at the bird book, when my oldest pointed + asked about the very same bird.  I had moments earlier told her we would rarely see that woodpecker (did you know there are quite a few types of this bird?!).  She seemed disappointed but only for a second, + then I heard the unmistakable cry which led me directly to the front door.  I could not believe my eyes.  The same bird we had just put a finger on in the book was now perched 50 yards from us—what luck!!  It persisted to look around for food, flying + perching all around the trees branches + bark, despite it’s large frame.  We saw the same bird later that afternoon + I only wish I could have had my camera in-hand.

Here’s a snapshot of the bird in our birding book:
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Despite my luck, I was able to capture a few others who seemed to be in constant motion meanwhile.  Take a look at a few attempts to capture these stunning songbirds!

a male cardinal:

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american robin:

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a juvenile eastern bluebird; a favorite around here lately, as their feathers are starting to turn bright blue it is a sight equal parts bizzarre + beautiful!

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a young chipping sparrow; these little guys are wonderfully colored with a distinct look, don’t you think?  I love his little cap!

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our state bird, the thrasher:

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+ last, our spritely eastern chipmunk; also loves diet mountain dew (if you know, you know)

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That’s all for now.  As you may have noticed, our camera’s zoom lens is not the best choice for this sort of thing, however I did manage to snap these from our front porch!  While I’d love to share more images like these, I don’t plan on investing in a telephoto lens anytime soon.

I will continue to share sightings as I am able.  Do you notice the birds in your yard?  Do you ever take time to identify them with your kids?  I find it is such a cool way to observe + learn more about the nature that surrounds us everywhere + everyday, otherwise unnoticed.  As my brother likes to say, “NEATure”!

from our porch to yours

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