Monday, April 20, 2009

Backyard Birds, April 19

In between rain showers on Sunday, I tried to grab a few bird photos.
Adult male Purple Martin, posing just right.

Tree Swallow pair seems to have decided on a gourd this year, rather than a wooden nest box.

I heard a familiar song, repeated couplets, and found this bird. At the very tippy-top of the tallest tree, this picture isn't the greatest, but I hope you recognize the Brown Thrasher by his classic silhouette. He is my FOS (First Of Season) Brown Thrasher of 2009.

I know you know this guy,
Red-winged Blackbird, male

but do you know this one?Red-winged Blackbird, female

Newer birders are often confused by female red-wingeds. They really don't look much like the males at all, and the fact that the two migrate on different timetables add to the problem. The boys return to their breeding grounds first, to establish their territories, and the girls come along later. Yesterday was the first day I have seen females.

3 comments:

Lynne said...

The female Red-winged Blackbirds aren't here yet. They're really kind of pretty. I like the peacht wash on their heads.

Kathiesbirds said...

I love the tree swallows. I've been tricked by the female Redwings before and I am still waiting for my Purple martins to return!

Lisa said...

So is that considered a M-SBJ(medium-sized brown job)?

(verification word = ounitima. Isn't that a Greek dish?)