Sunday, February 27, 2011
Red polls - new visitors
Unfortunately the program on my computer that allows me to at least crop or zoom in on photos isn't working - no big surprise there since technology doesn't love me... so I can't really show you how sweet these birds really are. Lovely burgundy heads on the males and lots of striping on their vests. The goldfinch gang still have lots of subdued colouring, not their bright finery of mating yet... though some have begun to look more like spring is on its way.
In the second photo you can easily see the goldfinch hanging onto the pole that holds the feeder, with a red poll on the feeder and its little burgundy cap quite visible, the second red poll has its back to the camera - camera shy or just busy getting seeds? And I'm not sure what kind of bird is perched on top.
Some of the red polls had lovely rosy vests as well. Welcome little visitors indeed. They are first timers to my feeders.
And this morning I didn't have time to get my camera to capture the murder of crows and ravens flying overhead. (I was letting the dogs out at the time.) I have four ravens with distinctive calls that hang about - and they greeted me on their way northward with about half a dozen crows. I've never seen so many flying together, usually the crows are dive bombing the ravens, but this was an obviously happy group flying together. I just never know what I'm going to see outside my doors. Makes living here such fun.