Scarlet Tanager, Hairy Woodpeckers, American Goldfinch

I sat outside for a while tonight until the bugs started getting to me (they seem to bite when I’m taking a photo). The birds are around but they’re relatively quiet. I was excited when I saw this Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) – sorry about the fuzzy photo:

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These woodpeckers are Hairy Woodpeckers (Picoides villosus). Thanks Susan! Sorry again about the fuzzy photos:

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Here’s a female American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) in the Rose of Sharon:

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The rabbit is getting bigger:

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I enjoyed watching a bee collecting pollen from the petunia flowers:

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The bee backing himself out of the petunia:

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The male and female Northern Cardinal flew through the yard tonight. I captured the male Northern Cardinal:

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It was really good to be outside again to watch nature, except for the biting bugs.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Gets Native
    Jul 28, 2006 @ 23:51:21

    Arrggh! You have tanagers!
    Even though they are around, I have yet to see one in person.

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  2. p
    Jul 29, 2006 @ 07:49:09

    I was so excited about actually seeing a scarlet tanager – I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before! He didn’t stay for very long – I only got two photos, the other one was fuzzier than this one.
    Do you know what the Woodpecker is?

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  3. Susan Gets Native
    Jul 29, 2006 @ 22:53:15

    Pam: I would have to say Hairy Woodpeckers. Downy’s look very similar and are more common, but as far as I can gauge from these lovely photos ๐Ÿ™‚ they are Hairy’s. Good catch!

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  4. p
    Jul 30, 2006 @ 08:56:34

    Hairy Woodpeckers! Thank you so much for your help Susan!

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  5. Susan Gets Native
    Jul 30, 2006 @ 21:12:28

    Hope you didn’t take offense at my ribbing you about the fuzzy pictures…I have absolutely NO room to talk.
    ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. p
    Jul 30, 2006 @ 21:23:44

    OMG no Susan! I really appreciate all of the help you give me identifying birds and bugs and everything! I know I stink at the photos – I wish I knew how to put the camera on a tripod and at the same time follow these birds around the yard and at the same time get clear photos. I can picture myself picking up the tripod every other second and scaring all of the birds away.

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