Sunday, January 28, 2007
Backyard visitors, again
With a few more centimetres of snow overnight, and temperatures finally dipping down to where they should be at this time of winter, the bird feeders in the back yard are getting some attention from a few birds that are a bit more interesting than the run-of-the-mill starlings, doves and sparrows that I'm always complaining about.
Here, proving once again that shooting with a short zoom lens through a dirty window never works well (but thank goodness I actually got the white balance right this time!), are a couple of shots of the Dark-Eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis, a slightly nervous but generally friendly little finch with a pretty ivory-coloured beak and a couple of trendy white tailfeathers that flash while it flies. There were half a dozen or so of them hanging around the yard today.
I didn't get any good shots of their friend the Goldfinch, who doesn't seem to have figured out that all of his friends migrated south a long time ago. He's toughing it out, dressed in his most handsome winter drab. Brave little guy.