I've started photographing the various birds that we see in the Front Range of Colorado. Many of these were photographed coming to the feeders on our cabin deck. It's hard to believe the variety of songbirds that pass through here at 9000 feet. I sat on the porch for an hour, watching these birds dart back and forth to our feeders. They are shy when we are out on the porch, and often perch atop the trees nearby. We have five hummingbird feeders around the house, and attract quite a flock of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, with occasional visits by the beautiful rust-colored Rufous Hummingbird.
We haven't seen this bird in several years. Used to see them every summer.
Look how much different this guy looks from the front. No sign of the yellow
drilling a hole in one of our logs to split a seed from the feeder.
This is the first image I've captured if this bird. We see fleeting glimpses of them every summer, but they are constantly moving.
The female is unremarkable when perched, shows a little color in flight. The male has yellow flecks in his red.
Notice the different black coloring on the heads.
Dad takes off, and junior soon follows.
No wonder they waddle, they step on their own feet on just about every step. Don't think they can see their feet.
Circling in for a landing
I never noticed the curly feathers on his tail before.
Stellar's Jay sitting on a post, all puffed up in the cold, with a strong wind blowing
Looking from the deck on the house where our cat was hanging out. The owl was looking intently at the cat while being harassed by jays.
Here you can see the blue markings
Turns his head the other way in the sun, and bright green appears.
This little female flew into our window at the cabin. We took it in, put in in a box with a towel to keep it warm. After an hour or so, it was ready to be released