Friday, August 21, 2009

Good Birds

I'm almost never lucky enough to have my camera AND see a good bird at the same time, but this time I was. I hear Yellow-billed Cuckoos all the time but rarely get to see them. This little fellow was kind enough to pose for me in good light! I think this is such a typical Cuckoo pose don't you! A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was kind enough to show up.And well, you can't pass up a Blue Jay that gives you the "look"! Speaking of looking, my Hummingbirds are crazy wild right now. They have to defend the feeder against all others...cause...you know there just isn't enough food in there... ...NOT!These are just the toughest little guys. They make me smile everyday!

15 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I've never seen a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. It's a beaut!

Love that last hummer photo. I can see its little toes.

Carolynn said...

I love birds. They're like hearing God's laughter. I have a raucous band of seagulls that have been waking me up early every morning. Still...it beats a man-made alarm clock.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I've also never seen a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eve, nor a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. What a stunners! So thankful he posed just for you, eh? The hummers are going nuts here too, filling up their tanks for their autumnal trek south. They go through a feeder a day now. Not sure when they leave, but I'm sure gonna miss them.

Rural Rambler said...

Hey Sunny Side Up Eve! Good Morning. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo, very nice. It has been life in the birdie fast lane at our hummer feeders too. They are sucking them dry faster than I can fill them up!

dog trot farm said...

Eve, I've never even heard of a Cuckoo or Gnatcatcher. I really need to study up on birds I think I'm hopeless.Don't tell Jenny or Sharon. However, your blog always puts a smile on my face!

Tina said...

Oh I'm sooo jealous of that yellow-billed cuckoo picture..what great job you did of capturing him and he was doing his cuckoo pose for you!! Lucky you. I have chased a YBC all over the nature center grounds this summer.. trying to get a good shot..but to no avai..
Very nice catch, Eve!! and those hummer shots are perfect..I can never get use to how long those bills are..almost as big as the bird itself!!

Jenny said...

You must've been chuffed to get photos of the Cuckoo Evie, I know they can be so shy! And those Gnatcatchers never stop moving! I really wish we had hummers on this side of the puddle!!! (-: You make me smile every day! (-:

Steve B said...

ooooOOOOOOooo!

Leedra said...

Very nice post. It is so funny the way the Hummingbirds fight about the feeders when there is a whole quart in there.

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Roy said...

Love the little Hummers, Evie.

Mary said...

What a nice bunch of birds! I've never seen a Cuckoo of any kind. Neat!

Bird Girl said...

You have a ton of just great shots here, Eve! Love the cuckoo and those hummers!

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Awesome! Like you, I hear the Yellow-billed Cuckoo all the time- but rarely see them- and I never see them when I have the camera- they do a good job hiding in the top of trees. They are also called the "Rain Crow" down here in the South. Fantastic captures!

Shelley said...

That cuckoo is a cutie! never seen one before! And those hummingbirds are tough little guys! They are even buzzing my head while I refill their feeder!

Mary said...

What a wonderful header that is...LOL! We must have had our brains connected when we picked our headers :-)