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Old Mar 11, 2013, 6:18 PM   #1
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East Tennessee weather has been vacillating between winter and spring for a few weeks now. Here are some "feathery images" from some of the more spring-like days.

First a few from around the yard. Our bluejays are so bold around other birds (and neighborhood cats, etc), but very shy around humans. This one was under the bird feeder, and not too fond of the photographer lurking under a nearby bush...
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Tufted Titmouse is another bird that seems rather intolerant of humans. But this one was "waiting in line" for some birdseed, and had to put up with the person nearby, or else lose his place in line.
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On the other hand, our White Throated Sparrows are not at all shy of people, and will sing their sweet whistle-song very "up close & personal!"
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And the House Finches (not native here in East Tennessee, but widely established) are bold as can be. As for most birds, the male is more colorful than the female.
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Let's leave the bird feeder and head down to the sunny lake shore! Still working to get a decent photo of one of our grebes... This one is an OK photo of a Pied-Billed Grebe...
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And we can always count on our tolerant young GB Herons for some easy snapshots. Was surprised how well the BIF shots came out - despite my slow old reflexes...
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Last year's berry crop is just about gone, and no new berries for about a month. So the Mockingbirds are desperately guarding the last few dregs...
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Our native Woodpeckers all seem to enjoy the early-season sunshine. Here's a Flicker perched high to catch the early sun, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker working a sunny snag, and a Downy Woodpecker up high in a Crossvine branch (can you see his tongue? Wonder why he was licking the vine?)
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Hope you enjoyed this sunny bright day full of common East Tennessee birds, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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Really like this set, especially grebe (knowing how hard it can be to get a picture of one). But all of them are good, that little Titmouse is just too cute.
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