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mole Feb 1, 2016 8:37 PM

Snow Birds
 
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Snowy days are great for watching our common songbirds - they are so busy with the business of survival, that it's easier to sneak up on them! Here's a blue jay checking out the leftovers under a bird feederů

mole Feb 1, 2016 8:38 PM

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Mr. cardinal sure does stand out in the snow!

mole Feb 1, 2016 8:38 PM

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Here's a tufted titmouse waiting for his turn at the bird feeder.

mole Feb 1, 2016 8:39 PM

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White throated sparrow says, "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy!" (All fluffed out against the cold).

mole Feb 1, 2016 8:40 PM

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Perhaps the sparrow was waiting for his turn at the berry bushes. Privet is an invasive exotic species here in East Tennessee, and you can see how well the birds carry its seeds to new locations!

mole Feb 1, 2016 8:41 PM

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Speaking of berries, one of our native vines is an excellent source of winter food for birds, and for small mammals. Poison Ivy berries are high in calories and fat, perfect for winter survival. Here's a flicker snacking on the berries.

mole Feb 1, 2016 8:42 PM

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And a sapsucker feasting nearby in the Poison Ivy thicket. (Definitely NOT good food for humans!)

mole Feb 1, 2016 8:43 PM

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Hope you enjoyed these few glimpses of winter "bird country," and thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions!

conor Feb 3, 2016 10:04 AM

Outstanding shots, Mole! There's a wonderful softness to the shots yet the detail is still maintained. Any processing?

Also, there's interesting bokeh (almost linear, vertically) in the white throated sparrow shot, is that simply the background texture?

My only critique would be the crop in a few of them - When the bird is busy, I like seeing them in the middle of frame, but when they're posing (the last shot and the 3 of the sparrow as examples), I'd prefer to see them further off centre, looking into the empty side of the frame. Of course, this is just what my eye prefers :)

Thanks for sharing!

hnikesch Feb 5, 2016 9:03 AM

All fluffed up for the cold, Great shots Mole


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