Monday, 20 June 2011

Birding in Michigan

Despite my daughters dogs I have managed to catch a few birds at the bird feeder and in the grounds all within 50 yards of the house. The drawback has been that most of the birds are on the ground.

I suppose that I have to show the Michigan State bird first:

American Robin
This frequent visitor to the bird feeder is more colourful than the British Jay:

Blue Jay
The most brightly coloured visitor is this red bird

I'd really like to get better pictures of the Cardinal and the Red Winged Blackbirds but I cannot get close enough:

Red Winged Blackbirds
The picture does not do them justice they look much better in flight..

My last shot is of a bird on top of its nest box.

Tree Swallow
It has young birds in the nest which have no feathers at all at this stage. We don't have tree swallows in the UK; our swallows would not use a nest box like this


Christine H. said...

I wish we had cardinals out west, but I will have to be satisfied with your photo instead - that and the Western Tanagers that occasionally come to the bird bath.

L. D. Burgus said...

Great shots. Michigan birds and Iowa birds are all the same. I hope your weather dries out soon for you.