Somebody liked the last post, about the Moorhens.
Momma Moorhen, Malmesbury, England.
In their honor, the tompostpile went through about 5,000 pictures looking for more birds.
Sometimes we found but traces…..
Windtossed gullfeather at dunetoe.
Which came first, the feather or the egg?
On Gail’s window at spring equinox time, an egg stands on end.
Looking through the images, I learned that I don’t actually take very many pictures of birds.
Bird but notbird. Pick-a-duck at the Agricultural Society Annual Cattle Show and Fair
But there are enough to make a post.
Maybe even two or three posts, particularly if I’ll go digging into the Costa Rica Archives.
Just after seeing those Malmesbury Moorhens, we saw this English robin.
Malmesbury robin. The robin is the unofficial “national bird” of England. It is said to be fond of fruitcake, which means that I will never truly understand what makes this bird tick.
Another water bird is the loon.
Loon on a lake, Vermont.
Yet another, the swan.
Grooming swans at the head of the Great Pond.
South of the Great Pond is the long stretch of South Beach — where the gulls are.
The heavy equipment tracks are from the excavator down the beach about a half mile. It’s there to open Tisbury Great Pond to the sea.
On this same beach, six months later, we saw snowy owls.
Resting snowy owl, shore of Chilmark Pond, Chilmark, MA, winter of 2013-2014. Snowy owls live in the far north, but from time to time, large numbers of them move south in the winter. Last winter was one of those winters. This winter may be another such, as these birds started arriving again about a month ago.
Another predatory bird is the red tailed hawk, who crows detest and will harass.
Crow hassles hawk in spruce on School Street, Woods Hole, MA.
Roofridge crows keep watch, Montpelier, VT.
Closer to ground, a pair of cedar waxwings.
Cedar waxwings near Trunk River, Quissett, MA.
Birds cruise the ground, too.
Feral turkey forages under bird feeder, West Tisbury.
Nearby forages a wren.
Loud, cheerful and cheeky are apt descriptors for these high-personality birds.
Above wren and turkey, at the feeder, a cardinal eats and scatters seeds below.
Young male cardinal at the bird feeder.
The bird feeder is a popular place at our house, come wintertime.
A chickadee checks for sunflower seeds.
Another visitor, blurred almost beyond recognition, stops by for a meal.
A hungry bird makes a landing.
We end, repeating a motif from the post’s first photos — feathers.
Flicker feathers atop bamboo leaves.