Saturday, May 29, 2010

Camera Critter #112

Spring is a great time of the year for birds. I have seen more 'new' birds in my yard this year, than I have in the past five years.

Last Sunday, I was returning from my morning breakfast treat, when I heard a strange sound in a nearby tree. I looked towards the sound and from a distance, thought I was looking at a Baltimore Oriole.

So, once again, I run into the house, grab my camera and lift it to my eye. Alas, it wasn't a Baltimore Oriole (which would have been a very rare bird for this area), but a bird I had never seen before...a Black-headed Grosbeak.

I have been with other people who have seen one, but each time they call out the bird, by the time I turn to see it, the bird has flown and I missed my chance to add this species to my life list.

But it is on the list now. 8v)

One thing about this bird...its bill has either been injured or a disease affected it. It is not the normal bill of the Black-headed Grosbeak.

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6 comments:

CherylK said...

Nice photo...it's belly almost looks like a robin, I think. We have had grosbeaks and I have a photo of one on my Flickr photostream and it has a black head but it's called a rose-breasted grosbeak.

Misty Dawn said...

It really is a neat looking bird! I love the markings on its wings.

Hootin' Anni said...

absolutely beautiful.

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ksdoolittle said...

OOOH, lucky you!! I wouldn't mind adding one to my life list! What a nice surprise! ~karen

Mama Zen said...

Nice capture!

Greyscale Territory said...

Fascinating little guy with unusual colour tones! Great shot!