Hi nature lovers. Did you have a good weekend? Megan and I rounded out our Sunday with a trip to the OSU campus to watch the basketball buckeyes take on the Indiana Hoosiers. Well, we came away with a loss, but it was great fun watching people run all over the parking lot after the game was over. It was so cold and the wind was blowing so hard, people were just running everywhere to get to their cars. You just don't see people running like that every day.
Even though our backyard thermometer read 17 degrees and weather.com reported a wind chill of -6, I thought I would head into the backyard and try to get a few shots of the birds that frequent our backyard feeder. The yard was hopping today, presumably because of the cold weather! Cardinals, Carolina chickadees, and downy woodpeckers were feasting on the bounty that is black oil sunflower seeds.
For those of you that have watched my live bird webcam (see link on the right sidebar), here is your eye to Megan and I's backyard. I place sunflower seeds on the brick ledge below the camera, and the cardinals and house sparrows gobble these up within a day. Here's a shot of the ledge, the camera and a male northern cardinal.
And what was the web camera seeing at that very instant? Me and my camera. There I am in my bright orange coat. You can also see see the top portion of the male cardinal's head.
My position next to my neighbor's garage was an excellent shooting position. Even though I wasn't in the sun, I was sheltered from the flesh-numbing wind. Being in the shadows seemed to render me invisible to the birds, and they flew above me and into the crab apple tree without seeming to notice my presence.
This male downy woodpecker was extremely cooperative. What a beautiful creature. He was gathering seeds from the feeder and hammering away at the box-elder tree from which the feeder hangs.
A beautiful female cardinal and her partner alighted above me in the crabapple. The female cardinals are really starting to become my favorite birds to photograph, especially in the warm evening light of winter. Really, these birds are breathtaking and certainly under appreciated.
The male is always striking. This guy's crest was being held high by the winds.
As I downloading these pictures, sitting at my computer, I tried to keep one eye on my computer and one on my blog and one eye on the bird cam, but that can be almost impossible. The window is too high to see the feeder while I'm sitting at the feeder. Well, a female cardinal must have understood that I just wasn't done seeing birds for the day. As curious as I was with my camera, this girl landed on the thistle feeder I have attached to the window. She looked in, straight at me as I typed. I reached for the camera. Moving too quickly, she was spooked and flew away. I waited a few seconds and sure enough, she came back. I had the camera this time and I was able to get shots of her as she looked in at me. I'm sure she was thinking "wow, it really looks warm inside this nice brick house, maybe I can spend the night in there? Now...how do I get in?"
A beautiful and very birdy, albeit cold Sunday evening. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, we have a few more hours left!