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Steve Foss

Backyard buddies (8 pics)

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Hey all:

It was such a nice day finally that I spent an hour in the back yard. Just plopped down on the ground near the feeder and waited for the birds to come back.

And they did.

All with the Canon 30D, Canon 400 f5.6L, monopod, iso400, various shutter speeds at f5.6

Exactly where you'd expect to find an American tree sparrow, in an American tree

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Pine siskin back for the summer

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Eastern chipmunk chillin' in the warm

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Male rusty blackbird poised to dive

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Dark-eyed junco, a study in earth tones

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Such a handsomely dressed chipping sparrow

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White-throated sparrow on guard

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Fleas on a cowbird?

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Seven different bird species in an hour. I could only hope for that in my backyard. Looks like a very relaxing hour. Very Nice.

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Nice work as always Steve, the junco shot stands out though in a group very nice shots.

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I like the color on the blackbird, looks like purple coming out to me.

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Great set Steve!! I like the Pine Siskin the most. I don't think I've seen that many different species at my feeders.. ever!!

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The Junco is the hands down winner for me (thats if you were taking a pole) You already know all the reasons I like it. grin.gif;\)

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Thanks, everybody.

Buzzy, I knew you'd like my bird-on-a-stick shot the best. It was the one perch I engineered today (stuck a long stick in the dirt 30 feet in front of the brush background). grin.gifgrin.gif

While sitting on my butt in the grass, I also had grackles, red-winged blackbirds, white-crowned sparrows and a savannah sparrow but couldn't get good images of those. We had a lone male common redpoll at the feeder this morning. I also heard but did not see evening grosbeaks and house finches. Spring is busting out all over.

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Buzzy, I knew you'd like my bird-on-a-stick shot the best. It was the one perch I engineered today (stuck a long stick in the dirt 30 feet in front of the brush background).

You can take that money to Vegas and double it. grin.gif

Now I want to see some with nice colored buds and flowering bushes in the near future young man. ;\)

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Now I want to see some with nice colored buds and flowering bushes in the near future young man. ;\)

Not really my thing, bubba. But I ended up with a few of those last year, so it could happen yet! grin.gifgrin.gif

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 Originally Posted By: stfcatfish
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Now I want to see some with nice colored buds and flowering bushes in the near future young man. ;\)

Not really my thing, bubba. But I ended up with a few of those last year, so it could happen yet! grin.gifgrin.gif

Use the force, young Skywalker... \:D

You can do it....

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All very nice, I like the chipmunk the best.

I need to start looking closer at sparrows, I didn't know there were so many types locally.

Thanks

DMN

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