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The camera we have overlooking a bird feeder on the picnic table always returns lots of photos, most of them are unexceptional but every now and again we see something of note.  Ginger Boy is often close by – wondering where all the birds have gone.  I was struck by the juxtaposition of these photos and decided to share.

 

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Random Wildlife

More Red-breasted Grosbeaks.  The lighting was pretty tough when this was snapped, the area behind the shaded table was brightly lit by the sun, and these cameras don’t boast a great dynamic range.  I managed to improve the details a bit in post processing, mostly by cropping out most of the over-exposed area.

Random Wildlife – Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Random Wildlife

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Tidbits

20151231_152309 (1600x1060)Ginger taste tests the doggies’ chow.  Mrs J has a recipe she’s been using to add a little flavor to the regular dry fare.DSC_1916 (2)I’ve always liked this photo of a cardinal and her wingman swooping by a feeder on a bright day against a snowy background.DSC_1637 (1600x1060)Here are those pressure cooker baked beans.  I’ve added some bbq sauce and ketchup because the original beans were a tad dry.  They accompany a sammich of ham salad on dark rye.DSC_2587 (1600x1060)Here’s a whole flock of cardinals, attracted by a pile of seed on the ground.DSC_2637 (1600x1060)And several bluejays take their turn.DSC_1649 (1600x1060)A pretty good tasting chicken noodle soup I made up today to use up a few chicken thighs I did up in a confit the other day.  Mrs J tells me she likes hominy so there is some in there today.DSC_1640 (1600x1060)Here are those chicken thighs I mentioned, with yellow rice and steamed broccoli.  I have the legs quarters and breast of a medium sized turkey salted down, I’ll do a confit with them tomorrow.  All the rest of that turkey is simmering in my stockpot this afternoon.DSC_2731Moar bluejays!

Random Wildlife – Egret

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Birds Eating Frozen Crab Apples

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DSC_5131 (1600x1060)We’ve been seeing plenty of Cardinals, Starlings, and Robins and I’ve been hoping for Cedar Waxwings but they haven’t shown up yet, at least so far as I’ve noticed.DSC_5152 (1600x1060)The Starlings tend to take the dried fruits to the closest ice free platform to pick them apart.  I suppose that’s smart because they can easily get to the parts that would fall to the ground, otherwise.  The closest snow free spot to the tree is the roof edge right under the window and that makes my cats crazy.DSC_5166 (1600x1060)

DSC_5156 (1600x1060)Synchronized apple eating!  Cardinals pick the apples apart but these Robins scarf them down whole.DSC_5147 (1600x1060)

DSC_2586Here are a couple of Cedar Waxwings from a past winter’s feast.

Sunflower Buffet

DSC_4729 (1600x1060)I noticed a Goldfinch working a sunflower yesterday so I grabbed a few shots.  I realized a little later that the flower he is on is the same one I photographed a week ago:DSC_4698 (1600x1060)Those sunflower have been a real gold mine over the years, providing some of my all time favorite photographs, like this winter shot of finches gleaning from the dry bones of the previous season’s crop:DSC_3274_Snapseed [1600x1200]I can easily understand why finches love these flowers, the seeds are a great source of food for them.  I bet this hummingbird was disappointed, though:DSC_9944 [1024x768]

Early Birds

DSC_4674 (1600x1060)Mr and Mrs Goldfinch arrive early at the sunflower buffet, hoping to beat the rush.

More Owl

DSC_4149 [1600x1060]There was a bit of drama earlier.  This fellow chased another big bird out of the yard.  I’m not sure what it was, Mrs J thought it was a hawk.  I didn’t get a clear view.  I am half expecting the resident songbirds to mob him but they have been mostly absent aside from a few finches.  We have a good number of crows in the general area and a noisy bunch of jays are usually around.  No idea where they all are these days.