Monday, June 12, 2006

Name That Bird!

"Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel free to delight in whatever remains to them?"

-Rose Kennedy

With all the time I have been spending at home this year, I have decided to set up a tripod permanently in the garden to photograph the birds, and hopefully some butterflies this autumn. I bought two different bird feeders last week, one specifically for Hummingbirds, and one for miscellaneous wild birds. Yesterday (Sunday) was the best day for watching them so far, but because the weather has been so cold and windy, there weren't as many coming by as usual. Nice variety though. Lots of Hummingbirds, Blue Jays, California Song Birds, and of course, there were some Robins.

I need to stop by Barnes & Noble, on Shattuck avenue,this week and pick up a book on birds native to the area. I found the pretty little bird, in the photo below, down at the marina. I am not sure what it is...look familiar to anyone? If you have an idea of what it might be, leave me a comment. I will probably head back to the marina later in the week, hopefully there will be some clouds to provide a little natural shading, I had a problem with my photos being washed out last week. I have big plans later in the week, she said with fingers crossed, so I need to spend a few days at home to get ready for it. If I get the proper rest, my Fibromyalgia is a lot easier to manage. If all goes well, I will be able to make it down to Pacific Grove by the end of the week. :) There are some awesome photo ops along the 17 mile drive. So wish me luck!

Note: This is a Round Robin Challenge week. Be sure to drop by the official blog to find out all the details. Our challenge this time around will be, "Emotions."

"Rockin Robin"
Berkeley, California
June 11, 2006


Karen Funk Blocher said...

The top one is a brown towhee (I like those!), and the bottom on is a house finch. We get zillions of house finchs around here. Get yourself An Audubon Handbook: Western Birds and the National Geographic Birds of North America. One uses photos, the other one drawings. Between the two books you should be able to figure out almost everything you see. Have fun!

DesLily said...

Awww nice pics of the birds..
being on the east coast I'd be no help at all.. that and the fact I can't remember names to save my life! lol... should be fun trying to figure them all out!!

Suzanne R said...

I'm terrible about knowing bird names, but I like beautiful birds (although unfortunately, so does Silver, but in a different way -G-.) You're doing such a great job of getting shots of them! I would like to do that -- you are inspiring me to try harder. :-)