Beautiful Blue Birds, But Not Bluebirds…

Beautiful Blue Birds, But Not Bluebirds…

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Indigo Bunting

Here we have a couple of male birds enjoying some seeds from the feeders above. The females are a plain brown, not seen very often since they do most of the work taking care of the eggs and young in their nests hidden in the dense thickets. Many of these birds migrate across the Gulf of Mexico, they migrate at night and can navigate by the stars.

A Pair of Bohemian Waxwings

A Pair of Bohemian Waxwings

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Bohemian Waxwing

Very similar to the Cedar Waxwing, but these birds are larger with chestnut coloring underneath their tail. They were named “Bohemian” due to their unconventional, carefree lifestyle. In the summer their diet consists of mostly insects, but in the cooler months they will eat berries and fruits. I found these beauties with about 100 of their friends up in New Hampshire, USA. I was standing quietly in an apple orchard when all of the sudden a flock of these birds flew down into the trees around me. I tried not to move! They began eating the fermented apples on the ground, I think they were getting drunk! After about 15 minutes, I stealthily took out my camera and got a few photos of my new lifer!

This American Woodcock Was Hiding Off A Trail In Massachusetts

This American Woodcock Was Hiding Off A Trail In Massachusetts

American Woodcock

This bird is a very shy, stocky long-billed bird. They live in thickets, wooded swamps and wet forested areas. Sometimes this bird is a tough one to find since they are extremely shy. I was lucky to find this one, just by chance I saw a squirrel jump a bit on the side of a swamp/woods trail, so I went over to the area to see what caused it to jump and I found this Woodcock! Needless to say, I didn’t breath as I tried to get my camera in position to get this photo!