Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sometimes They Just Make You Happy, Happy~

OK, OK, I have this under my labels for Yellow-Shafted Flickers, even though the bird book is calling them Northern Flickers.  I have been accustomed to calling them Yellow-Shafted Flickers my entire adult life, so if anyone questions my reasoning, there you have it.  You see the Yellow-shafted Flickers are actually part of the Eastern subspecies...thus correct on all counts.

Most often, I get to see these handsome ones from a good bit of distance.  I got my camera back after three LONG weeks without it and had gone to the garden window to test it out.  I had seen this Yellow-Shafted Flicker just a little while before digging up holes in the earth for any nice grubs it could find.  While standing by the window, it flew into view and I kept the curtain pulled together, so that it would not be frightened away.  I was quite patient and as a result got some pretty fine close up images using the 70/300 lens pulled back to just 70 and was pretty pleased with the results.  It is always such a pleasure to be able to see these birds close up and even with having to take the images through glass, I shall not complain yet be thankful they turned out as well as they did~


  1. these are awesome, Mary! They're all great but that last one is so cute with the head on - head on shots of birds always make me smile. I've never gotten a picture of them before, not sure why. Love the series!

  2. Hi Mary, Great pictures of a very colourful and bright character, and maybe it should also be called Yellow-undertail Flicker?

  3. Delightful little birds, their markings are so pretty

    Liked your SWF post, the views with a dusting of snow are beautiful

  4. Great photos of such a pretty bird. Our flickers don't have the brilliant yellow that your shots record. I especially love it when you catch a bird on the wing.

    I couldn't help but notice that you have a follower, Dave (in sunglasses) that has jumped onto all of our sites and is using us to promote his travel blog even on semi-private family blogs. He is a parasite. Should you choose to remove him here's how:

    HOW TO BLOCK a follower. Just clicking on followers didn't work b/c it doesn't give an option to block. Here's how it worked for me:
    Click on: Dashboard
    Show blocked followers
    Show all followers
    THEN...Click on the follower you wish to delete and it will give the option to block!

  5. Grande foto... mi piace questo uccello con le piume sulla testa rosse !
    Buona serata :)

  6. Very nice photo set. I haven't photographed many birds this season. I need to get my feeders filled and get started again.


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