Saturday, December 16, 2017

Birds and Barns

I put up bird feeders last Thursday. Since my feeders in Illinois are usually emptied in little more than a day, I was surprised to find the feeders here in Oklahoma still full this morning. 

 This mockingbird stopped for a brief visit and then flew away.

And this Savannah sparrow spent some time right behind the feeders. He flew away, as well. Hopefully, they noticed the food and will inform their friends.

On my way into Ada this morning, I saw this white-crowned sparrow on a gate. 

This guy was on at the other end of the same gate. This shot was taken through a dusty windshield, so it isn't very clear. I'm not sure what kind he is, but believe him to be a Harris's Sparrow. Anyone know if this is correct?

I'm fairly proud of this Red-tailed hawk shot. I chase them all the time, but rarely get a good pic. 

Linking to The Bird D-Pot 

Below is a barn full of hay.

 Linking to The Barn Collective


  1. Betty...exceptional photos today!! very impressive. I love how the facial markings show on the sparrow, and the hawk is excellent.

    As always, thanks for sharing your post with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  2. Red-tailed Hawks are not the easiest birds to photograph. I think their wariness comes after decades of persecution by humans.

  3. ...Betty, it's fun to see barns and farming practices from different parts of the country. More and more wrapped round bales are used here. Your silo looks out of use. Thanks for your visit, I hope to see you back in the future.

  4. I chase after Red-tailed Hawks too with limited success - you got a really great photo! I like how you captured the light on the Mockingbird, and the Sparrows are cute.
    Lots of hay in the barn, and I see bales lined up behind it, too - well prepared for winter
    Hope you are having a wonderful week-end!

  5. Your bird photos are awesome...and I love that barn.

  6. you have so many beautiful sparrows. Love all of them you share here. And your photo of the Red-tailed Hawk. You are right to be proud of it :)