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Backyard Birds of East Texas

I love to be outdoors but, I admit, I’m a fair-weather outdoors-girl.  As I was in east Texas, on Houston County Lake, over Labor Day, the temps were close to 100.  Looking outside I could see a gentle breeze that kept enticing me out.  Any who have spent a summer in Texas know what happens as soon as you go outside.  I began to sweat and couldn’t even find relief from the heat in the shade or the breeze.  But I wanted to get some pix of the backyard birds so I pulled up a chair and tried not to exert any energy.  🙂

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

I thought the above photo was of a red-headed woodpecker but I got some help with the bird identification from nature@twpd.texas.gov.

Goldfinch
Goldfinch

My Dad says his mother used to call the goldfinch “salad” birds.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

The Downy woodpecker is such a cute little bird.

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird

The Easter Bluebird is pretty common; especially if you put up a nesting box for them.

bird identification request
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Again, nature@twpd.texas.gov helped me out to identify the bird in the above photo.  It is a female Red-bellied woodpecker.  The Yellow-fronted woodpeckers aren’t found in this part of Texas.

As I came back in the house, where my parents stayed, my Dad asked me what I was doing out there.  I told him I was taking photos.  He told me I should have gotten some good pix of the birds who came to see the crazy person sitting outside in the Texas heat because they never see that.  🙂

Listening to General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Backyard Birds of East Texas

Sorry about the lack of posts lately (for those who care).

One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my parents.  I admit that I’d rather do that than post on my blog since we only get to visit them, maybe, once a year.

But I’d like to share some of the beautiful backyard birds we’ve seen daily in their East Texas yard.

Finch
Finch

These little finches are everywhere.  I thought I kept seeing yellow on them, as they flitted by, but didn’t realize how much until I grabbed a shot.

Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I think there are several kinds of woodpeckers around here.  I’ll keep trying to capture the others.

Mockingbird
Mockingbird

The mockingbirds are probably 2nd to the finches as far as numbers go.

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

The Cedar Waxwings are around more than I see.  I think they have striking colors.

Male Bluebird
Male Bluebird

The bluebirds are courting and scouting for the right nest box.  The males chase the females, and fluff up their feathers at her, to show off their colors.

Female Bluebird
Female Bluebird Looking for the Right House

It was icy when first got here but the weather has warmed up.  On the west coast I get to enjoy beautiful sunsets over the ocean.  Here, in East Texas, I am enjoying beautiful sunrises over Houston County Lake.

Sunrise Fish Ring
Sunrise Fish Ring

I keep telling my fishermen that they’d see more action if they got up earlier.

Lunker!
Lunker!

But they’ve managed to catch a few without my sage advice.