Kind of a Long Wait
This afternoon I spent a long few hours attempting to photograph backyard birds. Black-capped chickadees were flitting about in overdrive mode – like they always do – during the entire time I was present. White-breasted nuthatches were busy too, but at about half the speed of the chickadees. When I looked at the photos from today, the white-breasted nuthatches upturned beak was very apparent.
As I watched the typical Iowa winter birds, I kept my eyes opened for the not-so-common species too. One American tree sparrow was seen as was a white-throated sparrow. I did not see any Carolina wrens or other uncommon birds of interest.
Most colorful of the birds feeding today were the few male northern cardinals that stopped by. Most of my cardinal images from today were deleted since the birds were in busy, brushy settings. For the few times a cardinal actually perched in a pretty cedar tree setting in acceptable view, I was pressing my shutter release button as smoothly and as quickly as possible.