We have started what it seems to be a hot and humid Summer. High temperatures will deter some birds from being active at open air areas. That means, having less opportunities for me to photograph them.
My little friends the Carolina Chickadees are always present in my backyard. I like them a lot, they are a pacific species, very family oriented but a fierce and feisty contender if any other bird gets near their nest during breeding season. To make an analogy, it’s comparable to when anyone get’s a wasp angry and this will not let go without attacking continuously and furiously! They are likable little birds, well know by most everyone.
Blue Jays are large birds that I see once in a while in my backyard. They are shy birds from what I’ve seen. They have a gorgeous plumage no doubt, they usually travel in groups mixed with Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Blue Jays are neat in appearance and behavior when eating, they appear to be organized and intelligent, if they want to eat from a feeder they’ll do it but not before they check all area surrounding it. Including trying dry runs to test the safety of the new place.
This is a female Northern Cardinal, pretty lady of the famous male. She has the same shape as her male but different in their plumage color. They’re both beautiful birds, very popular and the favorites of many people.
I’ve been blessed by having several families of cardinal living in my backyard for almost a decade. I love them a lot too!
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101