Monday, January 30, 2012

More New And Old Friends of The Vermilon River. A Post To MWT and WBW.

The weather has again been all over the place from some sun to a spring type storm with high winds and wet snow. The scenic photos are still from our frosty hike to the west side of the River. The point in the title is two fold.

As I told you I have been on the outlook for Hoary Redpolls as opposed to the Common Redpoll. I finally found a lone female. Now I just have to spot the Greenlander variety, which has been seen in the Thunderbay area.The other point is the variation in the female Pine Grosbeaks colour and coverage.

I'll point out the Hoary, and the female Pine Grosbeak colour variation by way of captions as it`s a long post.

This last photo shows the blue sky in the NW, while the east is overcast.

This is a female Hoary Redpoll recognizable by her buff coloured chest and the less definite stripes on her side. The real key is the white/buff patch between her wings on her back.

Shows White/Buff Back  Patch.

The Hoary is on the right facing us, but surrounded by Common Redpolls.

Male Common Redpoll.

Female Common Redpoll-Note the definite stripes on her Chest.

Female Common Redpoll- Note Stripes.

Male Pine Grosbeaks.

Male Against A Sunny Background.

Male Pine Grosbeak.

Female Pine Grosbeak.

Female Pine Grosbeak.

Female Pine Grosbeak- Note the Orange or Red Tinge.

Also note the amount of coverage of the colour.

Male Evening Grosbeak.

Female Evening Grosbeak.

Close Up Female Evening Grosbeak.

This shot show the male and female Evening Grosbeak. Note the beak is yellow. It changes in the summer to a greenish yellow.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee.

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove.

And of course the Blue Jay. A Post to MWT @ http://ourwoeldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/ and WBW @ http://pineriverreview.blogspot.com/ . Click on photos to enlarge and for slideshow.

51 comments:

  1. Is everyone having the same problem that I am? Blogger will not let me into my current post to correct an error, and then gives me an error code Bx swh fqn.

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  2. your grosbeaks are beautiful!

    (no, i've not encountered the problem you mentioned - at least not yet!)

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  3. Your photograph's are stunning.
    It's getting cold also overhere. I hope the waxwing will come to visit my appletree.
    gr. Marijke

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  4. Hi Gary

    Great post I have been having trouble commenting which is why you have not heard from me. I am still out here, still visiting.

    Regards
    Guy

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  5. Wonderful images Gary.. I would love to see your Blue Jays.

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  6. Fabulous photos! I think the Evening Grosbeak is my favorite.

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  7. Thank you for identifying all the birds. They are fun to look at and you capture them so well with your camera.

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  8. What a wonderful collection of beautiful, colorful birds for the day! Superb images as always, Gary! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  9. What a wonderful world you and Boomer live in, Gary. I always enjoy your photos, especially the birds. I hope you can entice the Greenlader redpoll over from Thunder Bay!
    K

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  10. Great series of wonderful photos again on your site!
    Greetings from cold Finland! We had this morning -30 Celsius. I am a little worried because of small birds here,bird feeders have been so empty yesterday and today, only few Great tits and Greenfinches have visited there.
    I hope they will survive, this week will be really that cold still.

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  11. Wow...such a beautiful landscape! I hope i will have the chance to visit Canada some day!

    And the bird photos...so nice!

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  12. super photos again and a wide variety of birds.

    Gill

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  13. Fab, Gary you are so lucky to be able to photography these birds and have the scenery as an added extra. Real nice

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  14. Beautiful photos, Gary, my fave is the Blue Jay!

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  15. Gary, your bird photos are terrific. Well done. And Boomer is adorable. Thanks for stopping by Joyful Altitude today and taking the time to comment. Very much appreciated. God bless.

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  16. Delightful collection Gary - I second Carver's comments, and those Chickadees are sweet!

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  17. Wow, I am envious, I would love to see these birds. great photos.

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  18. Your photos are so good and they make me so happy but at the same time a bit homesick, because some of those birds (the grosbeaks) were birds we saw pretty often in Oregon (and never do here). The redpolls, hoary or not, would be a gift! I'm not sure I've ever seen them (maybe in Texas that one time we were there in the spring).

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  19. You see such an amazing variety of birds!

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  20. Excellent photos! The Redpolls and Grosbeaks are beautiful!

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  21. Fantastic shots of very colorful birds.

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  22. Wonderful photos Gary. Your world looks so black and white except for your magnificent birds and when the sun comes out and paints the sky blue.

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  23. More wonderful bird shots!

    http://ladyfi.wordpress.com/

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  24. Hi there - I really love these finches - they must be a real challenge to ID when you are first starting.

    The fires at The Prom were started by lightning and the rock slides by really heavy rain - 25% of a year’s rainfall in 24 hours!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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  25. Hi Gary,
    this is my first visit on your blog and I'm sold on your wonderful bird pics! Great close ups!!!
    Have a nice day
    moni

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  26. the birds are so wonderfully captured.

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  27. Beautiful photos and beautiful birds !!!
    Compliments!!!
    Very good for the eyes!!!
    Happy after!
    Vanda

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  28. enjoyed the shots of the grosbeaks. :)

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  29. These photos are glorious and these birds are unfamiliar to me so thanks for this.

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  30. Great shots! The Grosbeaks are so colorful.

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  31. those Grosbeaks are fantastic and I think to myself (....what a wonderful day), yes that too, but how do you 'hide' in the snow? Maybe the birds are glad to see someone; you offer food perhaps? Such beautiful photographs and I'm trying to imagine living in those conditions, and actually stepping outdoors and taking those photographs. How cold would it be??

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  32. Great photos of all the birds showing lots of detail for ID. I like the little bit of blue sky!

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  33. Wonderful birds and scenery. Never seen a Hoary Redpoll.

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  34. Terrific post, Gary. Great to see your pics of the Hoary Redpolls and Common Redpolls. I haven't been able to ID a Hoary Redpoll yet. Great to see all the Grosbeaks too.

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  35. Love,Love,Looove the Grosbeaks, their color is fantastic!

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  36. Colorful collection of gorgeous little birds. :)

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  37. beautiful birds...thank you for stopping by to visit..

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  38. Gorgeous shots! There have been so many posts of Redpolls and Grosbeaks and I never tire of them. Such pretty birds.
    Thanks for sharing

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  39. I love the variety of birds you show us!

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  40. A great collection. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. From the lovely moody skies to the blue jay - a wonderful series Gary!

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  42. I especially liked your discussion and illustration of the Hoary Redpoll's field marks.

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  43. Wow you got superb species not only the hoary redpoll. Beautiful Gary and quite diverse!!

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  44. A fantastic collection of birds Gary! That female Pine Grosbeak is just gorgeous!

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