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April 29, 2011

Giving You the Birds! ;-)

Filed under: For the Birds — Karma @ 8:22 pm
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I’m sooooooooo excited!  I got one!  Not the bestest ever super fantastic photo, but I got one!
My first hummingbird picture!

My very first ever picture of a hummingbird!  I’m hoping for many more opportunities this year, but I am thrilled that I actually got this shot.  Funny how I just mentioned the other day how I thought I was having better luck with birds this year.

While we’re talking birds, I’ve got a mystery bird I’m hoping one of you might be able to identify for me:
mystery bird

This one has been a pretty regular visitor to my suet cake feeder.

And since this post has completely gone to the birds, I wanted to share this funny little sparrow having a grand ol’ time in my bird bath.  Scott’s song sparrow actually reminded me that I had taken these pictures a few days ago:

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Hope you have a lovely weekend everyone!


  1. Haaa! Love the bird bath slide show! Too cute.

    Congrats on the hummingbird! I think that’s a pretty darn nice shot, actually!

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — April 29, 2011 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! I thought it was pretty darn nice too – gonna work on grabbing a high-shutter speed shot if I get a next time.

      Comment by Karma — April 30, 2011 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  2. Woo hoo! Congrats on the hummer shot! I know EXACTLY how you feel! It’s like witnessing a little bit ‘o magic!! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — April 29, 2011 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

    • They are a little magical, aren’t they? Thanks Tracy.

      Comment by Karma — April 30, 2011 @ 8:48 am | Reply

  3. How brilliant is THAT… I want a hummer !!!… Not that I’m EVER going to get one though unless I move… lol… Love this for your first shot though Karen… 🙂

    Oh, and your mystery bird… Hmmmm… I can tell you EXACTLY what it looks like, but what it’s doing all the way over there I don’t know… Did you swap it for a cardinal maybe… Am I now going to find a cardinal in MY garden ???… Do you really want to know ??… Shall I tell you ??… lol…

    It’s a Starling !!!… Or a European one to be more precise, but we just call them Starlings… and we have them in their hundreds… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Starling

    Comment by FS Photography — April 30, 2011 @ 5:25 am | Reply

    • Gee, another bird you are deprived of over there? I had no idea. I guess I will have to choose carefully if I pick another bird for the June photo hunt!
      That Wiki article says we have 200 million of the things here and they’ve become a nuisance, so I guess my mystery bird isn’t much of a mystery, is he?
      Thanks Brian!

      Comment by Karma — April 30, 2011 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  4. Hummingbirds are a challenge. Crank up the shutter speed and think about high speed flash (see, Tracy, there is a reason to use it.)

    Yep, that’s a Starling. They are a European species which made the hop over by way of our ancestors over the centuries.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 30, 2011 @ 7:24 am | Reply

    • Yes, I’ll have to be ready with a high shutter speed the next time I’m waiting on the little ones.
      According to the Wiki article Brian linked, our 200 million of them got started from about 60 birds released in NY in the 1890’s!

      Comment by Karma — April 30, 2011 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  5. Yay! Congrats on catching that humming bird! (On “film” anyway 😉 )
    Love the birdbath slideshow!

    Comment by thedailyclick — April 30, 2011 @ 7:37 am | Reply

    • Thank you – it was quite the thrill!

      Comment by Karma — April 30, 2011 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  6. It is indeed a Starling – a rather obnoxious bird and the reason I stopped putting suet out. Until I get a suet feeder that has a roof and lies flat so birds can only eat from it if they’re able and willing to hang upside down.

    Comment by Carol — April 30, 2011 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

    • Hi Carol – thanks for stopping by. Those starlings do have a very obnoxious call, but the one who’s been stopping at my suet cake seems to be sharing well enough!

      Comment by Karma — April 30, 2011 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  7. That is one amazing hummingbird shot, Karma! How exciting. And the sparrow is so cute. I love watching the birds splash around in the bird bath. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — April 30, 2011 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin! It was exciting! I still get excited each time a hummingbird stops by!

      Comment by Karma — April 30, 2011 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  8. Congrats on the hummingbird capture! I love those birds so much! I did put my feeder up a couple days ago when my son spied a hummer on the search for food but I’ve yet to see one at the feeder only because I’ve been busy and not looking. Hope to see one soon! The sparrow is adorable and those darn starlings are bullies!

    Comment by Becky Sue — May 1, 2011 @ 7:44 am | Reply

  9. Starlings and grackles have been showing up at the suet feeder quite a bit, but I’d feel remiss in taking it down. Some smaller birds do seem to enjoy it, especially an adorable little downy woodpecker.
    Thanks Becky.
    I spotted the hummingbird during a time when I was outside relaxing in the sunshine, so maybe that’s what you need to do too! 🙂

    Comment by Karma — May 1, 2011 @ 8:51 am | Reply

  10. Great shots – congratulations on capturing the hummingbird!! I hope to attempt to capture at least one this Spring/Summer, but we’ll see!!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — May 2, 2011 @ 2:17 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Holly! If you have a chance to pick up an inexpensive, bright red feeder, it may help you get your shot too!

      Comment by Karma — May 2, 2011 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  11. I LOVE these pictures!! I especially love the Cardinal and the little bird in the bird bath. It is so great the way they seem to move. Wait….I love hummingbird shot so much too. I tried to get the same one but it was gone. I will have to try another store. I want a hummer too!

    Comment by Trish Dinsmore — May 2, 2011 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

    • Thank you …. but I don’t have a cardinal picture in this post, LOL! You must be thinking of my post from a couple days ago. Yes, definitely get that feed out soon – I think once they know the food is there they will keep coming back.

      Comment by Karma — May 3, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  12. Congratulations on capturing the hummingbird, Karen! I’m so happy for you! Love the sparrow bath slideshow!

    Comment by Barbara Rodgers — May 3, 2011 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Barbara! It was exciting. The little hummer has been around a few more times so I’m hoping for more opportunity.

      Comment by Karma — May 6, 2011 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

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