July 28, 2014
Old Friends Are Back

I have not seen many House Finches this summer. Maybe I have not been filling our feeders as regular as I used to do. But here is one a male House Finch at one of the feeders.

male house finch

Male House Finch (22-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

And here is one that is a bit more artistic of my favorite rodent--the Gray Squirrel.

gray squirrel eating while standing

Gray Squirrel Working on Eating and Watching Me  (22-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman

I'm sure I should have a few more to show before we leave for Albania on August 4. Enjoy!

July 27, 2014
Even Sparrows Can Be Interesting

I have not taken enough time to watch our bird feeder to see if we have any unique birds showing up. But in this post there are still some interesting shots, to me at least, of House Sparrows and other animals.

This first female House Sparrow looks like it has short feathers like a newly out-of-the-nest bird. So here is a cheer for youth and survivability!

young female house sparrow

Young Female House Sparrow  (15-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman

Since the male is wearing his breeding coloration (a heavy black bib), this female must be trying to flirt with the male. But he sure seems to act not interested.

female and male house sparrow "flirting"

A Female and Male House Sparrow Flirting (17-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

This female seems to be pondering the fate of the universe, or maybe she is only deciding if she needs any more food or not.

a lone female house sparrow at the feeder

A Lone Female House Sparrow (19-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

But now the feeder has gotten almost crowded!

three house sparrows at the feeder

Three Female House Sparrows on the Bird Feeder (19-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

For this pair, two is one too many. "So which one of us is going to leave--me or you?" 

two house sparrows is one too many

Two Female House Sparrow Are One Too Many (19-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

Here comes another female House Sparrow in for a landing. Can she gain some more height and make it? 

a female house sparrow flies in

A Female House Sparrow Flies in to Feed (19-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

But House Sparrows are not the only animals I found during my free time. Here is a Common Grackle. Is it the same one I posted last month? I don't know.

a common grackle

A Common Grackle on Our Lawn (17-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

And this Mourning Dove is just as calm and collected all of its kind.

a mourning dove

Mourning Dove Sitting on Our Lawn (17-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

Here are three different postures of an Eastern Gray Squirrel that visited the area below the bird feeders. While my brother Dale Bowman calls a Squirrel an "evil rodent," I find their antics fun to watch. They are energetic and very resourceful, when it comes to finding a way to get to a bird feeder! BTW, Dale is an outdoor columnist and blogger for the Chicago Sun-Times.  

a squirrel sttands up to eat

Eastern Gray Squirrel Stands to Eat (19-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

squirrel scampering around looking for food

Eastern Gray Squirrel Searching for Food (19-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

a squirrel sitting to eat

Eastern Gray Squirrel Now Sits to Eat (19-Jul-14; © Richard L. Bowman)

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History describes this squirrel this way: "The adaptable, omnivorous, diurnal Eastern Gray Squirrel is the native American mammal people most frequently see east of the Mississippi River."

My wife and I leave for Albania on August 4, so we are busy. But I hope I can posted again before we leave and post some more from Albania.

--©2013-14, Richard L. Bowman

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