Manual camera settings continue to freak me out so I set out yesterday to practice on any obliging avian subjects I could find on my morning dog walk. Thankfully I had some cooperative subjects, and some okay results.
Along the river, a pipit was all about posing for me.
I picked up a new "patch bird" at Mays Lake, a Hermit Thrush! This was not a bird I had an easy time finding for my motorless list, so I was happy to find one poking around the area.
Nearby, Ruby-crowned Kinglets made for aggravating targets in poor winter light.
Back at home I flung out some fresh sunflower seed, put out a quickly and poorly made veg suet brick, and checked the hummer feeder. Then I set up camp on my bed with a hot soy chai, my camera, and my mutts, and waited for some subjects to show up. It did not take long.
Lesser Goldfinches are easily in my top ten favorite birds. Maybe even top five. Hmm.
A Downy Woodpecker discovered the suet quickly and was not impressed.
Two Anna's Hummingbirds showed up that seem to get along. They arrived and departed together, but did not feed together. At one point one started doing a sort of dance with head bobbing and turning. Reminded me of a duck mating ritual. As soon as I decided to try a video, she (?) stopped, but you can kind of see the movements in the photos...
Probably most entertaining to me was a Black-capped Chickadee hellbent on storing every sunflower seed he could carry to every random location in the yard. Seeds were deposited in a fence, in the cut rose stems, in the eave of the greenhouse, in the fallen tree...
A pretty successful practice day. Oh and it was Christmas, so here are some dogs looking christmas-y for you.