Backyard birding adventures: BWPC & SS

We have a water feature in our yard so we have lots of backyard birding adventures. This summer I bought a special mount to take digital pictures through my spotting scope. This process is referred to as “digiscoping.” Unfortunately, many of the pictures I first took turned out blurry. I’m having much better luck with my brand new mount.

Here’s a photo of one of our California scrub-jays taken with my Google Pixel phone. Isn’t it a beautiful bird?

backyard birding adventures - scrub-jay near Bend

I used my point-and-shoot Panasonic Lumix camera for this one. It was a little tricky to hold it in place on the mount. This a European starling and an American robin.

Starling & robin

We get tons of robins at this time of the year and they chase other birds away.

American robins

This image is blurry but it captures a frequent visitor, a robin, next to an infrequent one, an evening grosbeak. Glad I got a quick glimpse of the grosbeak!

Backyard birding adventures American robin & evening grosbeak

Here’s another infrequent visitor, a hermit thrush, and, you guessed it! – a robin. Five different thrushes are in our yard at this time of year.

Hermit thrush & American robin

Mountain chickadees are a common visitor.

Mountain chickadee

Lesser goldfinches are also common. Here’s a group shot of these little lemon-colored birds next to a house finch. We also see American goldfinches occasionally.

Lesser goldfinch

Dark-eyed junco are frequent visitors. They aren’t afraid of the robins.

Dark-eyed junco

The pygmy nuthatches are a bit more shy.

Pygmy nuthatch

The house finches, on the left, and northern flickers, on the right, are not shy at all.

Backyard birding adventures - house finch & northern flicker

Backyard birding in action

One day I took a lot of pictures through the spotting scope (with the old mount) that didn’t turn out great. Google turned them into a GIF and I like how it turned out. It gives you an idea of how fast these birds actually move. ๐Ÿ˜€

Backyard birding Gif

I’ll share more of my backyard birding adventures as I get better at taking pictures through the scope.

Bird Weekly Photo Challenge (BWPC) – In Your Yard or Garden

Sunday Stills (SS) – Kinda Backyard Birding

9 thoughts on “Backyard birding adventures: BWPC & SS

  1. These are outstanding! I love that California Jay. That would be a life bird for me. The starling and robin look like they are having a quaint conversation like friends or something. LOL! Water features attract so many birds that you would expect. ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way, you might want to do a pingback to Terri’s backyard birds for Sunday Stills. https://secondwindleisure.com/2020/10/25/sunday-stills-kinda-backyard-birding/ That was her theme this week too to coincide with mine. You are not late. You have until Thursday night, midnight or so to get your post in. I do the roundup around 7am EST on Fridays. Terri’s Sunday Stills goes from Sunday-Saturday so we have all week to get that in too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! The adaptive jays are expanding their range in the West. The robins have “conversations” with many birds in my yard. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the tip on the other challenge! I took more photos yesterday.

  2. Hi! Glad you took Lisaโ€™s suggestion and joined Sunday Stills! Your bird pics are great! Your google pixel phone took a fab shot! Donโ€™t you love your Lumix? I love mine, I have the FZ300. Itโ€™s the only way to capture the close-ups and the darting hummers! Iโ€™ve read a few of your posts. We have some relatives in Bend (Sunriver area), we were just there last week on our way with a U-Haul moving a load to Spokane. I enjoyed the autumn show along the 197. No fall leaves yet here in Sacramento! Hope to see you back for Sunday Stills. My page shows the weekly themes in advance!

    • Yes, I love both my Pixel and my Lumix. Still learning on using them with the scope. Glad you got to see some fall color on your drive to Spokane. ๐Ÿ Thanks for letting me know you have challenges listed in advance!

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