Birds in Knoxville

I have been taking pictures of birds this spring from time to time with little time to process them. Finally I did some more pictures today and decided to process entire backlog.

We start with pictures from first half of February where a big flock of American Robins decided to land near our grocery store.

This is going to be large amount of bird pictures.

Jay
On the way to the grocery store we actually met this posing Jay first ;)

American Robin

American Robin
Don't know what's the difference, but some birds looked pretty lean and some were much more "fat".

American Robin eating berries

American Robin eating berries
The birds were actively eating red berries from surrounding bushes too.

American Robin

American Robin eating berries

American Robin

American Robin

American Robin

American Robin

American Robin

Next batch of photos is from mid-March when it became pretty warm and I decided to temporary move my workplace to the balcony. Tons of birds were flying around and singing.

Cardinal
Northern Cardinal, very loud bird. Also males are very nice red in color. (females are hard to find and much less bright).

Sparrow
Living in a bush just below our balcony is this song sparrow, I think.

Cardinal

Cardinal
And the Cardinal again.

This time I even managed to snap a video of a singing cardinal:

Flinch male
This is a Rose Finch, male also has red front and head, otherwise looks pretty similar to sparrow, I think.

Flinch male

Flinch male

Flinch female
And this is rose finch female, with nesting materials in her beak.

Short fragment of red finch song:

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This is another song sparrow I think.

And now fast-forward to toady. Walking around our complex we saw a jay fledgeling too young to fly, I run back home to get a camera and here are the results.

Jay Fledgeling
hiding under a bush waiting for people to go away (we decided to hid in a car, even though the fledgeling was not scared by us, the parent bird made some noises and it hid).

Jay Fledgeling

Jay Fledgeling and feeding
Parent came with food.

Jay Fledgeling
When the parent is close, it opens his beak and makes squeaky noises. Too bad the sharpness is not all that great on this and few next pictures.

Jay Fledgeling and feeding

Jay Fledgeling and feeding
Actual feeding.

Jay Fledgeling

Jay Fledgeling
Too impatient to wait for the next portion, it follows parent jumping on a road.

Jay Fledgeling and feeding
This time the treat is some berry.

Jay Fledgeling
And finally into the bush again. (I needed to step away from the car since the action moved behind a container and I cannot see anything).

Jay
Worried parent trying to distract me away from the fledgeling location.

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Comments

really great pictures,did you use the 400mm for this?

Thanks. Could have been better on the latest occasion.

Yes, used 400mm + 1.4x TC in first two occasions, just 400m in the last one.