When I first started photographing birds I had to do it from my basement window because I didn’t have the right lenses to photograph them at the feeders. The birds would go to the feeders to get seeds then fly to a lilac bush by the basement window to eat them. This made it easy to get some close shots. Over the years I acquired better lenses and started photographing from my large windows by the feeders. I recently went back to my roots and spent the better part of a day photographing from my basement window.
Dark-eyed Juncos were around in large numbers after being absent for part of the winter.
Black-capped Chickadees were around in large numbers. This seemed to be their favorite perch for eating.
There were also a few Northern Cardinals around but they were a little skittish and wouldn’t come near the window.
More bird photos from Canadian Hill Farm. Since we really haven’t had much of a winter I’ve spend more time than usual photographing birds. I managed to capture this photo late in the day when the sun was shining on some pine trees in the background.
I managed to capture this photo just as a Dark-eyed Junco cleared the snow off of her back.
It has been a while since I’ve seen many Dark-eyed Juncos but a recent snow storm seem to bring them out of the woods.
When it snows the birds turn up at my feeders. More winter bird photography can be found on my website.
Today I saw the first of the Dark-eyed Juncos. We have been seeing them in our travels to northern Wisconsin but this is the first one I’ve seen on the farm. They are one of the few birds that leaves in the summer and returns in the fall.
We had a nice snowstorm last week and I spend part of the day photographing the birds at my feeder. It was difficult early in the morning because of the low light levels but it lightened up later in the day while continuing to snow.
This winter started out so warm that some of the winter birds that frequent my feeders were not around. These are the usual suspects that were around.
When I first started to get serious about photography I was mainly interested in landscape photography. During the long winters there was not as much of an opportunity for landscape photography. As I watched the birds at my feeder I kept thinking I should get some photos of them. The problem was my lens just wasn’t powerful enough.
One day I noticed that while the birds went to the feeder to gather seeds they flew down near the house to eat them. I went down to the basement to see it I could see them in the basement window. Sure enough they were sitting at the base of a lilac bush eating their seeds.
The next day I cleaned the basement window and put a ladder under it so I could sit and watch the birds. This is how I started my bird photography. One of the first shots I took was published in Birds and Blooms. It was of a male Northern Cardinal feeding during a blizzard.
A number of years later I severely trimmed the lilac bush and it was no longer a place the birds liked to feed. This year I happened to be working in the basement and noticed the birds were back and that with a little trimming I could get some great bird shots.
Most of the birds that frequent my feeder are here year around but a few of them leave during the summer and move north or move into the woods for the summer. In the past few weeks the Dark-eyed Juncos have returned from the north. The Black-capped Chicakadees are around during the summer but they have also returned to my feeders. This year, for the first time, I have seen a pair of Tufted Titmouse’s at my feeder. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get a photo of them.
Most of the birds have been around for most of the winter. There are a few exceptions. A Brown Thrasher turned up for a couple of days. This is the first one that I’ve seen on the farm and the only one I’ve photographed.
The Eastern Bluebirds are back and occasionally stop at my feeding station. They mainly use it as a perch to look for insects and as a stopping off point on their way to the bird bath.
The Song Sparrows are back and are getting ready to nest in the pine trees by the house.
I’m amazed that the Dark-eyed Juncos are still around. Normally they have left by this time of year.
The Black-capped Chickadees are around although the numbers thin in the summer.
The Hairy Woodpeckers are around as long as I keep feeding them peanut butter suit.