May 21-16

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Photos by Jean Dessellier
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Photos by Jean Dessellier
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Photos by Jean Dessellier
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Photos by Jean Dessellier
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 06:01 am:

The birds are back and in technicolor besides. Jean Dessellier snapped today's visitors near her Lake Linden home and what a colorful group she captured.

The first two shots are of a male American Goldfinch, which is sporting his yellow plumage for the summer months. Such a striking bird with that bright hue and Jean captured it in a classic pose at her bird feeder.

Then Jean spotted a Red-winged Blackbird in the yard and snapped a photo of it while it was searching for bugs and such in the grass. From what I've read, these birds eat mostly insects in the summer months, so they're a good bird to have around once the bugs start hatching out. I sure hope they eat mosquitoes.

That's a Purple Finch in the last photo and Jean zoomed in so close that you feel like you're sitting on the branch right next to it. I've never quite understood the name for this beautiful songbird since the male is more of a reddish-pink and the female has no color, just brown and white. So where did the purple come from? Inquirig minds want to know...

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 06:59 am:

Excellent shots! And appreciate you educating folks to call them goldfinches and not canaries!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 07:23 am:

Indeed, these are excellent pix! Color, detail and clarity are amazing.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 07:47 am:

Beautiful pictures!! We are so enjoying the birds
out here in MN, too. They're just one of the many
things I miss when the weather turns cold. I could
just sit outside and listen to them all day.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 08:45 am:

The American Goldfinch is the real Iowa State
bird....not the Hawkeye.

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 09:53 am:

Those are outstanding photos of the birds. Thanks for sharing them.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 10:37 am:

Pretty birds! I've learned so much from being on the Facebook pages, Michigan Bird Watching and Birding Michigan. You can put pictures on as often as you want, just to show what you've seen or to ask for an ID. Pictures on there range from blurry to professional looking. Sometimes you just have to snap quickly and get that blurry picture. These above are beautiful!

By Donna (Donna) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 11:07 am:

Gorgeous!! I LOVE seeing the brilliant yellow

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 07:33 pm:

Since today seems to be about birds....there are 2 (two) new baby falcons in the nest-box on the liftbridge. One was hatched, if you will, I would say yesterday and one just made his grand entrance about 7 pm tonight. The third egg is cracked......Little tiny cotton balls and mom just fed them.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 07:56 pm:

made his or hers grand entrance

By Just me (Jaby) on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 09:49 pm:

What super fantastic photos. I just cannot get
closeups like that.

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 05:32 am:

I had yellow ones land on my flower pots....they were cute to watch. Now all I get is squirrels digging up my flower pots to bury nuts. LOL....LOL....

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 06:05 am:

There are now 3 (three) bobble heads in the lift bridge nest....

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 06:25 am:

A nice diversification of birds.

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