Finally!! With the exception of one day when a House Finch dropped by for a few minutes, I've been looking at little brown sparrows at my bird feeder all summer long and hoping for something more interesting. Sorry, Sparrows...it's nothing personal, but all those brown feathers are just a tad boring after so many months.
Maybe it's the change of season, or maybe it's the fact that two weeks ago I filled the feeder with black oil sunflower seeds, but suddenly this afternoon my new offering of food was discovered and I had a variety of interesting birds to look at.
I have a lot of respect for anyone who takes wildlife shots successfully - some of these birds move so quickly that it's near impossible to capture them. I put my limited ornithological skills to work, grabbed my "Birds of Alberta" book and tried my best to identify these birds.
I'm not sure about this one but I believe it is a juvenile Robin or maybe an adult female. It looks like a robin but not like the ones I normally see which have a darker red breast and are the males.
So it was a pretty exciting afternoon for me as far as birds were concerned and I hope to see more pretty ones visiting again. I showed the photos to Richard when he got home from work and he said, "Wow, finally some quality birds!" I had to laugh at that one.