Saturday, December 5, 2009

Down by the River

I took a walk by the Boise River today. Though the temperature was below freezing, with no wind and a warm sun it was a glorious day!

The Song Sparrow does not mind the winter weather. They're here all year long.

With smaller birds gathering by the seeds and berries, the accipiters (birds that hunt and eat smaller birds) are arriving. This one is a Cooper's Hawk.

Splashes of color always catch my eye, like this American Goldfinch.

My favorite sighting today, though, was this Downy Woodpecker, eating mullein seeds ... or, perhaps, seeking insects in the seed heads?

4 comments:

Bill S. said...

Beautiful pictures of winter birds. I have most of these same birds in my back yard. thanks for sharing.

Robert Mortensen said...

Great pictures! Were you down there looking for the tricolored heron?

the casbah kitten said...

Very nice. That sparrow looks like it has attitude!

JRandSue said...

Lovely capture,great image.
John.