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Urban Safari: RainyDayBirds

The cool wet June may have been responsible for the lovely blooms in the RainyDayGarden, but it was the well-stocked feeders that brought in all the song birds.

The RainyDayGarden is now a well-known destination for all the freeloading feathered flyers in the immediate vicinity.  There are two feedings a day of a buffet of peanuts, sunflower seeds, and other assorted tasty bits.  It is first come, first served and there is a line…unless you are a Blue Jay.  They just jump right to the beginning of the queue.  Queue?  What queue?

One cool looking bird that showed up the other day was a Grackle.  The body was mainly black, but it had this purplish irridescent head.  Today it came back with a bunch of its buddies and got into a little shouting match with the Blue Jay.

The Cardinals seem to prefer to eat at another feeder on the edge of the garden.  They don’t seem to be bothered by any of the other birds.  We are not quite sure why.

The Sparrows are very “polite.”  They all seem to wait their turn.  Being a rather small bird compared to the others, we guess they don’t have much of a choice.  Still, it is nice that they are polite, at least to the bigger birds.

We took all of these images with the Nikon D90 and the 18-200mm DX lens.  Once again the Nikkor 18-200mm zoom did a pretty decent job.  We took these images at about 70 feet away.  The in-lens image stablization was on for all of these images.  Even at maximum zoom, the image was reasonably sharp for a woodpecker poking away at the peanuts.  If we were only allowed one lens for our Nikon, the Nikkor 18-200mm zoom would be the one we would pick.

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