20 Birds for 2020

by Bethany Plonski January. 01, 2020 486 views

Ringing in the new year with a bird bonanza. If this is any sign of the year to come, 2020 is going to be a good one!

#1 Carolina wren

#1 Carolina wren

I've always liked wrens, but now I am especially fond of them. We have a noisy resident wren in our backyard, and when I was stuck at home during the days for the last two months, I got a chance to learn its daily routine. It makes a ruckus all morning on our deck, then sits in the transom/top of our bedroom window several times a day starting in the early afternoon. Those little visits really cheered me up during recovery. Man, I have missed my birds!

#2 Eastern phoebe

#2 Eastern phoebe

My lucky bird fence came through for me again. :)

#3 American robin

#3 American robin

I got a little too close for comfort

I got a little too close for comfort

#4 Ruby-crowned kinglet

#4 Ruby-crowned kinglet

#5 Carolina chickadee, looking mighty dapper :)

#5 Carolina chickadee, looking mighty dapper :)

#6 Tufted titmouse

#6 Tufted titmouse

#7 Northern cardinal

#7 Northern cardinal

#8 Red-bellied woodpecker

#8 Red-bellied woodpecker

#9 Downy woodpecker

#9 Downy woodpecker

#10 Hermit thrush

#10 Hermit thrush

#11 Red-winged blackbird

#11 Red-winged blackbird

#12 Mallards

#12 Mallards

#13 Muscovy duck

#13 Muscovy duck

I think I may have seen this guy before at the same park, but not since fall of 2018. It's hard to tell if it's the exact same duck, but for as long as I've been visiting this spot, I've never seen any other muscovies there.This morning he was warming up in the sun preening his feathers.

#14 Belted kingfisher

#14 Belted kingfisher

Every now and then I'll see a kingfisher around this lake, and today I got to see two! They kept their distance, and this was the best shot I could get from across the water. It's probably cropped too much, but oh well. They are beautiful birds, and I love the noises they make.

Directly behind the lake where I saw the kingfishers, I heard red shouldered hawks calling and spotted two of them landing in the trees. Within a few seconds, a third hawk approached and scared the first two off. It was hard to tell what kind it was until I could enlarge the photo. A red-tailed hawk!

#15 Red-tailed hawk

#15 Red-tailed hawk

#16 Eastern bluebird

#16 Eastern bluebird

Up the hill, a few bluebirds.

#17 Yellow-rumped warbler (a butter butt!)

#17 Yellow-rumped warbler (a butter butt!)

Jumping for joy or taking off?

Jumping for joy or taking off?

I wasn't sure this was a yellow-rumped warbler at first because most of the identification photos show the male coloring, which has a lot more dark black near the face. This must be a female; their coloring is more subtle.

#18 Pine warbler

#18 Pine warbler

#19 Blue jay

#19 Blue jay

#1-19 were all from an early walk this morning. Around lunchtime I joined Andrew and his sister for a second nature walk at a different park, not expecting much for birds because of the time of day.

Well, not expecting much must be the secret to wonderful surprises, because look what we found...

#20 Red-shouldered hawk

#20 Red-shouldered hawk

This beautiful hawk was resting on a branch not far from the path. It seemed to be completely relaxed and unconcerned, so I was able to move around and get a few different angles. Red-shouldered hawks are definitely my favorite. I hear and see them all the time, but it's always such a joy. I've yet to see one eat anything, so maybe that's why they seem a little less menacing to me than most other raptors.

I'm exhausted, but in the most wonderful way. Cheers to a great 2020! Wishing you all a year full of happiness, health, and amazing photos.

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Tsao T-F 1 year, 5 months ago

A very nice series.
You have very experienced in various birds.
Good luck in 2020.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you! It was such a happy day. smile Good luck to you as well. I hope it is a great year for you!

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Pete 1 year, 5 months ago

I love the Raptors

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you! They are magnificent creatures, aren't they? I'm glad to live in a place where I see or hear several different kinds daily.

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Pete Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 5 months ago

you are very fortunate

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete 1 year, 5 months ago

Indeed! I don't know what I'd do if I had to live somewhere without birds. smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 5 months ago

What a strong start of the year Bethany.  😁

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you, Antonio! It really lifted my spirits, that is for sure. smile Happy New Year! I hope 2020 will be good to you!

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

Some gorgeous captures of a variety of birds. You weren't kidding when you said bonanza smile  I am lucky to capture the occasional cardinal that comes around my area so I am envious of you being able to find so many varieties. Thank you for sharing.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you so much. I can hardly believe it, just an incredibly lucky day! We do have a big variety of winter birds here, now that I think of it though. Everyone likes the warm winters, I guess. smile 
Hope the year is off to a good start for you!

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Russell Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

I am a bit jellous of #8 so far I have a 100% success rate of pressing the shutter 1/2 a second to late and catching an empty branch on the Ruby Crowned Kinglet. Amazing start to the year. I also love the wren shots :)

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you! I've had a LOT of those shots too, especially with the kinglets. They are incredibly fast and never stop moving. Like little acrobats. I'm still in disbelief that I caught some of these shots, especially since I'm way out of practice. The first time I went out, the week before this shoot, I forgot where my ISO button even was. Doh!

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Fernando Bourgon 1 year, 5 months ago

Fantastic collection Bethany.... amazing pictures.

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Fernando Bourgon 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you so much! It was such a treat. Happy New Year to you!

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 5 months ago

Happy 2020 Bethany- what a series to ring in the new year! Beautiful. Had to favor #11 as the Cardinal was my moms favorite bird

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you, Buster! It was my kind of celebration, for sure! I hope 2020 will be good to you.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 5 months ago

That is a great collection of birds. And all "shot" in one day ... Fantastic work, Bethany ! smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you! It was a heck of a day. I have to admit, having this much luck makes me nervous. smile

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Benny Law 1 year, 5 months ago

Oh my, Bethany, these are amazing shots, all from a couple of walks in one day! And you surely know your birds! What a wonderful start to the new year!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you, Benny! I do believe I am a little bit high on birds today. laughing This park (same one from Christmas Day) is my most reliable spot for birding, but the number of birds today was incredible - so much good luck at once that now I wonder if it's going to be a month before I can get any more nice bird photos. Still, I'll take a good start to the year. Hope yours is off to a happy start as well!

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