Blue bird of Happiness

I definitely need to get out and do some more birding soon.  The weather has been pretty miserably hot but I need some more pictures like this.  My backyard has been a great source of interesting birds like this cheerful little blue bird.  I wish I had the great variety that David Akoubian gets up in the mountains but my suburban feathered-friends are a great joy to watch.

I’m hoping that summer relents a bit and it won’t be too long until we can start thinking about fall again but, 90+ degree days are still here for a while, I’m afraid.  I guess I will just need to find some shady spots to watch from and enjoy what nature brings.

Eastern Bluebird
(Sialia sialis)
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/125 sec – ISO 640

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Yes, I do like suet

It was not until recently that we started hanging suet feeders and keeping them stocked.  It has certainly gotten us a wide variety of birds that prefer this over the seed feeders.  The bluebird is one of our regular visitors that will take a variety of foods but definitely likes the suet.

Woodpeckers are definitely fans but we also see some of the larger birds like Blue Jays, Cardinals, and Brown Thrashers swinging from the suet cage and pulling chunks of that block out and enjoying it.  My only struggle with the suet is keeping the squirrels away.  They love it and will hang there all day trying to get the last morsel out.  The only thing that seems to keep them off is cayenne pepper.  We have been buying a variety of suet but the type with the pepper mixed in is the only one that the squirrels don’t wolf down.

Eastern Bluebird
(Sialia sialis)
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/80 sec – ISO 640