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I mentioned in yesterday’s post titled “Handsome” that Northern Cardinals dominate the bird landscape this time of year. The second species has to be Western Scrub Jays who claim to be “More Handsome”. One thing for sure, I have posted so many photos of these two species that I have all their details memorized.

I have been doing some research to figure out bird patterns in this part of the state and I ran across some classifications used by the county Audubon society. These can be helpful in identifying which birds are present during certain times of the year. The classifications include Permanent Residents (Cardinals, Blue Jays, Black-Crested Titmouse, etc.), Winter Visitors (Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, American Goldfinch, Spotted Towhee, etc.), Spring and Summer and into Fall (Painted Bunting, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, etc.), Spring and Fall Migration (Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, etc.) and Other City Birds (Common Grackle, Rock Pigeon, etc.).

So, it’s important to get out throughout the year to photograph those birds that are not classified as Permanent Residents. So, I have more work to do this winter to make sure I don’t miss those birds that are just passing through.

Western Scrub Jay - Pedernales Falls SP

Western Scrub Jay – Pedernales Falls SP

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports Lens set on 600 mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/200th of a second and the ISO set at 3200.

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