Fearrington


The adult male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker was photographed at Lake park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The adult female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker was photographed at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina

The immature Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker was photographed at Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The male Yellow-Breasted Sapsucker is patterned dark gray above and light gray below with a distinctive white wing patch, and with a red forehead and throat patches. The female is similar to the male except it has only the forehead red patch and the upper and under has a light brown tint. The immature has no or slight red patch and may have no or slight brown tint. It has a range of Canada to the Southern Appalachians. It has a habitat of woodlands, aspen groves, orchards, and other trees. It feeds on insects, tree sap, berries, and fruit. Sapsuckers drill orderly rows of small holes in trees for sap, and visit them periodically to obtain sap.

 

 

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For the nesting season males become bolder and may be seen singing in the braches instead of normally scratching leaf litter under dense thickets

For the nesting season males become bolder and may be seen singing in the braches instead of normally scratching leaf litter under dense thickets

These Rufous-Sided or Eastern Towhees were photographed at Fearrington village Camden Park in Pittsboro, North Carolina

These Rufous-Sided or Eastern Towhees were photographed at Fearrington village Camden Park in Pittsboro, North Carolina

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The male Rufous-Sided Towhee has a black chest, head, and back with rufous sides and a white belly. The female is similar to the male except for being brown where the male is black. It has a white streaked pattern in the wings and tail. It is smaller and more slender than a Robin. It has a red eye. It has a range in the eastern half of the United States. It has a habitat in open woods, undergrowth, and bushy edges. It is a secretive bird that is found industrially scratching in the leaf litter under dense thickets. It feeds mostly on insects, seeds, and berries.

 

Wrens are common in open woods, and backyards of the southeast United States.

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The Carolina Wren is about the size of a sparrow and is identified by a white eyebrow stripe and buffy underparts. It has a distinctive sound from the other Wrens. It has a range of the southeaster United States. It has a habitat of tangles, brushy undergrowth, mixed woods, suburban gardens, and towns.

The White-Throated Sparrow can be seen in Canada to the Gulf States, and the Midwest to the Eastern States.

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A gray breasted sparrow with a white throat patch, and a yellow spot between the eye and bill. It has habitats at thickets, brush, undergrowth of conifer and mixed woodlands, and patronizes feeders. These attached photos were taken at most of the locations. Because of the birds movements, one has to be ready and fast to get a photo.

The Brown Thrasher was photographed at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina

The Brown Thrasher was photographed at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina

For me, the Brown Thrasher has been a difficult bird to photograph, because of its habitat and skittishness.

For me, the Brown Thrasher has been a difficult bird to photograph, because of its habitat and skittishness.

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The Brown Thrasher is a very skittish bird that quickly heads for undergrowth when it is approached. It can be heard and seen running from growth to growth, but is hard to catch for a photo. It is fairly easy to identify with its color, breast stripes, and cat song voice with an occasional crack sound.

Nearly identical with the Black-capped Chickadee but smaller and with less white in the wing area

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The Carolina Chickadee was photographed in Fearrington Village Camden Park, Pittsboro, NC. While photographing it I thought it was the Black-capped Chickadee. It wasn’t until later I learned it was the Carolina Chickadee.

The Northern Mockingbird can be found in almost all of the eastern half of the states

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My experience with photographing the Northern Mockingbird is that it is fairly easy. Once I am in an area it seems to want to follow me and stop in the top of a tree or bush, and then attract my attention. Being able to get fairly close, and because it is a large bird makes for a fairly good photo.

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