Had lunch at the park with some vaccinated friends today. It was nice just to be around people, but I noticed my in-person social skills have gotten rusty. Not that they were great to begin with.

Well, it was easy until my partner found an unexplained pot of water cooling on the stove and tossed it down the drain. 🤕

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Hummingbirds are returning!

It's easy and cheap to make hummingbird nectar:

1: Boil water
2. Dissolve sugar (1:4 sugar:water)
3. Let cool

Change every couple of days. Extra can be stored in the fridge for a few days.

The Brown-headed Cowbird is a brood parasite, meaning it lays its eggs in other birds nests to be raised by someone else.

People say mean things about them, but it's kinda weird to assign morality to a bird's behavior. There's probably some hidden benefit the parasitic behavior provides to the ecosystem.

Carolina Wren, Louisville, Kentucky, 2020-11-27

These birds have a ton of character. This one looks cold, with its feathers all puffed out, and one foot tucked up in the feathers.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, Louisville Kentucky 2020-11-27

I was directly below this one, and in the first photo its looking directly at me with a "WTF?" expression. You can clearly see the yellow spot on the top of its head that's not always visible.

This species looks similar to the European Goldcrest, and is related.

Brown Creeper, Louisville, Kentucky 2020-11-27

These birds blend in really well and are really hard to see.

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Oh no! I clicked something on accident, and now the filters panel disappeared from my window. I'm not sure how to get it back. There should be a panel to the right of the big image. Anyone know how to get it back?

Field Sparrow, Louisvillle, Kentucky. 2020-11-27

Their calls are described as sounding like a bouncing ping-pong ball.

I like writing captions for my bird photos. It helps me pay attention to what I'm seeing, by forcing me to put it into words.

Carolina Chickadee, Louisville, Kentucky 2020-11-27.

It's cool how transparent their wings are in sunlight.

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted), Louisville, Kentucky 2021-11-12.

This was one of the few times I've seen this species in my backyard. The photo is kinda blurry, but these woodpeckers are so beautiful, so it's worth it.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, Louisville, Kentucky 2021-11-08.

These tiny birds move around a lot and are difficult to photograph.

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