Carolina Chickadee, Louisville, Kentucky, 10/11/2020.

Munching on some seeds.

White-throated Sparrow, Louisville, Kentucky, 10/11/2020.

Visits my area only in the winter. The White-throated Sparrow species has 4 sexes, male/female with white strips on the head, and male/female with tan stripes on the head. This individual appears to be of the tan-striped variety. They can only mate with the opposite colored stripes.

Interesting article about it here: nature.com/news/the-sparrow-wi

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker, Louisville, Kentucky, 10/11/2020.

You can't see the red belly in this photo because it's behind the tree branch. You can tell it's a female bird because the red stripe on the head a broken by a white patch. On males, the red stripe runs unbroken from the base of the beak to the back of the head.

Female Eastern Bluebird, Louisville, Kentucky 10/11/2020.

You can tell its a female because its plumage coloring is less colorful and more dull.

Swainson's Thrush, Louisville, Kentucky 10/11/2020.

In the photo it has a white berry in it's beak. I think they're only in my area during the winter.

Male Eastern Bluebird, Louisville, Kentucky 10/11/2020.

They like to hang out on the soccer nets and look for bugs in the grass below.

Male American Goldfinch , Louisville, Kentucky, 10/11/2020.

Transitioning from its bright summer plumage to duller winter plumage.

I went at a local nature preserve this morning. It was cold, rainy and miserable, but totally worth it because I saw my first Northern Harrier! It's a hawk that glides low and slow over fields looking for prey. I actually saw it swoop down, and catch something, land on a nearby fence post and eat it. Unfortunately I left my camera in the car because of the rain.

Just captured a pretty good video of a Red-shouldered Hawk eating a bird in my backyard.

I've heard a saying amongst birders that "It's easier to turn a birder into a friend, than to turn a friend into a birder."

Just saw 22 Black Vultures eating on a deer carcass on the bank of the river.

American Robin foraging in the grass. Its head feathers look a little odd, maybe it's molting?

Yellow-rumped Warbler. Not the best framing, but good zoom, and kinda focused. First photo, is underneath as it's taking off. Second photo, you can see the yellow rump.

Cedar Waxwing. I like how you can see the light shining through the feathers as it flies. Also, notice the yellow tip of the tail feathers.

Great Blue Heron with wings spread. October 4th, 2020 at Lake Nevin in Bernheim Research Forest and Arboretum just south of Louisville, Kentucky.

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