Readers’ wildlife photographs

Now that I’m back, be sure to send me your good wildlife photos (please):

Reader Anne-Marie Cournoyer, with some urging from me, established the “Cafe Sauvage” in Brossard, outside Montreal. It’s basically a large feeding station for birds and mammals in her backyard, colorfully painted and bearing a warning sign, “Do not eat the other customers.”  Here are some of those customers, with her notes indented:

Birds and rabbits, and squirrels and even siffleux [groundhogs] are happy clients at Le Café. Every morning, many birds are waiting for me to come out with the food while the dogs relieve themselves. It brings me a lot of joy. A wonderful way to start the day. Feels so good to be recognized by them. There is always some action taking place in the larch and the cherry tree. Light being one of the most important parts of a photo, it affects how the animals appear. It gives tone, mood… Here are some photos taken at different moments of the day.

I’ve been watching that Agelaius phoeniceus / red-winged blackbird for a while…until the sunset light transformed his plumage.

Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura):

House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus):

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis):
And two more photos, this first one from Rob Bate:
Here is a picture of the Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla), one of the earliest spring migrants passing through the Atlantic Flyway.  It is one of the four warbler species that walks: the others all hop when they’re on the ground.  It feeds primarily along running water in streams.
Finally, a reptile from reader Barbara Wilson:
Here is a particularly Lovely Common Garter Snake (Thamnopsis sirtalis) photographed at the E. E. Wilson Wildlife Area north of Adair Village, Oregon, on 2 April 2017:


  1. Posted April 26, 2017 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) -> Beautiful. 🙂

  2. Posted April 26, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Nice photos; thanks to PCC(E) and the photographers for sharing.

  3. Posted April 26, 2017 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Lovely! Best wishes.

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! And I did not know that red-winged blackbirds could become blue in the right kind of light.

  5. Posted April 26, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    I wonder if that first bird picture is a Brown-headed Cowbird. The color combinations looks right. The beak looks shorter and stouter than a Red-winged, like a Cowbird beak. However, and angle of the head and light could be deceiving me.

  6. Posted April 26, 2017 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    cool pics

  7. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Did you get the blue tailed mole skink I sent?

  8. Karen Bartelt
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Lovely photos!

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