Readers’ wildlife photos

We have some younger photographers who are very promising. One is Jamie Blilie. His father James sent in Jamie’s photos in April with some notes and IDs:

Here are some more photos from my son, Jamie, age 13.  Shot with his Canon Powershot SX530 HS camera.
This one is a little unusual:  Yellow-rumped Warbler (a.k.a. Audubon’s Warbler, Setophaga coronata):
House finch (Haemorhous mexicanus):

Eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis); these are nesting in our houses:

Cedar Waxwings (very early this year; Bombycilla cedrorum):

A small, baby Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus), resting under our Bleeding Heart plant (Lamprocapnos spectabilis):


  1. Frank Bath
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Great bird pictures Jamie but the rabbit is a real beauty.

  2. Posted July 8, 2017 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Excellent pictures! I occassionally see the Eastern bluebird around here, but not often.

  3. rickflick
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    This is a delightful set of pictures. You usually don’t get this close a look. Look at the colorful bluebirds! A feast for the eyes.

  4. DrBeydon
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Wow! Great job, Jamie. I especially like the third bluebird picture, where you can really see some of the feather detail.

  5. Posted July 8, 2017 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    The warbler is a Yellow-rumped Warbler but, as it has a white throat, it belongs to the Eastern subspecies, also known as Myrtle Warbler (The western version, the one known as Audubon’s Warbler, has a tellow throat.)

  6. Stephen Barnard
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Nice photos. The Yellow-rumped Warbler is also know as “butterbutt. 🙂

  7. Jim Hudlow
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Great pictures…however the Yellow-rumped Warbler is a Myrtle, not an Audubon. Myrtles have more white on their throat and around the head area. Both types are real beauties.

    • Jim Hudlow
      Posted July 8, 2017 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      Oops…Eric already caught that~~

  8. Steve
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    “I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
    bye the false azure of the window pane.”

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted July 8, 2017 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      Source, please?

      All the photos are wonderful. I think that a textile designer could turn the photo of the cedar waxwings into a beautiful piece of cloth.

      • ratabago
        Posted July 8, 2017 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

        The quote is from Nabokov’s “Pale Fire“, a book I keep meaning to read. The quote turns up all over the place.

  9. Karen Bartelt
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Lovely photos!

  10. Mark R.
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I love those birds. Good eye! The baby rabbit is too cute.

  11. Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Great shots! I love the lighting in the one of the House Finch.

  12. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Jamie continues to improve and impress! Beautiful pics.

  13. darrelle
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Very nice pics! So many vibrantly colored birds in your area. We don’t have so many colorful birds around us.

    Love the Butterbutt. That should become the offical name.

  14. claudia baker
    Posted July 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Stunning pictures Jamie! Well done.

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