The First Birds of 2014

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1st Birds of 2014 by Lee

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1st Birds of 2014 by Lee

About 8:30 am I was sitting at our table and caught a glimpse of some white birds landing in the front yard. Looking out, I saw 22 American White Ibises. Yeah! My first birds sighted in 2014. I went back in and after a while decided to get my camera. Three had left, but 19 were left. Here are some photos and a video I made of them.

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. (Psalms 96:1 NKJV)

For the Athenians, all of them, and the foreign residents and visitors among them spent all their leisure time in nothing except telling or hearing something newer than the last– (Acts 17:21 AMP)

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1st Birds of 2014 by Lee

American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1st Birds of 2014 by Lee

The photos are blurred around their heads, but when you watch the video, you will see why. Their heads are bobbing constantly as they probe for goodies out of my neighbor’s and my yard. They had originally landed in our yard on the right. By the time I got the camera, they had worked their way next door. I figured that I would do good to get a photo. But! They turned around and worked their way back to our yard.

As you can tell it was drab and drizzling rain. It was also cool and I was standing out in my bare feet and my pajamas. What we won’t do to get that 1st sighting and photo of a bird in a new year.

Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) 2nd Bird of 2014 by Lee

Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) 2nd Bird of 2014 by Lee

I kept hearing a Boat-tailed Grackle in the tree, so decided to get his photo. So he was #2 and as I looked through the lens, there was #3 behind him. That is an Eurasian Collared Dove. Not to be left out, #4 landed on that tree. A male Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3rd and 4th Birds of 2014 by Lee

Eurasian Collared Dove and Red-bellied Woodpecker 3rd and 4th Birds of 2014 by Lee

There you have my first birds of 2014
1. American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)
2. Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)
3. Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

How about you? 

Also, if there are any photographers that would like to share photos with the blog on a regular basis, contact me at Lee@Leesbird.com. I am always eager to have photos available for showing the birds as we write about them. A link and credit are given to you.

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2014′s First Bird Seen

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2014’s First Bird Seen

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Lake June-in-Winter S Pk

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) Lake June-in-Winter S Pk

Happy New Year!

What was the first bird you saw in 2014? I am taking a survey and will publish the results in a few days.

My last birds seen in 2013 were 10 Sandhill Cranes and then just before dark I saw a Downy Woodpecker. It is still 2013 as this is being posted. I will add my first bird in the morning.

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) by Raymond Barlow

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) by Raymond Barlow

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ON THE first day of the seventh month [on New Year’s Day of the civil year], you shall have a holy [summoned] assembly; you shall do no servile work. It is a day of blowing of trumpets for you [everyone blowing who wishes, proclaiming that the glad New Year has come and that the great Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles are now approaching]. (Numbers 29:1 AMP)

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You might want to leave a comment just in case the survey doesn’t work. It’s a new attempt on my part. Leave bird and country.

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