This is part two of “Photographing Birds in My Yard After Arkansas Snowfall.”
The first image I’d like to share today is of a White-throated Sparrow that visited my bird feeder. These birds typically feed on the ground beneath the feeder, but I was able to photograph this one on a log that the feeder was hanging from.
White-throated Sparrows are common winter birds in Arkansas, often found in woodlots and areas with dense low cover, including forest undergrowth, edges, and well-vegetated suburbs and parks. They are known to visit feeders and feed on millet as well as sunflower seeds.
The second image is of a House Finch perched on the same log. In Arkansas, House Finches are found throughout the state and are one of the most commonly observed finches. They may move to lower elevations for winter, and their presence in Arkansas can vary, with some being spotted mainly during winter in southern Arkansas, while others stay all year in the north of the state.
The third image is of a male Northern Cardinal that I photographed in a nearby oak tree. It was waiting to visit the bird feeder. Northern Cardinals are popular and recognizable birds in Arkansas, known for their vibrant red plumage and distinctive crest. In winter, they are active during the day, especially in the morning and evening. They are non-migratory birds and can be found year-round in Arkansas.
The fourth and final image is of a Dark-eyed Junco that I photographed perched on a rock under the bird feeder. Dark-eyed Juncos, medium-sized sparrows, are common winter visitors in Arkansas. These birds are a delightful sight for wildlife photographers in Arkansas during the winter months, especially with their distinctive markings and social foraging behavior.
Image Information (Forth Image):
- Date: 01/15/24
- Time: 1:12 PM
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- ISO: 1600
- Aperture: 8
- Shutter: 1/2000
- Exp. Comp.:+2.0
- Lens (mm): 500
- Program Mode: Manual