Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Birds that Begin with an “F”

Welcome to Week #44 of the Bird Weekly Photo Challenge. Week #44 challenge is Birds beginning with the letter “F” (if a bird has more than one word of the name, you can use it as long as it begins with a “F”, ie: Ferruginous Hawk or House Finch)

The feature image is a male Northern Flicker spotted at the edge of the golf course and county park that we were hiking in Bozeman, Montana on our last day of vacation in September, 2019.

I have shared some new photos and some photos that have been posted previously. Unfortunately, I’m still having nausea from getting my vaccine on Wednesday. For the most part, I’m feeling better but I’m not 100% yet. I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal self. Thank you for your patience and all the kind comments. Just so you know, I wouldn’t change my decision on getting the vaccine at all! Hope you enjoy my “F” birds because I could have certainly inserted some “F” bombs while creating this post as my tummy gurgled and I felt fire pushing into my esophagus like it was going to tear me apart.

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker spotted at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park as we had finished our paddle on our last day to visit the park.

This Northern Flicker was spotted at String Lake in Grand Teton National Park as we had finished our paddle on our last day to visit the park. What a treat!


House Finch

Female House Finch perched up on some bushes at Floyd Lamb Park near Las Vegas, Nevada.

A female House Finch was perched up nicely while we were hiking in Floyd Lamb Park just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada a few years ago.

Male House finch on our feeders this past winter.

This is one of many male House Finches that visited our feeders this past winter and spring.

Male House Finch Variant

Two male House Finches.  One on the left has the dark red breast and head.  The one on the right is a variant and has orange & yellow plumage on the breast and head.

This is not a great image, however, I’m sharing it to show there was a variant visiting our feeders in December, 2020. Rona isn’t the only variant around. These are two male House Finches. The one on the right had yellow and orange plumage. The difference in colors has everything to do with diet. The variant finch on the right has been eating something with more Beta-carotene in it which causes yellow to orange pigments.


Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay perched up at Cape Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, Florida.

Florida Scrub Jay proudly displays his attitude at Cape Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville, Florida. Their habitat is a small range and you have to get lucky to see them. This is not a bird that makes it on our yearly list every year.


Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk landed on a power line while we were driving down the highway in Emigrant, Montana.

Ferruginous Hawk seen along the main highway in Emigrant, Montana during our visit in 2019. There were two hunting in the field behind this powerline.

American Flamingo

American Flamingo standing on one leg in one of the ponds at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge.

The lone American Flamingo located at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge near Tallahassee, Florida. I share this every chance I get. This is more uncommon (rare) than the Florida Scrub Jay. Flamingos are symbolized with Florida culture but the truth is, they don’t habitat the state except in the Everglades. They migrate there and are difficult to spot. This one Flamingo is believed to have gotten caught up in Hurricane Michael and has never left the area. When I say lone…it is the only one at this refuge or anywhere in the panhandle and most of Florida!


Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher perched up on a branch in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This Vermillion Flycatcher was a wonderful surprise while we hiked in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2017. This was taken with my small 210mm lens. I can only image what this photo would look like with my full frame 200mm lens I have now. Okay, I’m done dreaming about what could have been.


Next time…Week #45 – Birds in Flight. (4/30/21)

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42 Comments on “Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge – Birds that Begin with an “F”

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  2. Lovely images of birds with “F,” Lisa! I’m so sorry you are still not feeling well. Hopefully, I will get through my second jab next Saturday with an easier time. But I will prepare for the worst like you did. I managed to add a fake finch for tomorrow’s post. I’ll add the link tomorrow. Feel better, my friend!!

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    • Thank you Terri! I’m ready to get back to the normal. I hope you don’t experience what I did. I wouldn’t change my decision though and now I’m ready to go see the grandkids in about 3 weeks. 🙂

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      • I hope you reaction is minimal too. The grandkids are the only reason we got the vaccine. Otherwise, we could live like hermits for a while, masks…social distancing…disinfecting ourselves…staying in our lane with nature. I miss going out to eat, but even that wouldn’t have gotten me to do the vaccine. We will, of course continue the masks…social distancing…disinfecting ourselves…staying in our lane with nature, but maybe we can go out to eat occasionally now and feel okay about it.

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    • I forgot to add, I do hope you feel properly better soon 🤗 I was pleased to read that yo don’t regret having the vaccine. Side effects are nasty but the alternative could be worse, after all! Take care 😘

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      • Thank you Sarah! I’m much better today. No regrets and yes the alternative is much worse. I will be able to see my grandkids in 3 weeks and it is Mother’s Day weekend here. I’m excited about that. 🙂

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    • Thanks Sarah! The Vermillion was a stunner. It was the first time we had seen this bird and spent about 30 minutes photographing him. I loved your Flamingos. I’ve seen documentaries on them and would love to experience that. 🙂

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  4. While I can think of several birds that begin with ‘F’, I don’t have many pictures of the birds. Your comment on the Flamingo. when we visited the Salton Sea area you could pick the birds most days. They were escapees from the San Diego Zoo. They were considered native you shouldn’t them in life list. It had been serval years they manage to live. I wonder about the flock now.
    Sorry to hear you haven’t felt well.

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    • No, you can’t count zoo birds in captivity in your life list. This flamingo was a life bird for me. However, if birds escape and/or are released into an area and begin breeding and settling in after a few years and the population grows, then you can add them to your life list. That is what happened to the Nanday Parakeet in St. Petersburg, Florida. They are now part of the official list on eBird.org.
      I’m feeling better now, but it has taken a few days to get over the side effects. 🙂

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  5. I was waiting for your posts to show up and I realized it has been quite a while. So I went to the reader and sure enough, you were missing. I have re-added you. This is one of those things that seems to happen with WordPress. Whenever they make changes to their format, they detach you from your followed blogs. I hope this “takes.” I have MISSED you!

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    • I have missed you too Marilyn. I was late this week because of reactions to my 2nd covid vaccine. I thought maybe you didn’t have anything. You can always go to one of your post and click on Bird Weekly to get to my website and go to the Bird Weekly page. If I have posted, it will turn green. Last week I forgot to link for a couple of days though. LOL! 🙂 Can’t wait to see some of your birds. 🙂

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