House Finch, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Holiday Greetings | Dec 2022

Holiday Greetings from the Birds

House Finch, male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Holiday Greetings

House Finch, Male, looking festive in red

The birds send you their best holiday greetings.

So let’s use this post to relax and enjoy their photos.

First, take a deep, slow breath.

Now, say “Hello” to the birds.

When I complimented this House Finch for putting on his best, most colorful, holiday outfit, he laughed. “This is the only outfit I own.”

Birds make an odd sound when they laugh.

Mallard , Male © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Holiday Greetings

Mallard, Male, looking festive in gold and green

This Mallard is taking a nap.

Note the white eye lid. It moves up to close (unlike a human eye lid that moves down).

The duck ignored my comments about holiday colors.

Egyptian Goose, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Holiday Greetings

Egyptian Goose, in a hurry to go somewhere

The Egyptian Goose was brought to the United States (from Africa) and released. Now there are flocks in California, Florida, Texas, and maybe near you.

This goose looks like a holiday shopper rushing to grab something on sale.

But the goose told me it just wanted run a few steps.

Surf Scoter, Male © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Holiday Greetings

Surf Scoter, Male, appearing pleased

The Surf Scoter is a diving duck.

So you may see one, blink, and wonder where it went. Then it will bob up somewhere else.

As you may notice, this duck appears pleased with its job.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Yellow-rumped Warbler, demonstrating the advantage of being small

Yellow-rumped Warblers migrate to Southern California for the winter.

This one is standing on a Plumeria leaf.

You could do this, too, if you weighed about 0.4 ounce (12 gm), give or take a few grams.

In case you’re curious, if you put two of these birds in a number 10 envelope, you could mail them with a single stamp.

Wishing you the best of the holidays,

Steve Kaye

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Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Archie McLellan
    Posted at 14:16h, 13 December

    Lovely post. Thank you Steve, and I hope you have a very happy Christmas.

  • Kristin Risley
    Posted at 14:57h, 13 December

    I continue to enjoy your posts so much. Thank you for you great photographs and your lovely words.

  • Brigitte Noel
    Posted at 15:57h, 13 December

    The whole blog made me feel uplifted and happy. Will look at it often. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 10:46h, 14 December

    Thank you Steve for your wise and humorous comments and for the beautiful photos of the birds in all their glory.

  • Lara Pearson
    Posted at 17:11h, 22 December

    Always a delight
    To watch your birds in flight
    Or standing still, posing
    As I wonder what they’re knowing

    Thank you for capturing their grace
    Which puts a smile on my face
    Wishing you love and holiday cheer
    From birds of a feather far & near


  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 08:04h, 23 December

    As usual, great photos – and entertaining comments = Merry Christmas.

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