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All of my feathered babes together, scratching in the straw and leaves. #heartwarming #backyardchickens #backyardducks #featheredfriendsfriday #fluffybuttfriday #theymakemehappy #meyerhatchery
The Blue-gray Gnatcatcherโ€™s breeding range includes Shenandoah National Park, and we canโ€™t wait to see them again! During the breeding season, pairs will actually construct a series of different nests to keep eggs and young birds safe from predators. Materials such as plant down, grasses, hair, and feathers are reused each time a new nest is built. Nests are decorated with lichen and pieces of bark held in place with spider webs or caterpillar silk! #BirdYourWorld #FeatheredFriendsFriday
#YearOfTheBird Just call me Bob! On this #FeatheredFriendsFriday , meet the Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus). This species of quail is one of the most easily recognizable birds in the park because, like the Eastern Pewee and Carolina Chickadee, it calls out its own name: a sharp, whistling "Bob-white!" Unlike the pewee and chickadee, however, Northern Bobwhites are much less likely to be heard or seen these days. Once common in the eastern U.S., their population has sharply declined in the last 50 years, mainly due to habitat loss. #BirdYourWorld
These beautiful birds of prey are often one of the first we see when there is a carcass nearby. Tawny Eagles are one of the more commonly seen eagles in our area and are always a great sight for our guests. ๐Ÿฆ… #chitwamoments #sabisands #safari #southafrica #eagle #tawnyeagle #featheredfriends #featheredfriendsfriday #birdsofprey Photograph by Chitwa Chitwa guide Sheldon Hooper Photography
With so many pig, goat, and larger residents, it can be easy to forget to share our smaller friends. This doesn't mean they are any less loved! Since we haven't celebrated the last few #FeatheredFriendsFriday , here's a Monday look at dinnertime with the hens and roos of our East Flock! Remember...chickens are smart, loving animals who form highly organized communities. They have personalities, likes, and dislikes, just like we have. They are more than meat and eggs...they are individuals. #chickensofinstagram #rescuechickens #friendsnotfood #pleasedonteatmyfriends #eatplantsnotfriends #poweredbyplants #choosekindness #choosecompassion #someonenotsomething
Happy #FeatheredFriendsFriday , from #Quasimodo ! Like often happens to chickens raised on slick surfaces with inadequate traction, Quasi came to us with splayed legs. Unlike most cases of splay leg, Quasi didn't improve with tape and popsicle stick braces. Instead, we needed to find a way to help him strengthen his "good" leg while giving him the best possible quality of life. He now lives in a large crate inside the main chicken coop. He is able to peck for food, practice moving on one leg, and enjoy the company of other chickens, all without risking his own safety. Way to go, Quasi! #chickensofinstagram #rescuechickens #friendsnotfood #eatplantsnotfriends #choosekindness #choosecompassion #sanctuarylife
Here are four #hummingbirds for your enjoyment. The three with the long tails are Violet Tailed Sylph males, and then I think the one in the upper left is a lady. #feelgoodfriday #featheredfriendfriday #featheredfriendsfriday
#BirdYourWorld #FeatheredFriendsFriday The snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) is a rare visitor to Shenandoah National Park, but now is the time to be on the lookout for this arctic migrant. This species breeds farther north than any other songbird, nesting on the open tundra of the high arctic, from Greenland to Alaska to Russia. Males stake out their territories in March, when the ground is still covered with snow and temperatures can dip to -22 degrees F. Females arrive 3 to 4 weeks later and nest deep in rock crevices, out of sight of predators. Snow buntings migrate hundreds of miles south during winter, sometimes arriving at Shenandoah in late October or November. They can easily be distinguished from other chunky, sparrow-sized birds by the large amount of white coloring, mixed with light and dark brown. In spring, the breeding plumage of males changes to mostly white. This is not due to molting, however. The birds rub their bellies and heads in the snow and actually wear away the brown colors! In addition to the Big Meadows area, snow buntings have been seen in the past along high-elevation overlooks, rock walls, and gravel fire roads, picking around for seeds.
Itโ€™s #FeatheredFriendsFriday and we would like to welcome you to our jungle! ๐ŸŒด๐Ÿฅ Come visit our adoptable baby parrots in our open aviary! #parrots #parrot
The American Goldfinch relies on thistle, aster, and sunflower seeds as its main food source, but it also needs the downy pappus material these plants produce for home insulation. The female builds an intricately woven nest, and even uses spider webs to attach it to shrub branches! #BirdYourWorld #FeatheredFriendsFriday
Happy #FeatheredFriendsFriday everyone! ๐Ÿค We have tons of baby parrots to interact with in our open aviary! Be sure to come visit! #babyparrots #parrots
I think #featheredfriendsfriday can be a thing too ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ’› @mallorystark you are so much fun! Love you girl!
We have another soon-to-be feathered family we'll be welcoming to the Club! ๐Ÿ•Š๏ธ๐Ÿฃโค๏ธ . . . . #featheredfriendsfriday #tgif #friyay #happyfriday #welcome #berkeleycityclub #thelittlecastle #inthetrees
Although bright red and unmistakable, the male Scarlet Tanager is seldom seen but readily heard. These birds are fairly common, but often remain out of sight as they move slowly in the upper canopy of the forest in search of insects. Their presence is given away by a burry, rambling song and a distinctive chick-burr call. Although the males are a brilliant red, the females and immature males are olive green in color with dark wings. Scarlet tanagers are sensitive to habitat fragmentation, making the large stretches of forest in Shenandoah National Park the perfect home! #BirdYourWorld #FeatheredFriendsFriday
Cheers for another #FeatheredFriendsFriday ! Meet the Ovenbird! Ovenbirds are summer visitors here in Shenandoah National Park, migrating down to Mexico for the winter, and you will often hear their distinctive โ€œtea-cherโ€ call throughout the park. You may see these little birds hopping around on the ground like small chickens while they search for bugs to eat. Ovenbirds get their name from the shape of the nest the female builds from twined grasses- it looks just like a traditional pizza oven. After chicks leave the nest, the male and female split the brood, with the male keeping half in his territory and the female taking half to an adjacent area. #BirdYourWorld
Regrann from @shenandoahnps - In the space between ( #NitaBlue ) #blue and #violet lies the deep, rich hue known as Indigo - spectacularly represented in nature via the vibrant Indigo Bunting. During breeding season, the males are an unmistakable site (and sound) throughout #Shenandoah , particularly at the many overlooks along Skyline Drive. Keep your eyes open for a flash of electric blue...er...Indigo. Spotting this lovely bird is always a thrill! ๐Ÿฆ #featheredfriendsfriday #yearofthebird #indigo #birdyourworld #indigobunting #shenandoahnps #ShenandoahSunshine
In the space between blue and violet lies the deep, rich hue known as Indigo--spectacularly represented in nature via the vibrant Indigo Bunting. During breeding season, the males are an unmistakable site (and sound) throughout Shenandoah, particularly at the many overlooks along Skyline Drive. Keep your eyes open for a flash of electric blue...er...Indigo. Spotting this lovely bird is always a thrill! #featheredfriendsfriday #yearofthebird #indigo #birdyourworld #indigobunting #shenandoahnps
In celebration of 2018 Year of the Bird, Shenandoah National Park will feature a visiting or resident bird on Feathered Friend Fridays. Our first star is the White-breasted Nuthatch. These ever busy birds cache food (such as nuts) in bark crevices so they have food for the lean winter months. You might see a nuthatch whacking at a tree with its long beak as it hatches out a previous food stash -- thus earning its namesake! #birdyourworld #featheredfriendsfriday #featheredfriends #nuthatch #bird #shennps
That's right - it's #FeatheredFriendsFriday once again! The charismatic and vocal Eastern Towhees have returned to Shenandoah for the spring. What's one reason we love them so much? It is always tea time for Eastern Towhees! You can recognize their call easily because they are constantly reminding you to โ€˜drink-your-teaโ€™. Although very skilled flyers, they often hop on the ground to get around while in search of tasty morsels like seeds, fruit and insects.You may be hiking on the trail and hear a large rustling in the underbrush nearby - is it a 200-lb bear? Maybe! But it might also be a towhee, which loudly scratches at fallen leaves to uncover food. Male towhees will defend their territories by lifting, spreading, or drooping their wings and fanning their tails to show off the white spots at the corners. And that's another reason we love them - their beautiful, distinct plumage is an eye catcher. Come see them this spring and summer and #BirdYourWorld while you #FindYourPark !
Since we have no Porgs in our park, we chose the second-most Jedi bird we could think of for this #featheredfriendsfriday - the barn swallow! This small but feisty bird can zigzag through the air and catch insects, a drink, or even a bath, all while on the wing. Their favorite food: the flying insects that tend to bug us. These swallows are easily recognized in flight by their prominently forked tails. Fun fact: they nest almost exclusively on man made structures! They ferociously defend their territories, against humans and birds. Long story short, they dabble on both dark and light sides. But they don't know good vs. evil - only survival! (Photo: NPS/Gordon Dietzman) #birdyourworld #maythefourthbewithyou
The hermit thrush sings one of my favorite birdsongs: a beautiful, unassuming, melancholic melody. What's your favorite birdsong? If you don't have one, take the time today to #getoutside and listen for a new favorite! #featheredfriendsfriday #yearofthebird #shenandoahnps
๐ŸฃItโ€™s #FeatheredFriendsFriday yโ€™all! ๐Ÿฅ If youโ€™re looking for the perfect addition to your flock, fly on over and check these guys out! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฅ #featheredfriends #featheredfriend #birdsofafeather #indianringneck #indianringnecks #rainbowlorikeet #rainbowlorikeets #sunconure #sunconures #mvp #pets #mostvaluablepets #lexingtonky #ky
"Who cooks for you?" Have you ever heard that song when out in the woods...especially at dusk? Unless a hiker in your party is hungry, it's most likely a Barred Owl. Do you all have any photos of this elusive, yet common, bird? #FeatheredFriendsFriday #Owls
Since we have no Porgs in our park, we chose the second-most Jedi bird we could think of for this #featheredfriendsfriday - the barn swallow! This small but feisty bird can zigzag through the air and catch insects, a drink, or even a bath, all while on the wing. Their favorite food: the flying insects that tend to bug us. These swallows are easily recognized in flight by their prominently forked tails. Fun fact: they nest almost exclusively on man made structures! They ferociously defend their territories, against humans and birds. Long story short, they dabble on both dark and light sides. But they don't know good vs. evil - only survival! (Photo: NPS/Gordon Dietzman) #birdyourworld #maythefourthbewithyou
That's right - it's #FeatheredFriendsFriday once again! The charismatic and vocal Eastern Towhees have returned to Shenandoah for the spring. What's one reason we love them so much? It is always tea time for Eastern Towhees! You can recognize their call easily because they are constantly reminding you to โ€˜drink-your-teaโ€™. Although very skilled flyers, they often hop on the ground to get around while in search of tasty morsels like seeds, fruit and insects.You may be hiking on the trail and hear a large rustling in the underbrush nearby - is it a 200-lb bear? Maybe! But it might also be a towhee, which loudly scratches at fallen leaves to uncover food. Male towhees will defend their territories by lifting, spreading, or drooping their wings and fanning their tails to show off the white spots at the corners. And that's another reason we love them - their beautiful, distinct plumage is an eye catcher. Come see them this spring and summer and #BirdYourWorld while you #FindYourPark !
โ€œAnd we are nature. We are nature seeing natureโ€ฆ. The red-winged blackbird flies in us, in our inner sight. We see the arc of her flight.โ€ ~ Susan Griffin, โ€œWoman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Herโ€ Most of us know the red-winged blackbird. The male birdโ€™s striking yellow-on-red-on-black plumage, reminiscent of the colors in a deck of playing cards, makes it easy as pie to see and recognize. (The female red-winged blackbird is stocky, like her mate, but is striped brown, and sports some yellow around her conical bill.) The red-winged blackbird is uncommon in Shenandoah, but is native to this area and here in all four seasons. The bird can occasionally be found in wet areas, intermittent ponds, even near standing water along roadsides. The male red-winged blackbird is an attention seeker, preferring to sit up high where he's visible, flashing his red epaulets and singing his operatic song. #BirdYourWorld #FeatheredFriendsFriday #FindYourPark
Two feathered friends Lady Gaga ( white polish) and Cher sharing same spa time on this beautiful day and then getting photo bombed by Snowy the ham! #featheredfriendsfriday . . . #featheredfriends #polishhen #backyardpoultry #henstagram #backyardchickens #showchickens #hensofinstagram #petchicken #cherthepolishhen #petchickens #ladygagathepolishhen #snowytheameraucana #poultrynmotion
It's easy to see why so many birders simply adore the Lilac Breatsed Roller. Just look at those colours! #Featheredfriendsfriday #chitwachitwa #sabisands #southafrica #featheredfriends #birding #bidersparadise #chitwamoments Photograph by Chitwa Chitwa guide @dylanrleosmith
In celebration of 2018 Year of the Bird, Shenandoah National Park will feature a visiting or resident bird on Feathered Friend Fridays. Our first star is the White-breasted Nuthatch. These ever busy birds cache food (such as nuts) in bark crevices so they have food for the lean winter months. You might see a nuthatch whacking at a tree with its long beak as it hatches out a previous food stash -- thus earning its namesake! #birdyourworld #featheredfriendsfriday #featheredfriends #nuthatch #bird #shennps
Happy Feathered Friends Friday!! โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข #penguins #christmas #cutevideos #featheredfriends #featheredfriendsfriday #friday #holiday #viralvideos #videomarketing
feathered friend friday ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿค๐Ÿ•Š#fff #birdys #cockatiel #featheredfriendsfriday
Here's a little bit of #featheredfriendsfriday . Coco, a fellow poofy-nudey, from @jack_the_u2 was doing some scrolling liked a few of Calypso's pictures. ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜Ž Little Rascal #calypsocockatoo โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข #calypsoclan #cutestlittlenudists #friendsfriday #cockatoos #cockatoosofinstagram #parrot #parrotsaroundtheworld #europe #usa #birdiepenpals #birdsofinstagram #petstagram #love #cuteanimals #animallovers #goffin #ducorps #petsofig #igpetstars #love #sweet #exoticpet
This curious guy came right up to me looking for a snack. He looks just like my pet rooster I had as a kid, Peetie. He terrified me, but I loved him. #featheredfriendsfriday #farmlife #animalfriends #cockadoodledoo #birding #traveladdict
Penguins mate for life... Their social structures and sense of community remind me of the good in humanity. #featheredfriendsfriday #birds #birding #wildlife #beachsafari #love #southafrica
Zazu!! This Hornbill is looking for beetles in elephant dung. I don't remember that part in the Lion King #featheredfriendsfriday #featheredfriends #birds #birding #birdsofinstagram #birdsofafeather #wildafrica #safari #nature #traveladdict
#featheredfriendsfriday Ostrich edition! Wild Ostrich spotted at Cape Point South Africa. I ate an Ostrich steak in South Africa and I have to admit it was delicious #birding #birds #traveladdict #wildlife #wildafrica #safari #birdsofinstagram
Feathered Friends Friday: There are approximately 80 Saddle-billed storks in Kruger National Park. We were very lucky to spot one. They are the largest of the storks, this fella was only a few inches shorter than me ๐Ÿ˜ต I'm getting really into birding and I have created this hashtag in the hopes of posting a new bird every Friday, join me! ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿค๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฃ#featheredfriendsfriday #birds #birding #wings #safari #southafrica #animals #traveladdict #ibelieveicanfly #binocsout
this fragile start to friday taught me a lesson. life's too short not to fluff out your feathers, spread your wings and fly! #flyinginterrupted #featheredfriendsfriday #dosomethingamazingtoday #fridayonmymind #pauseforthought #freakyfriday #fragilefeathers #thisfragilelifewelead #spreadyourwingsandfly #mycanonworld @getawaymagazine
Every year we have a family or two, of house sparrows visit us. We put up a bird box & hope they use it!! We're always happy to see them & both Benny & Spooks were extremely happy when this little baby house sparrow landed on the window ledge! He stayed for about half an hour, even though 2 ridiculously excited cats were chattering & pawing at the window! We think he'd just fledged. He finally got the courage to try another flight & we later saw him in the tree, being fed by his dad. See you later little Fred! #cute #housesparrow #babybird #lovenature #naturelover #helloagain #fly #lovelife #igfamily #furrendsupclose #featheredfriendsfriday #birdfeeder #urbanlife #sparrow #wildbirds #nature #spring #fledgingbird #newlife
When you see me fly away without you / shadow on the things you know / feathers fall around you / and show you the way to go....#birds #neilyoung #afterthegoldrush #featheredfriendsfriday #fledgling #bluejays #birdsofinstagram #birdsinmybackyard #backyardbirds #wildbirdsofinstagram
The #birb for April is so precious on this calendar #ComedyBirb #WarblerEleganza #FeatheredFriendsFriday
There was a cardinal there once #featheredfriendsfriday #fff
Ellie's favorite way to sit - belly in my palm with her wings outstretched. ๐Ÿ˜โœ‹โ™ฟ๏ธ
@tlshil it was raining ill take a setup pic tmrw. But another limit #featheredfriendsfriday