I've been whipping out my new Nikon 1, attempting to capture images of birds. Not having read the manual, all were snapped using fully automatic mode - all I set was the zoom, mostly at full zoom of whichever lens I had on the camera. Of 71 photos, only 7 or 8 were close enough to be in focus that I went ahead and cropped them.
First up, are a couple of photos (below) of the previously posted red-breasted nuthatch. This time I got a couple of frames in focus. The bird in the background of the photo on the right is a female downy woodpecker.
Ever since at least mid-summer, we have had a family of tufted titmice hanging about our yard. Although we started with a family of five, I believe that one or two of them have met untimely ends - I only see three at a time, these days. Here are a couple of photos (below)that include two titmice - the extra bird being a chickadee. Don't ask me which kind: I don't know. I used to think that I could tell the difference between a black-capped and a Carolina. However, we live in an overlap area where I am convinced that the two species teach one another their calls/songs and where they may even interbreed. If you want to "bone up" on the differences, see Tricky Bird IDs. (The photos make it appear that it is easy to differentiate the two species. That is misleading - they appear more alike, in person, than the two photos imply. They got two specimens that were at the extremes of their plummages.)
The next couple of photos (below) are posted with some trepidation on my part. The reason I snapped photos of the birds at all was because they were flitting about too much for my old eyes to be able to focus on them. I believe that they are female pine siskins. Just a week previously, we had had a mixed flock of 7 male and female pine siskins; but, this time, I saw no males.