Sunday, January 9, 2011

Backyard birding

For this weeks Mosaic Monday I thought I would show some of my favorite backyard birds. The birds enjoy the feeders in the winter months especially when there is snow on the ground. They need a reliable source of food for wintertime survival. I usually try to keep foods high in fat and energy like suet, peanuts can provide protein and high calorie food like the sunflower seeds. I have a tree nearby and a tangled mess of a trumpet vine that the birds hide in for protection from predators. I also have a heated birdbath for clean drinking water.

In this mosaic are some of my favorite yardbirds.. the Cardinal, Junco, White Throated Sparrow, Pine Siskin,  Redbreasted Nuthatch, Whitebreasted Nuthatch, bottom row are the Pine Warbler, Carolina Wren and the American Goldfinch. These photos in the mosaic below were taken with my Canon Power Shot.



  The Cardinals look pretty with a snowy background and are a pretty red to show off for Ruby Tuesday.



Male Cardinal on birdcam



For this weeks Mellow Yellow Monday I have one of my favorite and colorful winter birds the Pine Warbler.



Pine Warbler on Birdcam




Birdcam captured just one of the many squirrels I have hanging on my bird feeders.



I was really happy to get a Wingscape Birdcam for a Christmas present. So now I can see my yardbirds that visit when I am at work. Below, I also made a mosaic of some of the birdcam captures.


The birds seen below on my birdcam are the RB Nuthatch, WB Nuthatch, Pine Siskins, Goldies and Pine Warbler, Cardinal, Chickadees, Titmouse and the squirrel who wanted a closeup shot for his portfolio.

Of course a lot of my birdcam photos are of squirrels and a night time visitor the raccoon.




I hope you can visit these fun memes Mary's Mosaic Monday and Drowsey Monkey's Mellow Yellow Monday and Mary's Ruby Tuesday

Thanks to these great hosts and thank you for stopping by to see my post. I hope you enjoyed my backyard birds and maybe you can help feed the birds this winter.

Have a great week!  Eileen


54 comments:

Jackie said...

Wow, great photographs and how lovely to receive a birdcam for Christmas. I would love to have one in each of my nesting boxes for the Spring.

Looking forward to seeing lots more pictures from the cam....

Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The bird cam is a wonderful idea.The pictures are good quality,and it must be fascinating to see what was captured..
Blessings,Ruth

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Ah difficile dire quale uccello sia il più bello !
Buona serata :)
Myriam

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I have been enjoying the bird photographs that you post on Facebook each day. It's nice to see them all together on this blog post. Your raccoon is the first ever that I have seen on a bird feeder!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That birdcam must be tremendous, Eileen. How terrific.... I'm envious!!!!

Love your bird pictures. Wish we had more warblers around here. They are so pretty...

We don't have any Pine Siskins this year either. Two years ago we were over-run with the Siskins. The past two years --none....????

Thanks for the great pictures...LOVE them.
Hugs,
Betsy

rainfield61 said...

The birdcam captures whatever come in, anything.

Something from the 3rd dimension?

xinex said...

Fantastic photos, Eileen! Beautiful birds....Christine

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We love watching the birds and have SO many here in Florida! But we also have some critters that try to clean us out! Your photos are wonderful! Happy Monday! ♥

viel said...

what an excellent photo collection.

mine's here: http://vielerfolg.com/2011/01/09/all-year-round-blooms/

Pondside said...

That nighttime visitor is a nuisance, I'll bet!
It's been a long time since I last saw a cardinal - beautiful!

GrandmaK said...

Oh my!! The cardinals in their exquisite color is just beautiful!!! I do so the cardinal!!!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Ohhh am i impressed and a wee bit jealous-- your birds are so wonderful.

We (in utah) get sparrows and pigeons and sea gulls....ughhh no color!

Your shots are so fun!

Thanks for sharing your hobby.

Claudia

Mary said...

Love your cardinal photo with your snowy background! Your squirrel looks like he's posing for the camera :-)

Ebie said...

I love the different colors of the variety of species of birds! Nice collage.

Mary said...

I have never heard of a birdcam -- what an amazing idea! I love all your images, but that one of the cardinal looking straight at the camera with some attitude just made me laugh out loud! :)

podso said...

The webcam posts are great! And I love the pine warbler the best! Have a good week.

A Garden of Threads said...

Great shots of the birds in the backyard, what a wonderful present. I do feed the birds in the winter. They are so enjoyable to watch. Have a great week.

Snap said...

Wonderful bird images and loved the action at the feeders by the *furry* birds!!!!! :D :D :D

Kathiesbirds said...

What a nice mosaic! I have not seen one single red-breasted nuthatch since moving back here! I would love to see a pine warbler but I suspect they are all further south with you. Glad you are enjoying your new toy! It makes so much fun for us too!

Mary Lou said...

Wow. I need a birdcam! What great photos. I can not get a good shot of a bird before they fly off. I love yours.
thanks for your visit today.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

The bird cam gets great shots of the birds. I love to watch the birds in the backyard.

Elaine said...

What fun to have a bird cam! You have such a wonderful variety of birds at your feeders.

Ingmarie We said...

The photos of the birds are very impressive. I really do love the red cardinal, it is so special. Have a nice week.

TYRA said...

Brilliant photos Eileen! Very interesting post too. I would love to have one of those birdcams, great stuff.

Tyra

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Heavenly photos!!! I so love bird watching. Those cardinals just have to be my favorite backyard birds.

Kim, USA said...

The bird cam works good. I haven't seen birds in my bird feeder since I put bird seeds a week ago, just wondering. ^_^
Mellow Yellow Monday

Martha in PA said...

Happy New Year... I think this is my first time visiting you in 2011!
I love these photos and love that you have a birdcam... I want one! I don't have as much time to sit and watch the birds out my back door as I did last winter. I do still try and keep them feed.... even the squirrels... I can't help myself! They are just cute!
Mine is here

Carol said...

Beautiful photo's! Love the cardinal and the Pine Warbler!

What a great gift to have the bird cam!

Suzy said...

I've never seen a birdcam before, and I love your mosaics!

Mar said...

A bird cam is so special!! love your shots! happy Monday!

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

Hope you can drop by to peek at myentry, thank you!

Kay L. Davies said...

The pine warblers are adorable. So cute!
I've seen lots of squirrels on bird-feeders but never a raccoon.
Wonderful that you have a birdcam. What a great thing to have!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Eileen you get such a wonderful array of birds at your feeders! The bird cam was such a perfect gift for you. It must be fun to watch it and review who visited your birdfeeders for the day. The nocturnal racoon must have been a surprise! He was really caught in the act :)

momgen said...

thanks for sharing they pretty. Happy MYM!

Mine is here

NatureFootstep said...

how coool, you not only have a great number of birds in your backyard. You also have a birdcam :)

This week I have seen one bird, except for crows and jaqdaws :(

Hilke Breder said...

Eileen, now that I see your pictures, I just have to get a birdcam, particularly since I don't have a good view of my birdfeeder. You are getting a wonderful variety of visitors! I love your pics!

Mama Zen said...

Awesome captures!

Anja said...

Dear Eileen, your mosaic is so impressive this week, wow..
I thought when one could hear all these birds, what a concert it would be! Have a good week! Anja

Pagan Sphinx said...

This could be our house, Eileen! Our squirrels are the fattest in the neighborhood. Two years ago, we had a whole family of raccoons visiting at night. Adorable but noisy!

Great series of photos. I'm too impatient to photograph birds, so I really appreciated it.

reg said...

That Cardinal is so beautiful. not to mention all the other birds

Ralph said...

What's with these marauding pests stealing some one else's food instead of foraging on their own?

What a beautiful collection of avians that visit you. To offer them food is wonderful, as they pay you back with their visits and beauty!

EG Wow said...

LOVE these photos, Eileen! Wonderful!

Ann said...

on behalf of all my feathered friends, thank you for the yummy food.

My Chinese name is spelt SUET, my friends tease that no wonder I am fat.

maria said...

Awesome captures!

Happy Ruby.

Maria @ LSS

eden said...

These are gorgeous creatures. Love all your pictures and collage.

Indrani said...

So many different kinds of birds, a virtual treat indeed.

Greyscale Territory said...

A wonderful collection of little ones and what a clever way to photograph them!

Luna Miranda said...

your bird shots are amazing!

hip-chick said...

Such wonderful pictures! Isn't it just amazing how beautiful birds are.

Eden said...

Great captures of the birds and the squirrel is so cute.

Martha Z said...

Even here in California it has been COLD. I must fill my feeders daily.
You get a grater variety than do I, only the yellow rump has visited my suet feeder.

Gattina said...

Beautiful bird pictures ! Definitively not a post for my cats, lol !

DoanLegacy said...

Gorgeous birds, and so many different kinds to see..

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I was excited to see the Red-Breasted Nuthatch as I had never seen one in a picture or in life. I also got tickled by your non-bird visitors to that feeder! I have a lot of Grey Squirrels who raid the feeders but no, I think, raccoons! Have a great day! I love the blog!