Sunday, July 15, 2012

More birds and blooms

Amazing how fast the weeks fly by,  linking up with The Bird D'pot and  Mosaic Monday  and Our World Tuesday

I spent more of my weekend around home so I have some more shots of my yard birds and flowers that are in bloom right now.

Above the Gray Catbird are regulars visitors in my yard, above I saw a few juvie Catbirds at the blueberry bushes. I love the hibiscus plant I have in a pot on my deck. The blooms are beautiful.




Gorgeous blooms on the hibiscus plant.


Above the Bluejay is another regular visitor, along with the Redbellied Woodpeckers. In my front yard I have some of Maryland's state flower blooming the Black-eyed Susan and bottom right is a cute birdhouse that the House Wren used for its nest.



I believe this is the Eastern Black Swallowtail above, I am not sure why but this year does not seem to be a good year for butterflies in my yard.

The Black-eyed Susans are the state flower of Maryland. I have a small group growing in my front yard. I am hoping that next year they become thicker and spread.




To see more wonderful photos and mosaics please visit  The Bird D'pot and Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday.  
Thank You to Anni of the Bird D'pot and  Mary the host of Mosaic Monday and to th hosting group at Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sandy and Sylvia.  I wish everyone a HAPPY week ahead.

78 comments:

Anni said...

Gorgeous birds, stunning and colorful flowers...and the butterflies are magnificent!!!

Thanks for linking up.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

You have such a great eye and find the most interesting flora and fauna. Beautiful shots, all.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Charlene: the Polarblogger said...

What a pleasure to view such birds and flowers with you! I like the birds that you captured.

Sue said...

I never see my catbirds---just hear them..
Lovely photos, as usual.

Kerri said...

Such a lovely variety of wildlife! Beautiful captures!

Cloudy said...

In so einem Garten fühlen sich alle wohl, und Platz ist ja auch genug da...

Lieben Gruß
CL

rainfield61 said...

Flowers and birds decorate your day.

TexWisGirl said...

i love the catbirds! wish we had them here!

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Wishing you a great Sunday night :)
Hanne Bente

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Eileen, Great pictures of your flowers and birdies. I love Black Eyed Susans... Need to think about getting some sometime.

Have you ever heard the Catbird's call/cry???? Sounds like a baby crying.. Quite interesting.
Hugs,
Betsy

Gary said...

Love catbirds, the swallowtail and of course the black-eyed susans.So full marks on the whole post. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew said...

I always learn something new when I see your posts... your wildlife is stunning.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I just love your bird and flower photos!

Phil said...

Hey you put my swing as your header Eileen - Don't forget I have my name on it. Great shots of the Catbird, the Black Swalowtail is superb and Black Eyed Susan, that's just a brilliant name for a brilliant flower. Have a good week.

HansHB said...

A great post, a lot of splendid photos!

Frank said...

Great to see all that colour in and around your garden Eileen.

A very poor season, so far, for butterflies over here as well ... far too much rain!

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful photos Eileen, I love the hibiscus.

barbara l. hale said...

Wonderful photos! And I love your header pic.

Jenn Jilks said...

Love the birds! Keep findig more I have never seen before!
Greetings from Cottage Country!

EG CameraGirl said...

You have such a lovely variety of birds that frequent your yard. I've only seen catbirds in wooded areas, never in my yard even though we have trees and shrubs. The hibiscus plant sure is a beauty!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Beautiful, feathered characters! Love the colourful collage presentation!

Connie said...

I'm trying to visit as many people as I can for Mosaic Monday, sugar. And you're the first. Beautiful photos! Nice to meet you.
xoxo,
Connie

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful shots Eileen. I started planting Black Eyed Susan last year and this year they are pretty good but not as many yet. I have a black eyed susan but it's white they call it white swan. ^_^


Kim,USA

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Isn't the catbird and soft shade of gray! Beautiful photos! Happy Monday!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful photos Eileen...the butterflies are particularly amazing to me. Your picture of the hibiscus is also gorgeous.

Lavender Cottage said...

You always share interesting birds and look at the perfect swallowtail! Usually when I find them to photograph, part of the tail or wings has a piece out of it.
Judith

ellen b. said...

so much to enjoy seeing here, Eileen. Love all the birdies!!

A Garden of Threads said...

This is the first year I have had a Catbird in the garden, they are such a beautiful shade of grey. Your garden is gorgeous Eileen.

mick said...

Great photos of the birds, blooms, and butterflies!

Icy BC said...

Love your photos, of everything! But of course the hibiscus and the butterfly are gorgeous!

GrandmaK said...

You always have the most wonderful pictures!!! The butterfly pic is grand! Cathy

Vee said...

Birds, butterflies, and blossoms...those hibiscus are something wonderful now, aren't they! I don't know if I've ever seen a gray catbird until now. I really don't think so.

Pamela Gordon said...

Great photos of your garden blooms and birds. I've never seen a catbird and don't know if they live here in eastern Canada. Have a great week.

Denise said...

Hi Eileen,

Your photos are marvelous! Your banner is lovely with the purple coneflowers; the butterflies typically love those.

We love birding at our house, too. We have three bird feeders in use at the moment, and we usually get the Red-bellied Woodpeckers every day. They are one of my favorites. Have you seen the Downy Woodpeckers? We get those too. I've only seen one catbird, to my knowledge, but as I recall, it had a wonderful birdsong.

Thanks so much for your visit and your kind comments. I hope you have a great week!

Denise at Forest Manor

Debbie Miller @HooootOwl said...

Beautiful photos! Love the Catbird, I heard several today while out and about, but didn't get to see them.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of flowers and birds from your yard. I liked the grey catbird shots very much.

Rohrerbot said...

Love catbirds. They're fun to watch jump around the branches and ground. As for butterflies, sometimes it's a moisture, humidity, heat thing. I was thinking the same thing today on a photo shoot. It seems that they're only now "warming" up. Usually June is full of them.

Gattina said...

The bird pictures are gorgeous ! You could make a calender with your photos !

Daniel LaFrance said...

Never seen a Catbird before. I'll have to check to see if they make it up here in Ontario.

Beautiful gardens and feathered visitors.

Carole M. said...

lovely collages and beautiful birds

Elaine said...

Beautiful! I love that hibiscus plant!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very wonderful and those juvie catbird images, they are so secretive around here, great job! I think that is what I may have taken images of yesterday, but have not uploaded them yet. I love those large Hibiscus, and your other posies and friends that visited your garden. Have a lovely week Eileen~

Rita said...

First, I love your header. Lovely shot.

You get such wonderful captures of birds. Love the Hibisus. It is so dry here mine has quit blooming . I have never seen a gray cattail before it is lovely.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Great photos of the catbird. He is a lovely soft colour. The hibiscus is very pretty too. Valerie

My Little Home and Garden said...

Fantastic birds, butterflies and blooms!

Wanda plain~N~simple said...

Beautiful collection! Now that you mentioned it, I have'nt seen many butterflies here in Tennessee this year, and am still waiting for more Hummingbirds.

diane b said...

Love your header and the Bluejay and the butterfly are stunning.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful collages / images you show. Ønskerdig a good day / good new week :) Hanne Bente

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Hi Eileen, thanks for dropping by. I too love the Hibiscus. Used to always have one but some how got away from them. Your photography is excellent. Beautiful colors and nice mosaics.
QMM

Happyone said...

I love black eyed susans. I had them in my yard and they have a tendency to take over everything. I was forever digging them up and giving them to anyone who wanted them.
I've seen a lot of butterflies this year too.

Linda Gross said...

Very nice collages. One collage caught my eye more than the other. I like how you have the black eyed susans and the bird house together. The colors are great!

laura.forestdreams:) said...

love all your yard critters AND blooms eileen!!

and your header...beautiful!!

Mumsy said...

I love your post! So many fantastic nature photos to see and feed my soul.

Denise said...

Your catbird photos are great Eileen, they're such pretty little birds. Love your garden flowers too, and the other birds of course :) Have a great week!

Yael Ben-Ari said...

You have some beautiful photos of flowers and birds in your garden. The gray catbird is really sweet.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pics! :)

Robert Geiss said...

What an oasis you live in ...


Please have you all a good Tuesday.

daily athens photo

Lesley said...

you already have dozens of comments, but I have to add my appreciation of your beautiful shots.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Your world is a beautiful place!Fantastic Pics!

Sylvia K said...

You do indeed live in a beautiful world, Eileen! I love your birds and butterflies and colorful flowers! Wonderful captures for the day! Have a great week!!

Dianne said...

You have beauty in your own back-yard. Happy week Eileen.

Carver said...

The flowers are very beautiful.I also love seeing the birds and butterflies.

KB said...

Lovely.

SquirrelQueen said...

You have so many lovely little visitors to your backyard Eileen. The little gray catbird is adorable. Great shot of the Eastern Black Swallowtail!

betchai said...

beautiful birds and flowers, oh, would love to have your kind of visitors in our yard too.

Joyful said...

I LOVE all the photos from your garden.

Indrani said...

Love the variety you have today. So hard to choose between the critters and the flowers.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Your flower blooms are stunning, and I fell in love with the swallowtail and the blue jay. What a feast for the eyes in this post!

Jen said...

So pretty- love the young catbird especially, so cute! And the swallowtail is gorgeous..

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, especially the Bluejay, he is handsome.

ShySongbird said...

A lovely look around your garden Eileen both on this post and the last. I have serious Hibiscus envy after seeing yours, what a beauty! I also love the swallowtail, a magnificent butterfly and of course I'm so envious of your lovely little Hummingbird. Lovely photos throughout!

Randi said...

Your garden is so beautiful! I love the Bluejay...amazing colors.

NatureFootstep said...

I´m not sure I have seen the catbird before. It looks nice.

eden said...

Beautiful photos as always. I love your garden.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a joyful summery post -- every flower and every bird is wonderful.

Jeannette StG said...

Wow, you've got lots of comments, Eileen! Beautiful pics! Saw something about smugmug -have a friend working there:)

Kathie Brown said...

Wonderful shots. I have not seen any catbirds in my yard since the mulberries all got eaten!

AVCr8teur said...

I like the fancy flowery House Wren birdhouse. With so many wonderful birds and flowers just in your backyard, you don't need to go to a nature preserve.