Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Around the yard VII

I am linking up my Nuthatch post with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

These are just a few of the birds some at my feeders and around my yard the last couple of days.


 The Male Purple Finch is a beauty, he has been accompanied by what looks like three females. Hanging with three females, he must be quite the dude!


 A couple of the Pine Siskins enjoying the sunflower seeds. Their mouths moving so much, they did not come out clear on the photo.



 The female Downy Woodpecker seems to love the suet.


The Pine Warbler also loves the peanut butter suet. This a pretty male Pine Warbler above. The last couple of winters I have been seeing the male at my feeders.


One of the female Purple Finches, that have been regular visitors to the feeders with the sunflower seeds.


Lately I have been seeing two Pileated Woodies flying over my yard, this time it was a foggy morning when one landed on this tree. There is a dead tree across from my driveway that they seem to be enjoying.  Not the best photo, but you can see that it is the Pileated Woodpecker. They are huge birds with mostly a black back and when you see them flying they have white spots under their wings. They have a red crested head and the male has what I call a red moustache, the female's is black. They can be extremely loud too. I am just happy they are around my yard.

To see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

46 comments:

Lynne said...

Great photos . . . you must have a perfect place to capture such wonderful photos. Suet suggestion?

Sue said...

Always enjoy those Pileated. You're so fortunate to have them. We rarely see one anymore--there's been quite a bit of logging in the area. Loss of habitat affects so many animals/birds around here...

John said...

What an amazing selection of birds Eileen! I would give my right arm to have them in my back garden!
J
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Pieces of Sunshine said...

Each of these birds are "new" to me. Lovely shot of the male Pine Warbler.

Dan Huber said...

Great shots Eileen - I think the pine siskins have gone for good for me, but we'll see when there is snow

Maria said...

Great variety of birds!

Leora said...

You get such variety in your yard. Love the finch. And the warbler is a treat as well.

rainfield61 said...

What a shy bird it is in the first picture, with a red face.

TexWisGirl said...

i'm hoping you can help i.d. some awful warbler photos i posted today. :)

Julie G. said...

Eileen, you have some lovely birds visiting your backyard. That male Pine warbler certainly is beautiful. It's always a pleasure to see the Pileated Woodpeckers. We have a few in our area but I can't seem to get a decent photograph of any of them. I could just sit at the window and watch the feeding birds you featured in this wonderful post all day long.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I'm always surprised with the bright colors of the birds you capture. I love the purple finch. He's so beautiful!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely series of photos. The pileated woodpecker looks most impressive!

Happyone said...

You have so many bird visitors to you yard. They must really like what you put out for them. Love all your photos as always.

Carletta said...

I've seen the purple finch at my feeder but he doesn't come often.
Yes, you can definitely tell that's a Pileated. So excited for you. Two were here a few weeks ago but I haven't seen or heard them since.
A lovely series of your yardbirds Eileen!
Have a wonderful week!

Ken Schneider said...

That is great, having a Pine Warbler at your feeder. I'm still looking for my first of the fall/winter season in my neighborhood. Nice shots of the Purple Finches, too!

mick said...

Great photos and a very nice variety of birds. That male Purple Finch is a real beauty!

bailey-road.com said...

Great sighting of the Pileated Woodpecker!

Pam :) said...

Love the colors of the Purple Finch dude and Pine warbler.
Wouldn't know a Pine Siskin if it bit me but they sure are cute.
Great Pileated woody silhouette.

Eileen, your knowledge of birds is mighty impressive.

Larry said...

What awesome yard birds Eilleen! That Pine Warbler is very handsome and I am so envious of your Pileated Woodie.

Jori said...

Gorgeous birds! I was trying my dangdest to get a picture of a cardinal today. I was never quick enough. :)

Betsy Adams said...

Great group of birds, Eileen. I never see Warblers here --but they are so pretty.... Our finches are mostly Goldfinches and House Finches.

Great photo of your Pileated.. One came to the suet feeder this week--but I didn't get a picture.
Hugs,
Betsy

AVCr8teur said...

Purple is a pleasing color so I can see why the females hang around or perhaps this male finch is just a stud.

Rohrerbot said...

You're a birder with an awesome backyard for birding:) Not jealous at all:)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice set of birds - some of my favourites are there as well!

The first time I ever saw a Pileated is in my "Top 10" wildlife sightings!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW. Stewart M - Melbourne

Bob Bushell said...

Your garden is a heaven for the birds, precious. I love the Pine Warbler, its great.

Timeless said...

Yep, it's that time of year to get those bird feeders out and running. Otherwise it's a long and boring winter.

Tina´s PicStory said...

very cute! great captured :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

I don't know where to start with picking a favourite from this fabulous collection of little birds - so I won't! I'll just enjoy them all!! You're so lucky!!

Kerri said...

Love your birdies! I never see purple finches - only house finches here. How cool to have the a visit from a Pileated :)

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Every time I come to your post, I want to take out my paintbox and paint. I love painting birds and your photographs are magnificent.

Have a lovely day.

Karen

NatureFootstep said...

so nice to have them around. :)

We have a snow storm right now. Windy and lots of snow causing problems for people. :(

Icy BC said...

Such wonderful and beautiful birds around your yard!

DeniseinVA said...

Great shots of your backyard birds Eileen. I've only ever seen the Pileated Woodpecker once, on a walk across the battlefields in Manassas, and never the Pine Warbler, such a cute little bird.

jewaicious said...

What beautiful captures, each one making me smile.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!Your yard is full of beautiful birds!!A perfect place to visit!!Amazing pictures as always!!Wishing you a lovely day!
Dimi..

Karen said...

Great shots, that finch is lovely!

Linda Gross said...

I have been seeing the male Downy Woodpecker at our feeder the past few days. The cloud cover, though, is heavy, making for dark and dreary days. I would love some sunshine, if only to capture a good picture of the male downy woodpecker. I have not ever seen a pileated woodpecker, except in photographs.

Dave said...

lovely post, however I did smile when I saw the suet feeder closed together with a garden tie.... exactly what I have to do, great minds!

Rambling Woods said...

I haven't had any siskins or purple finches and would love to get a photo of the pileated that I hear. Love all your birdy visitors Eileen.. hugs.. Michelle

Brian King said...

A great variety of birds! We don't see siskins or any warblers. I didn't know warblers even visited feeders. I'm envious of the Pileated Woodpeckers. They're awesome!

i stora drag said...

Hi Eileen! Many nice photos of your birds! I would like to see that Purple Finch some day, it looks so good! :)

And of course I want to congratulate to your 500th post! (I think I'm on 421th now) Wonderful photos of the sunrise there!
Greetings Pia

Laura said...

wonderful photos Eileen! We have seen a pileated woodpecker just twice in the forest behind our home... it has been a long time.

Kathie Brown said...

That's quite a collection Eileen! It's never boring in your yard!

Wally Jones said...

Looks like you're getting some really good visitors to your feeders. Nice images!

Gypsy Lala said...

Hi, I used to bookmark your blog, I enjoy reading all your photos and post about nature and birds, a new follower now. You're so fortunate to stay at a place to see all these wonderful things around.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

GREAT shots and wonderful yard visitors!

i haven't seen...or heard...the woodpeckers lately. i wonder why?
must be the crows! they chased them all north...to you! =)