Sunday, January 13, 2013

More from around the yard

I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday.

These are some shots from around my yard showing what it looks like after some snow in January.  Today was a bust weather wise, all we saw was a foggy damp day. So much for today being sunny and 60 which was predicted for today.

In my mosaic, I have the Mourning Doves and a Cardinal, Holly Bush, Chickadee and Titmouse, more Mourning Doves, American Goldfinches and a couple of Pine Siskins.







We had to have a large pine tree cut down that was growing right next to our house and we saved some of these large pieces or stumps to use for bird baths or in this case I spread some sunflower seed on top for the birds or critters to eat.




At times my yard can be filled with Mourning Doves, they seem a little shy around me. In the photo above the weeping cherry tree is a favorite spot for all the birds to land before going to the birdfeeders. It is cool, some of my yardbirds let me stand out on the deck right next to them.



The tangled monster behind the birdhouse is a trumpet vine we have climbing up the side of our deck on a trellis. We did not cut it down in the fall because the birds use it to perch and hide in. I like to have lots of spots for the birds to go to for protection and my monster seems to work well. Above you can find a Chickadee on top of the birdhouse and behind is a Titmouse perch on the monster.


Above is my tree stump, some holly berries and my purple coneflower seed head. I have seen the Goldfinches on the seed head multiple times. It was well worth letting the flowers go to seed.


Around in the backyard is another tree stump with a bird bath sitting on it, but it was covered with snow on this day. On this side of the backyard we have some rhododendron bushes, butterfly bushes, a dogwood tree, an azalea bush in front our shed. I think hubby cuts back the butterfly bushes in the early spring and they grow back each year.


Above I caught a cute Red-breasted Nuthatch behind the Mourning Dove.


In the winter, the only color I see are the holly berries on our holly bushes. I hope you enjoyed the walk around my yard and my birds. 




To see more wonderful photos and mosaics please visit Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday
 Thanks to Mary of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy .  Thanks also for stopping by to see my post.  I wish everyone a happy week!

71 comments:

Lynne said...

Love the Holly, great picture of the Morning Dove. I like your Trumpet Vine shelter. I bet it is pretty with the flowers in bloom!

We were 53 yesterday near Grand Rapids, Michigan, about an hour away it made 60. Crazy weather climate change, indeed!

TexWisGirl said...

i like all the shrubbery, trees, vines, etc. you provide for the birds for cover and landing spots. the goldfinches on your ball sunflower feeder just make me smile. :)

Julie Hargreaves said...

lovely photos

Vee said...

The trumpet vine is wonderful...very helpful to the birds...neither of which I saw until you pointed them out to me. I read that and thought..."Really?" Yes, really! ☺ Beautiful holly berries for winter color. I know what you mean about the promised warmth. Who cares if it's foggy. Same story here today.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Thanks for the tour around your yard. I always enjoy seeing it and your bird photos. I love the holly.

Jill c",) said...

You really love these beautiful birds :)

Lovely :)) have a great week:))

EG CameraGirl said...

I can see why the birds like to visit your yard! It's inviting for humans too.

Cheri said...

What an inviting spot. We have had doves here and they don't usually come to our woods.

Carolina Mts

Beth said...

The holly is so beautiful! I enjoyed seeing the birds and plants in your yard today, Eileen.

Lorrie said...

You've made your yard a most welcome place for the birds - no wonder you have so many of them. Lovely photos, once again.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful birds. Your yard is a heaven for these birds.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I think it's great that you keep little areas for the birds to hide in. The previous owner of our house left some ugly bushes that I was ready to tear out, but then I started noticing different birds using it for shelter. Sigh. So I guess they'll stay. You got some wonderful snaps of so many birds!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It sure is pretty with the dusting of snow. The weather has been so unusual even here in Florida! A lot warmer than normal! We never see that many doves at one time. Wonderful photos!

Regina said...

Beautiful yard and enjoyable critters.
Thank you for sharing.

Great captures!

Have a wonderful new week.

xp

diane b said...

The holly bush is beautiful with its red berries and snow flakes. The birds are all pretty but I love the Mourning doves all sitting in the weeping tree. I did back yard birds today quite a lot different to yours.

Bob Bushell said...

It's Christmas again, or that's what it looks like. A beautiful scene Eileen.

Stewart M said...

nice pictures - I'd like to have a bit of snow in the garden for a few days each year.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Crafty Green Poet said...

what lovely photos, i love the way the cardinal is so bright and visible even through all the branches

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!I love the holly berries !!Great collage and photos!!Beautiful birds. Your yard is a heaven for these birds!Have a lovely week!
Dimi..

Danielle said...

It is so hard to imagine snow as it is eighty degrees here in sunny Florida. I need to get out in my garden today and spruce up....I love your photos. Thank you so much for stopping by my place and saying hello.

orchid said...

Dearest Eileen,
Oh, I enjoyed the walk around your yard with winter scene♡♡♡ Beautiful holly berries and lovely Mourning Dove and other birds♬♬♬
I wonder your pine tree was similar kind of ours. Two big one (trimmed by professional) in our small garden died weevil damage, which made us so sad(^^;)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

rainfield61 said...

That is a freezing walk.

shooting star said...

lovely...and such a wonderful birds..wish I had a big enough yard....i got a nice view from my apartment and lots of trees, but sadly bot many variety of birds!!

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DeniseinVA said...

Pretty, pretty photos Eileen. Loved the collage especially. Have a great week!

beyondzephyr.com said...

I enjoy your photos from around your yard. The birds and the holly berries are beautiful.

ShySongbird said...

A lovely post Eileen, I do enjoy seeing your garden, it really is a haven for wildlife. I love that you leave the tree stumps as bird baths or food tables, a great idea! The photo of all the doves and the solitary little male Cardinal was very striking. Love the Holly berries too, the birds have eaten all the berries on mine...but that's fine by me, we have snow here too so any help the birds can get is good :-)

Diana Taylor said...

What a wonderful garden you have, and so many birds in it! I am very envious that you guys have the red cardinal over there - I think they are the most stunning bird and I would dearly love to see one in my dreary UK garden - but that will never happen - so for now a big thank you for sharing yours with me!

Riet said...

What a wonderful garden you must have and the birds do love it too.Great photo's Eileen

A Garden of Threads said...

You have the perfect yard for the birds. Enjoy their visits.

Julie G. said...

It's always fun to see how others have set up their bird feeders, baths and gardens for wildlife. Looks like your yards are quite popular with the birds. I love the image with the bright red cardinal sitting amongst the sea of doves. Very pretty holly bush! It must be especially nice to see color over the winter months. Wonderful post, as always!

Rohrerbot said...

Your birds are so lovely. Cardinals get me everytime I see them:) I can never stop taking pics of them! Hope you're having a good week and thanks for sharing your birds and fun:)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your yard (or park as you could be perfectly justified in calling it) is still absolutely beautiful in Winter and I love how you've made it so bird-friendly. Love the one picture of all those birds with the one pop of a red one!

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

I can surely understand why you are so popular with the birds, Eileen!! You do provide such great places for them! I love it!!A perfect little park for the feathered guys! Great captures for the day! Hope you have a lovely week!

NatureFootstep said...

yes, I enjoyed it. It is a great place to live.

mick said...

Your yard with the snow all over it looks beautiful. I like all the bushes for the birds to rest and hide in.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

We have been having some very mild weather here too. The doves like to sit in any patch of sun they can find in the yard. Valerie

Kerri said...

Now that's a LOT Of doves all in one spot!

Carol L McKenna said...

Beautiful photography of your amazing yard ~ looks like a bird sanctuary ~ lovely ~

(A Creative Harbor)

Rebecca said...

Nice winter captures. Love the way the cardinal pops!

Dianne said...

I've loved the walk around your yard Eileen .... that stunning Cardinal and the holly tree with the snow sitting prettily upon its leaves .... Just delightful.


"Adelaide and Beyond"

Happyone said...

All great photos but the one that caught my eye was the red cardinal among the mourning doves.

Karen said...

Terrific shots! You have a great yard for attracting birds.

Carver said...

Wonderful mosaics and also individual shots. I always enjoy seeing your nature shots and nice to see the snowy ones.

Photo Cache said...

I enjoy nature watching thru your lens. Keep up the good work.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Beautiful winter scene & bird pics!

SquirrelQueen said...

Eileen, you have created a wonderful safe haven for the little birds. I love the idea of the stump birdbath.

Pondside said...

If you hadn't pointed out the wee bird in the tangle of vine, I would have missed it. Your back yard is an interesting place!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I really enjoyed the walk around your yard! So nice that you leave some places for the birds to perch and hide. We recently got our property logged and have seen sooooo many birds out here this winter with all the branches everywhere!

ladyfi said...

Such pretty shots. Love the red cardinal among those doves!

Indrani Ghose said...

As always! delightful captures!

Martha Z said...

I would have missed that nuthatch if you hadn't called attention to it. No snow around here but it sure is cold for California of late.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I love your pictures Eileen! I am following you and I hope you will do the same :)

Jannibele said...

Great photos from your garden. Love the one with the bird. Great fellow:)

magiceye said...

Beautiful captures as always!

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series shows you - thank you for showing these beautiful images / collages. Wish you a good day :) Hanne Bente

Chris said...

Beautiful post Eileen... I love the mourning dove tree ;-) We, time to time have snow over here too, but it is constantly melting the next day because then it rains :-(

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos, I like those great mosaic of nature.

Kusum Sanu said...

You have captured beauty of the winter Eileen! Nice :)

LifeRamblings said...

your yard looks truly inviting. thanks for sharing your beautiful world.

Hazel Ceej said...

My garden vocabulary is getting better, thanks to your post. I especially love the last three shots.

Anna said...

Such a beautiful captures, Eileen!
Love your world...;))
Have a nice week and warm greetings Anna

Fun60 said...

Love the way that red cardinal stands out amongst the doves.

George said...

Your 'monster' provides a great perch for your feathered visitors. I like what you've done with the tree stumps in your yard.

Debbie said...

WoW eileen, you really do have a happy yard, lots of beauties keeping you company!!

i am soooo happy you saved a piece of that tree. a birdhouse would also look amazing sitting right on top!!

so many people have done that here with the trees that were damaged by sandy!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Beautiful birds and outstanding pictures! It is an icy rainy day here in TN. No snow. I would have preferred snow. Have a great day!

Yoshi said...

Thanks for sharing your world. Your yard is awesome and you captured little cute shy critters so well.
Have a wonderful week.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Eileen, ir is all very pretty and yes, I know what you mean about those weather predictions...We should all take a lesson in watching the wildlife, and what they do before weather changes...they always know;')

Carole M. said...

I certainly did enjoy the walk around your yard, seeing the snow, and good to make use of the tree stump (will it not regenerate?) To remove large trees here property owners are bound to get council permission first. Does it happen that way for you too I wonder?

Maria said...

I like this little amount of snow only. not too much nor too little.

Łucja-Maria said...

All your pictures are beautiful.
Looking at them, I like winter.
I send greetings.
Lucia