Saturday, March 23, 2013

Yardbirds

I am linking up with Camera Critters and I'd-rather-b-birdin

It's official Spring has Sprung, but where? Certainly not here, our temp's have been in the 30's and 40's, cold blustery days. This coming Sunday they are calling for another snow/rain event. Did Punxsutawney Phil get it wrong and are we due for more winter weather? Do you even believe a groundhog can predict the weather? I think I hear Florida calling my name.

For this weekend's critter and bird post I have some of my yardbirds from during the week.




One of my pretty White-throated Sparrows, they are a winter bird. I guess that is why I am still seeing them. They know winter has not left yet.


This is a Fox Sparrow, they are also another winter bird for my area. I guess they do not believe it is Spring either. They are pretty with their vivid rust streaks.


The American Goldfinches are one of my year round birds. They usually they wear their dull look in the winter months. 


The Pine Siskins are one of the irruptive year birds, they visit in the winter only during certain years. They are always welcome in my yard and at my feeders. They can even bring more of their friends.


The White-Breasted Nuthatch is another one of my year round birds, lately I have been seeing two chasing each other around. Not sure if it two males being territorial or if they are a couple.


One of the many female Cardinals I am seeing in my yard. Pretty soon the territorial couple will chase off all the other Cardinals and I will be left with the mating couple for awhile.


Not sure if this is the Mrs mate, I am seeing at least 5 or 6 male Cardinals in the yard. One will be the lucky guy!


I caught the Bluejay at the birdbath, I guess he/she at sometime has to wash down all those peanuts they eat.

I hope you enjoy my yardbirds, I love to show them all off, they are so pretty. I am not sure how long my winter visitors will be sticking around..not much longer. Thanks for visiting my post and for the nice comments.

To see more wonderful critters and photos please visit and join in on the fun with Misty Dawn's Camera Critters and to see some lovely birds check out  I'd-rather-b-birdin

Thanks to Misty Dawn for hosting Camera Critters and to Anni the host of I'd rather-b-birdin. I wish everyone a great weekend and Happy Birding.




63 comments:

✿ chica said...

São lindos os pássaros e a neve não quer deixar a primavera chegar,não é?

Tenho um filho na Inglaterra e mandou fotos agorinha,com neve lá! beijos,chica

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely birds, and caught them really close.

John said...

A lovely group of shots Eileen! I am really envious of what you get as 'normal' birds, we ahve to put up with Chaffinches and Blackbirds here in the U.K.!
J

Terry said...

You get a nice variety of yard birds too. We have winter birds that have not left yet also. It's still winter here.

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow!!! I'm really moved by the beauty of these birds(^_^)v  How gorgeous to live with them♡♡♡   Thank you very much for the feast for my eyes. Good medicine for my upset stomach p;)

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

Tammy said...

Great captures, Eileen! You have such beautiful visitors! The male and female Cardinals are so pretty as is the Nuthatch!

rainfield61 said...

The birds is here to tell you:

Spring is coming back.

Loredana Donovan said...

Pretty birds. The bluejay is my favorite. And the groundhog was wrong. It's still very cold here, too. Stay warm! :)

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Don't you love the song birds and back yard birds!! I still need to get a round wire ball like you have for the sunflower seeds! You have a nice assortment of birds!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful shots, eileen! really nice up-close and personal portraits!

Misty DawnS said...

Very beautiful photos! I love the fox sparrow and the cardinals!

Lynne said...

That little Fox Sparrow needs to receive more credit. Colorings are very nice . . . Great close up photos Eileen . . .

My Maine Blog said...

Your photographs of these magnificent little creatures are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them. Two days ago I spotted a few Cardinals so yes even though there's still snow on ground here the birds are telling us spring has arrived.

Brian King said...

Great photos, Eileen! We don't have siskins or nuthatches, unfortunately. Love your shots of the cardinals and White-throated Sparrow!

Nancy Claeys said...

They are all such pretty birds! Some I have not seen before. :)

c3720e30-481b-11e0-b6fd-000bcdca4d7a said...

die Erzeisige sind auch hier am Futterhaus und unser Wetter ist auch kein Frühling.

LG zum Wochenende vom katerchen

Anki-itte said...

So nice to have all these guests at the bird table.

Cheryl said...

That fox sparrow was the first thing that caught my eye. What a gorgeous bird, especially compared to its much more drab cousins.

I've heard and seen our mating cardinals all winter but I haven't gone out with my camera often.

Like your birds, I know winter's never going to end.

DeniseinVA said...

I may have mentioned it before but I learn a lot from my visits here. Your photos and identifications are wonderful! Thanks Eileen and have a great weekend :)

Genie Robinson said...

WOW!!! You had one blow out week in your yard. I would go bonkers if I EVER saw this many different birds in even a year. Love the post. Your macros are super duper. genie

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!Wonderful photos!Great captures!!As always your yard-birds are so beautiful!!I realy love the cardinal bird!!Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Dimi..

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful shots. You've had so many lovely visitors.

caite said...

Love that nuthatch..and Mr. Show- off cardinal

MandaBurms said...

Your photos are stunning! And I love your colourful birds you have coming to your home. Thank you for sharing!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what lovely photos of a lovely selection of birds

Mama Zen said...

I've never seen a fox sparrow before. Gorgeous bird!

Mia McPherson said...

Your yard birds are gorgeous Eileen!

Winter is still trying to hold on here too, it snowed this morning.

VioletSky said...

It is nice to have some of these winter birds around for awhile longer.

Ken Schneider said...

I like those Fox Sparrows. I was surprised to hear how lovely their song was.

Anni said...

Beautiful....all of them, Eileen.

George said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your photos of your yard birds. I guess the sparrows are on to something as Old Man Winter is sticking around down here as well.

Montanagirl said...

Love your bird photos. Especially the Cardinals. Wish we had them here! I have two "Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches" in my yard right now. Had never seen one before, so it's a lifer for me.

bailey-road.com said...

Love the birds. You have quite a variety here!

me (maria) said...

Beautiful photos!!
I try to take photos of birds, but I can't..they always fly away!
And the birds are so cute..

Pam ;) said...

I have a special affection for Cardinals and yours are beautiful. Of course all the others are lovely as well. I always enjoy your yard birds Eileen

Linda Gross said...

You have a nice variety of yardbirds. I wish that the starlings would leave our yard!

Betsy Adams said...

HA HA---Be careful of telling the Pine Siskins to bring their friends... You might get about 200 like I had one year. This year, my biggest group are the Goldfinches --but I have quite a few House Finches too.

Our BlueJays aren't here yet.. They usually come in Spring --but since the weather says that it's not spring, they are not here yet.

We don't have any sparrows. Don't know why--but from what I've heard, I'm glad we don't have House Sparrows.

Have a great Sunday --and hope your weather doesn't get too bad.

Hugs,
Betsy

Maria said...

I love all of these. The cardinals are awesome.

SandyCarlson said...

What a gorgeous album! These birds have so much personality.

Debbie said...

WoW, Eileen, you captured your backyard birds beautifully. Great detail in these close ups!!

Lina Gustina said...

Perfect captures, Eileen. Love them all.

http://www.1sthappyfamily.com/2013/03/a-wet-black-ant.html

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm with the reds and the blues, Eileen. The white-breasted nuthatch is too darn cute altogether, and there's nothing I like much better than a cheeky Blue Jay.
However, that male Cardinal looks like a real stand-up guy!
Thanks for sharing your feathered friends.
K

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures / collages :)

Phil said...

Great close-ups of your garden birds Eileen. It sounds like your weather is just like ours - winter refusing to call it a day and no sign of spring. Hope we both have a warm Sunday.

Kalantikan said...

You have a lot of winter birds and a lot of commenters, haha! Yes they are all beautiful, i wonder where they go when the temperatures rise!

Jidhu Jose said...

nice bird shots

Irene said...

So many lovely birds! Too hard to pick one favorite. We are still waiting for the spring and the birds to arrive from the south. But the cold weather are keeping them I guess :)

Wish you a great Sunday!

Irene

s.c said...

Lot of birds in your garden. Like it that you show them to us. Thank you.

islandwonder said...

So many great shots!!! Love little birds. I find them too fast to photograph.

Indrani said...

Such beautiful birds. Wish some of them would visit me.

Friend of HK said...

The birds are so colourful~ Great shots!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You have quite a large and wonderful assortment of birds visiting. Love love love the fox sparrow. Our American goldfinches are wearing their breeding colors for the first time this last week. All of your bird pics are simply wonderful.

Gattina said...

You have such a nice selection of birds in your yard ! I see from time to time some sparrows and even a robin, but that's it. And spring seems to be on strike !

Gary said...

Another great series, Eileen. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada

Rohrerbot said...

Pine Siskins are everywhere. Yesterday Kathie counted over 50 of them at the feeders. I couldn't believe how many there were. You have very colorful birds on this post.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You have wonderful yardbirds! I really enjoy how you document the seasonal changes in what you see with your pictures along with the explanations. Such a painless and beautiful way to learn!



Our Neck of the Woods said...

Such pretty yardbirds! I have been seeing so many birds out here lately. I wish I had a long lens so I could capture some of them!

HansHB said...

Nice photos from the birdfeeder!

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

You do have some pretty yard birds!

Connie Smiley said...

What a lovely collection, Eileen!

Miss Kodee said...

Here too! Lots of cold weather but apparently the birds do not mind as they are in abundance this spring.

EG CameraGirl said...

It's still winter here too, Eileen.

Fox sparrows mean either spring or fall here as that's when they pass through my part of Ontario. I haven't seen any yet this year so it CAN'T be spring. :))

TheChieftess said...

Some wonderful shots!!! Love the Cardinals!!!