Monday, May 13, 2013

Around the yard

 I am linking up with   Our World Tuesday

Happy  Mother's Day! I hope you all are having a great day!

These are some of the scenes from our weekend walk on the fireroad to our lake early Saturday morning. And some shots from around the yard.


 A few geese came near Goldie Girl, a wild White Dogwood tree and we saw lots of ferns.... the forest floor was covered with beautiful ferns. It rained Friday night and after a rain everything green looks a darker color green.


Fern on the forest floor.
 I checked out a small creek that leads into the lake, I thought I might see some birds there.  The geese and our resident GB herons were at the nest...they were the only birds I actually could see. I did hear a lot of birds calling and singing like the Ovenbirds, Northern Parula and Wood Thrush. I also heard the Barred Owl's call "Who cook for you" .  There were some pretty wild pink azaleas growing off the fireroad.

Wild White Dogwood blossoms.


 I have been putting Goldie Girl's hair out in a old suet feeder for the birds to use in their nest. It seems like this Tufted Titmouse  really likes Goldie Girl's hair. The Titmouse had a mouthful of hair. This was the second time I filled up the feeder with more hair. It is a good thing that Goldie Girl sheds a lot of hair. Also seen above are some of my yardbirds like the House Wren coming out of the birdhouse, Carlina Wren, the Titmouse, House Finches with a Downy Woodpecker and WB Nuthatch.

Tufted Titmouse with Goldie Girl's hair. Yes, there is a bird behind all that hair.

I hope you enjoyed our walk around the yard and to the lake. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

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60 comments:

Sue said...

Happy (late) Mother's Day to you!
Love the contrast of the wild Dogwood blooms against the foliage. What a beautiful shot.
We had cold and SNOW all weekend. Send me some of your lovely spring!
:)

A Creative Harbor said...

Love the photo montage of the beauty you find in nature ~ always wonderful photography ~ love the titmouse ~ Enjoy the week.

Thanks for visiting .

Lynne said...

Really great photos . . . Love wild dogwood . . . I must get some pictures near us on the river banks. Goldie Girl is supplying building materials in a big way. I hope you will see her evidence in some of the nests . . . Love, love, love the ferns . . . and green!

Looks like a pleasant day for you Eileen

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

wow, that is wild. have a great week. ( :

Chel C said...

There is so much nest building going on and what a great recycling use of Goldie Girl's hair. The dogwood looks just perfect. Have a great week. Chel x

Nancy Claeys said...

That's so cute -- would love to see the nest with Goldie Girl's fur woven into it. :)

grammie g said...

HI Eileen...My goodness is that Titmouse ever cute..or what I can see of him lol!!
Just lovely to see the lovely shades of Spring greens, wildlife and blossoms!! The dogwood is so nice!!
For some reason i was over run with birds at the feeders yesterday, so nice to have the Orioles back and the Hummingbirds !!
Good girl Goldie for recycling !! : )
Have a great week!!
Grace

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Hey Eileen,
You still have your dogwood!! Love the dogwood. Neat idea to put our dog's hair in the cage for the birds. When I shave Augie - I throw his hair in the bushes hoping birds will find it!! Guess It would be easier for them hanging in the tree. Enjoy your spring!

rainfield61 said...

You have captured the scenes that I admire so much.

TexWisGirl said...

really cute titmouse! i left bb's hair out in the yard, hoping the birds would take it. nada. :)

love the ferns! we're just too hot and dry here to get them!

Linda said...

Thanks for the comment on Petals and Boots!
Nice blog you have!
xo

Karen said...

Oh, so lush and green! I love fern. Beautiful dogwood shot Eileen. I never thought of putting dog hair out for nest building, what a great idea.

DeniseinVA said...

I'm a little late Eileen but I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day. Loved the photos. The one of the titmouse with a beak full of Goldie Girl's Fur was so cute, I didn't realize there was a bird behind all that fur at first and laughed when I saw it finally. Great shots, all of them. Have a wonderful day!

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

What a beautiful stroll! I never thought of putting out animal fur for nesting material. Brilliant! Cannot wait to see the dogwoods when I visit Portland in 10 days. We don't have them here. Lovely photos, Eileen!

ladyfi said...

What beautiful blooms!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I love all those ferns covering the ground. They look really pretty! So nice of you to put out Goldie Girl's hair for the birds. The Titmouse really does seem to appreciate it! I often put my cats' shedded hair outside for the birds after my grandma told me it would be good for their nest building.

Happyone said...

What lovely photos. I love how everything is so green at this time of year. Just beautiful.

DIMI said...

Happy Mother's Day Eileen!!Very beautiful photos!Goldie Girl's hair are so useful for birds nesting !!!Thank you for sharing!
Have a lovely week!
Dimi..

Carole M. said...

just beautiful --- I love the dogwood blossoms

Brian King said...

I've never thought of putting nesting material out...that's a great idea! The blooms are beautiful!

beyondzephyr.com said...

You have a very beautiful world! I love the green photos, and the birds!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love all of the GREEN!! How lush and beautiful, Eileen!! I thought for a moment that you had found a new species of "hairy birds"!! What a great idea and I bet they're thanking you for the nest building help!! Wonderful shots!! Hope you have a great week!

Leovi said...

Great place, I like, light and color, beautiful mosaic, nice photos!

Gary said...

Great hair and bird shot!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Al said...

Very pretty - I love how green everything is.

Karen said...

Nice place, I like the way green stuff looks greener after a rain.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

The photos of the geese on the glassy looking lake/pond. Oh a true piece of serenity!! I've only read about handing out 'stashes' of nest building material, but never have done it. I actually would think this is quite entertaining.

Rambling Woods said...

This reminds me about putting out the cat fur...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful selection. As always your bird shots are fabulous. I love that Goldie Girl is providing nesting material..and that little titmouse can't get enough of it!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Eileen, Great set of photos around your area. Love seeing all of the wild dogwoods this time of year. So pretty!!!!

I laughed at the Tufted with all of that hair in its mouth... How funny!!!! Great idea to put the dog hair out there though..

Hugs,
Betsy

Marisol@TravelingSolemates said...

Hi Eileen, what a beautiful beautiful nature you're surrounded with - the lakes, the woods, the birds and the geese. What a great way to rervcle sheded hair! Your photos are lovely. I couldn't stop staring at the photo of the dogwood blossoms.

NatureStop said...

Eileen, Happy Mother's day to you too. Thanks for taking me along your walk amidst nature...I really enjoyed it...great shots. Have a great day!

Shantana

George said...

I hope you had a great Mother's Day yourself. I really like all those ferns. The picture of the bird behind the tuft of hair is neat.

Carver said...

Great shots. The one with bird and Goldie's hair is fun.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Wonderful, beautiful Pics!

bettyl said...

Your photos are gorgeous, as always. I love the dogwood shots, I enjoyed them a lot when I lived in GA.

bettyl said...

And, the hair in the feeder is such a unique idea. I know the birds seem happy with it!

Linda Kittmer said...

Beautiful images and such a wonderful idea! I have a golden girl too and she sheds enough to line every nest in North America! LOL

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place with of of greenery. Beautiful birds and flowers.

Kusum Sanu said...

OMG! Dogwood blooms! Lovely lovely!

Reader Wil said...

Hi Eileen! Thanks for showing us around in your beautiful country. Your surroundings look a bit like the rainforest in Tasmania with all the fern.I love all the photos of these birds and what a great idea to put the dog's hair in the feeder.

Stewart M said...

I do like the dog-wood and the fluffy bird.

"Your daughter could pass for a mini tornado" - I can only assume that you have met her! Thats a perfect description at all times apart from when she is asleep!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

LifeRamblings said...

beautiful. the dogwood blossoms are gorgeous.

Arija said...

Love the brilliant green, the dogwood, the azalea but above all I love that you put out nesting material for your birds.

Anna said...

Great shots, Eileen!
Love them very much...
I put also dogs hair in a basket for the birds and they love it :))
Warm greetings from Holland,
Anna

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
How GORGEOUS these pictures are♡♡♡ All the refreshing nature in your pictures. Fern,dogwood; well my eyes were caught by the geese with unique bright color with black neck.
Thank you very much for sharing wonderful pictures.

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

Marie said...

Just too cute about the bird loving your dog's hair. It will have quite a fluffy soft nest! Really sweet! :-) Gorgeous photos, Eileen. I am way behind in commenting on people's blogs. I hope you can forgive me! :-)

Kathie Brown said...

Eileen, what a wonderful woodland walk! And the titmouse with a mouthful of hair is a hoot!

Indrani said...

OMG! The bird with so much hair. It looks cute! Looks like it has hit upon a treasure and is holding on to it tight!

Chris Rohrer said...

That's such a helpful thing to have around for birds....plus it encourages them to stay nearby and nest:) I may put one out eventually. Really love the Titmice family. There are several that I have yet to find. The Bridled Titmice are my favorites:)

Linda said...

Good use of a suet feeder! I have an extra one; think I'll try it.

Jill Harrison said...

oh what a beautiful forest Eileen. I would love to be walking there - so different to our forests. Though we do have cool climate rainforests in Tasmania.
Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

NatureFootstep said...

what a great idéa putting out Goldies hair for the nesting birds. :)

Maria said...

I like it when you combine the three pictures together! Dogwood is very pretty!

HansHB said...

A great post for the bird theme!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful photos!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Looks like a wonderful place for a walk.

edenhills said...

Beautiful scenes! It's so nice that you give the hair to the birds.

Anni said...

That really made me giggle to see the hair...'love at first sight'. Too cute.

Great images. The Spring Blossoms are beautiful.

Sorry I didn't get around to visiting yesterday...no power due to storms!!

Ken Schneider said...

That titmouse is grateful for your donation of bedding. In New Mexico, while reading in my back yard, I had a Juniper Titmouse actually land on my head and pull at my silver locks!