Thursday, May 23, 2013

Around the Yard

Linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday

This weekend is Memorial Weekend, I wish everyone that celebrates a safe and happy holiday.

Just sharing some of the skies and scenes around my yard. And of course, I have to throw in some of my yardbirds.




Above you can see the Great Blue Heron's butt, it is in the nest across from my neighbor's yard. I see the herons fly across my yard and then I will hear the clucking and chatter from the baby herons. I have also found a second nest not too far away. 


Above are a couple of male Cardinals and a male House Finch.


Lots of red in this post, above is one of my favorite birds the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


The sky and trees around my yard this evening. 


Around the side of our yard are the big rhododendron bushes.


93 % full moon Waxing Gibbous on May 22 this shot was taken around 7:55PM


Thanks for visiting my post and  blog and I always appreciate your comments.

Happy Skywatching  to everyone!

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Thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday! Thanks to Monica the host of NF Winged.  Also, thank you for stopping by to see my post. I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.

63 comments:

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Lovely birds.. The red Cardinal is a beautiful bird. Love it.. Regards..

Sue said...

What a great moon shot, Eileen. And I so agree, those Grosbeaks are charming. We have a couple pairs that come to nest each spring. We so enjoy watching them.
Have you noticed the females almost look kind of "mean" with that striping by their eyes?

Lynne said...

Love seeing the views from home . . . Cardinals, Finch, Grosbeek and Herons make you a lucky Eileen! Clouds and Rhodies too . . .

Lynne said...

And the best pictures of the moon ever . . .

Jo said...

Ah I just love seeing the birds in your world, Eileen. How wonderful to see your Grossbeak. We don't have them INSIDE of Africa, so to speak. The Sao Tome Grossbeak is on the island Sao Tome just below the bulge of West Africa; the Somali Golden-winged Grossbeak is in Somalia right on the coast of East Africa - in a little horn-shaped part of the country; and the Socotra Golden-winged Grossbeak is on the Island Socotra which is IN the Indian Ocean off the East African coast! We've landed many times on Sae Tome but in transit to and from South Africa. I would LOVE to visit this island for the unique sun birds and seed-eaters such as the ST Grossbeak. I know not many people would be interested in my long comment about birds, but I'm sure you are! (Birders love info about birds!) Have a great day. Jo

Julie G. said...

Beautiful photographs in this post! How lucky you are to have a nesting pair of Great Blue Herons in your area. Stunning yard birds and moon!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Oh! You must have known I was coming & got your FAAAAAABULOUS RED birds all lined up!! Also loving your awesome moon shot - you SO deserve a great weekend after those marvellous photos!!

Brian King said...

I wish we had Grosbeaks. They're very colorful! Great shot of the moon!

Jen Sanford said...

Ooh I'll be heading out east soon and really hope to see a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

prairiebirder said...

Beautiful photos, Eileen! Have a happy weekend!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great birds and wonderful moon shot. I've been trying to get a photo of the moon as it changes - but my tries are far apart because of so much rain here - hope to get better skies soon.

TexWisGirl said...

love your red birds. :) and your nesting herons make me jealous. :)

Karen said...

Lovely skyscapes, and the RB Grosbeak is one of my favourite birds too.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I do love all the red from the birds, and that moon shot is awesome! Hope you have a great weekend, Eileen :)

Ailime said...

Olá Eileen, sempre nos presenteando com fotos lindas! Belíssimas esses instantâneos com as aves! O céu muito igual ao céu daqui e a lua, espectacular! Abraços Ailime

Betsy Adams said...

Gorgeous, Eileen. Love your blue skies. We've had SO much rain lately that blue skies are rare here.

Your Grosbeak looks a little tattered, doesn't he???? Love Cardinals---and enjoy hearing their little 'chip' sounds when they come to the feeders.

Hugs,
Betsy

Laura said...

exquisite series Eileen... have a lovely weekend... I think ours will be wet... and this is making the plants very happy:-)

George said...

When I started reading this post, I didn't think any picture could be more beautiful than your cloud picture at the start. But then I got to your picture of the moon. It, too, is wonderful. Your bird pictures are marvelous as usual. Have a happy and safe holiday.

Dianne said...

Lots of interesting captures right there in your back-yard Eileen. Hoping you have a lovely week-end.

Joe Todd said...

Gorgeous, Eileen Love all the photos. I have not been able to get a moon photo Well done

NatureFootstep said...

you do have colorful birds in your backyard. :) Love that grosbeak too.

We have grey herons in the area but I have never seen any young. Strange because I do think they are nesting.

HansHB said...

A great SWF post!
Well done!

afanja said...

Wonderful sky hots and your yardbirds have great colors.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

Ruth said...

A beautiful collection, I love the moon image especially, beautiful :)

DeniseinVA said...

Great SkyWatch Post Eileen. Happy SkyWatch Friday!

MitchyLR said...

All wonderful shots, the moon photo is excellent!! Love the bright reds of the Cardinals, and the Grosbeak is cute, not seen that bird before.

Carver said...

Beautiful shots of the sky and birds and a great capture of the moon.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your yard is so amazing (have I told you that before -- LOL!).....the rose-breasted grosbeak is my favorite ... wish I could see one for real.

Beautiful skies too and thanks for the full-moon remnder.

Terrebel said...

You don't need to travel far to see beautiful stuff, Eileen. And you prove it! I like the skies but love the birds! Good weekend!

Terrence looks at the sky

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Lovely shots! Happy sky watch!

Sophie A. said...

Those birds are so pretty, and cute.

Debbie said...

WoW, what a great image of the moon, mine always suck!!

i always enjoy your bird photos eileen, you sure do get a great variety!!

wishing you a happy weekend!!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Love those pictures of the birds - moon, too! I have never seen a Grosbeak and so hope to one day! Have an excellent Friday and holiday weekend!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. I love that last shot.

Indrani said...

Excellent shot of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Terrific shots for the day!

ladyfi said...

What gorgeous shots! Love that huge moon and those vibrant cardinals.

Maria said...

I like the variety in this post; you have a lot in here!

forgetmenot said...

Eileen, What a busy yard you have--mine would be "busier" if I remembered to fill my birdfeeders more often!!! Awesome pic of the moon. Have a safe and pleasant Memorial Day weekend. Mickie :)

thomas said...

wow!That's a real beautiful closeup of the moon.

Kusum Sanu said...

Oh beautiful moon!

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!What a great post!!Beautiful shots of the sky and birds!!I realy like those red birds in your lovely yard!!A great capture of the moon!!!Thank you for sharing!!Have a happy weekend!
Dimi..

Karen said...

Great series of shots Eileen, have a nice weekend.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos! I love the one of the moon.

Liza said...

Lovely captures. Happy sky watching.

My sky.

Phil said...

Love the sky and moon shots Eileeen. Amazing that the grosbeak just sits on your feeder like that - I imagine them to be a rather shy bird. Or maybe it is used to you watching him?

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastc images Eileen, love the moon, great.

beyondzephyr.com said...

What a beautiful post, Eileen! That moon shot is amazing..

Andrea said...

Hello Eileen, i am desperate in taking shots of the moon, but once i got a very vivid full moon i took in between close tree trunks, and i am so awed with the outcome, it was so clear and vivid and looking really like floating in space. The sad part is i can't remember my settings and the data in the "properties" section is not enough. Back to zero i can't repeat it, hahaha! Happy Weekend as well.

magiceye said...

Stunners all!!

Leovi said...

Some wonderful photos, lovely moon, exquisite sky!

Betty Manousos said...

i always love your bird photos.

such beautiful birds!
and the moon...indeed great capture!

have a happy and safe memorial day weekend!


p.s. i linked to you today!

Laloofah said...

There was a lot of fun stuff going on in your yard this week! I must say, I don't believe I've ever been mooned by a heron before! :-) (And speaking of moons, that nearly-full moon photo is a beauty!) And baby herons - how fun they must be to have as neighbors! Hope you'll get a photo of them sometime. LOVE the cardinals, they're always a favorite, and the closeup of the Grosbeak is delightful!

Enjoy your long weekend and happy Sky (and bird) Watching!

rosadimaggio63 said...

Hello Eillen, lovely colors !
What a view of the sky you have from your place...
Bye Myriam :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Hi, I'm visiting from Betty's. I'm a bird watcher and nature lover too, so I've really enjoyed your photos today! I'm signing up as a new follower. Have a great weekend!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen Just discovered your blog and joined now. What wonderful birds you have in your backyard and wonderful sky shots. The moon is amazing. Have a great weekend. Margaret

Happyone said...

WOW, that moon!!!!

Giga said...

Śliczne niebo z chmurki oraz księżyc prawie w pełni. Uwielbiam patrzeć na kardynały, to piękne ptaki. Pozdrawiam.
Beautiful sky with clouds and the moon almost full. I love to watch the Cardinals, the beautiful birds. Yours.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

...that moon shot!!! How awesome is that?. Wow. And of course the cardinal, you know me all too well, is my absolute favorite bird. That sky shot is incredible at the beginning too.

Have a safe holiday weekend.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Wow! Your photo of the cardinals is wonderful and then I saw the moon shot, how did you do that? Your camera is obviously much better than mine. Love that!

Ranten said...

Lovely images that you show! So many beautiful birds and a wonderful moon! Have a great weekend!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
What GORGEOUS pictures they are☆☆☆ I'm stunned with the beautiful birds and the moon♡♡♡ 
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great sky photos! And beautiful birds! You are lucky to have so many different types of red birds!

Linnea said...

That moon shot is amazing! As are all your other ones. You sure find the best shots to share! Thanks for visiting my sky!

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