Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sunrise & more

Linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday

These are some shots from this past weekend, Memorial Day in my sister's yard, a Downy Woodpecker the moon two mornings after the full moon and a sunrise on my way to work.


For NF Winged this week I am sharing two juvie Brown Thrashers seen in my sister's yard this past weekend. They look like they are being well fed.



I think they are so cute! It's diet is mostly insects, fruits and nuts. The female lays 3 to 5 eggs. The nest can be found in dense bushes or low in a tree. 9-13 days after hatching the nestlings begin to fledge.

This may be one of the adults also seen on the ground, my sister throws seed out for the birds, deer and other critters.


The Downy Woodpecker landed on the tree above our heads as we walk up the trail. I could hear the baby woodpecker sounds coming from the hole right below the Downy's tail.



A butt shot, you can see one of the woodies foot holding on the outside while leaning in to feed the baby woodies.


I love watching the phases of the moon, this was taken a morning or two after the full moon. This moon on May 27, 2013 is called a Waning Gibbous. The actual full moon was on May 25, 2013. May's full moon is called the Full Flower Moon also known as Mother's Moon, Milk Moon and the Corn Planting Moon.


On my way to work, I had to pull over for a couple shots of this sunrise. The colors are gorgeous.




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.

68 comments:

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Cute little thrashers Eileen! :) Happy Thursday.

Noushka said...

Lovely pictures Eileen!
I also enjoy your wood stork in flight, brilliant!
Cheers!

Annemor said...

Thank you for birds, moon and sunset.
A joy to watch.
Best whishes.
Mormor

http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2013/05/30/bevinget-i-rosenkrans/

Sue said...

We found out the hard way just how much Thrashers love berries......they had a field day in my blueberry patch last year. That's why I always plant 3 times what I think we need. Some for us, some for the Thrashers, and some for Mrs. Robin.....though sometimes she takes our share too!
Have a great weekend, Eileen!
:)

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hello !!!. Beautiful and varied pictures. Congrats and regards..

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

great sky shot. nice!! ( :

Red Nomad OZ said...

Your Brown Thrashers are gorgeous!!! But your moon shot outshines them all ... have a wonderful Skywatch Friday AND a great weekend!

Icy BC said...

Beautiful shots, Eileen, and your sky colors are just fantastic!

Lynne said...

I enjoy seeing what your eyes see . . .

ladyfi said...

Lovely bird shots and a glorious purple sky!

grammie g said...

HI Eileen... My those little Trashers are adorable!! I had an adult land on the tree right of my deck, and only got a ID photo !! I have only seen a couple before ,I hope there staying around!!
Love the tale end shot : )
I like your moon and skies shot's, and the moon names thanks for sharing!!
Have a great day
Grace

Brian King said...

Fantastic shots of the thrashers! It's been a while since I've seen one. Love your moon photo, too! It was too cloudy here during the last full moon.

TexWisGirl said...

the young thrashers are so awesome!!! love your sky and moon, too. beautiful!

Montanagirl said...

I've seen Brown Thrashers before, but never any juvies. Fun post! Love your skies too.

Terry said...

Oh the cute little babies. Nature is busy everywhere right now isn't it?

Karen said...

A great series Eileen. The brown thrashers are so cute, beautiful markings too. A lovely lilac sky and a terrific capture of the waning moon. I photograped it full.

Debbie said...

the brown thrashers are so adorable. i love the abundance of baby birds this time of year!!

and what a great sunrise, def worth pulling over for. you must leave so early for work :(((

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

The brown thrasher is one of my favorites! They are always foraging on the ground whenever I see them. Great shots of these and the woodies. The moon and sunrise shots are splendid!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos! The juvies are so cute.

Anki-itte said...

How cute they are, these birds.

Crafty Green Poet said...

to me there's always something slightly odd about brown thrashers, i think it's their very yellow eyes.

Lovely photos.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Those shots of sunrise are great. The 2 chicks look as if they have just had a bath! Margaret

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh the birds, and the woodpecker especially, the moon and the clouds - what lovely photos.

MitchyLR said...

Hi Eileen!! Lovely shots of the Thrashers!! The 'woodies' are not as easy to get but the first shot is pretty good. Beautiful sunrise shots.

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, excellent captures of your birds and the skies. The thrashers look similar to our Spotted Palm Thrush. I'm amazed at your clear photos of woodpeckers. Ours here in Tanzania, never stay still enough for me to focus! Thanks for always visiting my blog and your sweet comments. Have a great weekend. Jo

MandaBurms said...

Birds and moons - make my heart sing! Love your photos.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!Wonderful pictures of those beautiful chicks and the woodypecker!!I like your moon and sunrise photos!!Exellent shots as always!!Have a lovely evening!Hugs!
Dimi..

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Aww, the thrashers are really cute! It does look like they are well fed haha :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Great shots of the birds and I love the beautiful sunrise!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful post; great bird sightings as ever and the moon and morning sky are magic!

George said...

You got some great pictures of the Brown Thrashers -- and the moon. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

HansHB said...

Nice composition to SWF!

Chris Rohrer said...

Nice Thrashers!!! We don't see those guys here. They look so curious! Great birds!!!

NatureFootstep said...

those trashes looks really cute. Love their soft broun color.

Carver said...

I love the purple sky and moon. Brown thrashers are fun to watch. I have quite a few in my yard.

Fun60 said...

That sunrise is absolutely gorgeous.

Leovi said...

Wonderful photos, beautiful birds, really spectacular sky, I like!

Karen said...

Beautiful series of shots, the last sky shots are lovely.

Jim said...

Fantastic purple skies.

Diane AZ said...

The brown thrashers are so cute and how cool to hear the sounds of baby woodpeckers coming from inside the tree. Lovely moon and sunrise pictures too!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Eileen, There's just nothing better than a beautiful sunrise and sunset...

Love your baby Brown Thrashers. We have adults come to our feeder --but I haven't seen any of the little ones.

We also have Downy Woodpeckers --and I also love hearing their little sound. Wish you could have seen the babies... My Baby Blues just squeek at the feeders waiting for Dad to feed them.

Hugs,
Betsy


Hugs,
Betsy

Laura said...

such a beautiful series Eileen!

Indrani said...

I like the mix you present. :)
I am yet to get a good purple sky!

Tammy said...

That is a beautiful, crisp shot of the moon! Those fuzzy, puffy Thrashers are so cute!

Mama Zen said...

The thrashers are so cute!

pattisjarrett said...

I love thrashers, and those babies are SO CUTE! We have a pair here, so hopefully we'll get to see some young ones, too. Downies are a favorite, love that you could hear the babies in the tree.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Love those lavender skies!

toby said...

Wow! Those are all beautiful, but how on earth did you get that amazing moon shot? Gorgeous!

confusedmind said...

Beautiful photos!!! I love watching the phases of the moon too but i had no idea about their names! Thank you about all the information!
Have a great weekend! Hugs!!

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow, as always I'm jealous with your environment and the talent as photographer p;) Brown Thrashers are so lovely and I also enjoyed the gorgeous shots of Wood Stork from your previous post as well. Beautiful pictures of the moon and the sky♡♡♡ I loved to read your explanation about the name of the moon, I checked with pc (^_^)彡☆
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*



Pearl Maple said...

the lavender skies are simply beautiful

Chel C said...

Your sky looks amazing, no wonder you pulled in, such a beautiful purple. :)

Jidhu Jose said...

excellent clicks
i love that birds
happy SWF

Rajesh said...

They are very cute.

afanja said...

Nice shots of the birds, but the last shots of that wonderful colored sky are stunning.

Maple Lane said...

These are wonderful pics, Eileen. Wishing you a nice weekend.

Mia McPherson said...

Love the Thrasher chick images Eileen@

sceneoftranquility said...

wow!another very sharp moon shot.

Kusum Sanu said...

Wow! I am seeing those birds for the first time! What a name- Brown Thrashers!

vincibene said...

Wonderful Colors and I love the moon!
Beautiful series!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Great pictures. Love that woodpecker shot and the info. re: chicks. Have a super nice weekend!

DeniseinVA said...

Great photos Eileen. I have only just discovered the Brown Thrasher, such a neat bird, as is the Downy. Love the one of your moon too, you can see a lot of detail there.

Have a great weekend :)

Christine K. said...

beautiful pictures! love the sky color and the moon!
Have a nice weekend!

The Sage Butterfly said...

Such lovely images that illustrate the beauty of our world. I have never seen a woodpecker's nest. And those sunrise photos are fabulous.

Joyful said...

Wonderful series of photos Eileen. Have a wonderful weekend and more happy photo shoots ;-)

Celeste said...

Gorgeous photos and what lovely, fluffy baby Thrashers.
I too love watching the moon :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

The baby thrashers are absolutely adorable. I don't know how you ever make it to work on time! Between having to leave your wonderful yard in the first place and then stopping for those great sunrises.

Maria said...

Those moon and landscape shots are so dramatic!!

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