Sunday, January 3, 2016

Around the Yard


I have a list below of memes I am joining for this week, and to save time I am doing one post for all. They are all fun memes to participate in...I hope you can join in with the fun  and check out some of the participating posts. Special thanks to all the wonderful host and their memes, I hope you have some time to check them out.

These are the end of my photos taken in December 2015. Some of my yard birds and my moon photos. Now, I can clear out more of my files and make room for more.

Not the best photos considering the feeder and how it is hanging but, those dang squirrels kept knocking it off. I found a way to hang the feeder so it will not fall on the ground so often. Pictured in the mosaic are the House Finch, Blue Jay, Cardinals, Goldfinch, Titmouse and Chickadee.


I was enjoying that some of the birds like this Chickadee landed on my wind chime before heading to the feeder.


Above one of my many Chickadees and a Tufted Titmouse. I love wind chimes and have several of them hanging on our deck and pergola. Each one makes different sounds that I love.


On Dec 24th the moon almost full, it was mostly cloudy but I was able to snap off a few photos of the moon.

On Dec 27 , I had a couple of Pine Siskins stop by and lately I have been seeing 20-30 House Sparrows. I am not sure why all of a sudden I am seeing so many House Sparrows, they are not one of my favorite birds, but the male is handsome.


Above the moon on Dec 28th. I thank you for stoping by, I hope you enjoyed my post.

As always I appreciate your visits and nice comments. Thank you! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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


Thanks to Judith our  host of Mosaic Monday 
Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to the hosting team of Our World Tuesday!
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

97 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

so cute. i like your birdie station. :)

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Eileen. Love all your birds photos. That is a nice wind chimes. I love your moon captures.

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Great post of course, I always enjoy seeing your birds on your side of the ocean.
The Reddish egret in your previous one is a discovery for me :)
I wish you a lovely new year with many opportunities at bird photography!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
You're as mad as me for that moon!!! A beauteous orb indeed... and I envy you such colourful feathers in your winter yard!!! YAM xx

Anu said...

You have a lot of different species of birds in your feeding place! Nice photos!

Denise inVA said...

Pretty photos, pretty birds and then some. Enjoyed them all.

I am back from vacation. Thanks for visiting when I was gone. My first journal post is http://anenglishgirlrambles2016.blogspot.com/2016/01/first-day-of-vacation-washington-dulles.html

Happy New Year!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Beautiful photos, as always, Eileen. The little birds are so very cute.
I love wind chimes too. I hope yours sounds as fascinating as it looks! :)
Happy new week ahead! Take care!

Stewart M said...

Every time I see post like this, I wish we had more 'feeder birds' in Australia - I miss the busy garden birds I used to see.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Fotografias fantásticas.
Um abraço e um bom 2016.

Gayle said...

The coloring of the feeder and these particular birds is a pretty blend. Happy Day.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a nice variety of feeder birds! I love the chickadee on the very pretty wind chime!. The Christmas full moon was a great gift for us skywatchers, wasn't it.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
fabulous photos of the hungry birds and the moon. Amazing !
I wish you and your family all the Best for the New Year 2016 !
Best regards, Synnöve

Life Images by Jill said...

Happy New Year Eileen. Fabulous pics of the little birds - and that moon photo is so amazingly clear! what camera/lens are you using?
Wishing you a healthy, happy, safe & inspiration filled 2016.

Cath said...

Your bird shots are always wonderful Eileen but wow.....those moon pics are spectacular!

..."E"... Beth Edwards said...

i need to come take your lessons on how to get moon shots. our stars last night were so clear, crisp & awesome!! i got a new camera for Christmas & i am hoping maybe it will do better at that. we have seen a few birds on the warmer days, but lately the birds have been kind of quiet. i wonder if there is a big hawk around or why they have been so quiet lately? hope your week is a great one. can you believe the new year is here? time is flying by. enjoy every second. ( :

helmiriitta 10 said...

Lovely birds you have over there and what a moon! Happy New Year!

Sandra said...

your feeder is beautiful, love the color and all the things that hang from it. the pastel birds and the pastel feeder make wonderful pics..

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

fun collection of shots. :)

David Gascoigne said...

I think that the local birds think of your place as Eileen's Restaurant, where they can get whatever they want!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful images from the yard.
Wish you Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Birds, and the moon, always an act of art.

Linda Kay said...

Eileen, my favorite is the chickadee. Lovely.

Linda said...

Wonderful photos of the moon, Eileen, and I just love your bird visitors!

Charlene N.K. said...

Always beautiful captures of birds and the moon. It's always a joy to watch them.

September Violets said...

Love all the little birds! House sparrows aren't my favourite either, but I take what I can get these days. I do wish I had more variety though. Great images of the moon, especially the one top right through the clouds. Happy New Year Eileen!
Wendy

Jutta.K said...

Hi Eileeen,
the birds in the first collage are strange to me that there are apparently not in Germany. But the others I know well. Beautiful shots.
Greetings from Germany

Linda W. said...

Isn't it fun to watch the bird feeders and see who comes to breakfast? My hubby and I like watching ours too.

Small City Scenes said...

Love your shots. the moon is marvelous and of course I love the birds. Our bird feeders are full of birds and I have to refill all the time. But I am glad to do so.
Have a super week
MB

Giga said...

Great is the first quote and photograph him. Regards.

Jo said...

Hello Eileen, your yardbirds are awesome. I also posted about a yardbird today! I love Windchimes too. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day. Greetings Jo

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

They are not my favourite either, sparrows, that is. But they sure do look cute all lined up like that.

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Marit Sønstebø said...

Beautiful images! The birdfeeder was very nice.
I wish you a nice week!

Black Jack's Carol said...

I'm thinking there must be the most wonderful blend of birdsong and wind chimes emanating from your back yard, Eileen. Those moon shots are spectacular (especially the one taken on the 28th), and I love all of your yard birds (we have a ton of House Sparrows here all year long), but the winning photo for me in this post is the one of the chickadee braced on the wind chime to propel himself into the feeder. :)

Snap said...

It was too cloudy here to see the moon so I really enjoyed seeing it through your eyes! Always fun to see the birds you find. Happy New Year!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Wasn't that Christmas moon just wonderful...and your bird friends really enjoy your yard Eileen....Happy New Year!


Donna@GardensEyeView
and LivingFromHappiness

Królowa Karo said...

So many birds! Beautiful!

Our photos said...

Very nice. I love The photos of the moon ! .......It is coffee with whipped cream, to answer your question !

Wandering Wren said...

We have so got you to have a visit to Australia so you can take some amazing photos of the blue Wren! Not that I have then at my feeder either!!! I love seeing what comes to visit at your place :)
Wren x

AlexaT said...

Amazing pictures! Amazing moon... wow
Have a great start in this new week of january, in 2016!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The birdies in your yard are lucky to have all the feeders you put out. Again, you amaze me with your photos of the moon Eileen.

Missy George said...

Same birds here!!! Great shots and wonderful moon captures...Have a happy week..

Christine said...

A great array of sweet little birds, Eileen! The moon shots are fantastic & the cloudy pictures have a real air of mystery about them!
Have a wonderful week!

Laura. M said...

These birds have a good time. The moon was beautiful !!
And a good 2016 ♥ to you and your family.
Thanks for your words Eileen ;)
Besos.

EG CameraGirl said...

It's super that you are seeing so many birds at your feeders! I'm seeing a few too bit haven't got many good photos. It's not easy to photograph through two pains of glass. lol And if I go outside, they take off.

Rose said...

These are wonderful pics, Eileen. That one with the chickadee on the moon wind chime is just wonderful.

podso said...

Eileen that is a gorgeous moon shot. I too tried to photograph it but the clouds kept half covering it. But it was spectacular to view on a warm Christmas Eve. Your first set of photos is so rich in color--at least the kind of color I like! Nice combination!

John's Island said...

Hi Eileen, I always enjoy your moon photos ... so clear and sharp. Nice work! The bird pictures are neat too! Hope you have a fine week ahead!

The Yum List said...

I do enjoy watching the night sky and I heard after the fact about the full moon so sorely missed seeing this one.

Margaret Adamson said...

I love all your bird feeders and they certainly attract the birds. Great moon shots. I am nearly home now from my trip to Malawi and Zambia, just waiting at Heathrow for my flight this afternoon but thanks for leaving me all the comments when I was away. Also for linking me in. Happy New Year.

Arija said...

I'm a sucker for chickadees, thanks Eileen. Love your wind chimes, I have a few as well.
So nice to be connected again. it's been a long time between drinks.
Have a wonderful Year and week.

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Very nice pictures, Eileen, all cute birds.
The moon images are fabulous!
Many greetings!

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I like the musical feeding station and cute little birds and the moon shots are wonderful! :)

likeschocolate said...

WOw! Great images! Happy New Year!
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Katarina said...

Happy new year, Eileen!
It's always a pleasure visiting your blog. Today I was reminded that i must buy some wind chimes - bet the sound is soothing.
Happy days ahead!

Debbie said...

what an aweome feeding station you have Eileen, lots of beautiful birdies!!!!!!

Lynne said...

I like all your feeders, hangers, outside thingies for the birds . . .
And of course your visitors . . .
Your "Moon Shots" are the right kind, (if you know what I mean!)

Laura said...

So many lovely visitors Eileen… your moon shots are fantastic!

Betsy said...

I wish I could put my feeder out, but the cats next door would come for lunch. Hate that.
betsy

Martha Z said...

I always enjoy seeing your birds, many of them we don't have here in California's Great Valley.

Ana Freire said...

What a lovely post, Eileen!
I am delighted, appreciating each photo, with the little birds!
And the moon shots... remarkable, as usual!
Have a great week, Eileen!
Ana

Findlay Wilde said...

You really do get some fantastic birds on your feeders.

Powell River Books said...

Cute feeders and lots of birds. I tried making suet balls but the only thing to check them out was gnats, lots of gnats. I bought a feeder with a roof cover (we get lots of rain) to see if I can attract a few winter birds. It may take a long time since we've never used one before and we don't get many winter visitors. - Margy

Ranten said...

Lovely pictures Eileen!

Helma said...

Hello Eileen,
I again see beautiful pictures coming over and a nice variety.
I hope I can give in this new year again a contribution.
Greetings, Helma

Lowcarb team member said...

You do get quite a good variety at your feeders, so good to look at and enjoy.

Hoe your week is going well

All the best Jan

Neil said...

Nice way to end 2015 all the best for 2016

Ailime said...

Hi Eileen, your photos are amazing! I love all of them, but the Moon, phenomenal! Hugs and good week.

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa noite, as fotos das aves estão excelentes, mas a ultima foto da lua, é perfeita e maravilhosa.
AG

mick said...

Great photos of the moon and beautiful yard birds. You are lucky to have such a variety of birds so close to you. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes for the new year to you and yours.

carol l mckenna said...

Colorful and creative photography ~ Great shot of the moon!

Wishing you a happy week ~ ^_^

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

THAT'S NO MOON... *Jedi voice*

Lovely shots, Eileen!
~

Al said...

Nice moon (and other) shots - you see a nice variety of birds!

NatureFootstep said...

I like the wind chime. Looks beautiful.
So, you have really two moons to share today :)

Joyful said...

Love the bird and moon photos Eileen. Happy New Year to you!

Lois said...

Pretty birds and I love the round feeder. I have a problem with squirrels too, but I finally found one that is squirrel proof and they have to settle for whatever seeds fall to the ground.

The happy wanderer. said...

That's an interesting wind chime, and I like that the Chickadee likes it too! Happy New Year to you.

Ruth Rieckehoff said...

Hello! Happy New Year! Great to see you started the year with some lovely visitors ;0)

bettyl-NZ said...

What a great yard with lovely visitors! I am intrigued by your moon shots and how I can see that you see a different side of it than I capture down here!

Linda said...

That wind chime picture is brilliant!

diane b said...

I like the chickadee

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, thanks for commenting on my WBW post today! In your extreme climate, bird feeders are necessary to encourage birds to your garden. Grant loves bird feeders and would have even more than two if we had more trees in our line of sight! Thanks for your kind blog friendship over the years. I love following your trails and trips which show me birds and wildlife never to be seen here! Greetings Jo

Lea said...

My favorite is the mosaic at the beginning
Have a great day!
Lea

Marie C said...

Such a sweet bird feeder and wind-chime combination! You've attracted some great birds. I also LOVE the moon shots! Great pictures, Eileen.

genie said...

That first collage is stunningly beautiful. And the birds at the feeder are so pretty. They definitely love what you feed them.

Molly said...

Fabulous shot of the moon

Mollyxxx

Andrea Priebe said...

Your yard is always full of fun and interesting birds. And you always manage a good moon shot. A wonderful year end finale ... but clear your files??? Do you really clear your files and start new each year. I always just start a new file while keeping the old ... no wonder my computer runs so slow ... Hmmmm :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Beate said...

Wow, those moon shots are so amazing! Beautiful!
And I love how many different words come visit you and the bird feeder :) It's so much fun to watch them.
Our landlords have a bird feeder, too, and Keith and I love standing at the window while watching.
Have a wonderful rest of the week.
Lots of hugs to you,
Beate

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great bird and moon photos! And I like what looks like a moon wind chime in that bird feeder photo.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; I LOVED to see all the adorable birds on your bird feeders.
Yes,the Chickadee landing on your wind chime is adorable♡♡♡ And the one I could take photos on the tree near my house looks like the same family. Planing to update a few blog posts later:-)
Fantastic moon photographs and collage☆☆☆ I thank you stimulated me taking moon shots(^_^)v

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Rambling Woods said...

Beautiful photos Eileen.... The birds and the moon.... Michelle

Stephanie said...

Lovely series!

ann said...

Hi. Here I am at the end of the week commenting at the end of a very long list. Will you find me? I am slow to get around this week. Your backyard looks like a bird paradise. Wee get a few siskins now and then, but mostly sparrow, juncos, house finches, blue jays, and woodpeckers. It has been very cold, so they read a lot. Love the moon photos.

Phil Slade said...

You have some great bird feeders there Eileen. I think we need a word for a collection of bird feeders - suggestions please. I'll kick it off with "bounty"

Your garden/yard visitors are to be admired too. The male House Finch is a real stunner and I know the House Sparrows are not your favourites but as you say the male is a real character to have around the place.

Ela said...

I love all these beautiful birds !!
Fantastic photos !!
Greetings

Florence said...

I have a dozen bird feeders too! This seems to be our year for goldfinches; they devour sunflower seed and thistle by the pound!! Lovely photos as always!

Maggee said...

Great yard birds!! I saw the moon in December, and it was awesome! In regards to the squirrels... I have found that putting either vaseline or something like axle grease on the pole deters them from climbing it. Unless of course, they are climbing something nearby and jumping onto the feeders! Have had that happen too... Hose reel removed to another spot shortly after! And now fewer squirrels... We get an occasional one that just jumps straight up... can't be helped!