Thursday, June 16, 2016

Around the yard

Hello, it is amazing how fast the weeks are flying by. My photos are still from the month of May. There is so much activity with the birds in my yard, babies are already growing quickly.



My thoughts and prayers are with all the Orlando victims and their families. Also for Christina Grimmie (from The Voice) also shot in Orlando. Also, very sad at the Disney resort a Gator attacking and killing a 2 year old. 


For Teresa's Friday's Hunt: the letter "y", week's favorite  and "in my shoes".

I am sharing some birds, flowers and sky shots from around my yard.



 A closeup of one of the Carolina Wrens. Carolina Wrens are known to be very loud birds. They can have up to 20-32  patterns of songs and can sing year round.


A family of Carolina Wren pecking at the droppings from my suet feeder above.


For Today's Flowers . Thank you to Denise the host of Today's Flowers



We have a lot of pretty Clematis blooms on our fence. There are around 300 species of Clematis. We have at least three different species growing in our yard.



A House Wren has been busy all over my yard, singing up a storm. The courtship of male house wren consist of singing and showing the female houses for potential nests. They often puncture eggs of other birds to prevent other birds nesting nearby. If it is possible for a bird to be mean, the House Wren  are meanies.



This is one of neighborhood Great Blue Herons standing close to it's nest.


I can stand "in my shoes" on the fire road not far from my house and look over at the Heron's nest. Sometimes I can see the heron on the tree tops from my kitchen window. On this day I think the heron decided to pose nicely for me.  LOL not really just for me, I was kind of far away from the nest.


The moon on May 26th, the waning gibbous and 81% visible. My addiction to the moon continues, as long as the sky is clear.


 As always, thank you for visiting and for the nice comments. I wish everyone a happy day and weekend ahead.

Here is a list of linky parties for part of the week, I hope to see you there.

Thanks to Theresa @ The Run*A*Round Ranch for hosting Good Fences.
Thank you to Sylvia, Yogi and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday.
Thank you to Denise the host of Today's Flowers
Thanks also to Teresa Friday's Hunt
Thanks to Tom for hosting The Barn Collective

74 comments:

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

I agree, the terrible shootings makes me so sad!

Wonderful photos, and I love clematis too :)

Happy Thursday!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindas fotografias e o que aconteceu em Orlando foi uma tragédia.
Um abraço.
Andarilhar

amanda peters said...

Hi Eileen, how lovely to be able to watch the Heron nest, photo great. Love the shot of the moon.
Amanda xx

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Oh my Eileen, so many wrens! I feel honoured if I just see one ocassionally. Your clematis is gorgeous, obviously very happy where you have planted it.
Amazing capture on the beautiful heron, stunning bird.
Have a wonderful Thursday Eileen :)

amo sin blogg said...

t was a terrible story.

So lovely flowers and birds you have.

I wish you a great day and week ahead.

Tom said...

clematis are hard to beat!

Caramella said...

Beautiful images...those birdies are so cute!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I would LOVE to be able to stand at the window in my home and see a HERON posing for me. Wow.

Sue said...

Such a great moon shot--good detail!
And aren't the clematis gorgeous. I bought 2 several years ago and this is the first year they've looked pretty good.
Have a great weekend, Eileen

Lea said...

Cute little Wrens, and magnificent Heron! Love the flowers, too!
Have a wonderful day!

TexWisGirl said...

what a great moon shot. love that you can watch the heron's nest. adorable family of wrens!

TexWisGirl said...

and beautiful clematis at the fence!

Mary Hone said...

I love clematis and those are gorgeous.

Margaret Adamson said...

You always have lovely garden birds and that Clematic is to die for. Your Moon shots are excellent, something I cannot do for some reason.

Sandra said...

the Heron shot is amazing... i think we must have wrens here but have not seen the, but there are some little birds with MIGHTY voices first thing in the morning... right at day break....

Andrea Priebe said...

Thank you for acknowledging the Orlando tragedies ... Shooting deaths seem to be becoming commonplace in our country and these were particularly heinous and probably even preventable. Your pictures are, as always, beautiful. Heron nest from your window? How cool is that? And, yes the little House Wrens can be wicked, but they are so small, I guess they have to be aggressive to survive. And they too have a beautiful selection of songs. Thank you Eileen for sharing your wonderful pictures.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Karen S. said...

It's always a warm welcome stopping by, and gathering your words and photos make for a great start to my day! Thanks Eileen.

Linda said...

Another gorgeous series, Eileen, and it looks as if the heron was posing for you. Even though you were far away, it is quite spectacular to get this shot of the heron!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

enjoyed

love watching my carolina wrens ... very busy fellows

Debbie said...

i too have been saddened by all the horrific events in orlando. your clematis are gorgeous, and the perfect color!!! an amazing capture of the heron, one of the best i have seen (i'm surprised that branch could hold him up)!!!

Tanya Breese said...

great photos, i love the little singing bird!

Lynne said...

Beautiful Clematis pics . . .
And great Heron catch . . .
Plus . . . seeing the moon through your eyes is always a treat!

I too am so very saddened about the horrific Orlando happening . . .
And how very tragic the death of the little boy . . .
Heart breaking . . .

NatureFootstep said...

lovely birds and flowers. :)

Linda W. said...

Fantastic shot of the blue heron!

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful captures of birds and flowers. I have a Clematis but it has very tiny white flowers. Your Clematis is beautiful!

Cranberry Morning said...

I love the song of the energetic little wrens!!

Christine said...

Lovely little bird in full throated song! The clematis is so abundant and a beautiful hue! Congratulations on such a wonderful shot of the Heron stretching!
Fabulous moon too!
Best wishes!

Erica Sta said...

Dear Eileen, thank you so much for your nice comment. Let me tell you, we are so sad, so immens sad hearing in the Radio about Orlando, Reading in the newspaper this cruesomely act in Orlando. It's terrible. We are praying for the families.

ellen b said...

That's such an amazing shot of the blue heron, Eileen. Love it!

Inger said...

A beautiful tribute to the victims in Orlando And the rest of the post is a beautiful tribute to life itself. A wonderful post, thank you.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Thanks for the timely reminder for FL victims.
Great photos as usual, especially the Crane with the wings spread.
Have a Happy Day, Eileen.
May there be peace for you, me and all.
Peace :)

Anu said...

Hello Eileen. It is terrible what happened in Orlando. I am so sad .

Photos of birds and flowers and moon are so beutiful.

Ida said...

I bet it's fun to listen to the Carolina Wrens sing, they sure are cute. Your Clematis growing on the fence is beautiful.
Wow you shot of the moon was awesome.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hi Eileen, yes, it's been a sad week in Orlando and for our country :( Love seeing the wrens and learning about them. I have a pair nesting near the house. I had no idea all the bird songs I was hearing was just from the wren! Great shots of the heron and the moon! Hope you have a great weekend. x K

Bob Bushell said...

Stunning shots Eileen.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

I find the moon hard to take photos off, you have made a good job of this one.

Mike said...

Nice variety of photos :)

Anonymous said...

My thoughts too are with those families and friends suffering from the attacks. Reminds us to be grateful for what he have.

b"E"th ( : edwards said...

do you know where you saw that ribbon? i would love to share with friends. so special or a way of remembrance.

what cutie birds. have a nice evening. stay cool the humid temps are wild today. a chance to rain ... we will see. my plants really need the wetness. ( :

Martin Kloess said...

What a gorgeous day. Appreciate you sharing.

RedPat said...

I love your wrens, Eileen!

LV said...

Pretty birds and gorgeous flowers. Just does not get much better.

Lowcarb team member said...

Wow, that Great Blue Heron ... fantastic photo.

We certainly live in a troubled world at the moment, and your beautiful photo's give a sense of peace ...
I hope the rest of the week is good for you

Take care

All the best Jan

Missy George said...

Beautiful Clematis..Great shot of the Heron...Cute little birdies!! Nice post.

Photo Cache said...

Awesome moon!

Worth a Thousand Words

Jim said...

Great shots.
Sydney – City and Suburbs

Happyone said...

Great photos from around your yard.
That heron is fabulous. WOW what a great shot.

Lois said...

Lovely pictures Eileen. I especially like the photo of the Great Blue Heron. Yes, Orlando has had such a bad week. My daughter and two oldest grandkids live there. It will be sad driving into the city the next time I visit.

Indrani said...

The heron pic is a prize winning shot! I am in love with it!
Excellent captures!
Happy SWF!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful post, and I totally love that moon shot!!

Felicia said...

lovely scenes from around your yard. love the clematis.

Andrea said...

Oh i love all the photos, but when i see the moon my heart flipped because like you i also have addiction to it. That is a very nice shot showing the craters. My disappointment is for not having the lens to nicely shoot the moon. Do you know that even with a 50mm camera which i normally carry with my camera, i still take time to shoot the moon! If you don't call that addiction, i don't know what is. hehe

Country Gal said...

Wonderful photos ! Lots going on in your yard to this time of year . I to have a moon addition have done for many years , I love taking photo of it on clear nights to and have a wonderful large hard covered book called The New Atlas If The Moon it is an amazing book with diagrams of the craters and all sorts of interesting stuff on the moon . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

Bushra Muzaffar said...

Pretty flowers and cute little birds. The click of Heron is awesome, Eileen. Have a great weekend!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love this post Eileen, what a good series of pictures -- Especially the ones of the wren. Today, a wren played a part in our sad day with Dusty. They already had a place in my heart anyway, and today, just cemented that.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

And you are right, it has been a sad news week. I hope for some "good news" for the next...

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful pics.
Greetings

Wandering Wren said...

And I thought everyone loved Wrens... LOL! Just stopping quietly by for some suet droppings, promise I'm not a meanie!!! I did love all the Wren photos and also learning more about them in your part of the world :)
Wren x

Joyful said...

Awesome bird photos Eileen. The flowers are beautiful too!

Lux G. said...

That's an amazing thing to learn about wrens. I didn't know that they can do that. Must be loud to be surrounded by them. A good kind of loud though.

Stunning photos.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Beautiful clematis and wrens. Our wrens are very loud too!

thomas said...

Wow! love the blue heron shot

Cloudia said...

Birds ARE tough! Your posts are treasure chests, Eileen! Wishing you the best <3

John's Island said...

Hi Elleen, Another wonderful post here. Great series of photos. I especially like the way you started with the tribute to the Orlando victims and families. So, so sad! Thank you for sharing your blog. Hope you and your family have a great weekend!

Denise inVA said...

Always a pleasure to drop in and see what you have to share Eileen. That is an outstanding photo of the Great Blue Heron but all are wonderful birds, a lovely moon and thank you so much for linking those pretty flowers with Today's Flowers, very much appreciated :) Have a great weekend!

Irene said...

I agree, it was terrible and makes me so sad.

Love your backyard shootings, my favorite is the clematis.

Happy weekend, Eileen :)

Our photos said...

Very nice photos !

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shots af all the beauty in your garden, Eileen.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Hi, Eileen,
The heron almost looks like a statue. Does it ever go by the clematis vines? What a photo that would be. That's interesting about the house wrens. I wonder if other species go around pecking eggs.

Ana Freire said...

Tragic events in Orlando, indeed!...
About the images... are great, as usual!!!! And the last two... are absolutely stunning!!!
Your yard is full of life, Eileen! A real pleasure watch so many species of birds and flowers...
All the best!
Ana

edenhills said...

There truly has been much tragedy lately. Beautiful tribute, and I appreciate your beautiful images even more. The moon is amazing. Love the clematis. The blue heron shot has to be my favorite. Thank you so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Have a great week ahead!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

My heart aches for all the sadness in the world - my hope is that it makes us think twice and act nice.

Lovely photos but I am especially enchanted with the heron - as you can probably tell, my absolute favorite bird to photograph - and what a shot you go - wonderful.

Love your header too!!!!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. Especially love the heron -- he did a great pose for you!



Naquillity said...

so many great captures. but it's the great blue heron that wins the prize. that's a beautiful pic and bird. i love spotting them here. your carolina wrens are way cute and those clematis are beautiful. hope all is well. have a great night~