Thursday, June 1, 2017

Around the yard, Spring 2017

Hello,

Happy Thursday, I wish everyone a great day!  Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and post.

I am sharing some birds and blooms from around our yard, spring 2017.

This is a loud House Wren that is nesting in a box on our deck. He/she is a loud fussy bird.



Some Clematis blooms growing on the fence.


This Rhododendron was planted before we moved in over 27 yrs ago. Now it is taller than our house.


I stopped putting out bird seed but once in while I spread some suet nuggets around the deck for the birds. This Catbird seems to love the suet balls.



I threw away most of my bird feeders but I kept just this one above and a suet feeder, luckily for this Rose-breasted Grosbeak that stopped by for a quick visit.


A closeup of one of our rhodo blooms.


For my Skywatch Friday photo, I am sharing a view of our lake and a pretty sky and reflection.





My list for Thankful Thursday:
I am thankful for warm sunny days!
I am thankful years ago my hubby planted and still takes care of these lovely plants and bushes. They are all growing well.


Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday

Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

59 comments:

Francisco Emanuel said...

Lindas fotografias.
Um abraço.
Autografos Futebol

Mersad said...

That last lake shot has me dreaming about summer days. Wonderful sights Eileen!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos as ever, the catbird looks very plump - maybe it's been eating too much suet?

Gordon said...

Hello Eileen, just popped in to have a look-see, and loved what found, out of the three birds the only one I've seen is the Catbird, which I found at Shark valley in the Everglages.
Thanks for looking at my post, Gordon.

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Belas fotografias, gostei bastante.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

✿ chica said...

Fotos muito lindas! Feliz JUNHO!!! beijos praianos,chica

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Great observations, the bird that stands out to me is definitively the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, what a beauty!
Warm hugs and keep well!

Tom said...

...plenty of beauty.

Mildred said...

Hi Eileen, The lake looks so peaceful and calm. I love your pretty blooms and the variety of birds. We have a pair of Carolina wrens who have made a nest under our back deck. They wake me every morn!!!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

So many beautiful blooms and birds! Your yard is lovely!

Florence said...

Beautiful as always! Why did you stop putting out birdseed? Just curious..

Denise inVA said...

I love your birds and those flowers, and what a beautiful view of the lake. Happy day to you Eileen :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

A thankful Thursday backachoo

Latane Barton said...

Somebody in your household has a green thumb! Lovely flowers and of course, the birds always delight. I wish I had more birds visit me but alas, the powers that be at our apartment complex don't allow bird feeders. Killjoys!!

Lea said...

Lovely Clematis! Great bird photos, and pretty lake scene
Have a wonderful day!

Mary Hone said...

What a pretty, and enjoyable yard you have.

Linda said...

So beautiful and glorious, Eileen! A burst of colour, loveliness and joy! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Cloudia said...

may you be blessed with many many more such Springs!

peppylady (Dora) said...

What a lovely clemties and some day I would like to have one.
Coffee is on

Dee said...

That clematis is so lovely.

Looks like the birds are really enjoying the treats that you provide for them.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful nature photos as always ~ This seems to be the year for beautiful Rhodies ~

Happy Day to you ~ ^_^

Sandra said...

wow on that big Rhody bush. so beutiful

A Colorful World said...

Such beautiful shots!

Linda Gross said...

That rhododendron... wow! I have been noticing the rhododendrons around our neighborhood; must be peak for them as they are very beautiful.

Christine said...

Hello Eileen! You do have lots of feathered friends come for a visit! Pretty shots & a wonderful view across the lake!
Enjoy your day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How nice to see the Grosbeak stop by to eat. My sister has them in her feeders now...in Arkansas! Enjoy your week sweet friend!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Lovely post! Your rhodo is huge! I guess you have a very good climate for it. Beautiful clematis!

Happy Thursday, and enjoy your day.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful- that lake view especially!

Lynn said...

Perfectly lovely!

RedPat said...

Just as nice as Florida!

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, your birds are as always, lovely to see. My favorite picture is your sky reflecting in the lake surface. Have a great day. Jo

Spare Parts and Pics said...

LOL, loud and fussy... may be he's mad at you for not putting out more birdseed! Pretty shots, and I really like the view of your lake!

Missy George said...

My neighbor has a Wrens nest in her garage..noisy for sure but to intimidated by people..Your lake is lovely..Have a wonderful weekend.

Martin Kloess said...

Gorgeous pictures. Thank you for sharing.

Linda W. said...

Nothing says spring like birds and rhodies!

Photo Cache said...

So many beautiful things to photograph without going far.

Worth a Thousand Words

happyone said...

Such beautiful photos. I've been having a Rose breasted Grosbeak visiting my feeders. I had never seen one before. They sure a pretty.

Lynne said...

Pretty Clematis . . .
And that Wren might be noisy but he looks sweet!

Michelle said...

You have a beautiful place and the catbird is rather fluffy or maybe chunky? lol Thanks for linking up today and have a great weekend!

krishna said...

Clementis are really gorgeous..

ellen b said...

You capture the birds and the beauty around you well, Eileen!

The Yum List said...

Your lake shot is beautiful.

rupam sarma said...

Hello, Another beautiful post.
Lovely Bird pics. Thank you.

Lady Fi said...

Such pretty shots.

thomas said...

Cool and calm lake

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Eileen, you and your husband have a most beautiful garden. The Rhododendron is magnificent isn't it... what a treasure. Such pretty Clematis too.
I love the birds that visit you, so lovely to have one nesting so close by.
The lake is so serene and it must be wonderful to look out on to it like that. Thanks for sharing all those great photos. Enjoy your weekend :D)

Cathy Kennedy said...

Eileen,

Lovely, beautiful scenic photos! The view of your lake reminds me just a bit of Indian Boundary Lake in North Carolina. The Rhododendrons are blooming in Knoxville. One of the most spectacular places to see lots of them is at Roane Mountain State Park near Johnson City, Tennessee, which has a huge Rhododendron garden that spreads across the top of the mountain. It's internationally renowned and scientists from around the world have come to study these there. Thanks for sharing with the Skywatch Friday gang. Have a good weekend!

Bob Bushell said...

The beauty of America in summer time. The Catbird is superb.

Liz said...

Fabulous backyard birds and flowers. The last image is a lovely view!

Jeevan said...

Lovely capture on birds and flowers... Rose-breasted Grosbeak is very pretty with red chest

Lowcarb team member said...

I just love rhododendrons and yours has some wonderful blooms.
Just love your last shot too, just beautiful.

Wishing you a Happy June ...

All the best Jan

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am glad you have birds in your summer yard to love ... and I am thankful that you share them with us!

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful birds and flowers from your garden. I love the pink flowers. A lovely serene lake. Have a great day!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

So pretty - love the flowers - and the birds are wonderful - we don't get nearly as much variety in our yard - thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Jenn Jilks said...

I think I'm about ready to give up on my rhodo, too. I just cannot seem to find the right location for it. The deer decapitated them in the fall, despite me wrapping them with chicken wire!

Jenn Jilks said...

I do enjoy yours vicariously!

NatureFootstep said...

loved to see the catbird and a great sky :)

Rose said...

I some how missed This! There is a house wren around here, but did not build on the porch. I am thankful for that because I was always anxious that my one cat would catch one of them. I no longer feed birds at all because the starlings are so domineering that the songbirds get very little when I do put it out.

Captured By Jade said...

Lots of beautiful nature to be found near you, and such lovely lake views. I hope you're having a wonderful week!

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