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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday Birds at My Feeders


Yesterday, the birds in my yard really entertained me... I sat on my throne (sofa) doing what I usually do (answering blog comments--ha) on my new laptop (named Polly).. The birds must have known that I was watching them because they were in and out of the feeder area all afternoon. I finally got the camera and took some pictures to share.


However, some of the busiest ones were moving so fast that I couldn't get a picture of them. SO--I'll at least tell you the different birds that did come to my feeders yesterday: Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Finches, Carolina Wrens, Goldfinches, Brown Thrashers, Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, Mourning Doves, Bluejays, Hummingbirds, and Woodpeckers (Red-bellied, Red-headed, and Downy). Here are some pictures that I did manage to get, starting with a beautiful male Goldfinch above. More are below!!!!









This little female Cardinal sorta looks sad, doesn't she????? Such a gorgeous bird. This may be a juvenile---because I'm not sure when they develop their red beaks. Anyone know????











This is a juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker (above). Now you can see the red belly!!!!!











Above is one of my fav's, one of our Brown Thrashers. This one obviously is a young one since he's smaller than some.











This Red-bellied above is really enjoying the suet. So many of my backyard birds LOVE the suet feeders. That's why I have two of them!!!











This beautiful Goldfinch loved to pose for the camera. He sat there for along time --and almost smiled at me.











The cute little Carolina Wren above was moving---but I finally got his picture (even if it is a tad blurry). Carolina Wrens sing loudly and their songs are beautiful. He loves to serenade me!!!!











This little guy is a Juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker. He doesn't have much color on his head yet.











This cutie is a Downy Woodpecker. He was a small one --but I'm not sure he was an adult or a juvenile. Whatever, he is a beautiful little bird.











Here is a great picture of an adult male Red-bellied Woodpecker. These birds let everyone know when they come to the feeders. They chatter and chatter ---just like the Bluejays do. I only saw one Red-headed Woodpecker today--and couldn't get his picture.











I love this picture above of a Downy Woodpecker. Their black and white colors are so pretty I think.


Hope you had as nice a Saturday as I had. Our weather is like AUTUMN---and I love every minute of it. Hope it won't get hot again--but I need to remember that it's still AUGUST... ha


Have a great day.


Hugs,

53 comments:

Mildred said...

The birds are really entertaining to watch. The wren is really comical to me. It seems so happy as it darts about chirping all the way! The goldfinches are just so colorful, aren't they? You have a good variety to enjoy on a pretty afternoon.

Pam said...

Wow, the variety of birds that come to your feeders is amazing, Betsy. They are lucky to have you and George as neighbors, I see you feed them very well...
Your photos are lovely, I would love to have them visit my yard :)))

MY HOMESTAY said...

Hi Betsy..Deen here. Wow..amazing, the bird look beautiful. You really love bird. Greating again from Malaysia.

Deen

Nina P. said...

Birds are so amazing to watch. God's paintbrush in motion. Thank you for capturing their wonder. Love and Light, Nina P.

Arkansas Patti said...

You really have a variety Betsy. I don't think I would get much done with that group to watch. My Hummers keep me far too busy as it is.
We are having fall like weather also. 53 this AM. Love it.

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Betsy! Girlie...I have a question to ask you. You love birds, and I love dogs. We post on those, respectively. My question, Does this mean that your blog has "flown south" and mine has "gone to the dogs"? lmao....just wanted to know. I love your birdie pics, by the way. I saw a red-headed woodpecker the other day, and caught a pic with my digital, but that didn't work. ha ha. I also caught a pic of 2 deer grazing in our garden, grrrrrrrr. However, they were not clear. I had to keep wiping the lenses of the camera, because of the heat. What I did catch of the deer, was fuzzy, another grrrrrowl. LOL..have a great day honey.

marmee said...

what a fun day...blogging and bird watching. we are enjoying the many birds visiting us as well. one little wren was trying to build a nest in our patio umbrella.
can you believe this weather...we are in heaven...don't you think>?
loved your trip telling of piney falls...you are one brave/daring lady...and getting pictures of it too. i admire your persistance to get to the top.
happy fall/like august.

Dorothy said...

Hummmm! I SEE where all 'my' birds have gone! We haven't had many this summer....mostly cardinals. Love those Goldfinch!
Happy Sunday!

Thistlebrooms said...

Betsy...
You have one of the nicest seats in the house to view your 'Bird Life' Betsy...(Inside with the AC)

Suppose to be a change in OUR weather today and am patiently waiting for it...(NOT soon enough for this Girl)

Enjoy your Sunday...
Marilyn

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Hey, Betsy...I had to drag out my fleece hosecoat this morning to drink coffee on the porch!!Brrrr!
The bird pics are gorgeous!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I can tell the birds bring you tons of joy, Betsy, and that's a very good thing!

Busy Bee Suz said...

PLEASE send us some of the Autumn weather!!!
Polly? I love it. We seem to name everything aroud her as well.
Cute birdies...they must love you and George.

Diane AZ said...

Your autumn-like weather sounds delightful. Great job capturing all those different kinds of birds at your feeder. Your Brown Thrasher looks so cute!

Carla said...

Beautiful pics of the birds. I love those darling Goldfinches!

And this cool weather is wonderful, isn't it?

Small City Scenes said...

What a great day to take birds pics. You sure do get a huge variety of our feathered friends. I love to watch the Violet-Green Swallows dive bomb into the pond or skim over the pond catching insects. Too fast for pictures. MB

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

How lucky you are to have such wonderful variety in your feathered visitors. Thanks for the ornithology lesson ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Bill S. said...

Your bird feeders were very busy. I am having trouble keeping the birds out of the raspberries and off the chokecherry trees. My wife says when I feed the birds they come to eat everything. Great post.

Snap said...

What a wonderful collection of birds! They sure like the buffet you prepare for them! :D

Diane said...

You sure do have a lot of different kinds of birds in your area. Great pictures. It's so hard to get them when they're not on the fly.

Dorothy Thompson said...

Oh Betsey! You have these birds right out your door?

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What a spectacular array of birds, I think word has gotten around to stop by Betsy and George's place...they offer an "All you can eat buffet "...
Loving this cooler weather !!

Betty said...

Your birds are wonderful. You have so many differant kinds.I put out a suet feeder after seeing yours,and the squrels had it empty in two days. The feed that I put in it was peanut butter. I think I will try something else. Our Steller Jays are back a sign of fall.

Robin's New Song said...

I love the cooler weather too. It could stay fallish for many months in my perfect world. Love your amazing bird photos... helps to see the beautiful detail of creation, up close...

hugs :)
Robin

troutbirder said...

The beak question stumped me Betsy. Remember now, I've only been birding 2 years. I must say you got a bigger variety of birds in one day than I get in my back yard all summer!

Deborah Godin said...

Nice to see your goldfinches! They don't come around very often here, and invariably it's when the feeders need filling, and they take right off! Errrgh!!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Betsy: That was a nice series of birds.

mountain.mama said...

What a great way to spend some time on a Saturday, with Polly and the birds!

Naturegirl said...

Delightful little wings to warm our hearts and soul! I love seeing that others spend as much money and time filling feeders as much as Mr. Natureboy and I do! I rest in my garden watching them but forget to bring the camera!!!!!
Next week I'll show some of my winged friends! hugs

SmilingSally said...

I wonder what it costs to provide goodies for so many birds. Have you a budget?

Janie said...

You get such an amazing array of birds at your feeder! Great photos.

Tammie Lee said...

Gosh, you have had an amazing amount of visitors, such grand fun! Seems I have fewer and fewer birds daily. I am thinking the hummers are mostly gone too. Whispers of winter, but first fall.

Bird Girl said...

Thanks for checking up on my Betsy - I've just been very busy - thanks for thinking of me!

My favorite is the first goldfinch - you really capture his eye beautifully in that shot! Your yard is just full of birds - I'm glad you decided to get your camera, girl!

Cheryl /Ashton said...

Gosh the birds certainly love visiting with you, they certainly are spoiled by all the attention!
I have a goldfinch that seems to like posing for me on the birdbath. However whenever I get the camera out it isn't around!
Still humid here...but hard to imagine in a month we can start having chilly weather. Have a great week!

Mike and Lizette said...

Nice variety of birds Betsy.

Neal said...

You would be envious of all the beautiful waterfalls we saw on vacation! :) When I get settled down and my pictures arranged I'll post a few of them.

Jen said...

You have quite a crowd there Betsy!
A lot of activity here too, I think they were all enjoying the cooler weather. :)

Bonnie Bonsai said...

You are an encyclopedia of Aviary Betsy. I enjoy their long names which I cannot guarantee of a good memory.

Polly surely loves sitting on the lap of someone who sat on her throne watching those adorables. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The birds must all be at your place,because we have very few.Thanks for sharing these pictures.
Blessings,Ruth

Kelly said...

Hi Betsy...I think you have a female cardinal there. I believe a red beak indicates adulthood. You sure had a lot of activity at your feeders!! Love those thrashers too! It's so exciting to see all the juveniles, especially the juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker!

Wendy said...

What a nice way to spend the day! You got some good bird pics too! I love the yellow ones. Reminds me of that song "yellow bird up high in banana tree!" Ha!
That dear little cardinal does look sad, poor thing.
But the others look happy - or at least busy!
Happy Sunday!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

That's a virtual who's who list of birds in your back yard. You must have really good bird feed!

Chad said...

A very nice collection of birds you have... I don't have much a variety at my feeders but I never give up.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

These bird pictures are so awesome!!! I do so love my visits here...m.

Sunny said...

I love all your birds! I'm so bummed that we can't feed the birds here because of the bears!
Really nice pictures Betsy.
Sunny :)

cherie said...

ms. betsy, it's amazing that you know all their names!

Jayne said...

Love seeing all your visitor Betsy. :c) It's been in the 60's here in the morning, but afternoons are still pretty darn hot. Come on fall!

Rose said...

I bet those birds sure miss you guys when you are gone for a few days!

bookbabie said...

We had a cool weekend too up here in Michigan. Wow, you get a great variety of birds at your feeders, I love goldfinches. I see them occasionally in my yard zipping around!

Shelley said...

I love the red bellied! Especially when they make that "barking" dog sound to let all the birds know they've arrived!

Rambling Woods said...

Wonderful selection Betsy..The black bill is replaced with the red gradually..You can see this here from Cornell...
Northern Cardinal

lusks said...

What a wondeful selection of birds, so lovely for you to share, thanks for this.

dot said...

The birds are very entertaining. We are getting the gold finches here also.

Cookie said...

You do get a LOT of birds! ANd I LOVE that you named your laptop. Too funny!