Monday, February 21, 2011

Birds and More Birds

My backyard birds have been busy during the end of January and through February... Our worst weather this winter was in late December and early January. Since then we haven't had too much bad weather --and truly,  this has been one of the mildest February's I can remember.  However,  the milder weather hasn't kept the birds away..   They must think it's almost Spring!!!

Here are some recent pictures of my precious backyard birds.  When I was with my friend Judy last week in North Carolina.  she said she was anxious to get home to see her grandchildren.  I, on the other hand,  said that I was anxious to get home to see my BIRDS... ha ha...   Above is a beautiful female EASTERN BLUEBIRD.. Below are more.





GOLDFINCH





RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER





NORTHERN FLICKER WOODPECKER





PINE SISKIN (Finch family)





A Pine Siskin and a Goldfinch talking to one another at the birdbath--on a COLD day!!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my MANY backyard birds today...  

Hugs,

50 comments:

B. Meandering said...

It does look like those last two are talking to each other--Just another day at the Betsy Spa!
Loved these. Thanks for your comments and your promise to pray.

Pam said...

It was just beautiful this past weekend, all the birdies were out!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I was thinking the same thing...I bet Betsy misses her birds, and vice versa :)
Those close-up shots are just spectacular, I confess to the Bluebird being my favorite sweet little bird.
What colors !
Glad you are back,
Hugs,
~Jo

eileeninmd said...

Betsy, you have some beautiful backyard birds. Wonderful photos.

Beth said...

Gorgeous shots of your beloved birds, Betsy! I can't decide which one I liked best. I do think the flicker is just the most beautiful bird---I love how you can see the yellow tail-feathers in your shot.

By the way, I just went back and read your Friday post. I really love your idea of letting the commenters tell their stories---I may have to steal it! :-) What interesting stories they told---I enjoyed reading them so much. Also, I wanted to mention how much I enjoyed your comment on my latest post---I liked your different perspective.

June said...

Gorgeous birds, great pictures!
All I ever get to see of flickers is their rumps as they fly away. What a treat to see how beautiful they are on their other parts!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I always enjoy checking out your birds,since you have some which I only see occasionally.The Bluebird is one like that and they are such gorgeous birds.Have a wonderful,bird filled day.

Bill S. said...

Great pictures. Looks like you are having a lot of visitors.

Sunny said...

Spectacualar pictures! The little Bluebird is priceless :)
Hope you have a great week.
☼ Sunny

Rita said...

Betsy,
You encourage me each day to get out there and put seed in the feeders. I love watching my birds. I have two old cats and a dog. Love them all very much but as they pass I will feed my birds and be content.

Mildred said...

The birds are just beautiful, Betsy. God certainly blessed us with so many colorful and varied birds to enjoy. Hope you have a nice week.

Glenda said...

Great close-ups of some beautiful little creatures! I always miss my birds when we're away, too!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Just wonderful! Love, love, love that Bluebird! Gardening Daughter is taking part in the Great Backyard Birdcount and saw several bluebirds in the area around our church, so I know they are here. Maybe if I put up a bluebird house?

From the Kitchen said...

Beautiful--especially the Northern Flikr Woodpecker. Could you please send some of them "home" to us? We miss them!

Best,
Bonnie

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, Outstanding bird photographs! I am glad you showed both the Goldfinch and the Pine Siskin. They do look quite similar. I also see that you have a wooden stick for a perch on the suet feeder. I think that is a great thing. Enjoy the warmish weather while it lasts. Maybe we'll get a few raindrops today.
Have a wonderful day!

Shug said...

WOW Betsy....
Beautiful Pictures today and Beautiful birds! You did a great job. What I have in my backyard right now is Black Birds, but I guess they are beautiful too!

Have a Super Blessed day...
Shug

ratieh said...

i really enjoy it Betsy! i've never seen beautiful birds like that before. =D

Darla said...

You must have some of the best bird diners around!!

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I liked each of your bird pictures. My favorite one is the female bluebird. What a GREAT picture of the bluebird!

Linda said...

The color pattern on the northern flicker woodpecker is really amazing, isn't it? Beautiful set of images, Betsy.

Diane said...

Yes I have Betsy. Each one is beautiful and I was enjoying those dots on the Flicker.

Sandra said...

i can't decide which is cuter, the blue bird or the yellow one, they are all so colorful and really cute. i bet they missed you and were as glad for you to get home to them as you were to the back to your bird children

Peggy said...

I always love seeing your bird photos. You have such talent when it comes to capturing their poses. Now really think about a photo book! Have a blessed day and enjoy this beautiful sunshine

mudderbear said...

The birds are beautiful and it seems right that you would want to get home to see them. You are specially blessed to have so many to see all the time. Around here, there is a rather large quail family that I see running around sometimes. But I don't get to see them closeup or even very well. I envy your photography skills at those times. My photos never turn out very good at best, but it's fun to try. Yours are awesome. thanks for sharing

Catherine said...

I can hardly wait to spy a Robin. Then I know spring is near. But from the weather we have been having the last few days, I fear I will not be seeing a Robin anytime soon!


Thanks for sharing your birds Betsy!
xo Catherine

Velvet Over Steel said...

It was beautiful here last week; but today is 'freezing' again. So your beautiful bird pictures always Warm me up!

I truly believe that the 'cold' makes us appreciate & look forward to Spring even more. :-)

Hugs,
Coreen xoxoxo

Ginny said...

Of course you know that your bird pictures are my favorites!! I can't wait till more come here this spring to start snapping!! That woodpecker appears to have a red pupil!! My favorite is the goldfinch! They seem so sweet and gentle natured. I see the frost around the bird bath!

Rose said...

Betsy, these are wonderful shots!!!!

Rose said...

I meant to add, don't you find it is fun to go places, but oh, so good to come back to your own home? Whether it is for the birds, grandchildren, or cats.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Beautiful birds! Your closeups are wonderful! I looked out the window this morning and to my amazement counted 32 Robins. My first sighting of them this year. Spring is on the way! Have a wonderful day, Cheryl

Busy Bee Suz said...

The bluebird is adorable....can't you record and translate all the conversations around the bird bath???
:)

Cicero Sings said...

All wonderful shots but I like that first one the best.

Karin said...

Spectacular photos of your feathered friends. Some days I would love to be a bird, soar beyond the troubles of the day, and hang out at Betsy's Spa!

amelia said...

I find it so amazing that the flicker and the pileated woodpecker will come to your feeders. I'm so jealous. Even on the coldest days, and it's really cold sometimes, the pileated woodpeckers go about their business in the forest and I can see them, but they won't come near our house. There's only one pair I've seen but they won't come near and the flickers come back in the spring but the same thing. Won't come near!!

Kay said...

You always get such great close-ups of the little birds.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful pics Betsy! The woodpecker is amazing!

SquirrelQueen said...

The close ups of all your little birds are beautiful Betsy. I know the birds missed you while you were gone. I love them all but the little bluebird won my heart as soon as I opened your blog.

Neal said...

My favorite is the bluebird of course. I've always loved them.

Dar said...

Betsy, I can see you are really loving that camera. The bird pics are fantastic. Your goldfinch has so much color already, but the bluebird is still my love.
BlessYourHearts

amy said...

I have enjoyed your birdie pictures. Great shots! Those birds pose for you, don't they?!

carolina nana said...

Love,love that last photo,wonder what they are saying to one another????
Have a blessed tomorrow .
Marilyn

Lynda said...

It amazes me how many different varieties of birds you have in your yard. Thanks for letting them visit us, too!

Carletta said...

Our temps have warmed up quite a bit this week and the feeders are seeing a lot of activity!
Love your shots Betsy!
I'm trying to learn how to get a better image through my glass doors but it isn't easy. You get some great ones. Your secret?

Daisy said...

Wow! Great pictures, Betsy! I love that first one of the bluebird. :)

Ann said...

we are in crisis again. My pastor has relayed around for us to pray for Christchurch.

This appear to be worst that the Sept quake.

diane b said...

I love the Northern Flicker Woodpecker with its speckled chest.

KleinsteMotte said...

Lucky! All I see are a few doves. It's too cold still. And I like your header too.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the bluebird! Wish I saw them in this area.

KathyA said...

My favorite is the bludbird and the red bellied -- don't you just wonder what the two birds were talking about?

Loren said...

Oh my...I would want to get back to those precious birdies too! They are just BEAUTIFUL!! Having some of these sweet things in our back yard you do feel like they are your own don't you??!!!