Showing posts with label SNOW 2012/13. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SNOW 2012/13. Show all posts

Friday, April 5, 2013

Two New Backyard Birds in my Yard

Purple Finches
I got so excited last week.  On Wednesday (3/26/13) during the morning,  I spotted THREE colorful birds on my plate feeder.... SO--I immediately got my camera and took some pictures....At first I thought they were House Finches ---but they just didn't look quite the same.  They had more of a raspberry color about them AND there was more color on them than on our House Finches.... Guess what?????  I had  PURPLE FINCHES at my feeder for the first time.  (Don't ask me why they are called "Purple" Finches --since they are definitely not purple in color.....??????)  I had seen Purple Finches when in Arkansas --but had never seen them here before.  As you can imagine,  I was very excited.

The picture above shows all three of the PURPLE FINCHES.   Be sure to click on the photos to see enlargements.

Purple Finch
I  cropped one of the photos of the PURPLE FINCHES to get a better photo of one of them.  What a gorgeous little bird!!!!

Red Crossbill
THEN---that afternoon (same day),  I saw another colored bird at the feeder.  I really didn't have any idea what this bird was ---so I took some pictures and sent one to my birder friend, CHRIS,  to find out the name of this bird....

He wrote me back and told me that I had a RED CROSSBILL at my feeder.... Wow---was I even more excited???  Another LIFE bird for me!!!!!!  I apologize for the photo since there was a shadow on part of the bird/feeder.  I lightened it some ---but the bird was much prettier than the picture shows.

What I do want you to see is the way the bill does 'cross' each other.... (Click to enlarge.) SO---Crossbill is a perfect name for this bird.  I did not have this bird pictured in any of my 'local' bird books --except for the Birds of the Smokies.  They do have Crossbills there ---so I guess he just came my direction just to visit!!!!  How nice!!!  That little guy just made this old woman VERY happy!!!!!

male Eastern Bluebird
But--there are other special birds in my life.  One is this little male EASTERN BLUEBIRD.  To tell you how much I love Bluebirds,  I ordered some MEALWORMS and a new bird feeder JUST for them.  How do you like the new feeder?  I put mealworms in the bottom and suet on the side containers...  Neat, huh???  Love the fact that it has a dome --so I can leave it out when it rains.

female Eastern Bluebird
Here is a female EASTERN BLUEBIRD at the Mealworm Feeder.  These little birds are nesting ---so I wanted to provide a special treat just for them!  Mealworms are expensive--so I may not  be able to afford getting them year-round ---but right now,  I'm enjoying being able to give them this treat which they love.

male Red-bellied Woodpecker
Here's a good picture of one of our resident RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS.  He is being nice and waiting his turn at the Suet Feeder.

Flying Finches at the Plate Feeder
I seldom get photos of birds in flight....  BUT--when I saw all of these finches on the plate feeder,  I jumped for my camera and snapped this one JUST as some of them flew away..

Our adorable male GOLDFINCHES are getting their 'mating' colors now!!!!  They are very drab during the winter ---and then turn bright yellow (and black) in Spring/Summer....

Deer in the Snow in our Front Yard
I'll close with two more of our recent snow pictures.  We had snow for about three days (March 22-25, 2013) --but never did get alot of accumulation. (maybe an inch or two at most).   However,  we caught four DEER trying to nibble on our English Ivy in the front yard.  Of course,  that is a NO-NO... I grabbed my camera and ran outside to get some pictures before running them off!!!!!  But---I felt sorry for them ---out there on that cold day in the snow!!!!!  As you can tell, it was snowing hard when I took this shot.

Deer in the snow
Here is one more picture of two of them --as they ran into the empty lot across the street.  Aren't they beautiful creatures???

Hope you have a wonderful day.   I feel the need (call it burn-out) to take a blog break.   I love blogging --and have been doing it since 2006.  BUT--for the past year or so,  I have been struggling  to keep it up--including all of the commenting on your blogs..  Both George and I have said that it has become work instead of pleasure, which is not good...  I know that many of you take breaks --so I'm going to try it.   Not sure when I'll be back ---but hopefully April 15 or so.  I want to work on Family History and work in the yard IF Spring ever gets here, along with other things.

I will still be emailing  and will be on Facebook some (which is simple)---so feel free to write, especially if something happens which I would want to know about... Many of you know that I'm an email person ---so don't hesitate writing me.   So many of you are very very special blog friends --and I don't want to lose touch...   Not sure what my future holds when it comes to blogging...  But--I'm thinking about making some changes (like I have done off and on in the past).  In the meantime,  thanks for loving and caring about me.   Love you ALL.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Backyard Birds on a Snowy Day

Eastern Bluebird
We have had quite a bit of snow off and on recently.  My backyard birds flock to the feeders most every single day,  but on a snowy day,  they come even more so!!!!!  SO--I got the camera out and took a few pictures to share with you recently.  Be sure to click on the pictures for enlargements.

Female House Finch,  Goldfinch,  Male House Finch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

American Robin

American Robin

Male House Finch

Female House Finch


Downy woodpecker

Carolina Wren

Mourning Dove hogging the plate feeder

Pileated Woodpecker --thinking about getting to the feeder!

And a COLD, PUFFED UP Tufted Titmouse

There were other birds (Cardinals, Chickadees, Nuthatches)---but they escaped my camera this time.  Anyhow-- hope you enjoyed seeing more of my wonderful Backyard Birdies...

On Wednesday,  I will publish a post on my new PHOTO BLOG.  Be sure to click HERE to see the Wednesday post.

We had a fabulous weekend hiking and searching for waterfalls at the Little River Canyon and at DeSoto State Park near Fort Payne, Alabama.  This was George's big 71st birthday weekend celebration --and we had a BLAST.  Here's a picture of George blowing out all 71 (7 + 1) candles on his German Chocolate Cake.... I'll do an entire post about his birthday weekend on Friday.  SO be sure and tune in!!!!!!  


Friday, February 8, 2013

Weekend Birds--during our Snow

This past weekend (Feb. 1-3) we finally had quite a bit of snow here on the Cumberland Plateau. It was very interesting in that 3 clipper systems came south on three different mornings... The total amount was about 6 inches;  however, since the snows came at 3 different times,  there was melting going on between each snow.  SO--we only had about 3 inches total on the ground at one time,  and that was on Saturday morning.  I posted a blog with photos this past Monday.  If you missed it,  click HERE.

All during the weekend,  my little backyard birds flocked to the feeders over and over.  I got some great pictures of them.  The temperatures were very cold on Friday (11 degrees early that morning--with highs in the low 20's) -- but warmed up some on Saturday and even more so on Sunday. 

Hope you enjoy seeing more of my precious Backyard Birds... The pictures were taken off and on throughout that weekend. The picture above was a typical one showing our deck from my 'throne' (recliner sofa)...  At times, there were more than 50 little birds on the deck at the same time.  MANY of them were Goldfinches.  We have more Goldfinches this year than ever before --but do have a few Pine Siskins and House Finches.

Be sure to click on the pictures for enlargements.  You get many more details that way.

Here is a picture showing our heated birdbath.  Birds need water --and in the winter it is hard for them to find some.  The heated birdbath does not make the water hot or warm --but does keep it from freezing.

I tried all weekend to get a picture of the red Cardinal in the Rhododendron... Finally got one --but when I looked at the picture on the computer,  the Rhododendron was beautiful but the Cardinal was blurry.... Grrrrrrr!!!!  This was one of the few I got of Mr. Cardinal.  I had swept (did that a million times all weekend I think... ha) ---and he was looking for some seed on the deck.  That is a couple of finches in the snow nearby.

The Goldfinches will eat suet, black sunflower seed and thistle.... I have 7 different feeders on the deck --and they'll munch out at any or all of them!!!!!

Here is a pretty little male House Finch. See how much larger some of the House Finches are than the Goldfinches?

I love this picture when it was snowing hard. I  usually don't leave the plate out when it's raining or snowing since there is no cover... BUT--the birds LOVE that plate and the snow didn't keep them from eating there.  SO--I just left it out for them.  Those are finches on the left and the male Bluebird on the right.

My sweet little Dark-eyed Junco only visits me when there is snow on the ground.  I don't know if he's the same one each year --but there's always ONLY ONE at a time that visits us.

Downy Woodpeckers are year-round visitors.   They love SUET ---and always head toward one of my 3 suet feeders.

Another winter visitor is the Robin... In fact, we had several of those big birds around the plate feeder that weekend.  Robins generally don't come to feeders --but in the winter,  I'm sure they get desperate... Isn't he pretty???  That is a Mourning Dove behind him --also on the plate feeder.  The two of them take up most of the feeder --and all of the little birds fly to other feeders and let the big boys have it!!!

Love this picture of these two Mourning Doves.  The male (with a pinkish breast) is on the right and the female is on the left... Mourning Doves mate for life... Aren't they pretty?

Pete,  our resident Red-bellied Woodpecker,  comes to the feeders all year long.  He loves to squawk when he is in the trees...  His favorite food is SUET.

Finally,  here are three Bluebird photos which I put in a collage for you. Bluebirds are year-round residents --and I enjoy them so much.  In these pictures,  you can see the female and the male enjoying the suet.  I can't wait 'til spring when we hopefully will have some baby Blues to share!!!!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing some winter birds on a cold, snowy weekend in Tennessee.  We are taking Valentine's Week off to enjoy each other and have some fun... Hope you have a fabulous week --and a Happy Valentines Day to ALL of you...  Be sure to share the LOVE with those around you.