Showing posts with label Woodpeckers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Woodpeckers. Show all posts

Friday, April 20, 2012

Funny Birds!!!!

In my last bird post (click HERE) ,   I promised that I would show you some of the funny bird pictures I have taken through the years...  SO---today you get those pictures... Hope you enjoy them as much as I have....

Can you figure out what bird that is above????????  It's a ROBIN----a baby one!!!!  The hair on top which looks like bushy eyebrows makes him look like an OLD MAN..... ha ha




I love this picture of a CAROLINA WREN.  It was in the dead of winter ---and he was perched on top of a Rhododendron bud,,,  Bet that poor little guy was COLD!!!!!




I love this photo of the Baby CARDINAL ---as he tried to come to a screeching halt on the deck... Daddy Cardinal always brings his babies (who are bigger than Daddy now) to the feeders to teach them to eat.... When they are very young,  they'll just shake all over and make a tingly sound--which sounds like a little tiny bell...  They are begging Daddy to feed them --but he wants them to learn to feed themselves.  I love watching this process.




Have you seen birds do this? When I first saw this,  it scared me.  I thought there was something wrong with the bird.  However, since that time,  I've seen many birds do it... They do it in the HOT SUMMER --when the deck is VERY hot... They spread out and get the 'mites' off of their tummies---or at least,  that is what I was told....  Interesting, huh?  This bird is a TUFTED TITMOUSE.





I have several 'funny' pictures of our PILEATED WOODPECKERS.  When they are young and try to fly up to the suet feeder,  they don't quite know how to do it... I'll show you some more pictures of the different poses of some of our Pileated Woodpeckers in another post.    I love this picture of this woodpecker telling me to "butt out and leave him alone"!!!!!!!   Cute,  isn't he???




Finally,  here is one of my favorite photos of any bird since I have been taking their pictures... This is a MOURNING DOVE sitting on the birdbath.... Isn't this one just a HOOT????

Birds are so much fun to watch... This week,  I sat on the back deck,  watching Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird going in and out of the nestbox... They have a little growing family in there... Isn't that just special????

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Here's another flower blooming in our yard now,  our gorgeous RHODODENDRON.   I love Azaleas,  but Rhododendrons just take my breath away... Wish you could see all of the blooms covering our big Rhododendron now... Wow-Wow-WOW!!!





And finally,  here is another beautiful ROSE blooming in our yard now.   This is ALEC'S RED.   George brought one inside for me---and you should smell it...  Another WOW!!!!

One More Thing:  I've been on Blogger since 2009... As of this week,  I now have 500 Followers... Amazing,  isn't it???  How many Bloggers do you know who have this many followers without doing memes,  or giveaways,  or tags or awards?????  (That is the way that most people get more followers, which is fine --but I just don't choose to do that.)   THANKS to all of you for coming to my crazy 'waterfall/flowers/birds/travel/hiking' blog!!!  Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you on Monday!

Hugs and THANKS again for stopping by!!!
Betsy

Friday, April 6, 2012

Birds-Birds-Birds

There are many birds who visit our feeders on the back deck... Recently,  they are all busy singing their songs and finding a mate... It's a great time of year to watch the birds... And since our weather recently has been so nice,  we are able to sleep with the windows opened... The birds love to sing loudly the first thing in the morning ---so it's totally awesome waking up to the beautiful sound of birds singing!!!!!

Today,  I'll show you some pictures (taken at various times over the past 3 years or so) of eight of my favorite Backyard Birds... Above is an all-time favorite bird of mine,  the EASTERN BLUEBIRD...   Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird are busy nesting in the Bluebird House... I hope we have some baby Blues soon.  Be sure to click on the pictures for larger views.




Here is another favorite bird,  our NORTHERN CARDINAL.  The Cardinals are the first ones at the feeders in the morning and the last ones there before dark.   Such beautiful birds --and it's fun to watch the Mister feed the Misses during the mating season!!!!!   I love seeing the colorful birds this time of year since they are beautiful showing off their colors.




We have more GOLDFINCHES this year than any other bird I think... I don't know how many we have --but there are a BUNCH of them!!!  It's fun to watch the males change to this gorgeous yellow color in the spring.




These little CAROLINA CHICKADEES are year-round visitors along with their buddies,  the Tufted Titmice and the Nuthatches....  When you see one of these guys,  you usually see them all.  I love this picture since that Chickadee was telling me to quit taking pictures so that he could come to the feeder!!!!!  Is this a bird with 'attitude'?????? ha




This beauty,  the ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK is a short-term visitor here every year.  They stop here in April or May as they migrate north ---and then they stop again in September on their way back south for the winter.




We have at least five resident woodpeckers which visit the feeders off and on during the year.  Woodpeckers love suet --- so I try to accommodate them!!!!   Above is one of the prettiest woodpeckers,  our NORTHERN FLICKER...  Isn't he gorgeous?




This woodpecker,  the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,  unfortunately does not come around as much as the others... He comes in the Spring ---and brings the little ones to the feeders during the Spring/Summer... SUCH a beautiful bird!!!!




And finally,  you know I cannot do a bird blog post without featuring this bird...  This is another favorite,  the PILEATED WOODPECKER.    This huge woodpecker lets EVERYONE know when he is nearby... He has a very loud call!!!!   Oh --how I love this bird!!!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of my Backyard Birds today!!!!!  I have SO much fun --feeding them and watching them...  Soon,  I'll do another bird post showing you some of the 'funny' bird pictures I have taken...

We have been out-of-town for the past 3 days... SO---again,  I'm behind on blogging...  I love traveling and we have a wonderful time ---but it's hard to catch back up when we get home!!!!  I'll catch up with you SOON.

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday.
Hugs,
Betsy

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

More Birdies


Yesterday I showed you some of my Backyard Birds... Today, I'm only showing two different birds--but these are my fav's... Hope you enjoy the pictures of the Pileated Woodpecker (who comes to the suet feeder OFTEN recently) and the Eastern Bluebirds (who also are coming everyday, now that it is so cold). I love both of these birds ---and can't get enough pictures of them!!!! Hope you enjoy them too.




The Blues come to the deck and feeders in groups. The front center is the male, and the rest are females.





Mr. Blue wanted to show off his pretty blue feathers!!!





The female says: "Hey Lady... Don't leave me out. Wanna see...





...my pretty feathers also???? I'm just as pretty as the Mister, don't you think?"





"Oh My... please don't show this one... I haven't been to the groomer yet today!"



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"Peek-a-boo! Do you think she sees me???"





"Okay.... I've searched ALL around. I think the coast is clear... Here I go!"





"Hmmmm... This looks pretty yummy, don't you think?"





"I wish that lady would make this feeder just a 'tad' bigger for me!! BUT--I can still dig in!"





"Heaven... I'm in heaven.... This is just TOO GOOD... Yummmmmmy."


Hope you enjoyed seeing my birdies these past two days.

"They" say that we'll get some snow on Thursday. WELL---"THEY" have said this many times before and "THEY" have been wrong. We shall see what happens tomorrow!!!!

Hugs,

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Woody and More


Yesterday afternoon, as I sat on my throne (the sofa) doing some blogging (of course), I was also watching the birds come and go from the feeders on the deck. I didn't get a picture---but we've had several new baby Cardinals on the deck recently---waiting for Daddy or Mama to feed them. They are so precious, while sitting there shaking and tingling (like a little bell) begging for food.


BUT---the best visitors to the feeders were three different varieties of our gorgeous woodpeckers. I want to share some pictures I took yesterday. Above is always one of my favorites , our Red-headed Woodpecker (Woody Woodpecker). Below are several more.







Here's another view of a Red-headed Woodpecker on one side of the suet feeder and a Red-bellied Woodpecker on the OTHER side... See him????









The Red-bellied Woodpeckers LOVE the suet feeders. AND---they also love to CHIRP loudly up in the trees off and on all day long!









This cute little Red-bellied was telling me that he liked the suet in the feeder!!!!









This cute little guy is one of our Downy Woodpeckers. Isn't he pretty? They are smaller than both the Red-bellied and the Red-headed ones.









I love this shot of the little Downy... He looks like he is really concentrating, doesn't he????









These last three pictures were not taken yesterday. But I wanted to show you the other two woodpeckers we have in our yard. This guy is a Northern Flicker--and they do not come to feeders. But we have alot of them around ---and see them often. Aren't they pretty birds?







I love this picture of the Northern Flicker. He looks like he is getting ready to sing a song!!!! ha







And ---here's one of my all-time favorite woodpeckers, the Pileated Woodpecker. This is the largest of our woodpeckers ---and when they are around, you can really hear them! They have come to the feeders ---but only on occasion. I love these woodpeckers though.


Hope you enjoyed my day with Woody and the others!!!


Hugs,

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,