Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. Also welcome to DECEMBER!!!! My header picture this month is a beautiful photo from our trip last year to "Christmas at Biltmore"... Being there to see that beauty just makes Christmas more special for us! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I mentioned to some of you on Saturday that I was outside most of the afternoon--and had no luck seeing any new birds. I was so disappointed!!!! Then yesterday, I had a tummy virus of some kind so I didn't get outside much at all. However, I did sit on the deck for about 30 minutes about 4 p.m. And guess what? I did see some of my birdies and even got a few pictures. They must have known that I didn't feel well, so they came around to make me smile. The birds that I saw during that 30 minutes were: Tufted Titmice, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Cardinals, Pine Siskins, Robins, and Pete, our Red-bellied Woodpecker (pictured above). I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked but I do have several to share with you below.
See those two little Pine Siskins up in the tree??? I heard them ask each other if they dare go down on the deck to grab some food since that old woman is there!??!!? WELL--they stayed up there staring at me for a long time before taking the plunge!!!!
One of them decided to come a little closer. He flew into the Rhododendron. I'm sure he thought I couldn't see him in there.. Isn't he a cutie? (Enlarge the picture for a better view.)
Well---I guess they either were very hungry, or they finally decided that I wasn't going to bother them while they ate. (If you don't know what that big white ball is, it is one of our porch lights. Sorry it's in your view.)
The Chickadees and Tufted Titmice dashed in and out --and I couldn't get their picture. But the White-breasted Nuthatch wasn't afraid of me. He flew in and calmly ate from the plate. I think these are such gorgeous little birds.
Mr. Nuthatch left the plate and went to the 'house' to grab some more food. He then turned around and smiled for the camera!!!! See that smile????? ha ha
Crazy little Nuthatch.. As soon as I got his picture, he immediately turned around and said, "Okay--now get my best side." (Why do the birds always do that to me????? ha)
Hope you had a great weekend. Our warm temperatures will remain with us for several more days. YEAH!!!!