Welcome to JOYFUL REFLECTIONS. My Header Picture for September 2021 shows a beautiful Sunset with the Shenandoah Valley below. My picture was taken from our room balcony while at Skyland Resort on 8/3/21.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Look at the picture above---and see if you recognize this bird.....???? He came to my feeders yesterday. At first, I thought he was a chipmunk!!!! ha
Okay---here he is a little closer... He's the color of the Carolina Wren---but much larger. And look at that long tail.... I was curious --but couldn't figure it out YET. Do you know now?????
Now--you can see his face. That long beak made me think I knew... Do you know now???? He loved that suet---but these birds are ground-eaters and don't usually come to the feeders. AND---he's smaller than what I thought he should be.... Hmmmmmmm....
Now you can see his 'underside'...... The picture makes him look bigger than he really is... That's a small suet feeder---so you can get an idea of his size. This bird was about the size of a Cardinal. (Sorry for the picture quality. I was using my small camera --looking through the blinds, the window and the screen... SO--they came out better than I thought they would.)
He moved from the suet to the sunflower seed feeder... He didn't seem to like that as well. He loved that suet!!!! You know now what he is, don't you????? He's a Juvenile Brown Thrasher. I watched him when he left the feeder. He went to our neighbor's yard where there is a thick bush (apparently where he lives)... Later I saw two young ones---but I never did see Mom and Dad Thrasher. I'm sure Mom and Dad would tell their baby that he is a ground-eater---and should not go to the feeders!!!! I loved seeing him there though!!!! Do you ever have Thrashers at your feeders?
Besides the Thrasher, we are having many other birds at our feeders and in our yard. Mr and Mrs. House Finch were enjoying breakfast at the new feeder outside of our Computer Room window. Again--this one was taken through the window and screen. We had very few House Finches when our trillion Pine Siskins were here. I am so glad to see them now!!!
I took this picture of the male House Finch yesterday --after the Brown Thrasher left. (Have I mentioned how nice it is NOT to have so many Pine Siskins???? ha ha)
This female Goldfinch was also enjoying the new feeder in front. I am enjoying watching the birds eat at this feeder --when I am on the computer. We've had some gorgeous yellow male Goldfinch--but so far, we can't manage to get a picture of any of them. At the new feeder, we've seen both Goldfinch, House Finches, Tufted Titmice and Chickadees.
I'm going to make a 'birder' out of my husband yet!!!!! HE spotted this Eastern Towhee in a tree in our front yard. Luckily, he had his camera that day. We've seen them several times lately---but they don't come to the feeders.
Finally, here's another photo of one of our favorite birds, the male Cardinal. I can't wait 'til the Cardinals have babies.. Last year, Daddy brought the babies to the feeders and taught them how to eat. I remember seeing those precious babies, just shaking all over---as they learned to eat, and to be out here in the big ole' cruel world. Have a nice day and take time to enjoy the birds!!!