Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bird Watching

I got up early this morning and meditated before the coffeemaker started gurgling. When I finished, I sat in front of our windows and watched the birds feed.
As you can see from this photo (I toyed with the stain glass filter on Photoshop), our windows are floor to ceiling which gives us an unobstructed view of the birdbath and the feeders in our front yard.
At one time I counted eleven male cardinals in the Rose-a-Sharon and huckleberry bushes.
Then almost as if an alarm sounded, the Doves stormed in cooing and feeding from the split-log feeders.
Last week Jilda saw a single Purple Finch land on a branch of the white pine and peer through the glass as if to say "WE"RE HERE."
That afternoon when I finished writing, I went out to the shed to get the Finch feeder.
I hung it close to the window and away from the other feeders. Then earlier this week when we looked out there were six Finches feeding with a host of others on nearby branches awaiting their turn.
Every now and then a sparrow will come to the feeder, but I guess their beaks are too broad because they quickly get frustrated and fly over to the big-bird feeders.
A few years ago we had an abnormal year which brought snow several times. I took this picture that I call Snow Doves.
The weatherman is forecasting snow tomorrow, but it should be short lived because temperatures will be in the 50s by the weekend.
Welcome to my new blog followers.


  1. I used to love to watch the birds. Not easy to do here.

  2. I, too, am a bird watcher. We have feeders outside our dining room window. We enjoy the goldfinch, junco, chickadee and finches. The neighborhood hawk flies through every so often and they all scatter for cover. We do not have cardinals here, but I had the opportunity when I was young to see them. They are so amazingly red! Beautiful birds.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Thanks so much for your visit and comments on my blog! Happy to find and follow you. I see we both enjoy watching birds and old family photos. :)

    I was thrilled to finally get a heated bird bath at Christmas so our friends can have open water... probably not a concern for you in Alabama! Some of my favourite regulars are the purple finches. Love their warbling 'robin-wanna-be' songs.

    Belated Happy Birthday and all the best to you and your wife! :)

  4. hi Rick! Speaking of new blog followers, you are rustling up a bunch lately. Snap!

    I wish our snow could melt. The photos with the snow in the trees was taken last Saturday. Yes, it is STILL THERE. Our temps are still below 32° for the day time high.

    Your home is more Modern than I imagined. Mine is a Mid-Century Modern - just like me.

  5. I love watching the birds fly by my windows...

  6. I love watching birds. We don't have a wide variety normally, but what we do have is hundreds of hummingbirds. They live in the pepper trees that grow like weeds everywhere here. I love to watch them flit about and have tried to make sure I have plenty of flowers for them to find interesting on my patio. They're so lovely. Once I had one dive bomb me while I was sitting on the patio reading. I can only assume it's nest was close by.

  7. We were just thinking about the bird feeder! Time to replenish the bird feed, clean up the bird house, and start watching.

  8. I love your photos, especially the one of the doves. Just lovely. It is too cold for most of our birds to come back yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

  9. Birds were the topic of conversation in the operating room today...where to get the best feed...where to place feeders, what kind of birds are in their yards, etc..then I fly over here..and look who's talking feathers and feed. First, Happy Belated Birthday! ( I missed the post yesterday) Hope your day was wonderful! Second, I don't put out bird feed because my cat seemed to think a bird cafeteria was set up just for her when we had bird feeders. The little heads on the porch steps were just too much for me. So enjoy your snow and then your melt down and I love the windows on your home!

  10. I love birds and especially finches, sparrows, hummingbirds and robins.
    When the crows come I say enough. I don't like to listen to them kaw.
    They are extremely smart birds, like coons and hard to get rid of. Nothing escapes them.
    So I stopped feeding birds and I miss that.

  11. Hi and Thank you for stopping by.What great photos. I am an amateur bird watcher. I am always in a better mood when I see them at our feeders. Anna


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