Friday, February 22, 2019

Through the glass

                            
How wonderful is to have 4 Bluebirds staying around for the winter. I cannot imagine how many large bags of meal worms I have gone through but you will hear no complaints from me, the joy of having them around is infectious! As you see from the photos below, shot through very clean glass,  there are many other birds that also seem to love them.  



Two males and two females. I do hope these Bluebirds produce young this spring.


Love the eye ring on the females.

Male Bluebird in the Early morning light


I am so fortunate to have both male and female Red bellied Woodpeckers around.
Such powerful flyers!



 European Starlings. Once one comes, they all come!


One of my all time favorite birds to listen to and watch. A little spitfire!
Carolina Wren



American Goldfinch


House Finch


Tufted Titmouse


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Onward to 2019


Happy 2019 to you all!

My hope for this year is to keep up with my blog. Posting on facebook and Instagram seems to be getting a bit old.  I find myself always second guessing whether I am posting too much, not enough, what kind of photographer am I?  Does it really matter?  So I have decided to lay back a bit and just write about those really special happenings that I come across in my travels on my blog, whether it's just in my back yard or another state or country.  Sometimes a beautiful photo will follow, sometimes it may not but it doesn't matter.  I figured I would start with showing you just some of my highlights from last year.  I am sure there are so many that I have forgotten but here are just a few.



 A wonderful visit from a Red Fox in our back yard. After catching and eating a squirrel
it laid down and licked it's paws and rested for a bit before moving on.


This Pileated Woodpecker was so focused on this tree, he didn't even know I was nearby
I was happy to come across Bobolinks at a nearby Farm in my town!
While gardening a Promethea moth landed on my pants. I had never seen one before
so you can imagine how exciting it was. 


I had decided when the first Ruby-throat hummingbird showed up this spring, that I was going to
devote most of my time to photographing them throughout the summer. I was fortunate to capture
a lot of behavior shots as well as the males going through their molting before migrating back.




male during molting with tongue out

Entertainment at the small feeders!

The last really special visitor was a flock on Evening Grosbeaks a few weeks ago.
They stayed for about half the day and I haven't seen the since. I do hope they return!

UNTIL NEXT TIME...peace

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Oh that light!

There is that short time just before the sun is about to set when light chooses the last of it's subjects. 
It is almost as if they are on a stage.






Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bluest of Blues

It has been a great bird observation winter when it come to the deck.  You see our dining room is right inside where the back deck is so while using my laptop, I am able to observe all the birds/red squirrels that use the deck as a cross over to the feeders or just to rest on the posts.  I try and keep the glass nice and clean so I can photograph through the glass.  Using a 70-200 lens and spot focusing helps and I seem to get fairly sharp images most of the time.  The pair of bluebirds that have been around have gotten very used to my movements from inside and doesn't seem to phase them. 
Please enjoy my images of these beauties.









I hope you have many young!


Monday, April 16, 2018

Winters Entertainment

As I begin to write this blog it is 37 degrees sleet/rain/windy. The white-throated sparrow is singing at the feeder behind me despite the nasty weather! Thank goodness I have continued to put out peanut butter suet, other birds enjoying it are a pair of bluebirds, chipping and song sparrows, juncos, red-bellied, Downy and Hairy woodpeckers,  Cardinals, Tufted Titmice and of course the Chickadees.
However, the real entertainment throughout the winter have been the red squirrels. Oh, did I mention they also enjoy that suet!  You see, our deck is right outside our dining room where it is the best seat in the house to watch these speed demons. Our German Shepherd SO wanted to catch one but instead just got teased.  I won't talk about the fat Grey squirrels!
Let me introduce two of them that of course, I ended up naming:

Blondie (light stripe down the center of his back)



Chunky Red  (no explanation necessary)


The best seat for a sunrise
These last two shots were taken a couple of days ago. Finally they
have slowed down at the feeder and are eating what they should be.

As long as they decide not to explore inside our house than everything will be fine.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Wake up, I am still here!


Hello my old blog readers! Yes, I am still around and still seeing amazing things and taking lots of photos.  Sometimes you have to pick and choose where your time is spent and blogging has not been one of them!  I have decided if I am going to continue this blog than I will not over think things. I have a difficult time putting my thoughts into words and blogging should not be stressful right? 

I am posting this macro shot of a cone flower because everyone needs color this time of year.  Stay tuned, I have lots of upcoming photos and thoughts to share with you very soon....really :)  


Friday, March 31, 2017

Humm...Goodbye Winter?

I thought I had already said goodbye to winter in my last post but it certainly doesn't look that way today.  As I write, I can hear freezing rain bouncing off of the window behind me.  Although I should have been packing for my vacation today, I just had to take a drive and see what waterfowl was around since some of the ponds have started to d-ice (again)!

The Mergansers are always easy to spot.

Loved the snow on the backs of these Canada Geese.




The Great Blues are starting to return back.  How can you not feel bad for it.


The snow always finds a place to lay.
It makes me smile to think in 4 days I will be in a rain forest!  Goodbye for now.................

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Goodbye Winter

Today we got what I hope is our final and largest snowstorm of this winter, about 13 inches. We really shouldn't complain since it has been a mild season. Here are just a few shots taken that I would like to share with you.  In a few more weeks I will be heading back to Costa Rica, where I will be on Cloud 9!! I promise to share some of my spectacular sights with you all once I return. Until then, Pura vida!
A beautiful little stream not far from my home.


 Although I drive by her all the time, this day she caught my eye.

 Beautiful Plum Island, where I always find peace.

Witch hazel, trying to welcome the Spring.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Winterberry Bush

If I were to recommend one bush for your yard, it would probably be a Winterberry.  Not only are they pest free but all the "berry" birds just love them! A couple of weeks ago, late morning, I just happened to look outside in my backyard and was happy to see one of the bluebirds at the Winterberry bush.  It wasn't long after that when a couple of more joined it and then came the Cedar Waxwings! If you have ever witnessed hungry birds, you will understand that by the end of the day there weren't many berries left and it wasn't even Winter yet!