Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Oodles of Birds to the Bird Feeding Stations~

Carolina Wrens...they were the first wee birds that brought to me the love of birds some 32 years ago, and it has been such a rewarding fascination. 
To be able to watch them, feed them, care for them, appreciate them, to understand how these wee ones make it and survive in such cold winters and being able to then photograph to just plain love that!

I am linking up with Stewart at:
Wild Bird Wednesday



Carolina Chickadees are the second smallest birds to come for seeds from our feeding stations. 
They along with the Wrens have used our nesting boxes over the years too~

Every year for the past few years, I have known just about the exact days and week that the Cedar Waxwings would come to feast upon the berries and fruit.
This year, I thought that I was ready for them and then realized sadly, that I missed them all... less these 2. It was a dreary, gray, rainy, misty type of morning and I saw them eating Crabapples at the tree beyond our driveway.
I thought to my self...self...if you do not take these, no matter, you will have no recollection of the Cedar Waxwings for the season.
The images turned out so bleak and I was so ready to delete them, when I thought...hmm, what about a little creativity...hit the "invert Colours" button and tahdah;') I really like these...they look like little Oriental style watercolour paintings...well a little bit that way;')

Some do not care for the Blue Jays, but I have learned that all birds have a place in this world, and I enjoy them very much.

What back yard bird feeding station would be complete without the Gray Squirrels.  Where the birds are, the food is, there they most assuredly shall be as well~

This chap looks like the hiding of the fruit for a later day had been at hand, or rather front paws and face;')~

We do not have a lot of little White-breasted Nuthatches to visit the grove, and yet there are a few that come daily, all year round~ 

We have oodles and oodles of Tufted Titmouse~

And even more oodles and oodles of American Robins~

I have always been told, and ,or thought that what we have are the Downy Woodpeckers, though Hairy Woodpeckers looks very much the same and also thrive in our area...
I am always banking on my shares being the Downy...just because;')~


  1. We have all of those except the waxwings and nuthatches. We have a lot of House Finches and House Sparrows, too. Great shots of all the visitors!

  2. your post made me smile. love these little birds, but the squirrel took the prize. :)

  3. These are beautiful captures Mary. How nice to see robins in your area in winter. They leave here and head south where it's warmer and return in March or April if it's warmer again. I like inverted colour of the cedar waxwing photos. The last one is perfect and would make great fabric. Blessings, Pamela

  4. These are so wonderful! Even the inverted shots of the waxwings. I am hoping the cedar waxwings come through at some point. I only found one dead one outside my bathroom window last March. Hairy and Downy woodpeckers ARE very difficult to identify. Anyway, I'm rambling...beautiful photos!!

  5. So many great shots of the all those tiny little birds. Love the chickadees. I don't see them often.

  6. yes, Blue Jays get a bad rap, in my opinion. I'm not sure what it is about them that people dislike. I've heard their aggressive towards other birds at the feeders, but I've not witnessed that. Robins are, I believe, my favorite bird. We don't see too many here this time of year, but occasionally I do see them. They take to the woods and hide out there until springtime. I could watch squirrels forever! excellent photographs Mary. Wishing you a happy and healthful new year. take good care now...

  7. Great series of beautiful birds.

  8. Wonderful collection of birds. The Carolina Wren is a cute and I love the Nuthatch. Great shots, Mary!

  9. Lovely post, perfect for WBW!

  10. Hi there - very nice set of garden birds - I'd like to have Blue Jays in my garden! But something very strange would have to happen for that to happen!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Melbourne

  11. Hello Mary! I so enjoyed my visit to your blog today!Perhaps I have found a kindred spirit, one who also believes that we share our world with all of Nature.Thank you for leading me to your blog by visiting my Nature Trail!A pleasure to meet you!
    Happy birding!Anna

  12. A truly wonderful post on your yard birds Mary! I've never yet met a Blue Jay but the Western Scrub-Jays here out west are noisy and raucous but they get along with the other birds. Like most Corvids, they are very clever birds. Maybe that's why some people don't take to them?

    I counted 1200 Robins flying overhead while photographing my Cedar Waxwings the other day. 1200! I love what you did with your Waxwing photos! Very creative.

    Both the Red and White-breasted Nuthatches, Tufted Titmouse, Wren and Chickadee, and the Downy Woodpecker; you have a garden of Eden there!

  13. You have been busy, with the squirrel, nuthatch, titmouse and the strange little waxwings, ha ha.

  14. You have the same little ones that we have coming here :) I think your "creative" shots of the waxwings are lovely!!

  15. You take lovely photos. Thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

  16. You have many beautiful visitors Mary; most of which I don't get to see.
    Great shots!

  17. Mary, we share the same birds you have, and the Carolina Wren is my favorite! Love your photos--especially that middle robin and the acrobatic blue jay.

  18. Love to see all of your birds and it amaze me how many different sorts of feeders there are! :) I think the blue jay is very beautiful with its blue colours, but I've never seen one in real life. And the squirrels are soo cute and funny! Lovely photos, Mary!
    Greetings Pia

  19. A wonderful collection of photos! I particularly like the shot of the back of the squirrel's tail, love how it looks and curves. We don't have squirrels in Australia.

  20. I loved all the photos but the little titmouse is a favorite and I like the BlueJay, all the bird photos are great. I love the photoshop work you did on the photos, they look like oriental silkscreened prints. Wonderful post.

  21. The Blue Jay collage is quite exceptional Mary, almost a movie if I were to flick through the corner of each picture. You do have a lovely selection of birds at your feeders and you obviously love and appreciate each species. That Carolina Wren looks to have the personality of our own Jenny Wren. Have a great weekend.

  22. Hello Mary,
    What a great shots you show here. Wonderful all these different birds. I like that blue one in your shot 6, 7 and 8. So beautiful.
    Funny shots of the squirrel.

    Many greetings and have a good weekend,

  23. What a great series Mary. I can see why you fell in instant love with those Carolina wrens (I've never seen those birds in "real.") All of the others are favorites of mine and I love how your mosaics capture their various activities and really, their personalities. I really enjoyed this post.

  24. Not seeing lots of birds where I live. Perhaps it is because of the unusually mild temps. A joy seeing your photos!

  25. Carolina wrens look to be such sweet little birds!


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