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, March 12, 2013

Winter's Garden Birds and Kissing Mourning Doves~




The Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jays, Mourning Doves and White-breasted Nuthatches are all year round visitors here, while the Dark-eyed Juncos and White-throated Sparrows only come in late Autumn, until late Winter.

I have quite a few shepherd hooks around the garden that hold plants up, as well as assorted bird feeders.
It also makes a nice perch, to get some captures of birds as they make their daily visits for nourishment.
 
I am linking up with Stewart at:


Wild Bird Wednesday

(http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/)


Thank you Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The Mourning Doves cannot eat seed from the feeders, that I use and so, for them as well as those birds that are ground eaters, in the Winter months I provide them with a bit of shelter as well as some protection from would be predators, and spread seed under a large table umbrella, set up on the ground.
They are such sweet birds and they seem to be kissing one another much these days, as well as preening one another with such affection...Spring is in the air~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

36 comments:

  1. Lovely serie of photos!
    Great post for WBW!

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  2. they're all adorable! such sweet love doves. :)

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  3. A great series of photos but the Tufted Titmouse is especially beautiful.

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  4. Loveable birds you have invisited.

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  5. Sweet little love birds (doves I know, but...) and the winter feeder birds are adorable -- you always are able to capture the sweetest expressions!

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  6. What a really nice collection of birds you have!
    Wonderful images of all of them!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Great birds! The Titmouse are just adorable. Loved all your photos, Mary!

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  8. The titmouse is one of my favorites. You took some very good shots!

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  9. Beautiful captures! Our doves have been cuddling this week too :)

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  10. Beautiful series of photos. Those Doves are pretty sweet.

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  11. A marvellous series of shots. Such a lovely variety of cuties.

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  12. LOVE the Titmouse shot with the lovely bokeh background!
    Wonderful shots all around!

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  13. These are beautiful! I wish we had the Juncos and Nuthatches. All the others do visit regularly. Love the Titmouse! They're so flighty!

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  14. Lovely photos from all of your beautiful garden birds!
    Greetings Pia

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  15. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  16. amazing images. Beautiful detail in the feathers. I think I need to get a bigger lens. Is this the 300mm??
    Lovely images as always Mary. I love to stop by and visit.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog today and have a wonderful week.

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  17. Beautiful photos. I love the doves!
    Sherry

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  18. Wow, your birds and photos are gorgeous, I enjoyed them so much. Thank you and thank you for visiting us at pret-a-vivre.

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  19. An amazing variety of beautiful birds abound in your garden Mary.
    Garden supports provide some wonderful photo opportunities!
    I feed the birds every morning too but my visitors are pretty ordinary, sparrows, blackbirds, thrush and the occasional silvereye.
    We have a huge Totara tree on our property which is home to our native "Tui" a very shy bird that feeds off nectar and also some colourful Parakeets - also very shy. I would love to photograph them but a zoom lens would be necessary - it's on my 'I would love to have'!!
    Shane ♥

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  20. Beautiful group of photos! Love the dove series.

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  21. Great selection of your garden birds, Mary. I particularly like those 'billing-and-cooing' doves. I remember seeing them in Ottawa when I lived in Canada as a teenager - beautiful birds!

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  22. You have so many beautiful shots of birds..They are just adorable!

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  23. I love these mosaics! The mourning doves do seem to be kissing. I wish we had more bluejays around here. I know they're noisy but they are so beautiful!

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  24. From the look of those doves spring must be in the air!

    Great set of pictures.

    Cheers and thinks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  25. Beautiful photos I really love your tufted titmouse its so cute and one I have never seen before,Thank you

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  26. Wow, that's an incredibly beautiful post Mary! I love them all these pictures and it looks like you found a good spot for a lot of splendid species in your garden... I've never seen any of them and hope to see them this summer ;-)

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  27. I want just hug this Tufted Titmouse, it so adorable in your photos :)
    And I admire your work on these sites, every photo is perfect, I wish I could learn same :)

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  28. Those TTs are just gorgeous Mary - do you like my shorthand for them? I see you still have the snow and grey days - minus 6 here this morning. Hope it warms up soon for both of us and for little Silvie too.

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  29. You get some great birds at your feeders!

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  30. Really great images here of some wonderful birds. However, I've really fallen in love with your Tufted Titmouse - absolutely gorgeous!!

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  31. I'm familiar with all of your birds this week EXCEPT for the titmice. They are so cute. I wish they visited MY gardens. :)

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  32. lovely and beautiful shot of the doves. Love the color and composition of the image.

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  33. Beautiful, Mary, and such wonderful captures of the kissing mourning doves! Praying for peace for you tonight.

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