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, May 14, 2013

Spring is a Busy Time For Our Bird Friends~



Happy birding and happy week, following a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!
My computer was broken and out of my hands for a few days and my first thought was, but what about my blogging.  
It is amazing how much time we spend when we blog, but oh such enjoyment it is too.
The top image is of a Yellow-Rumped Warbler, that just happened to have completed a bath in the lake, before landing right in front of my lens.
The male Cardinal below was perched above a flock of ducks and geese that were eating bread that my husby was offering them.  

I am linking up with Stewart at:


Wild Bird Wednesday

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




 


A male Eastern Meadowlark sings early one morning over the fields where it's mate was nesting.  
This same field has nests of Red-winged Blackbirds in the deep grasses.


A Blue Jay listens to it's own as morning light streams through the Redbud trees~


A pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers tried a couple of holes, before making their nest in the lowest hole of one of our Ivy covered trees, which lost it's top long ago~


A Gray Catbird mews to it's mate~


I am thinking that this is a Hairy Woodpecker below, very similar to our Downy Woodpeckers, but a wee bit larger~


Once again Carolina, or Black-capped Chickadee, they look so much alike, and we have them both here~


Aah, we have bid farewell to the lovely Dark-eyed Juncos for a few months.  
This one was sunning itself, just before the leaf foliage greened up~


White-breasted Nuthatch waiting for a turn at one of our feeders~








An American Robin watches over the Blue Juniper bush where she has laid 4 eggs in a nest~














At the site of the single Great Horned Owlet a couple of weeks ago, we watched as a territorial dispute went about with some Baltimore Orioles~








A male Eastern Bluebird watching for a meal to present itself.  
They have a nest with young ones, across the lane from us~








The final image may be quite disturbing, but it can also give us an opportunity to view one  gorgeous bird.  
This Yellow-Shafted Flicker flew into our patio door glass.  
Many times this will happen and more often, than not when a bird hits they survive, not this time~


23 comments:

  1. A joy to watch your lovely photos! =)

    I'm sorry for the flicker though..

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  2. Mary, these are such beautiful photos and such a great variety of birds that you have captured. I think the colouring of the red cardinal in the green tree is stunning! I have had birds hit our windows here too and often, after getting their bearings, they fly off. One very windy day 7 blackbirds flew into the picture window and all died! What a noise that was. I hope you have a beautiful week. Hugs, Pamela

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  3. the yellow-shafted flicker is just beautiful, and i hate when that happens.

    the cardinal in the green makes for a very dashing collage! wow! and i'd love to see a catbird!

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  4. I do wish birds would evolve to recognize glass!

    The rest of your wonderful collages were absolutely beautiful. You have such a wonderful selection of birds and your pictures are always amazing.

    Blogging does take time, but it keeps me sane! (And not having access to my computer has exactly the opposite effect ;>)!

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  5. Hi Mary. Another superb selection of birds ... so difficult to find a favourite ... I love them all.

    Hope you are having a great week.

    P.S. The weather has changed for the worst again here (wet, wet, wet) so may have to dive into the archives for a post!

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  6. Beautiful birds, and the Yellow-Shafted Flicker, sorry for him, it happened to everyone.

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  7. A great series of photos and beautiful birds.

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  8. What a great series ! So many birds visiting. Too bad about the Flicker. I got a product for our windows, decals that the birds can see, but we hardly notice them. http://www.windowalert.com/

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  9. Beautiful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. So sad about the Flicker. They're so pretty. Your photos are just so amazing, and your collages are so well done. Wish I knew how to do that. Guess I don't have the right program.

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  11. Beautiful variety of birds, Mary! Your photos and mosaics are wonderful!

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  12. I'm in total awe!! Beautiful collages, beautiful birds.

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  13. So many great captures Mary. Haven't we all come a long way with our photography since we started blogging? Yes it takes a long time but it is so good to make friends around the world.
    How are you my dear friend???Drop me an email when you can, you know I really care.

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  14. Bad news for the flicker - I wonder how many birds suffer the same fate.

    I suppose it's one of the problems of feeding birds in out gardens.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  15. So many exciting visitors to your property Mary. I now have window clings to prevent birds flying into our windows. One is a spider web, the others are newer technology of a clear shape (butterflies for me) that reflect light and the birds can see. They're available at birding stores.
    Judith

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  16. Hi Mary and thanks for visiting my blog during my absence in Menorca. I didn’t have full computer access on holiday so wasn’t able to visit Blogger pals at the time but I’m now in the process of catching up with everyone. Your collages are just beautiful again and the Cardinal even Chrismassy. Your right about blogging in that it takes up so much time but it is so rewarding in spreading the word about our wonderful world and the creatures in it. Catch up with you again soon with new pics from Spain.

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  17. Awesome variety of birds! I love the cardinal shots! Too bad about the Flicker. Several people have been posting about birds hitting their glass, but those survived.

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  18. Such a plethora of lovely birds in their natural surroundings.
    The catbird shot is one of my favorites. Each one however has special qualities.
    I hang wind chimes in my big picture window but the birds still sometimes hit the glass and my heart breaks but it is a reality.

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  19. Wow, so many nice photos of your fantastic birds! I love the second one, the collage with the cardinal, very strong colours and beautiful!
    Sorry for the last one too! Can't you put on those silhouettes of bird of prey on your windows (if they are really big) to prevent this happen?
    /Pia

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  20. A beautiful series of photos.

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  21. so many beautiful birds and shots. Too bad about the last one. But as you say, that happens.

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  22. Hi Mary. just checking how you are as you haven't posted every time I look in.

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