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







Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Birds Aplenty, Post 1 of 2~


I so hope that you all will not mind.  I am going to be giving a double dose of Snow birds this week.  Since we have been cooped up from the cold for days now, I have taken oodles and oodles of images, prepared them for sharing, and if I don't get snow birds out soon, it shall be Spring.  
This shall be 1 of 2 
For those who have followed my updates for travel...would you believe...2 days ago, I got a cell phone message, a text message and an e-mail alerting me to the fact that my train was broken down and they had no train to take the route.  SO, I do not fly any longer due to my ears being super sensitive, but I am going to fly anyway.  First the bad weather and illness and now an Amtrak cancellation and I need to get to my daughter and spend some time with her and her husby.  Hoping that the plane flight goes without a hitch~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/



We continue to have many Cardinals coming to the feeders every day.  They make the dull gray days, more cheerful with their colour and song~



Sometimes when you purchase feeders, they just do not do their job and the one the Carolina Wren is eating from was one of them.  I turned it into a suet feeder and it does fine now~


Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, are one of my favorite garden visitors.  They have been enjoying the dried meal worm and nut pellets from the feeder below~


A Tufted Titmouse, possibly a male was not happy seeing it's reflection in the yard globe~



The Eastern Towhees hidden in brambles and shrubs most of the warmer months are a delight coming to the feeding stations all Winter.  




A female and male Downy Woodpecker, have made their space in the garden scene too~


Last year I had 2 Fox Sparrows the whole Winter.  This year, so far only one and I always enjoy them, since they are particularly rare visitors to Tingsgrove~




White-throated Sparrows are another favorite Winter visitor and we have lots of them around this season~



White-breasted Nuthatch and American Goldfinches have made their way, but not in any great numbers~


Sparrows, so many different ones and this little one has been spending a lot of time along side the Fox Sparrow, which kind of threw me a bit, as they do look a wee bit alike.  
It had a tiny seed upon it's beak~





Oh and of course, sometimes they come here as well, not always, but in these harsh cold days, they arrive, the European Starlings~


For as many Blue Jays that are in this area, we have not had very many visiting our feeders, and not sure why.  They are invited to partake too~





14 comments:

  1. always love the sapsuckers. and great to see the fox sparrows!

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  2. Another fabulous selection of visitors to your feeders Mary. Far more species than we are seeing here in the garden.

    I hope your travel plans are not further disrupted. Stay safe.

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  3. Plenty of snow birds, indeed! Wonderful shots, Mary, of all these beauties going about their daily routines. They're all lovely, but I am glued to the cardinals and the bluejays - what brilliant colours!

    Sorry to hear about this latest inconvenience with Amtrak, regarding your visit to your daughter's. Have a safe flight and enjoy your time there, my friend. Take care!!

    xx
    Poppy

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  4. Wow that is awful Mary...wishing you safe air travels and no hitches....you do have quite an array of birds...seems we are both thinking about birds, but I am looking forward to seeing my spring birds.

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  5. Lovely collection of birds. They're all gorgeous in their own way.

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  6. Hello Mary, wonderful collection of birds and photos.. The deer are so pretty too. I hope you have a fun trip and safe travels.. Have a happy week!

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  7. What a lovely collection of bird photos. I am envious of the variety of birds you attract... Thanks for sharing them with us. I cannot wait for spring, and more birds in my garden!

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  8. such gorgeous images of these little birds Mary. I love every one of them.

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  9. Wonderful snow birds Mary. I hope you are finally in Florida, we just got home yesterday after a 3 day drive.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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  10. What an amazing variety of birds superbly shot in these lovely collages.

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  11. Enjoyed seeing all your feathered friends! Starlings are busy here, too.

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  12. I hope you have an uneventful flight! Those winter birds are wonderful!

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  13. The titmouse mad at his own reflection is priceless! And I love towhees (in Oregon. I guess those are the western variety, but they seem to look about the same). Beautiful pictures. For some reason I don't understand I can only comment on your blog if I'm on my IPAD. Apparently my PC is not signed up to Google and I don't know how to fix it. So I do get behind on comments because sometimes Bill uses the IPAD. I will have to speak to him severely about that ))).

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