Sunday, January 11, 2015

BIRD ARBORETUM

Hope everybody is having a relaxing weekend!!!! We had a beautiful but cold one here, with winter temperatures finally setting in. And with those colder temps it sure brought out the birds this weekend!!!! It was a feast for the eyes, and for those with cats....they would have been licking those chops!! I finally saw some of my winter variety making regular appearances this week too.
 
Bonnie, Clyde and about 20 others doves were on the kitchen sill,  and in the tree yesterday....insane!!!
 
Once there done feeding,  they will often roost in the tree, sometimes upwards of 40  doves.....
What a sweet couple!!!
 
Bonnie with two yellow finch.....
 
The junco's are back in full force now...
 
A female cardinal....
 
The male cardinal with a finch and junco in unison....
 
the sleek White Breasted Nuthatch....
 
sweet little Black Capped Chickadee...
 
Little yellow finch....
 
my personal favorite...Tufted Titmouse...
 
And out the boudoir windows was a flurry of male cardinals......
 
 
 With these cold temps, it's good to take care of our feathered friends. Any of you bird watchers?

49 comments:

  1. im gonna leave the tufted titmouses to you darling.

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  2. "You know how bashful I am, Marge. I can't even say titmouse without giggling like a school girl. Hee hee hee! Hee hee hee!"

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    1. I hate to see what happens if you say cockatoo?

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  3. I swear, if you don't have a bird in hand, your watching birds.

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  4. Lovely, just lovely! You must enjoy your breakfast watching them! I have hardly any luck getting any birds except sparrows.

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    1. When I'm home to enjoy breakfast, I always take it at the table to watch them, your right. It's interesting to see their habits and which one are the comics! Alas, when I work, I leave in the wee hours, so I miss them.

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  5. The occasional male cardinals I see here are very shy. When they get food at the feeder, they observe it for some time from a tree. Then they swoop to get food with their crest all down so they seem smaller. Sometimes they get too freaked out & leave without taking a seed. Great pictures!!!

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    1. Yes Pearly, they can be shy. It's interesting to watch the different breeds. The mourning doves and the cardinals are the push overs for the pushy Titmice and chickadees. And while some feed on the sill, some take a seed and leave, and return. But you can hear them all singing!!!!

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  6. Amazing pictures. I'm never that quick with the camera! What a great variety too you get.

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    1. I always keep my camera handy on the counter.

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  7. wow! those cardinals are beautiful. Parents used to get them when they lived in Baton Rouge. We get mostly house finches and some yellow finches during the winter. When the red-winged blackbirds show up you know spring is on the way.

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    1. I could sit and watch the finch all day. Hope spring doesn't come to soon, we haven't even had winter yet.

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  8. What wonderful pictures!!!! I'm going to try to put some seed out and see what happens. There’s something magical about a cardinal on a snow-laden branch isn't there?

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    1. Gretchen, in addition to regular songbird seed, try to put out a mixture of nuts and dried fruit piece mixture. Available at markets or garden center. Your sure to attract a variety.

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  9. It would be a delight to have a bird as dramatically camp as a cardinal in our garden, but here in London we have had a profusion of visitors during some recent cold snaps, including several species of tits (in the US, chickadees), starlings, wood pigeons, robins, blackbirds and even a grey woodpecker. Sometimes I feel like Snow White with all those birds singing to me... Jx

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    1. Between the pecker and tits, is this a pg rated snow white film!?!?

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  10. birdies and squirrels were at my full feeder yesterday; nyla and gigi were chattering/clicking away at the sight.

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    1. Oh yes, I remember when I had Starbooty she used to click away too!!!!! Sounds funny!

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  11. I get a host of bird life here in the gardens at the Palais but I'm often too slow with the camera to record them and by the time I get back out to grab a snap the little darlings have flitted off again... Various parrots, wagtails, fairy wrens, honey eaters , wattle birds and finches along with blackbirds, sparrows and the odd cockatoo...

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    1. Oh PRINNY......thats sounds amazing....a exotic collection you get there down under!

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  12. Damn!!!!!! Your so lucky to get some many cardinals!!!! I am lucky to get one!!!!!!! And the doves!!!!!!!!!! They sure like you!

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  13. I love the cardinals as well. We have them in our backyard, last Sunday plenty of them as our neighbour had put out his bird feeders. Which reminds me, we still have to put out ours.

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    1. Get those feeders up! In the cold temps the birds certainly enjoy a free meal not hard to find.

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  14. Thanks so much for the pic of the cardinals. I grew up outside of Chicago and the sight of cardinals, in the new snow remains one of the beautiful memories of my youth. Those birds know who is feeding them!!! I get a ton of finch and wren myself.

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  15. Feast for the eyes indeed!!!! I love smaller birds myself......so o adore the little chickadees. They are such sweet little birds. Lovely pictures!!!!

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    1. Those chickadees are certainly small, can't' imagine how small once out of the egg!

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  16. Cardinals really help brighten up dreary midwestern winters! I love them. When I was a kid growing up, I never saw any. I saw my first one late in my college time. Now, 30 years later, they are almost ubiquitous. Yay! Bluebirds too. I speculate that their former absence was due to the effects of the “Silent Spring” in the 50s/60s. Or maybe global warming

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    1. I think pesticides in the 50's and 60's affected alot of species then

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  17. And that female cardinal somehow seems grumpy that somebody won’t turn up the thermostat….

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    1. So pretty as they are, they do look like grumpy birds don't they?

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  18. Nice cardinal pics! And the doves too. I love cardinals — that splash of color to liven up our drab winters. These are two birds I miss here.

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    1. Cardinals are always pretty but in the winter they are just brilliant!

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  19. I love birds, but I don't get to see them often where I'm at.

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    1. I have always enjoyed finches and that's what got this started. Now look!!!!! Put some seed out and see what happens, you may be surprised!

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  20. This is pretty amazing they get so close. Your like Doctor Doolittle! I have also never seen so many mourning doves together. Great photo of your birds!

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    1. I can get most close to the doves, and they never fly away. They are most use to me except for Bouvier, who take the nuts right out of my hands.

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  21. Seems we all like birds!!!!! Thanks for sharing your comments!!!!

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  22. What a great feathered post!!!! I too like bird watching, but not a professional one. I love the Nuthatch. Don't they make a fun unusual sound? I can always tell when their in the yard.

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    1. They do! I can be in another room, and always know their call when they have arrived!

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  23. What an array of birds!!!!! I have always like the Juncos. A true sign winter is here. You got some great pictures.

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  24. What a great post!!!! I have to admit, I don't notice the birds like I should, but they are so nice to see. Now when do we see the big bird?

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  25. Birds are such sweet creatures. I too noticed that our juncos and cardinals have also came back in force finally. Always love your bird post.

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    1. Thank you Agnes! Yes the winter breeders are here to stay...at least till April.

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  26. My Dear Mistress
    You know, I think I wrote up some utterly charming and witty comments on your bird piece, which somehow never made it online, the perils of technology. Regardless, from what I remember, those dove should be south, migratory sillies that they are. I dare anyone to say Tufted Titmouse three times over really fast and Yellow Finches rock!

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    1. Farmer...always nice to see your visit! That too has happen to me, you write a comment, hit publish and a magic act happens!!!! I have no idea why the doves are still here, but there here in numbers! It has been very mild thus far for winter, but has recently just dipped. Another warm trend coming I hear. Tufted Titmouse three times? I'll try again with a gin and tonic tonight, didn't work with the coffee. And I agree....the yellow finch are quite something, comical, greedy and spit fires all at once!

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