Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Friday was a beautiful, sunny day- much different than the chilly, wet day before.  It was the kind of day that draws me outdoors with my coffee in one hand and my camera in the other.   The birds seemed pleased with the sunshine as well- they flocked around the feeders, foraged through leaves and pine straw on the ground and sang gaily from the tree tops.  I couldn't resist watching them...

A large crowd of Chipping Sparrows and a few Goldfinches 
hung out together in puddles of bird seed...

while others were happy at the feeders.

After their appetite was temporarily satisfied, some took a few moments to bathe in 
the gentle I was doing.

This little one needed a short nap...

A few Pine Siskins decided to visit...
(this is the first time I've ever seen Pine Siskins)

At the edge of the woods, a Carolina Wren and Northern Cardinal
picked through their favorite seeds.

A Carolina Chickadee hopped along the concrete bench 
under a favorite tree.

A Tufted Titmouse is slowly hopping toward the feeder

This is the first Downy Woodpecker I've seen since we moved here.
(I THINK this is a Downy- please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong).

Yet another first- a Purple Finch!  There were actually several of them
in my back yard yesterday- my first time ever seeing this species of finch.  They're gorgeous!

I wish you all a Happy Weekend!  
Thank you, as always, for visiting my blog and leaving comments!!!

Linked with Eileen at Saturday's Critters


  1. Wonderful variety of birds, Susan! The photos are awesome.. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  2. HI Susan You are doing well this week for 'firsts'. All the little birds in your garden are very pretty and I can see you have had some sun this week. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. congrats on the new sightings! i love those tiny sparrows. hardly as big as your thumb. :)

  4. Great photos, congrats on your Siskins and Downy!

  5. You have a wonderful bunch of friends in your back yard. I love Pine Siskins. They are one of my comfort birds.

  6. Lovely birds visiting your garden! Have a great weekend.

  7. Cute little Sparrows. Also like that Woodpecker.

  8. Great photos!
    We have a mild sunny day here, too, after cold cloudy days earlier

  9. you had lots of pretty feathery visitors.

  10. A superb set of photos, and a great variety of birds. I like the rust colour on some of the sparrows.

  11. All great shots. I love sparrows. They've been accouterments in a couple of my novels.

  12. What a great variety of birds to photograph! I love all the colors.

  13. Lovely selection of birds! When we had a feeder it seemed a few birds would eat from it, and throw seed down to all the other birds who would eat on the ground.