Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Gray Catbird Visits

I was fortunate enough to enjoy the company of a Gray Catbird for a few days while he or she hung out at the feeders and foraged around the edges of our back yard.  This was only the second time I've seen a catbird.  

Hi there, Mrs. C.  Did you happen to see a bird dressed like me fly through?
He's an imposter, I tell you, an imposter!!!
I think he may have gone that-away, but I'm not certain.
Well anyways, if ya see him, please report to me immediately!
Hmmmmm.  Wonder where that copy cat might be...
Guess I'll hang out a little while to see if he shows up.
How do ya like this pose?  Pretty awesome, huh ;)
What about this one- a more "serious" pose.  
Hey, I kinda like this one- looking out over the great stretch of green grass.
Hey lady, your lawn needs to be mowed really bad!
Wait, I think I see something.  Is that who I think it is?  Think I'll go check it out.  Later, folks!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Eastern Towhee

Good Morning Everyone!  Hopefully this week is off to a great start for you.  I had to work all weekend so I was glad to see it come to a close.  I'm ready to catch up on my sleep now.

Before I sink into my wonderful, cozy bed, I thought I'd share a few photos of an Eastern Towhee that has been hanging around for several weeks.  I've seen a second one a few times but have yet to get photos of it- I believe it's a female, probably the mate of this one.  Their eyes are pretty yet strange, appearing reddish or orange at times.  It's a rare treat for me to have towhees within camera range so I've enjoyed watching them forage around on the ground and in the feeders.   

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Brown Thrasher Couple

A pair of Brown Thrashers have made themselves at home nearby.  Every day the couple is seen foraging through the grassy back yard, at the forest edge or on the loose piles of brush currently stacked in our yard.  

They visit the bird feeders as well.  There they make a mess, 
thrashing through the seeds and spilling some of them out onto the ground below.  

The thrashers stop in often at the bird baths to quench their thirst...

They're fun to watch, particularly when they run across the yard- even from a distance I can positively identify them just by their rapid forward gait.  

I wish I had their speed sometimes- I could get things done much sooner!

I hope you all have a great weekend.  My kid brother is in town this week and I happen to be off work, so I plan to spend time with him and my other siblings.  What fun!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Male Summer Tanager

His bright red plumage captured my attention as he perched upon an oak branch.  I gave him a second look and thought he appeared brighter than a Northern Cardinal, so I had to grab my eyeglasses and camera lens to zoom in.  I was happily surprised at what I saw- definitely a male Summer Tanager.  I was lucky enough last year to capture a few images of a female in her notable yellow plumage, but didn't see a male.  So I've been waiting and watching.  Finally, a male Summer Tanager was within my viewing range.  I wanted so bad to edge in a little closer, but I feared I might startle him. 

Imagine my frustration when a Northern Cardinal came along within seconds and chased the tanager away-  Darn it!  I waited a while to see if the tanager would return, but he didn't.   Oh well, at least I was fortunate enough to get a couple of shots of him, so I won't sulk about it too much...

I hope everyone enjoys their Wednesday.  Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Thirsty Titmouse

 A thirsty little Tufted Titmouse
getting his (or her) drink on...

One of my favorite small birdies...so darn sweet!  Oh, those eyes!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Denver Daisy

This is the first year I've planted Denver Daisies in my flower garden and I must say that I love them! Their blooms spread from 3 to 4 inches in diameter and the bright golden and rich mahogany blooms stand out among others in the garden.  They've grown rapidly and have produced multiple blooms.  

Denver Daisies, a Black-eyed Susan, were produced to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Denver, Colorado.  It was also the Grand Prize winner of the 2010 American Garden award. I'm happy I chose to include them in my garden, and because they're perennials, I should enjoy them for years to come.