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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hi Sweet Friends!

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far.
The weather is beautiful here and I was really hoping to fill my outdoor urns with new spring blooms, but my sinuses are still acting up so I am having to hold off a while longer.

If you have followed me for any amount of time you know that I have a thing about backyard birds.
I really enjoy watching them dart in and out as they visit the feeders and hearing the beautiful songs they sing!

While in Florida I took pictures of the hummingbirds feeding, did you see them?
While I was waiting for the hummingbirds to visit their feeders there were many other song birds visiting the seed feeders.  A few of these I have never seen here in North Carolina.

I have never seen a bird like this, he looks so soft and fluffy.  Wish I knew what type it is, I saw him once and never again.
I was a long way from the feeders taking these pictures with a zoom lens, so they have been cropped for a closer look.

I thought this was a Chickadee but my friend Rita shared that it is actually a Tufted Titmouse.  It has a black sunflower seed in his beak.

And he's off.

Red Bellied Woodpecker.

Do you see the blueish bird on the back side of the feeder?

I've never seen one of these in my backyard so I did a little research and believe they are Indigo Bunting.  According to All About Birds I should see them because they breed in our area during the summer months and then head farther South for the winter.

The Indigo Bunting were keeping their distance.  Here is one sitting beside a Dove in a far off tree.

FINALLY, he got the courage to come feed...

I was soooo far away from the feeder, but he still kept his eye on me.

These birds are beautiful and sometimes their feathers look dark purple.

And he's off.

Darting in to feed just a time or two, these birds preferred spending their time on far away branches.

While sitting on my stool taking pictures of the birds I happened to look up in a tree and this is what I saw.

He was way, way up in the tree.
How this pole got there I have no idea but the squirrel seemed to enjoy using it as his perch.

How about you, are you a bird (and squirrel) watcher?

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  1. Your pictures are lovely. I also enjoy watching birds in my garden, but I must say they are not as colourful as in America. I never saw a squirrel in the garden, but I know some come out at night. I also love seeing hedgehogs in the garden. They come out to eat the cat food every now and then.

  2. Cindy, your indigo bunting is beautiful! I've never spotted one of those here. The orange/yellow one looks like the western tanager maybe (have not spotted one of those either)? And that second one I do recognize - he is actually a tufted titmouse, with a peaked crown very similar to a cardinal or bluejay. They often flock with chickadees so it would be easy to think they were part of that species. Love your aviary posts. My sightings have been mostly ordinary so far, nothing as exciting as yours, but still fun to watch. I have a song sparrow nest with one egg among climbing roses that needed cut - looks like one branch will stay until mama decides it's time for the family to move. :)

  3. Cindy, we got new bird feeder for Christmas and he have been watching them everday! Your photos are wonderful! The red-ish bird may be a Scarlet Tanager...we have had them at our feeder just last week...also the Indigo Bunting...they just take my breath away. The woodpeckers are everywhere too....they REALLY love the suet too! I could just watch them all day...now...if only those fat squirrels would stop eating all of the food!!!

  4. Cindy, Your bird photographs are wonderful. We have seen a reduction in yellow finches and my husband and I are looking into becoming a sanctuary for certain species in the area. It's fun to watch them enjoy the feeders. We do have a bear issue so .. need to be careful with that! xxleslie

  5. So sweet!! I love watching & feeding the birds!

  6. My pups run the birds away every time the come near, but we do have a feeder and several bird houses, so we try!
    Beautiful photos!

  7. I love watching birds and squirrels from my kitchen window!! You have captured some beautiful shots Cindy!

  8. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I'm in heaven! I adore birds . . . and love your photos!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day,


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