The weather outside is less than ideal with temperatures hovering around the -20C mark all day.
Would you like to join me on a mini vacation?
Put on some sunscreen,grab a hat and a cold beverage,and let's go birding.
The first bird we encounter is the sunshine yellow American Goldfinch.
The Goldfinches love the seeds of the thistle plant.
We turn our attention to the grassy field and see this Bobolink sitting on a dry twig.
At the bird house along the fence line we see the beautiful Eastern Bluebird.
Obviously this one has young to feed.
At another location this male Wilson's Warbler strikes a perfect pose.
As we watch at the water the Common Tern is preparing to dive for a fish.
Sitting on this branch is the small,yet brightly colored American Redstart.
A black-and-white-Warbler is the next bird we get a look at.
Back at home this Baltimore Oriole is waiting his turn at the oranges.
The male of this species is such a brilliant orange.
Finally we stop at the English Gardens in Winnipeg to watch the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
Nothing says summer and warm weather better than these tiny flying jewels.
This one is probing deep into the Monarda to get every bit of the sweet nectar.
All these pictures were taken by Ruth in 2009,at various locations around southern Manitoba.
Stop and consider God's wonders.