Thursday, April 14, 2011

Birds and More

I have been talking quite a bit about the Pembina Valley Hawkwatch.Well it seems like it is coming to a close.
I have a few more pictures to share with you.

 These Sandhill Cranes flew high over the Valley.
I have had to crop the picture,so the quality is not the best.
I still like how they look against that blue sky.

That same day we had this Cooper's Hawk migrate through.
Notice the rounded tail and chunkier body.
This is one way of telling the difference between the Cooper's and the Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Not every day is ideal for watching migrating Raptors.
The sky was overcast and a high fog hung over our heads.
I kind of like how this Red-tailed Hawk has a ghostly look.

I had seen this feeder on another blog and wanted to get one.
I finally found it in a farm supply store.
The Purple Finch was the first bird I saw at the feeder.
By now it has become a favourite spot for many birds.

Finally,something a little different,just to prove that I don't just see birds.
This is moss on the side of a tree in my yard.
I was intrigued by how it looked,so out came the camera,and this is what I got.To me this looked like small green rosettes.

Thought for today:
Faith to light the darkened sky,
Love to touch and heal the soul,
Strength to carry on.
This is my prayer for each of you.

54 comments:

  1. Ruth, nice series of shots! I really like that bird feeder to!
    Haven't had a chance to look for one yet!

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  2. How wonderful for you to have the opportunity to participate in the Pembina Valley Hawkwatch. It would be so much fun to see the variety of large birds that you were privileged to see and photograph. Thanks for sharing your captures.

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  3. I love the sandhill cranes and the hawk in the fog!! I have taken pictures of that kind of moss before, but none turned out as well as yours. What is the deal with the birdfeeder? I've never seen one like it, even in the Bird Store! Is it squirrel proof? Will it only feed the small birds?

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  4. It is so much fun to watch them soar n hover and to have an area nearby like you do is great.

    Are there any owls that hang out in that area?

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  5. That feeder looks oddly familiar! Ha! Glad you got it hung and your birds like it! A squirrel got into mine for the first time today - it was hilarious!!!

    i do like the ghost hawk in that one shot.

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  6. What a beautiful prayer to end your post with....thank you, Ruth

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  7. Great bird captures Ruth - I like the one in the fog ! And your 'rosettes' are like beautiful little flowers that 'bloom' for a long time.

    Have a wonderful, peaceful weekend.

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  8. The moss is beautiful Ruth. I know how fast all of these birds are and your shots are wonderful. It's always great to see what your camera sees. Thanks for the lovely prayer, too. Diane

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  9. The ghostly hawk is an interesting shot! Very nicely done! I've found it interesting that there is so much blue sky in the photos with the cranes and hawks - one rarely sees a cloud!-- That is a unique design for a birdfeeder - almost looks like it is designed for the bird to come in, out of the rain, to feed in peace!

    That moss or lichen has interesting patterns. Just read somewhere that it used to be used for dye!

    Always a lovely visit here! Blessings!!

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  10. Fun to see these new photos. The fog and the hawk was a great idea - as long as every day isn't like that!

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  11. Nice series of shots! I'm looking forward to seeing Sandhill Cranes here in a few weeks. I like the photo of the moss. You can see some very interesting things if you narrow your focus and look more closely.

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  12. Another fine set of images. I love the cranes in formation like planes in an airshow.

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  13. I saw that birdfeeder on another blog too. I'll have to check out my local farm supply store.

    The sandhill cranes must fly really, really high. I don't believe I have ever seen any.

    I hope you are nowhere near the Red River! We keep hearing about the flooding in the news.

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  14. Wow, great feeder! I may have to find one.

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  15. Thank you for your prayer, Ruth.

    What an interesting post. I loved the cranes flying in formation, and that bird feeder is really interesting. I've never seen anything like it before.

    Have a happy day!

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  16. That's a great birdfeeder Ruth. It's really different. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

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  17. Good post and a nice series of photos. I really like that feeder.

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  18. Love that feeder - have never seen one like that!

    Those rosettes are lichen by the way. We have s lot of it in our neck of the woods.

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  19. We still hear the white-throated sparrow here, which I thought would have begun to head toward your home area by now, but I guess they love it here. I really like your sandhill crane photo--what a great experience.
    Brenda

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  20. I would love the opportunity to see and capture these. I've got my eye out for a feeder like that, I think it is really neat.

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  21. beautiful images, I haven't seen a Sandhill Crane in years

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  22. gorgeous markings on that hawk, precious little one in your hotel and i like that moss a LOT. my kind of photo.

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  23. tex is startin' a trend. great captures, love the detail on the hawk. i tried to get a hawk in flight yesterday and was very unsucessful!!! so i settled for the blooms!!!

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  24. That looks like it may be a squirrel-proof bird feeder if such a thing exists!

    Your photos are always so good.

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  25. Fantastic captures. I love the misty one! Have a great weekend :)

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  26. really beautiful series of photos!
    i especially the birds flying against the blue sky.

    great quote, yoo!

    have a lovely weekend, dear Ruth!

    betty

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  27. Hi Ruth...I always enjoy your pictures and I love the header...
    Hawks have always intrigued me..When we drive to Dallas, (which is about 100 miles away) I always see at least 6 to 8 (sometimes more) Hawks along the way...Some big and fat and some small ones...
    Thanks for sharing your pictures and I hope you have a wonderful weekend...

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  28. Hi Ruth!! Love your new header! I'm loving your bird photos. My Mom's yard is seeing a variety of birds this year. I'm hoping to camp out somehow and capture them with my camera!!! Happy weekend!

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  29. It wasn't until I got into photography that I really began to appreciate birds. They make lovely subjects and it is a great way to track the species you see.

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  30. I like your ghostly hawk and the beautiful moss that you captured. But all of your pictures are wonderful (as usual).

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  31. The bird photos are wonderful (love raptors, always wished I could have a Falcon)...I'm really liking the bird feeder and the lichen!

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  32. great pictures ..sad to see the snow today..hope it doesn't last to long...we need spring and the warmth...poor little birds look a little confused today!!...looking forward to seeing more of your pics

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  33. Great photos, Ruth! I have not participated in a Hawk watch yet. I love the shot of the Sandhill Cranes flying by. Take and Have a great weekend.putsms

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  34. I saw that feeder in our local farm store yesterday. I thought it might withstand the abuse given by the squirrels too.

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  35. Great set of shots Ruth! and that Feeder is AWESOME!

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  36. so glad I stopped by - found you over at "did you bring your camera". I too love taking photos of birds. Enjoyed looking!

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  37. Hi Ruth, Happy Palm Sunday to YOU!!!! I LOVE that feeder. I've never seen one quite like that one. Neat!!!!

    Great pictures of the birds in flight --especially those cranes. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  38. So good to see you celebrating the new life of spring, your blog is always so beautiful and inspiring!

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  39. Love the bird feeder and the moss-so nice that you can see the beauty in something like moss. It is actually very complex when you see it up close!

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  40. Ruth, The Sandhill Cranes do look great against the blue sky. I love their form in flight.
    What a cool feeder!

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  41. Excellant choices Ruth. This explains why I don't see the Cooper's Hawk any more. It probably has left for the summer. Glad I stopped by.
    have a super week.
    B.

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  42. That's a nice series Ruth. I always enjoy your pictures.

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  43. The hawk in the fog photo is lovely! A great photo capture!
    I recall the first times we saw sandhill cranes. My husband and I were driving through the Carolinas and we were quite new to bird watching. He was making a list of all the species we saw and he saaid, "I think I just saw an ostrich! Will I write it down? It was, we discovered later, a Sandhill Crane. We still laugh about that!
    Ann

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  44. Dear Ruth, Each of these is beautiful. Just took by breath away. I need to start to drive again. This should get me going or help. As for the Prayer here. Thank you . Thank you .I love it and will hang on to this tonight.
    Hugs

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  45. love moss and lichens... your capture of it is fantastic.

    thank you so much for your well said thoughts on my blog~
    they have been a true help to me over the past several days.

    you were so right~ i have said several times lately that this is not the life i would have chose.
    but i have to remember the bigger picture.
    something so much better awaits me~ and i will get to spend all eternity in a perfect place with my sweet sister if i will keep my faith in HIM.

    thank you so much ruth.

    hugs~
    chasity

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  46. Ruth it is such a peaceful place to visit coming hee. Love the images..and that bird feeder..well...I want one too! So cute the way they sit inside..like a candy store to humans! Blessings to you today! xo

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  47. Ruth, Hope your week is off to a good start--the days sure go fast anymore. Interesting shot of the moss-lichen on the tree. Isn't it funny what strange things can be interesting-beautiful-unique-we just have to be on the "lookout" all the time. Have a nice day. Mickie :)

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  48. Beautiful photographs, Ruth. I think the Sand Hill Cranes turned out well in spite of the distance.

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  49. You captured some great photos of sandhill cranes and a Coopers hawk, Ruth. I haven't seen them around my neck of the woods. I love that bird feeder--it is so pretty!

    I think the green stuff on the tree is lichen rather than moss. I found out on Wikipedia that lichen is a symbiosis of algae and fungus. They somehow join together for mutual benefit. So I guess lichen is kind of like green mushroom-ish stuff. It does look like rosettes.

    I saw little ducklings one year, but I haven't seen any this year or last. We usually only have a few ducks on our lake, so I guess they have their babies at another nearby lake or pond. The geese are so aggressive, they probably scare away most ducks.

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  50. A wonderful post, love the lichen and the little bird in the feeder.

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  51. What an interesting feeder! I may have to look for one of those to try.

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  52. And that is my prayer for you too sweet lady. You are a gift to us all.

    Oh, and I like that feeder too!

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