Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Birds and More

The birds are busy in my world. 
Here are a few pictures taken through my kitchen window.Seems that may be my best choice for winter bird photos.

 I always get a kick out the upside-down habits of the White-breasted Nuthatch.
They look so sure-footed as they make their way down the tree head first.


A male Hairy Woodpecker is  waiting to get to the suet,which is at the base of this tree.
These birds seem very skittish and will fly away at the slightest movement.


I still have several Dark-eyed Juncos visiting the feeders daily.
I like these guys in their sophisticated dark suits. 


I have to add a couple of other pictures. Here is one more of some of the hoarfrost we had recently.
Someone asked what Hoarfrost is. I will not go into the scientific details,but it forms when the atmospheric conditions are just right. What I know,beyond a shadow of a doubt is,it creates a world of beauty overnight.


Here is just one little ornament on my tree.I bought this one for Jake many years ago,because he was a model railroader.Now I hang it in memory of him.


Thought for today:
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. 

29 comments:

Sandra said...

your header is really really beautiful, i like it a lot and your site looks so festive. I love red and black and the bird upside down is adorable. great macro of Jake's train. I know you miss him at this time of year. God bless you.

TexWisGirl said...

i love your sweet junco. you get the pretty tri-color there. we get slate-colored mostly and never tri-color. :)

Island Rambles Blog said...

You have a nice view of the birds out of your window...lovely shots as always. cheers. (the frost is beautiful)

Robin said...

Ruth, lovely images!

Kerri said...

Oh how lovely Ruth! Your birdies always capture my heart - and they look wonderful in the snow :)
The little train is wonderful. I know that holidays can be tough ..... sending smiles your way!

Happyone said...

In the second picture (woodpecker) there is a bit of snow down by the woodpeckers tail. I see the head of an eagle in there! It just popped right out at me.

All your photos are fantastic. I love seeing them all.

Linda said...

Stunning pictures, as always, Ruth. Love that beautiful junco. I imagine the train ornament brings mixed emotions when you look at it; but, hopefully, the happy memories win out over the melancholy of missing Jake.

Betsy Adams said...

Love love love your header and blog look/colors... Gorgeous!!!!

So glad you still hang that little train. Jake still loves it I'm sure. We have one on our tree that is a steam engine from our trip to Cass, West VA.

You have the same birds as mine except that our Juncos haven't visited us yet. They will when it gets colder.....

See the Eagle's head in the picture with the Hairy in it????? Neat!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Cloudia said...

God bless your whole family including Jake, dear Friend



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Dianne ... Walking In His Grace said...

Hello Ruth, Your blog is so Festive for the Season. Love your header, and all the Beautiful birds you photographed, and the train is Special indeed. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Season with those you love.

Still no snow here in my part of Canada but we may get some snow flurries tomorrow. I am looking forward to it and sure hope we have a White Christmas.

Sending Hugs, from Ontario, Canada
Dianne :)

grammie g said...

Hi Ruth...Nice birdie shot's especially the Nuthatch!!
God does his handy work while we sleep... that's where the Hoarfrost comes from : }}
Grace

Muffy's Marks said...

Wow if that was my kitchen window, I'd never come out of the kitchen!! You do get some fantastic photos of your feathered friends. We haven't seen any Black eyed Juncos as of yet. I like your thought for the day. My stage--------winter, with a little harvest mixed in!!! Have a great evening.

Karin said...

Such a lovely visit to your blog once again! Love your birdies - but the Juncos is my favorite this time. Great photo of the hoar frost - my favorite kind of frost - it's like everything is coated in diamonds!!

Diane said...

All so pretty but I, too, love the picture of the Junco. Diane

Hilary said...

The bird images are so lovely but the hoarfrost is amazing. We don't seem to get that here quite the same way.

Ginny said...

The hoarfrost looks like fur! My favorite bird here is the little Nuthatch, because I do not see them often and they are so cute!!

Janice K said...

As others have said, your header is outstanding. I really liked the quality of your bird pictures...they looked like they were posing just for you (of course, they were.)

I can appreciate all the memories attached to a simple ornament. Most of the ornaments on our tree were given to us by special people in our lives or were purchased in memory of our loved ones. Each ornament, it would seem, has its own story to tell. I shed a few tears each time I put up the tree.

God bless you.

Willard said...

Beautiful images as always, Ruth. You truly have an eye for capturing the beauty of nature.

Shug said...

Love this header...this may sound crazy, but I have to know if this is a picture of a real tree... Here in Texas, the only time you see a tree like that is when it's fake or has just been flocked with artificial snow.
The train ornament is so sweet...I'm sure that your tree would not be complete without it!
Hugs,
Shug

LV said...

You do such a great job capturing these sights in full glory. So vivid and bright. You and our camera work well together.

George said...

We don't have any Juncos around here, and haven't had any hoarfrost yet this year, but we do enjoy Nuthatches and Hairy Woodpeckers. Your photos are marvelous as always.

Rick said...

Beautiful bird shots, Ruth. Amazing shot of the nuthatch - they usually flit around so much, they're difficult to capture. And the hoar frost looks lovely - although cold.

Wonderful header for December.

warriormom said...

I do love how festive you blog looks! Your junco is a bit different from the ones I see. Apparently I get the slate colored junco, and they look like nuns in black and white habits. The hoar frost is beautiful!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Ruth: Your bird photos are just wonderful. I love the nuthatch and their posing.

EG CameraGirl said...

White-breasted nuthatches truly are fun to watch come down a tree! I love the train ornament you hang in Jake's memory.

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shots from the birds and i love the snowy gras :)

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful post and photos! Your birds are wonderful, and I really like that train ornament.

Anita Johnson said...

I think hoarfrost makes the world look magical!

Debbie said...

These are all wonderful, impossible to pick a favorite!