Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Winter Birds

With all the very cold weather we have had,I have not been out much to get pictures.
What I have today were  all taken through the windows and not really clean windows at that.


During the winter months the regular birds seen at my feeders are Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers,Black-capped Chickadees,Red-Breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches and the Blue Jays

Here is a female Downy Woodpecker clinging to the tree.I am sure she is waiting for her turn at the feeder. This picture was taken with the Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens.

 Another regular visitor is the small Red-breasted Nuthatch.This was taken on a very cold day and the birds would come to eat and then just sit and try to get warm. I have suet in the feeder,but on these cold days I put peanut butter out there as well. The peanut butter freezes quickly,so they get small pieces at a time.The next three pictures were taken with the Canon SX50.


Here is a male Downy Woodpecker.You can see that it is a snowy day.I feel sorry for the birds in winter,but there is only so much I can do for them.


The female Hairy woodpecker comes to the feeder as well.The Hairy is much more cautious and will fly away at the slightest movement.This is obviously taken the same day as the previous picture.Notice the longer bill on this bird,a sure way to identify this one.

On Christmas day my sister was over and we were watching a video,but I kept noticing some birds in the evergreens.When I got my camera and telephoto lens,I realized that we had a few Robins paying us a visit.I have to wonder what they find to eat,because the worms are all buried under a foot of snow or more.This is a very poor image,but at least it proves that I saw the Robin.



Verse for Today:
Look at the birds of the air;they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are you not much more valuable than they?
Matthew 6:26

35 comments:

  1. i do feel for the insect and sap eaters when things get brutally cold! amazing how they survive it.

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  2. These are wonderful pictures -- I really couldn't tell that they had been shot through a window. We haven't seen many robins this year. I guess they are still visiting you.

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  3. I've really enjoyed seeing the birds this week--during our horribly cold weather... I filled the feeders twice each day.. They ate and ate and ate....

    Love seeing your birds. I have a hard time EVER getting a photo of a Hairy... They do fly away quickly.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. I feel sorry for the birds too. I wonder what they did before us humans came along to feed them? I imagine they survived somehow.

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  5. I see you're still getting along well with your SX50. You hadn't mentioned it in awhile, and I'd been wondering. You got some lovely shots with both your cameras. Bless you for helping these little beings survive in such harsh conditions.

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  6. Lovely bird pictures, Ruth. I do feel so sorry for them when it's so cold, too. I've seen the robins eat berries and grapes that have been left but they do have a hard time. Diane

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  7. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

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  8. Loving to watch birds as I do and try and photograph them like you, I am amazed and inspired by your lovely images!!!! They're all beautiful Ruth.

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  9. Ruth, such lovely photos! I have been bird watching too since I got "us" a bird feeder for Christmas. We have been feeding many varieties of birds along with the squirrels :) I haven't been able to get many good shots yet but I am working on it. Stay warm!

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  10. Perfect verse to remind us of God's promises. A timely reminder. I don't think I've ever seen Red-breasted Nuthatches. Yesterday I had a squirrel steal my whole block of suet!!

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  11. An enjoyable group of photos, but that poor robin. You can't help but wonder how he happens to be so far north at this time of year.

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  12. Poor birdies, winters are a hard time for them.Nice to see your woodpeckers, down here we don't have any.

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  13. i am trying not to be a tad envious over that long lens you have... that sweet little hairy woodpecker is my favorite shot today. you have amazing views out your windows..poor little cold birds.

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  14. Those are such wonderful shots of dear sweet birds. Brave little creatures surviving as they know how.

    Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

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  15. The photos are stellar of the woodpeckers. The snow falling is so pretty, but does make me feel sorry for their frigid conditions. Thank you for posting the downy and hairy next to each other. The beak is so much longer on the hairy, there's no confusing the two.

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  16. poor birdies, i just don't know how those tiny little bodies survive. we have been filling the feeders constantly. the ones attached to the windows can be filled from indoors, when it's snowing!!

    i have been providing extra water as well.

    your images are great. i shoot thru the glass and most times i just open the window, the birds are use to it!!

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  17. What a wonderful opportunity, to see all those lovely birds from the warmth of your house!

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  18. Love the snowy ones best, though all are great.

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  19. HI Ruth Love th Woodpeckers as I ahve never seen any here in Northern Ireland. They firsstones that were ever seen were a few years ago so I am hoping that they will breed many.

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  20. Ruth, great shots! The really cold weather must be so hard on the birds! Survival at it's coldest.
    I sometimes thing we should open the door and let the cold and wet birds come in to warm up!

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  21. dear ruth,
    wow, those are amazing great shots of the birds! poor cold birdies...how those adorable creatures survive-i wonder

    big hugs!

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  22. I can't believe you shot those through a window...you really got some awesome shots....I do feel for the birds when it's this cold and thankful for people like you who feed them....

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  23. We have the same birds come here, only our Hairy Woodpecker is as bold as brass. She's fun to watch. You have some very fine captures, here. I know how difficult it is to shoot through glass but on days like these, it's our only options. Well, that or frostbite.

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  24. You've got some beautiful shots of the birds, Ruth. I would never have guessed you took them through a window! I love the birds, too, and they are really keeping me busy filling the feeders. But I do what I can to keep some of them fed. It's been so cold out, I don't know how they survive!

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  25. Lovely photos of your birds! Believe it or not, a pair of robins was spotted at our Christmas Bird Count last weekend. There always seems to be a few birds that for whatever reason do not migrate south. I can just hear the the argument going on between that pair now.....

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  26. Beautiful birds....I love knowing that God provides for the little, tiny fowl in many ways that are unknown to us. Such bitter cold weather.....yet they still survive. I really enjoy seeing these wonderful photos...
    Have a nice day and a super great weekend..
    Shug

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  27. Wonderful photos! We only get the Red-breasted Nuthatches around here every so often. They were here last winter but as of yet there aren't any around this year.

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  28. This has to be a hard winter for the birds, especially with all the snow and cold. I am surprised to see the robin. He must not have gotten to word to "fly south." I think the Red-breasted Nuthatches are so pretty. I had them here the first year I started taking bird pictures, but never since.

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  29. Wow that Robin is a strange sight in cold weather. But then that was some strange weather. LOL

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  31. I'm surprised a robin was in your yard. A well-respected birder I know says robins are having a very hard time this year in Ontario. I suspect your weather has been worse than ours so I wonder how the robins are doing there.

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  32. Hi Ruth, I always enjoy your blog. Isn't it amazing the way the little birds can handle the cold weather. Just a couple of weeks ago I saw some kind of hummingbird just outside my window here in downtown Seattle. I just don't have any idea how a hummer could make it through the winter here, but I guess they do! I like the way you add the Bible verses to your posts. Thank you for following John's Island and your kind comments. John

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  33. I agree - these are great shots of your visitors. I'm sure they're appreciative of your generosity. Maybe you need to post a sign pointing south - those robins are obviously lost !

    Wonderful text - great reminder.

    ps - loved that Impala model (below); too bad I couldn't afford one way back then

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  34. Ruth, you get some amazing photos. I really enjoyed those pictures.

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