Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Weekly ABC

Let's get started on the 'C' birds.
I have put the Common Loon in first place,
because these birds are only seen in our area as they migrate
through in spring.We have a small lake just west of Morden,
and the Loons stop in there as they journey north.
On April 20,2007 Jake and I counted 24 Loons on this lake.
What a thrill.
The Cedar Waxwing is a most beautiful bird.
The plumage looks silky,and these birds are very sociable.
They most often travel in large flocks.
The picture below is a part of a flock of Common Redpolls we saw recently.
In order to show the beauty of these birds,here is a single bird striking a pose. An early spring visitor is the Chipping Sparrow. I look forward to their return,as they are not afraid of humans. We usually see them all spring and summer,foraging for food near the house. The Common Yellowthroat is perhaps not that common. They are more secretive,but once you have heard their 'witch-i-ty,witch-i-ty,witch-i-ty' song you will not forget them. A brightly colored male Cape May Warbler is always a welcome sight. We do not see the Canada Warbler every year so it was special to get this shot. This bird is described as wearing a black necklace. Last,but not least,the Canada Geese. From early spring to fall migration the Canada Geese are abundant here. The first signs are the long v-formations in the sky,and soon every puddle of water has at least a pair of geese on it. Pictures 1 and 2 are by Ruth, all others are by Jake Take time to enjoy God's created world.


Diane said...

Dear Ruth, Thanks so much for your beautiful bird pictures, it makes me wonder what's outside my windows that I miss. The Common Redpolls (flock) enlarged is even prettier. Have a wonderful day.

Dorothy said...

Hi Ruth,
I really enjoyed seeing your "C" birds! I agree that the Cedar Waxwing is a very beautiful bird! THe first time I saw a group of these up close I thought I thought I would faint!

Arija said...

Dear Ruth,
Thank you for standing my friend in these unpleasant two weeks.Prayers and blessings are always appreciated.

Wonderful bird photography, loved every one!

Craig Glenn said...


Always a joy to visit your site. The Warbler's are really cool and interesting. I know we get the Palm Warbler but will have to see if any of the others visit Florida. I like them.


Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ruth, Your 'C' birds are gorgeous. I have almost none of them here. We are supposed to have waxwings--but I haven't seen them YET.

Don't tell Shelley about the loons--or she'll be there with her boat to check them out and take them home with her. ha ha


Shelley said...

LOL at Betsy's comment!! She's right! I want to come over there right now and wait for those loons! I am counting the days until they return to Michigan. Lovely seeing your photos of them.
Yes, I am obsessed w/ loons - :)

Barbie ♥ said...

You picked some real winners to post for your C birds! I was excited to see the Cape May warbler in good light - wow! And thanks for the tip about the Canada warbler wearing a black necklace - that is so cool! Cedar waxwing is just as pretty as can be - and I love the flight shot of the Canada geese - unusually nice shot of them!

Marsha said...

I love the abc series and your C birds are exceptional shots! Thank you for sharing these photos!

jalynn01 said...

Well! when you list the birds with Common tacked to their names they are anything but Common. The loons are a favorite of mine and I've not even seen a C. Redpoll here yet! and I must say trying to see and photograph the warblers has become Contagious! They are just the cutest little buggers that move so fast you can't get them. Love your Cape May & Canada Warblers. I even love the Chunky little Chipping Sparrow with its chip chip chip song.What a delightful post Ruth. Thanks!

Coy Hill said...

Such beautiful birds!

Like you the loons only are found in my region during the migration and I am so looking forward to seeing them!

Mary said...

Wow...I can't wait for the rest of the alphabet! Some of your common birds are not common to me...I never see them. Love the Yellowthroat and the warbler and the loons and the redpolls! All such lovely birds! This is fun:-)

Richard said...

Great pictures especially the Goose one. I would like to borrow it for use in Walk With Nature. Please contact me and I'll show you what I have in mind.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Ruth: I love all your birds, surprised there was no Cardinal. Those Loons are really special.

Anonymous said...

I am envious of your birds and the photos you took of them. Nice. The last photo is special. I don't have such a variety to show on my birds blog but I do have some nice birds here.

Mary said...

I found your message...I'm praying.

George said...

Ruth, what a wonderful 'C' entry. I enjoyed seeing -- and learning about -- each of your entries.

Jessica said...

Wow, I would love to see that many common redpolls in one spot. I have only seen 1 or 2 at a time.

Great photos of all the "c" birds. I'm hoping to add a bunch of warblers to my list this summer.

Kerri Farley said...

These are fabulous Ruth!! The Canada Warbler, Cape May Warbler and Common Yellowthroat are new ones to me! LOVELY!

Mary C said...

Ruth, there's nothing "common" about those loons or redpolls. Funny how they get their names. Great photos as usual. Thanks for sharing them.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Great photos. I love seeing other people's birds, bird feeders, whatever. Haven't seen a loon since I moved from Oregon where they are common.

Naturegirl said...

Ruth the photos of the birds are awesome! Love the geese in flight..good one!
The loons are certainly a special treasure to witness!hugs NG

Jayne said...

Love your "C" birds Ruth! Every time I see the loons I think of the movie "On Golden Pond." :c)

Becky said...

What a beautiful collection Ruth and Jake. I love Loons, and even more love to hear them. That shot of the flying geese would make a amazing painting.

rachel joy said...

Just wanted you to know I'm still reading your blog and think of you often.


Gardener's Garden said...

Jake and Ruth that was a wonderful series and your photography is really great....super color and detail on the birds.

Leedra said...

All these birds are so pretty, but the Waxwing is so looking than other birds. They are special.

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Leedra said...

That was suppose to say so better looking. It is late, I mean early in the morning.

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