Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Early Spring Sights


It is still early spring in my part of the world,although the temperatures have been unseasonably warm.
I have been enjoying the warmer days,and trying to get out more often in search of pictures.
Very few flowers are blooming yet,but the leftovers from last years flowers are still visible.


I found this Milkweed Pod beside the lake,and thought is deserved to have its picture taken.
You can see that on the twigs in the background,the buds are swelling.
I should say that this was taken about a week ago and by now I can see little green leaves sprouting from these same branches.


I looked out of the back door the other day and this is what I saw.
This male Purple Finch was soaking up the warm sunshine at the feeder.
He really was enjoying the warmth,by the looks of it.


The Black-capped Chickadees have been busy trying to hollow out an old tree to build a nest.
He was so busy that I could come quite close and get all the pictures I wanted.
What an energetic bird this is,and still he has time to sing his cheerful tune.



In his feverish work,he would stick his head into the hole and bring out one small bill full of wood shavings.unfortunately,these birds had not done a thorough check of the building site.As he was chipping away at this cavity,he went down too far and now all that is left is an open hole to the outside.No nestlings in this one.I did put a nest box up right beside this tree,so maybe they will use that.


I may not have the easily accessible nest that I was hoping for,but I do have many beautiful images of this cute bird.I have said it before,but if I had to choose just one bird,the Black-capped Chickadee would be  my all time favourite bird.They are cheerful even on the coldest days of winter,and never seem to sit still for very long.


Thought for today:
Praise is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

39 comments:

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ruth, Glad you are having some signs of spring up there now... It's amazing how fast our spring came --and goes... The Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus and Hyacinths are all gone now... Oh Well-- our spring has been great overall this year... The Rhododendrons and Irises are fabulous now --and our Roses are starting to bloom... YEAH!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

TexWisGirl said...

they really are the cutest things! hope you get some nesting activity nearby. i like your finch, too.

S. Etole said...

There's quite a variety of birds coming to the feeder now. It will be awhile before there are flowers blooming though.

Beautiful photos.

Hilary said...

Wonderful bird shots, Ruth. I agree with you about the chickadee. They're bright, friendly and rather fearless. They seem to be the first to check out the bird feeders.. often before I've even turned my back to walk away.

Ginny Hartzler said...

We have lots of the chickadees here and enjoy watching them! They are tireless workers and very speedy! Your finch is kind of puffed out, he looks like a baby.

Christmas-etc... said...

Amazing shots!!! I particularly like the little Purple Finch...he really posed for you!

Elaine said...

Lovely photos!! I too love the little Chickadee.

Patricia said...

Those are birds I've never seen on Pollywog Creek. Your photos are lovely, Ruth.

We are in early summer here. The past two days we were surprised with cooler weather, but we will be at or near 90 by the weekend.

Have a great day, Ruth.

Kerri Farley said...

Pretty captures Ruth! I've never seen a purple finch IRL - what a sweet face :)

Sandra said...

i hope i can remember that quote and to use it more. praise makes everyone feel needed. i need to praise my husband more, even for the simple things, like opening a jar for me or cleaning my windshield that i can't reach. that purple finch is so cheery looking that it made me get a big smile on my face. i sat and stared at it because the photo is Happiness.

Karin said...

What a cute little finch basking in the sunshine! I love those chickadees! Your photos are excellent - glad to see things are budding your way too! Let's raise a bouquet of praise to our loud today!

Dorothy said...

Wonderful pictures, Ruth! The Chickadee is a favorite of mine, too! Love their cheerful little song!
The quote is lovely, too!
Hope you have a happy day!

Lois Evensen said...

Wonderful images, as yours always are! The Purple Finch appears to be asking you what you are doing. ;)

happyone said...

The little chickadee is such a cute little bird.
The finch looks like he is listening to something intently.
Super photos!!

Montanagirl said...

Really cute little Chickadee. You have some nice photos today! (and everyday, for that matter!!)

Janice K said...

Precious, precious pictures! That Purple Finch looks like he is all fluffed out and taking in as much of that sun as he can get.

I too enjoy the chickadees. They are always around..so much so that I forget to take pictures of them. Between them and the Titmouse, they are the ones to announce to the rest of the forest that the feeders have been put out and filled in the mornings.

Diane said...

At least you have stirrings of spring. And I love your pictures, especially of the chickadee, what cuties they are. Diane

Debbie said...

you know my heart went pitter, patter....i could waste an entire day doing this!!

awesome sightings and captures!!

Christine said...

I love all these sweet little birds; it's amazing how our wonderful God created so many and in such beautiful colors

Dawning Inspiration said...

Such precious little birds. I'm so loving the songs they sing this time of year.

George said...

I can understand why the Chickadee is such a favorite with you. Your photos of the Chickadee are marvelous, but you got a great picture of the Finch as well. The photo of the Milkweed Pod is a work of art.

Connie said...

Ah, I enjoyed this post. I, too, enjoy the leftovers from winter and your milkweed is tops! That Chickadee could keep us entertained for a long time.

Unknown said...

Ruth, wonderful images! I think I would agree with you about the Chickadee! We have a little family of four or so that stay around our yard all year! They are forever amusing!
I saw my first Hummingbird yesterday. I got my feeders up and she is back this morning!
Hummers are a real favourite of mine too!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

The birds are always a sure sign of things to come. Your pics are great. I know you're ready to thaw out. We've had a few hummingbirds stop by on their way up north--not too many--not enough to photograph, but I catch a glimpse of them in the trees. Hope you have a good weekend.

Cicero Sings said...

That little purple finch really does look like he is enjoying himself!

Shelley said...

I can't pick which bird looks sweeter - your finch or the chickadee! Loved their photos! And so kind of you to put a nestbox where the chickadee was working. I hope he/she uses it!!

Terri said...

Oh the finch is just adorable- that is a great shot!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Oh, the purple finch picture is adorable. I'm still smiling. Chickadees really are amazing birds. It's such a wonder that something so tiny can have such a big voice. And how they survive harsh winters is another wonder.

Julie G. said...

Sweet little chickadee! They are one of my favorite birds too. I love their curiosity. They seem especially friendly and smart. How kind of you to put up a nest box for the chickadees. My fingers are crossed that they will build a nest in it and raise a successful brood. Your photographs are wonderful! The Purple finch image is glorious!

Mary said...

The milkweed shot is very arty! Love that beautiful purple finch! Chickadees are just the cutest things ever. Hope it gets a nice home built or uses the one you gave it.

Ruth said...

I agree with you on Chickadees. They are so cute and personable. I like the House Finch photo. Their spring song is so energetic and beautiful.

jeanlivingsimple said...

Chickadees are quick birds.
I hope they will accept the bird house.
Great photos Ruth!

Scott Law said...

Wonderful little bird shots. Excellent job of getting up close.

EG CameraGirl said...

I really love the photos of the chickadee. Just yesterday I saw a chickadee doing the same thing!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Chickadees are my favorites! You got some wonderful images of them! With the dark cap and dark eyes it can be difficult to get the eyes, but your shots have nice bright eyes!

I am sad that the pair I had all winter chose to nest elsewhere. They have nested here multiple times in the past. I miss them!

Rick said...

Great shots, Ruth - I too am fond of the chickadee, always cheerfully chirping and paying little attention to the humans around them as they scurry around.

Have a good week.

Becky said...

We finally got rid of all the snow from last week. I have a Chickadee that has built a nest in an old dead tree not far from the ground. I must get down there and get some pictures after seeing yours. Have a great rest of the week Ruth.

Tammy said...

Love the sweet pose of that purple finch.

Michelle said...

Such pretty chickadee photos. They're one of my favorites, too. :)