Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Birds On My Yard

May 1 already! 
Today I have pictures of a few birds seen on my yard recently.

I will start with the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.I had several of these birds around for a few days,but they liked to hide in the branches of this tree.
This was unfortunately the best picture I could get,but it shows the bird in its natural environment. They like to drill rows of holes on the tree trunks and then feed on the sap which collects in these small wells.


Talking of having a bird which is almost impossible to photograph.The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is just such a bird.Can you see him there among all the branches.If you look closely you can see that little touch of red on his crown.These birds are almost constantly in motion so I was happy to get a picture like this.


More common and more relaxed is the House Finch. I love the bright colour of the male in spring.I have these birds on the yard all year,but in spring the males really show their colours well.This one was making his way down to the feeder on the deck.


A closely related bird is the Purple Finch.I read once that it looks like this bird was dipped in red wine. This helps me to see the difference between the Purple and the House Finch.I love the the song these birds have as well.It is a treat to sit and listen to the singing at this time of year.


Finally,not a bird,but a pretty Pansy.No these are not growing in my garden,but I treated myself to a basket of these flowers recently. I have them on my deck and enjoy the bright faces of these flowers each time I step out of the house.With a few raindrops,they look extra pretty.


I love watching all the bird activity on my small yard.Their songs stream from the nearby trees,filling the air with music.


Thought for today:
Time is not measured by the years that you live,
But by the deeds that you do and the joy that you give.

38 comments:

Dorothy said...

Ruth, these are great shots of your birds! I seldom get to see a yellow-bellied sapsucker and have never seen a kinglet! Beautiful, happy looking pansies, too!
Hope you have a wonderful new week!

Dawning Inspiration said...

Such sweet birds!! Love their songs... that I imagine I hear. Happy May Day!

EG CameraGirl said...

The ruby-crowned kinglet is very well camouflaged. I did find it...finally. :) You must live in wonderful spot to attract these bird.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Your header is just spectacular!!! The Kinglet is very well hidden. I have never seen one before. But we did have a sapsucker for a couple years, he worked his way all around our huge Maple tree, drilling rows and rows of holes very methodically. The tree was just riddled with them. Later, it got sick and we had to cut it down, it was very sad to me. I always wondered if it was because of all the sapsucker holes.

TexWisGirl said...

you got some great shots of these birds! the sapsucker i've never been able to get that close to and yes, the kinglets are so dang flitty! :)

Shug said...

Good morning...It is still morning isn't it? gorgeous pictures! I do love the little finches. so pretty in color! I'm sure that we have them around here, but I just don't ever see them...
Hope your day is filled with happiness..
shug

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I think the picture of the sapsucker is just about perfect. I don't think I've ever seen one of these before. It's a good thing you explained about the kinglet, or I wouldn't have seen it at all. We have the house finches here, and I love to hear them sing. We may have the purple finches, too, but I'm not sure. Great set today.

Unknown said...

Ruth, wonderful shots! I do so like the finches as well. We have had a little group of Goldfinches this past week or so.
I really like the pansy! One of my favourite flowers. So pretty, so enduring!

Kerri Farley said...

Your birds are beauties ... and I LOVe that Pansy. I always think of them as the flower with a "face" :)

Hilary said...

Oh Ruth! You've solved a mystery for me. Thank you!

I saw a small bird flitting about and got one semi-acceptable shot of him before he pulled deeper into the bush. I had no idea what he was and now I do.

He's a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I hadn't even heard of this bird. I also would have missed his red crown because it barely shows in my photo, but in looking for it.. it's surely there. Thank you so much for that.

Your photos, as always are superb.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Great pictures of your birdies and your Pansies, Ruth....

The culprit we think who got my Bluebirds was a SNAKE....

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Tracy said...

Ruth absolutely love photos...I like the finches...my favorites are the yellow. The pansy is stunning with the raindrop!

warriormom said...

May already? I love the pics of the House and Purple Finch...I always have a hard time figuring out who's who.

Debbie said...

nice captures, i love the pretty little house finches!!

Sandra said...

beautiful header of white lace and pansies. i like the little purple guy, and the ones hiding in the trees are so well hidden i can hardly see then, you did fantastic getting the photo through those branches. i think i hear birds singing

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos, and I love your "thought for today".

Jeannelle said...

Nice shots!

Lois Evensen said...

Such pretty birds and the colors of that pansy are gorgeous, too. :)

Janice K said...

Glad to see you are getting some Spring visitors. Very nice pictures....Plus your Pansies are beautiful!

Diane said...

What a true gift it is to have bird song! Thanks for sharing these special shots Ruth. The reds are beautiful, aren't they? Diane

Karin said...

Such beauties - the birds and the pansies! Love that deep purple color with the water drops! Your Kinglet is definitely easy to miss! I love to sit and listen to the birdies sing - so relaxing!

jeanlivingsimple said...

I love how you caught the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on the pretty evergreen tree.
Ruby-crowned Kinglets visit here in winter and I have yet to get a decent shot. I am impressed...but not surprised...with yours.:)

George said...

You got wonderful photos of those well-camouflaged birds. Thanks for showing both the House Finch and the Purple Finch, and for passing on the comment about being dipped in red wine. Your pansy is beautiful.

Betty Manousos said...

dear ruth, these are all gorgeous shots!
great showing of birds and pansies.
thanks for brightening my day.

hugs!

Becky said...

Don't you just love all the wonderful sounds early in the morning. The air is filled with the sweet songs they share with us. I have all these birds too but the sapsucker is very hard to spot sometimes.

Connie said...

Your May Day post is delightful. What a treat to see all these pretty fellows closer up through your lens.
A basket of pansies is a great way to celebrate spring.

Cicero Sings said...

You were fortunate in deed to catch that little Kinglet in a stand still mode. The only time I got a picture of one was when something had killed one and it had fallen to the trail ... still outwardly looking fine.

Elaine said...

A lovely visit to your yard! I always have pansies in my pots--they are always so cheerful.

happyone said...

Lovely shots and I love the happy birds sounds early in the morning.
Thanks for the hint about telling purple finches from the house finches. I shall remember that.

MJ said...

you know I'm going to like the PURPLE pansy!!! yep! it's pretty and the birds of course... we have the woodpeckers banging on the side of the apartment again... ugh... making holes for the babies... but it's usually the black birds that kick the woodpeckers out after they made the hole-home and take over... strange.(hug)

Melissa Weisbard said...

Great photos! I enjoy bird watching myself. I have a cardinal couple that live in my tree. I also see various kinds of woodpeckers and other wild birds. I'm not great at identifying them all. Perhaps I should get a book. I saw my first hummingbird this weekend. I usually don't see them until the end of May. They must be here early because of the warm weather.

S. Etole said...

This is such a fun time with all the bright colors lighting things up. It's still a bit too early to plant here yet but I'm looking forward to it soon.

Unknown said...

I love your photo of the woodpecker and the finches!!!
I love their colors...I wish we had those lovely colorful delights in our forests!
Hugs,
Chris :o)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, your yard birds are wonderful. I especially like the woodpecker -- they're hard to capture scampering around. Hope you have a blessed weekend.

Michelle said...

Ruth, visiting your blog is always such a treat because you always capture things that are near and dear to me. Great job getting the kinglet. I've only seen the golden crowned one in real life. Lovely photos as always. Hope you have a wonderful Saturday.

My name is Riet said...

Beautiful Ruth, your photo's are always such a delight to look at. Sorry I am late this week, thought I did visit you. Have a nice Sunday

Naturegirl said...

Ruth every morning as I wake to the various songs of the birds I truly start off my day with a feeling of JoY! I hear at least 10 different species..I should get outside and try to capture their image but it so wonderful just to lie there and listen! Blessing to you! hugs

Pat said...

You again have captured some beautiful flower and bird photos! Absolutely lovely.