Thursday, April 28, 2016

Feathered Friends

The long awaited season of spring has finally arrived.The temperatures are warming up and my yard is filled with birds.

Early in spring the Goldfinches begin to change into their summer coats.For a spell they look like this,not fully changed to the brighter color and a little mottled.

The Dark-eyed Juncos arrive in droves.These birds are not brightly coloured,but they fill the air with their cheerful twittering.

Purple Finches come back into this area.The brightly coloured male is a joy to see at the feeder. Before long this one will be joined by more makes and shortly after that the duller coloured females arrive as well.

I came home one day as the sun was getting ready to set and noticed the lichen on the Maple tree.The trunk was wet with sap and the late day sun cast a beautiful light on this.


Of course,I had to get in for a closer look.The intricate detail of the lichen is so pretty.


Closing Thought:
God bless you and utterly satisfy your heart with Himself.
Amy Carmichael  


21 comments:

Dorothy said...

Glad you are enjoying Spring! We wake up to the sound of many happy sounding birds singing. Our Blue birds babies and the Wren babies have flown away. We still have Flying Squirrels in two bluebird nest boxes! Love your pictures!

Debby Ray said...

Absolutely beautiful shots of these lovely finches! Our yard was full of them too...the male's bright yellow color just makes me smile :)

George said...

I'm glad to see that Spring has made it to Morden. Your photos of your feathered friends are beautiful.

Diane said...

Lovely post of the birds. I love to see them returning, too. The little finches amuse me with their little call "Why? Why?" I always tell them "I don't know why." Now I'm talking to the birds!!! Diane

Hootin' Anni said...

Naturally I LOVE your bird photos!!! Awesome.

Christine said...

Super bird photos, so sweet to see and I love hearing their cheerful twittering too!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What sweet, lovely and colorful birds! Beautiful lichen too. I'm always amazed at how pretty and ruffly they can be and the different shade of color too.

Have a wonderful spring and a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

I love that first photo of the goldfinch as he's beginning to put on his summer finery. They're such beautiful birds.

Gail said...

Your photos are amazing.

Have a blessed weekend.

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful photos, Ruth!

John's Island said...

Hi Ruth, Macro shots are often fascinating to me ... the lichen is really neat. Enjoyed the bird photos as well. Excellent post! Have a great weekend!

Sandra said...

these birds look like you painted them. they are fantastic. i love the black and white with pop of bright yellow.. cool lichen to...

Aritha said...

All your pictures are very interesting and beautiful. Especially the birds. Thank you for sharing. I wish you a blessed weekend.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Those last two pictures are quite creative.... Wow!!!! BUT--the little birds caught my attention. We only have Juncos here during a very very cold winter when it snows... SO--we haven't seen them here the past couple of years since it wasn't 'that' cold.,.

Great post...
Hugs,
Betsy

Debbie said...

awww, that's where they are. be kind to the junco's, i miss them!!!!

happyone said...

Love the goldfinch. I've noticed a lot of them around the feeder in my yard.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful captures! The goldfinch is one of my favorite birds. I do like the juncos and finches too, but our juncos have taken off for the summer as they are only here during the colder months. Have a nice weekend!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Ruth Lovely to see the close ups of the tree bark. I was walking with a friend in a wood today at Mount Stewart adn both of us commented that most people do not look at the small details of nature eg bark on trees. I love you bird shots.

Unknown said...

Ruth, such pretty images! We are very lucky here as all those birds stay with us for the winter! The Juncos will soon be leaving. I think they go north for the summer and come back to us in Fall!

CountryMum said...

Ruth your bird photos are just so nice. Beautiful.

waldlaeufer68 Frank Scholtyssek said...

Hi Ruth,
great pictures of the birds, the color contrasts look very nice
greetings Frank