Sunday, May 21, 2017

A drop of yellow sunshine

This afternoon, we had a few drops of yellow sunshine in our yard....a couple of American Gold Finches! They are so bright and beautiful! They are easily identified by their bright yellow feathers and black cap. We watched them for a few minutes and then I ran to get the camera. I was surprised they stayed so long and I got quite a few good pics.

I don't currently have a finch feeder in the yard so, I'll have to get one. I've read where the finch feeder needs to be placed about 14 feet from the other feeders. So, I have the perfect tree in mind! However, my husband told me that I'd need to take down another feeder that is already in that tree.  He said that our yard is beginning to border "crazy bird lady" territory

I don't think we're even close to that....so, I'm going to get a new finch feeder tomorrow! Check back soon for more fabulous finch fotos

  


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Front Porch Birding on a Sunday afternoon

Today was such a great day! Absolutely beautiful weather and it was a great day for being (a little) lazy and bird watching! I snapped several pictures of cardinals and woodpeckers. 

It seemed like the birds flocked to our yard all afternoon so it was quite enjoyable....except for one occasional visitor...my husband! He spent the day sneaking up behind me and scaring the crap outta me! In this pic, I felt him lurking so I flipped my phone camera around and got this pic! He always knows how to make me laugh!  


I got really excited when I saw him setup the tripod and started snapping some pictures. He always takes better pictures than me so, I poured a drink, grabbed my iPad, and moved over a chair for him to sit down. He looked at me and said...

"Don't get too excited. I'm not staying out here with you....there's a hockey game on!" 
(And he was gone!)

Oh well, he took a few great pics and set me up for a day on the porch! He's a pretty good guy!




Here are a few of the pics we snapped today.









What's on the menu? Bird seed!

I'd like to talk a little bit about bird seed. If you want to attract song birds to your yard, it's important to get the right bird seed. 

There is all kind of seed on the market and I've tried a few different kinds. However, the one that I find the birds love is The National Audubon Society's Signature Harvest Deluxe Wild bird seed. It's really awesome and the birds - Tear. It. Up! 

It's a blend of sunflower and safflower seeds. It's great for Cardinals, Nuthatches, Juncos, Chickadees, and Titmice. I usually buy my seed at Lowes. The last bag that I got was "Garden Treasures" because they were out of the National Audubon bag. The Garden Treasures was okay and the birds did like it. But, I just bought a new bag of the National Audubon and the birds are flocking to my yard! 

I'm not kidding! My husband made fun of me when I told him this....he said..."I'm sure the birds know the difference. (And he giggled)" But after watching them, he said "I think they do like this seed better." He's so cute when he agrees with me! 

Therefore, I highly recommend the National Audubon Society's Signature Harvest Deluxe Wild bird seed! Please feel free to leave me comments and let me know what bird seed you are using and how you like it!



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Update!

Spring is finally here & I'm so glad! I love spring time and how everything is blooming and coming to life after the winter months. I love the way the sun is still up when I get home from work in the evenings. It allows for a little more time to bird watch.  

This morning, there was a Red-bellied Woodpecker at our feeder. However, by the time that I grabbed my camera and got back to the window, he was gone. It was nice to see him back this spring. I've been wondering where he's been and if he'd be back this year. 

I hope you have your bird feeders out in your yard & if you don't have one - well get one in my Etsy Shop! (link in the sidebar) 

I'm looking forward to snapping some bird pics and sharing them with you on my blog! So check back soon & enjoy the spring time temps! 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Friday was a Snow Day In Memphis

This past Friday morning, the snow started falling around 4am and it was coming down pretty heavy! It actually covered the ground and roadways causing me to rethink the
drive in to work. The roads get really slick here and a lot of roads were closed. Therefore, I kept the news on and followed the major snow event most all day!

I have to say that it was hard to stay out of the window! Besides the beautiful sight of snow falling....the birds  were quite a sight to see! I think I counted eight Cardinals in my yard at one time! There were Cardinals, a Junco, a couple Titmice, a few Chickadees and a Sparrow.  However, the show stoppers were the Cardinals! The male Cardinals especially! Their red feathers looks so incredibly bright against the snow on the ground. I must have snapped at least a hundred pics! 

I couldn't stop! I remember saying out loud...."I have to get away from this window!"  They were just so beautiful! The temperatures are supposed to be in the 20s tonight so, the snow may stick around a few more days. I love watching the winter birds! Here are a few pics from the snow day! Enjoy!











Monday, December 19, 2016

It's a cold winter morning!

What a wonderful cold morning in Tennessee! We woke up to temperatures in the 20s after spending Saturday in the 70s! At 6:30am, I peeked out the window (because we heard some chirping) and there was a male and female cardinal at the feeders. A little later, a few Black Capped Chickadees and a Titmouse were hopping around the feeders! This is the first morning that I've seen the chickadees and the titmouse since last spring/early summer! I'm so happy to see them - I love the lil chickadees! They are so sweet and they had their feathers all fluffed out this morning to keep warm!

As I was sipping my coffee and planning the day...my phone buzzed with a text message from my niece, Madison!  I get excited any time that she texts me...but, this morning she was sending me some beautiful pictures that she had taken of a Red-bellied Woodpecker! Madi lives in Missouri and I just checked the temperature there and it's 1 degree! Mercy, that's cold! Madi is a wonderful photographer and takes the best pictures! I look forward to posting more pics from her! Thanks, Madi!












Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cool stuff going on in the Bird World!

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It's Time to Vote! (and not just for President) 

First of all, can you believe it's November already?! I just received the latest issue of my favorite magazine in the mail, "Birds & Blooms". I love the cover because I love winter birds! This issue is packed with lots of good stuff but, most importantly the announcement for the finalists of the "2016 Backyard Photo Contest".  I entered but I wasn't one of the finalist and that's okay, because I'll be birdwatching and working on my photo skills for next year! I realize that everyone's anxious to vote for our new President but, it's also time to vote for your favorite bird, bloom, & butterfly photo. Click on 'Vote Now!' below and cast your votes!


Thank you for voting!


Great Holiday Gift Idea: Adopt a bird!

Did you know that you can adopt a bird? You can through the Audubon Adoption Center!  I love this! Give a gift to help protect birds! When you adopt you pick the bird and you get a plush bird, a Certificate of Adoption, and the bird photo. Your donation protects the bird and it's habitat. Learn more by visiting clicking on 'Adopt a bird!' below.