Saturday, November 29, 2008

More Fruit-eating critters

When I posted the last post I had not yet come across these
shots of my Baltimore Orioles. I took this right out
the kitchen window where I offered the oranges on the
Shepherd's hook. That way I could get close up.
With its brilliant orange and black plumage,
the Baltimore Oriole's arrival is
eagerly awaited by birders each spring migration.
In PA I start looking the end of February and put out
nesting materials, like short lengths of yarn on
my shrubs, and pieces of string.

In April I start with the Oranges. Don't get discouraged-
it took me several years to get one to the feeder and last
year I only had one or two. But I continue to try every
year because it is worth it when you see that flash of
bright orange you know... heaven at last!

And their song.... How beautiful. I usually hear them before
I ever see one and I know they are back.
listen to their song
I can never mistake that loud melodious call.

Another very popular fruit for critters is mulberries
A chipmunk feasts on some at a tree I found in my travels

A Red Squirrel finds them quite tasty too

And, as much as I love to see Cedar Waxwings, I very seldom
do... except here at the mulberry tree. I couldn't get close
enough to get good shots, but at least I got a couple.

And my favorite backyard bird... he is also here looking
for a tasty treat. The Red-bellied Woodpecker
All of these pictures were taken in June of 07, with a
Sony DSC H2 without a tele-lens.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Friday, November 28, 2008

Going Orange....

You have heard of Going Green.......
Well today I am Going Orange.....
Every year I put out Oranges to attract
the beautiful Orioles, but sometimes get other
birds that come.
While going through my hard drive...yes I'm still at it.
I saved a bunch for you to see.

I'm glad I got Mrs. Redbelly she seems to be shy and
doesn't show up as often as Mr.

I suspect she may have been feeding young by the big
mouthful of fruit in her mouth.

Catbirds are a welcome treat at the feeders... They
are not only pretty but have a lovely song to serenade

Now this is what I was hoping for... male Baltimore Oriole

Have a Great Day Blogger Friends

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Blessings at Thanksgiving

So once in every year we throng
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song
In thankfulness of heart.

~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving

(Click collage for closer look and see if you can find the chickadee)

From my house to yours... fellow bloggers

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Monday, November 24, 2008

Yesterday and Yester year...

As I go through the old pictures I come across ones that
are blog worthy. The Winter pictures are so appropriate
as we got freezing rain, then sleet and then about 2 inches
of snow on top of that today. It's really cold!!

Mr. Blue Jay is pretty in a snow setting

I always have a lot of male and female Cardinals. They
seem to love the trees by my house.

The Goldfinch says: What's this white stuff and where
are my sunflower seeds?

Couldn't resist this little Chickadee in the nibbled off
fingers of the hand feeder

The scarecrow always attracts a bird or two.. Mr.
Titmouse has found a sunflower seed in the hat

Birds were not all this scarecrow's hat attracted

Gee I hope I don't fall in here.

This mockingbird was displaying for a female partner
I'm sure. Taken in the Spring of 07.
Look at me I'm super bird!

The following three were taken over the week end while
the sun was shining and before the sleet and snow came.

back to the archives: May 07
Hey you guys the seeds are over here..

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