Monday, October 20, 2008

What in the world....?!

Today's Greeting
It was a busy week-end - We had a fall festival at the shopping center on Saturday, and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, for whom my son is a tuba player, had the first concert of the season yesterday....it was wonderful; beginning with the national anthem and ending with 1812 Overture....I had the chance from time to time to look at some of your posts, but very little time to comment, and no time to post. (Gosh, I HATE to use the same word 4 times in one sentence!..and there, I used it again!) Usually when someone asks me something about birds, I tell them what is commonly accepted, but I usually add, "but they can't read, so they don't know this and just might do sonething else entirely!"
.............as in the case of the goldfinch drinking nectar from the hummingbird feeder.....


.....and the yellow-rumped warbler coming to the porch rail feeder - he actually nibled on some of the dried mealworms! (As a matter of fact, I just wrote an article about fall bird migration for my community newsletter, and I made a point of saying the warblers are beautiful to see, but "they won't come to your feeders." Oh, why didn't I say "probably?"

............a flock of bluebirds..there were actually 11 of them, but I got this, and by the time I got another camera with a wider lens, they had moved around so I still couldn't get them all.

22 comments:

John Theberge said...

I love that bluejay photo, the blue on blue is beautiful.

TSannie said...

Wonderful photos...do bluebirds migrate?

Arija said...

Visiting your blog is always a joy, and the Blue Jay is like a gift from heaven.

June said...

That picture of the finch at the hummingbird feeder is priceless!

Mary said...

Birds do surprise and amaze all the time. You think you have their habits figured out and then they do something different just to keep us on our toes :-) Great shots! I think my flock of Goldfinches would eat just about anything at the moment! I have so many, I don't have enough feeders for them! Lovely bluejay on the card as well as the other photos! I guess the reason I don't see Warblers is because they won't come to my feeders....now that I've said that, maybe one will get obstinant and come :-)

Eve said...

Very funny Helen! Kind of like kids aren't they. Always trying to prove you wrong!!

Bird Girl said...

Now that was a newsy post - I LOVED the goldfinch at the hummer feeder - and the yellow-rumped eating dried mealworms - lucky girl!!! And the bluebirds - you captured them beautifully!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Love the photos. I've noticed that once in a while--a bird doing what they shouldn't. Someone forgets to tell them I guess. Great photo of the Jay. Can't think of a bird that seems to rejoice more than they do;)
Marnie

NCmountainwoman said...

What a wonderful series of photographs. I just love that little goldfinch.

Nick S said...

Lovely photos Helen. That Blue Jay is gorgeous

kjpweb said...

Wonderful as ever! Love the triplet in the last image!
Cheers, Klaus

Dave Coulter said...

I like those bluebirds, and the close-up of the warbler. Nice!

zhakee said...

I got a chuckle from that little goldfinch with its head bent at such a funny angle to get to the nectar. Very entertaining image. You must have been chuckling yourself when you saw that little bird.

fishing guy said...

Helen: What a wonderful set of photos. Those Bluejays are so pretty but are always on the run. I saw four in one tree today at lunch. I love that Bluebird photo.

Tina said...

For being so busy you certainly did manage to get some great shots of a variety of birds...and of course, as always, your photographs are very nice! Always look forward to visiting your posts!! thanks..

jalynn01 said...

my favorite was the goldfinch at the hummingbird feeder. Birds do surprise us sometimes and if we are on our toes and lucky we can catch it in a picture. Great shots and love your dialogue too!

Shellmo said...

Great post today - i love when the birds do something you don't expect! the Blue jay was beautiful - looking so nice against the branches and blue sky. Laughed at the gold finch on your nectar feeder - precious!

HANNIBAL said...

Awesome post today! Loved the bluejay! He seemed to have a larger crest than most, unless it was the angle.
I just shake my head at the thought of 11 bluebirds all together. You must have "birdcrack" they are addicted to ;0>

T and S said...

The image of the blue jay is really beautiful

2sweetnsaxy said...

You always have the best personality shots of birds. I love them. :-)

Stacey Huston said...

Sounds like a busy time indeed. Animals never do what we think they should. I had a neighbor one time telling how he hates (and shoots at) the red tail hawks because they eat all the chuckar.. I told him that they do not, they eat mainly rabbits.. well later that evening a redtail came off the hill behind our house and "smucked" a chuckar in the front yard... should have said "usually" don't eat chuckar... lol..

Lawstude said...

Thanks for the wonderful trip around your place. So very much different from my place but I do wanna share my place also to you. Great job.