Sunday, January 4, 2009

Time and the siskins are relentless......

Well, they are still very welcome, but relentless they are, for sure!

The lone goldfinch doesn't seem sure what's going on.

What do you mean, relentless?

He decided to wait in the tree.

As did this guy.

Super-relentless!

And super beautiful!

This is a warning! These are family photos, specifically 1st grandson photos. Today was Jack's first day to serve as acolyte. (I used the "toy" camera, so as not to disrupt the service or embarrass Jack.) And I missed the processional, cause I was crying.

Make a joyful noise!

My beautiful boy.

This reminded me of "The Littlest Angel"......Crocs and Nikes under the robes...




Is it over yet?

And this is what I was referring to in the blog title....He was a tiny baby - I thought it was just last week!

22 comments:

George said...

You have about as many pine siskins as we have! They come in swarms, don't they?
You also have a very handsome grandson.

Natural Moments said...

That used to be me in Church when I was a kid. :)

Bluebirds are so elegant and seemingly happy.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I seldom see an siskins here altho my Dad used to have hundreds from time to time. Haven't seen many of our northern friends except juncos.

Your grandson is a very handsome young man.
Marnie

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Helen, I remember crying when my kids/grands were acolytes. That is SO special!!!! One of my angels in my angle collection is a little choir girl --but she has a sling shot in her back pocket. Think that may describe me???? Don't ask George. ha ha

Our Pine Siskins take over also--due to the numbers. BUT--they don't seem to scare away our others including the Goldfinch.

What is the spotted one???? Beautiful bird. I haven't seen it!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Shellmo said...

Those siskins sure are feisty for their size! The pictures of your grandson were so sweet - a happy moment for you I'm sure!!

L. Rochelle said...

Found your blog by a happy accident. Just lovely.
Many may think that there is little opportunity to bird watch in NYC. But a few years ago we claimed a great celebrity by the name of Pale Male, a Red Tailed Hawk who made his home atop an elegant building on 5th Ave. Not an exaggeration to say that the city was at his feet!

Lyn

Bird Girl said...

I see you are having fun with the siskins...haha...they are cute and as you say...relentless!
The bluebird melted my heart...I miss seeing my bluebirds (I don't feed in the winter because they rarely show up).
Sweet, sweet images of your handsome grandson - gotta love that last one "is it over yet?"

2sweetnsaxy said...

Awww! The bird shots were great and I was thinking how it looked like you almost had a swarm of birds on that feeder. And then you got to your grandson and you saying you cried. Awwwww!

:-)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The birds are relentless in their feeding, and yes,time marches on.I think grandchildren grow up even faster tahn our own childrenA lovely series of photos.
Blessings,Ruth

Naturegirl said...

Wonderful images of little birds and your grandson!Smiles!

fishing guy said...

Helen: Neat bird shots and disussion but that single Pine Siskin is lovely.

I loved your grandson photos the most. The love you have for him is shown in your captures.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I liked your bird photos and the others are OK too.

Mary said...

Wonderful birds...the siskins look great. I haven't seen too many yet. Love the grandson photos...so cute and wonderful to remember. Shoes under the robes...great!

Eve said...

The siskins are wonderful Helen...and that bluebird!
But I would have been cryin too Helen! Great photos!

NCmountainwoman said...

What a wonderful post. I especially enjoyed the pictures of the servers. I always look to see what sort of shoes are peeking from beneath the robes, too.

Lovely birds. Are there more siskins this year? Or more people writing about them?

Jayne said...

Awwwww.... I'd be crying too Helen! So sweet to see him in his robe. :c)

Relentless... great word for the Pine Siskins...lol.

Dave Coulter said...

Your shots are great (I saw my first pine siskins this winter!) I also enjoyed the church photos. You must be very proud! :)

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Time does fly. Nobody knows that better than birders and grandmothers. Actually, birding helps slow time down.

jalynn01 said...

Yes Siskins! I've seen them arrive here in flocks and then next day gone! They are cute little birds, but yes! Aggressive at feeders. Your grandson is just adorable! They grow up so fast there's hardly time to enjoy. Love the last candid picture with his chin in hand...

Roy said...

Both sets of photos are lovely Helen.

Stacey Huston said...

Time is relentless isn't it.. beautiful Helen, thanks for sharing

TSannie said...

That last photo of grandson is priceless! Just love it.

My squirrels - and I do wish someone else would make my squirrels THEIRS - have completely destroyed two goldfinch so far. I can't even find any of the first one except the handle. Think I'm going to get one like yours in the 1st and 2nd photo. The buggers shouldn't be able to eat through metal!
Much as I like to love all God's creatures, I'm feeling a touch of animosity creeping in toward them...Grrr.