Monday, March 30, 2009

We're almost there....

It's almost spring...the cedar waxwings have already made their stop-off.

Not so many pine siskins now - this one was showing off. (See, Betsy, isn't he lovely?)

I don't seem to have as many white throated sparrows this year, but still I can hear their beautiful singing.
She's wondering where all the peanuts have gone.

And her guy is making do with safflower.

A little color is starting to show.

Everything is coming up rosy...

The "over the shoulder" portrait...

What can you say - just so very cute.

Mr Wonderful..


This is a new mealworm feeder - it's wonderful.


She's posing on top of the feeder.


And Ollie seems to be glaring at it - he doesn't particularly like to make the effort to go inside.

32 comments:

Shellmo said...

I'll trade you my 30 siskins for just 1 bluebird. Please! LOL! Beautiful photos today - that female cardinal was cute - she looked a little short too!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh what great pictures, Helen.... I laughed when I read the comment about the Siskins being so CUTE... HA--now I can agree since most of mine have finally disappeared. I truly do like them (just like I like all birds)--but we just had WAY too many!!! ha ha

Where did you get the mealworm feeder? That looks great.

You take such wonderful photos, Helen. Thanks so much!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Eve said...

All so beautiful Helen! You have such a good bunch!

jalynn01 said...

What a nice variety of birds you have here. Your blues will soon get used to new feeder and be on it non stop! That Siskin has beautiful yellow markings. They are still here too!

Nick S said...

Great collection Helen. That Siskin photo is superb !

Robert V. Sobczak said...

The jury is still out on the snake. I have someone hypothesizing it's a native brown water snake, which may be the case, especially considering the dimensions you gave, but it also resembles a constrictor. They are out there one way or another ... that's for sure.

June said...

What's your secret to getting these critters to sit still long enough for a picture?!! :-)

Natural Moments said...

The over the shoulder is my favourite. Its nice to see what inventory of birds you still have in stock. :)

Dave Coulter said...

Those siskins are more colorful than I realized. Nice shots, as always!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Yes,almost here.Your birds are so pretty.
Blessings,Ruth

Bird Girl said...

A great Spring variety, Helen! I especially love that siskin shot - wow - ya caught him in a glorious pose! I'm sure Ollie will get used to that new feeder ;-)

T and S said...

That's a beautiful series to kick-start spring. I like the way you have waited and captured some amazing poses, the details are sharp as well.

Jayne said...

I just absolutely love this time of year too Helen. The birds are all so very active and excited as they start nesting. The singing is incessant... music to my winter weary ears. :c)

fishing guy said...

Helen: What a neat look at all the birds coming to your area.

Roy said...

I will trade you a bunch of Sheep for those Bluebirds Helen. Now you cannot resist that offer. {:)

Mary said...

These are great shots! Each is a perfect portrait of the bird and its personality. That Pine Siskin shot if very beautiful. Don't often get to see their pretty yellow patches displayed so well! I look forward to your wonderful bluebird shots now that the season is nearing.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Wonderful photos as always. Love the way you captured the siskins. Better refill my thistle feeders, maybe I'll get some siskins on their way north.

Thought I'd try some mealworms this year. See what comes to eat them.
Marnie

Denise said...

Your bird photos are wonderful Helen, darling little things.

oldmanlincoln said...

It is nice to see all of my friends here. Nice.

SweetAnnee said...

Oh I haven't seen the Cedars much yet. Just a couple of them

I love the Mealy Worm feeder..where do I find that?

The siskins are cute.. I love about all birds

Right now I'm watching a couple of deer in the woods behind our house.
Love them too
Deena

George said...

You've gotten some wonderful pictures at your feeders. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Chris said...

Hi,
Ouch, amazing post with a lot of wonderful pictures!!! I'm amazed by the diversity and the quality of your shots!!! Some are simply awesome. The waxings are my favorites but I also love th pine siskin attitude!! Well captured and great job.

Stacey Huston said...

Beautiful as always. I was so excited when I saw my blue birds come back (remember frigid) well I was out in the driveway playing with the kids the other day and we found blue feathers.. I so hope it wasn't him.. but I am afraid I have not seen them for a while now.. to sad..

David said...

I just found your blog- Fantastic images! I love the woodpecker.

Tina said...

Oh these are great pictures, Helen,
how nice to see so many waxwings! A lucky girl you are to see these beautiful birds in your back yard.
and those blues..ahhhh such cuties!

neat mealy worm feeder!! wish my blues would show up..maybe next week??

Tami said...

Your blog is beautiful!! Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures!

Have a wonderful day!
Hugs~T

Ken Conger Photography said...

Great photo series. Nice diversity of images posted Helen. Wish we had the Waxwings here. Blue Skies.

Naturegirl said...

Birdlady this has to be the most delightful collection of Spring beauties posted ever!!! Love each and every one! Put such a smile on my face! Happy Easter! hugs

SweetAnnee said...

Oh a GREAT mealyworm feeder.. I need one like that..
smiles, Deena

Denise said...

So good to see you Helen, know you've been really busy and seeing all these lovely birds has made the wait worthwhile. What a variety you've taken. Love them all. Happy Easter!

Denise said...

Well I can see I have already posted here Helen, just put it down to the fact that it is 1.26 a.m. and my mind is half asleep. Still glad to pop in again though and look over your post.

Roses and Lilacs said...

I think it's the eyes that make the bluebirds and tufted titmice look so cute. Their eyes are huge. Great photos.
Marnie