Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday

Now that the leaves are covering the trees it is getting harder to spot the many feathered friends that visit my yard. Today I am sharing some of the sights I witnessed before the trees and vines were dreseed all in green. Above is a pair of mourning doves sitting on the bare wisteria branches. It was actually a cold day with a few snow flurries the beginning of March.
At the end of March the oak tree buds weren't much cover for this sweet little Bluebird.
The oak tree is now lush with green leaves. When the new leaves were just unfurling in late April it was easy to spot this Blue Jay with the warm spring sun on his head.
Regardless of leaf cover the bright red cardinal is always pretty easy to see. Here he even stood out against the colorful wisteria.
When not trying to scare all the other birds from the suet feeder the blue jay would often perch in the nearby wisteria vine. The wisteria is now just lush green leaves forming a shady canopy over my deck.
I've had it easy capturing the birds with my camera these past few months but I now need to get out and about in search of their favorite summer hiding places.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

35 comments:

heyBJK said...

These are beautiful! The cardinal shot is fantastic, Carletta! Lots of gorgeous color!

Karen said...

Og terrific, love the cardinal!

TexWisGirl said...

really gorgeous. yup, the cardinal in wisteria steals the show!

Denise said...

Hi Carletta, all great photos and the wisteria makes a super backdrop for the Blue Jay. Know what you mean about not being able to have as many photo ops once the leaves have appeared. Chances are rare but oh how I love those bird calls. Wish I knew which one was which. I know a few but I could do with some lessons.

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Modesto Viegas said...

Beautiful birds!!!
Regards,

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Carletta... all of them xx

Mumsy¸.¤ª“˜¨ said...

These are all beautiful birds and your photos are gorgeous! We have these birds around here too, but blue jay rarely comes by!

A wondering star said...

Beautiful shot! The colors are gorgeous and the birds are perfect.

mick said...

A great series of birds.

fjällripan said...

So very beautiful birds! You captured the well! :)

kaye said...

I know I've told you before--but I love your bird shots.

HansHB said...

A perfect post for WBW! Great serie!

eileeninmd said...

Carletta, a wonderful collection of birds. I love the shot of the Jay and Wisteria.

CameraCruise said...

Wonderful shots of the beautiful birds.
My favorite is the Blue Jay.

Colin said...

Beautiful photos of your backyard feathered visitors. Especially that magnificent Cardinal. Lucky you, here, all these sized birds are gone. And you know why! Bloody Indian Mynahs!
Be forever vigilant and if you spot one, contact your government agency immediately. The Indian Mynahs are "FOREIGN" to the USA!
They were FOREIGN to Australia, until some clown introduced them in the 1800's to get rid of some insect pest!
Great blog - I am green with envy.
Cheers
Colin (Brisbane. Australia)
Weather report: Fine, sunny, cool with the present temp at 12 degrees celsius.

Andrea said...

Our yard birds are our bread and butter. They stay around and make our days brighter and more interesting than we could have imagined. Your captures are beautiful ... I love them all. Thank you for your post ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Red said...

It sounds like you had fun doing this post. Enjoyed your photos.

Springman said...

Gorgeous natural settings for your beautiful birds!
Cheers!

Pat said...

Beautiful shots of these birds, Carletta!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great group of birds, Carletta. We have all of the same ones in our yard. I haven't taken any photos since we got home. Need to start doing that...

Have a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

These are great pictures of your feathered visitors. I hope you find their hiding places now that all the leaves are out.

Linda said...

Such pretty photos of your visitors! I am really partial to cardinals...

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you show.
Wishing you a good day.
Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

Betty Manousos said...

these are utterly beautiful!
i really like the light in the second one.

such lovely bird images!

Stewart M said...

What a great set of pictures! Most of our native trees never lose all of their leaves - so it can often be a challenge!

I think the look on my pigeons face is due to the fact that he may have just noticed a human sitting about 3 meters away from him!

Stewart M - Australia

Arija said...

Lovely captures Carletta. The cardinal certainly stands out against the wisteria/

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely collection of birds, Carletta. It is harder to see the birds now. There's something to be said for bare branches.

Elaine @ Commotion said...

Just amazing shots!! I love the pop of bird colors against the trees and background. Cardinals are probably my fave and yours is a true beauty. Thanks for your WBW!!

Nancy said...

The cardinal in the wisteria is so lovely -- definitely needs to be a postcard or greeting card, I think! :)

Tammy said...

A lovely and colorful collection :)

Larry said...

Awesome collection of yard birds Carletta! I'll have to agree with most that the Northern Cardinal in the wisteria is super but the pair of Mourning Doves at the top are magnificent!

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Beautiful birds -- I saw a blue jay yesterday , they're a little unusual here(no camera of course).... hope you do find some summer hangouts -- I'd miss your bird shots.

Debbie said...

oh they are all so beautiful but that cardinal took my breath away. what a thrill to be able to take an image of that quality!!

that being said, it is so easy to love the bright red cardinal, they are all special in their own way!!

Rose said...

These are wonderful shots...I think the cardinal is my favorite.