There wasn’t a bird in sight when I went out around noon to feed my feathered friends. It took a while. I had to clean some feeders. It’s one of my least favorite jobs, but unavoidable if you feed birds…. Read More ›
TO FEED OR NOT TO FEED, THAT IS THE QUESTION
I usually feed the birds all year round, especially because so many of them breed on our property. There are always babies that need a little extra food and a lady bird full of eggs who need something special to… Read More ›
SHARING AS FEBRUARY ENDS
Sharing My World -2-27-2023 I’m feeling very guilty because we ran out of birdseed. The birds keep coming back to the feeder and I have nothing to give them. Food IS on the way, but I don’t know if it… Read More ›
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WOODPECKERS
Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers look very much alike. When you see one without seeing the other, it can be very difficult to know which one you are looking at. We get both types at the feeder. Yesterday, I got one… Read More ›
MID JANUARY BIRDS
The Carolina Wren is typically the earliest arriving “spring” bird. I almost never saw them, but I would hear their songs — louder than any bird so small should be able to sing — in early March. This year, it… Read More ›
MORE BLACKSTONE VALLEY BACKYARD BIRDS
Do I ever see any wild animals? Do I see much else? Not counting the people in the house and the dog, that’s pretty much all I see. And here are a few more.
LAST NOVEMBER PHOTOS
Last on the Card – November 2022 Just these two this time. Anything left in the Pen F has been there since October or the very beginning of November. These two were taken on November 28 and 30th respectively.
ROMANCE OF THE HAIRY WOODPECKERS
At first, at thought there might be some fighting, but a second look told me it was a big male and a big female clinging to the center pillar. This was not a fight. It was love. It was romance…. Read More ›
THE RULE OF P
CMMC – September – The letter P starts the word I have a lot of “P” stuff from petunias, pottery, printers and pocket watches to Pileated woodpeckers and porcelain.
BIRDS BEFORE THE RAIN
There has been a wild surge of bird activity lately. I don’t know if it’s because of the lack of rain or just the time of year, but many birds have come and hung about. Today was catbird day. Of… Read More ›
LAST ON THE CARD
Last on the card – August 2022 Well. For once I had a “last” on all three cameras I’m currently using. This first one is one of the rare ones that comes out exactly the way you want it and wouldn’t… Read More ›
SO MANY WOODPECKERS
I don’t know if this is the breeding season or maybe there isn’t much else for the woodpeckers to eat, but I put out suet for them every day. For the last week, I’ve been putting out more because we… Read More ›
ONE, TWO, THREE – ALL THE SAME YET DIFFERENT
One-to-three Photo Processing Challenge I’ve been working on a batch of pictures I took yesterday and this morning of the birds and baby squirrels. So, I picked two good photos of a Red-Bellied Woodpecker and tried it in other formats…. Read More ›
WOODPECKERS ON THEIR TREE
I’ve been redoing some of these pictures using a tighter crop to show more bird and less tree. So if you’ve seen some of these before, yes, you have, but not this version.
ATTACK OF THE SPARROW
These pictures look like the little birds are being attacked by a hawk. Except those little birds look pretty calm. The attacking bird was a sparrow, the European model imported in the late 1800s. He was hoping to grab some… Read More ›
AT HOME WITH THE RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS
They are as married as woodpeckers can be. These are our Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. They don’t have a red belly except in the most distant way, but there’s already a red-headed woodpecker, so they became red-bellied. They have a nest in… Read More ›
SKETCHBOOK 81: RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS IN A TREE
I haven’t done anything in a couple of weeks, but it’s been a busy couple of weeks. Today, I settled down and drew the two “married” Red-Bellied Woodpeckers.
The dying tree in the backyard is full of birds and nests. Many doves live and nest in the tree. It should also be be no surprise that the dying tree (which has been dying for years) is the home… Read More ›
BIRDS OF MANY FEATHERS, A SQUIRREL, AND A SNAPPING TURTLE
It’s fun to go back and look and pictures taken just a couple of months ago, notice how the population has changed with the seasons. Right now, the flowers are dominating where I usually take pictures of birds.
ASSORTED GOLDFINCH & A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
I haven’t been taking bird pictures because my orchids are in the way of my windows. I don’t have a lot of usable windows with which I can work and most of them are currently covered with orchids. So, until… Read More ›