Sunday, March 01, 2015

Feeding Tree Sparrows





In the third photo I believe I can see the sparrow's tongue! Yes, birds have tongues and in some cases it is quite hard and has a bone in it.
I find this winter that seed bells have been very successful for feeing the birds.The sparrows seem to especially like them.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blue Skies and a BlueJay for Saturday Critters

Yay!!!  the last day of February and it has been such a cold month!!!  this morning the thermometer outside of my window reads -30 degrees Celsius, and that is one reason why this photo is so special to me.  I took this picture yesterday and the sunny, blue skies were so beautiful. The heat of the strong sun through the windows of our sun room really warmed the room up nicely, doing exactly what s sun room should do by creating a cosy, inviting warmth in which to sit and read in.
We used to have Blue Jays everyday, all the time.  winter their visits have been rather intermittent! the last few days they have appeared in our yard by twos or threes, or sixes.  yesterday I saw three in our big old maple tree along our snowy driveway! I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I do!  I hope the Bluejays return again today!!

I am linking this morning with Eileen at http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca/

The first day of March returns tomorrow.  March is such a hopeful; month!1  Spring begins in March and so do a lot of starter plants for me in my house.  Tomato plants and Pansys are both high on my list.  Also, when and if ,the snow ever melts and goes away I will be looking for snow drops arising from the garden area where I planted the bulbs in the fall! 
Have a wonderful dsy everyone!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Bohemian Waxwing

I have been waiting since the fall for some wandering birds to find our beautiful American bittersweet berries and it finally happened.  On Sunday, during our recent storm a passing Bohemian Waxwing stopped to feed.  It stayed around all day long and

yesterday morning I saw two waxwings at our pergola!!  The berries are nested among the branches which reach over the top of our pergola and they were overhanging the front side of it.
Yesterday the waxwings got on top of the pergola to feed among the berries. From inside our sun room I was able to get a good view of the hungry waxwings through the windows.  this was a good, safe feeding location as we were experiencing high winds and blowing snow all day long.         Towards the end of the afternoon the berry supply had diminished but the waxwings persisted in trying to eat every last berry.  In the photo below you can see the waxwing looking upwards to the underneath of the uppermost branches crossing the top of the pergola.!

As I watched the waxwing thrusted itself upward immersing itself within the berry laden branches at the top of the pergola. You can see  its cinnamon coloured tail hanging down as the waxwing  feeds and clings  to the branches and berries at the top of the pergola. A grand performance beautiful bird.!!!  Well done!!
I don't know if they will return again today as most of the berries have been all eaten.  Fortunately for the waxwing that it found an abundant supply of food on two extremely stormy blizzarding days. 
Have a great day everyone! 
I think it is going to be a Redpoll day as many hungry birds are gathering at the windblown feeder on our back deck this morning.  That story I will tell tomorrow.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Woodpeckers for Saturday Critters

Our numbers at out bird feeders have diminished recently due to heavy snows and very cold temperatures,but there are regulars which I can depend upon to show up every day.  So far this morning I have had out two regular sparrow species ( the Tree Sparrows and our two Song Sparrows) The female Hairy Woodpecker has just showed up and she is a regular!  The favourite feeder choice of this female woodpecker is the peanut feeder. The male Hairy Woodpecker is a regular also and in the photo below you can see a glimpse of the red patch on the back of his head , which identifies this hairy as a male.

The pictures below are of the female Hairy Woodpecker at out peanut feeder this morning.  Note: there is no red patch seen on the back of her head.



                        
 
And as a Happy Valentines wish for everyone today I am sharing this photo of a  male Downy Woodpecker displaying a red  heart shaped patch on the back of its head .
I am posting today to Eileens  Saturday Critters which can be found at:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

|Red-breasted Nuthatch close-ups

I have forgotten to post these photos, partially because I take pictures of these birds every day.  We have two  Red-breasted Nuthatches feeding daily on their much loved peanut feeder.  We have had so much snow that I have moved some feeders very close to my window.  due to the deep and drifted snow I can no longer get out to our feeders and I have to refill or access the close ones by opening a window and reaching out to refill a few . Thus the reason sI was able to get such close close-ups.

This little bird looks so well groomed don't you think.  It is my favorite feeder bird this winter.  I am hoping that I can get a picture of both together when they are visiting.  I spend much time watching them daily.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Wandering white-tailed Deer for Saturday Critters

We have had so much snow that there is no where else to put it in our yard.  Its even difficult for the deer to wander about. The photo below shows a White-tailed Deer standing on the sidewalk beside our property  looking over the snowbanks there.





While looking out my kitchen pantry window earlier this week on a snowy morning, the snow was falling ( again!!!), 
and I saw this deer walking up my neighbour's driveway.  Once both deer ( there were two of them, you can see two dark shapes in the photo below),  got in my neighbour's yard there was no where for them to go  and nothing  there for them to feed on.
My neighbour across the street commented that they( the deer) had been nibbling on their lilac buds at his property as they passed by.
There are 42 days from today until spring!  It can't come soon enough and I'm sure the deer and  the little birds have the same opinion  of this winter's snowy overloads as I do. "If winter comes. can spring be far behind?" wrote Shelly in his Ode to the West Wind. Those optimistic words stand foremost in my mind every day!
I am linking today to |Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at: http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca/
Have a wonderful storm free Saturday everyone!