We have had many feathered visitors in the backyard this month; blue ones, yellow ones, red ones, black ones, brown ones, gray ones, and I’m sure many more that I haven’t even seen yet. In fact about a week ago we found a large brown feather with a white and a black stripe on it. I think that thing was a good 10 or 12 inches long; I don’t know who left that behind. It was too pretty to be left by the turkey vultures so maybe it was a hawk or even a passing turkey. My neighbor thought it could have even been a golden eagle feather; there are some of those hanging around a lake not too far away.
The other day I finally managed to capture a couple of shots of one of the little Goldfinches that have been hanging about; they are pretty little things but not the only yellow birds I’ve seen out there. I hope to get a decent enough shot of the other two yellow birds to identify them one of these days.
American Goldfinch Looking At Camera
The Mourning Doves are always glad to pose for a shot or two but this one was not ready for a close-up.
Mourning Dove In Tree
We see a lot of little sparrows around here and I think that these little Tree Sparrows are the ones we see the most of.
American Tree Sparrow At Feeder
So what kind of visitors have you seen in your back yard? I hope you are getting out there and snapping photos of them?
A few days ago Bella dog and I were having a nice time sitting in the shade watching the birds.
Everything was going just fine until this guy wandered into the yard…
and decided to have a rest right under our bird tree.
He seemed to dare Bella to do something about it;
she didn’t like him hanging about and told him so.
Our visitor thought, that if he wasn’t welcome under the bird tree, he would climb up into the bird tree, and have some fun.
He had a good look around up there to see what all the fuss was about;
but he didn’t find one bird.
Those smart little birds had taken flight as soon as our calico friend came through the fence.
“Too bad little kitty; I don’t think bird watching is for you.”
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Some time ago I found the Weekly Photo Challenge over at The Daily Post and I had the best intentions of participating in that challenge.
Ok; so I didn’t stick with that one.
Let’s try it again; shall we?
The current challenge is Pattern. ”Patterns are everywhere. Patterns are sometimes intentional and sometimes accidental. They can be decorative or merely a result of repetition, and often patterns can be in the eye of the beholder to discover them.”
Not feeling the best today I decided that instead of going in search of interesting pattens I’d find one without leaving the comfort of my office chair.
So here you have it…
I found this one in the crocheted jar sleeve that I made to cover an empty pickle jar and turn it into a pretty candle holder.
Did anyone else take the Pattern challenge this week?
It has been a long while since I have spent an afternoon sitting in the yard watching the birds; but with my new 7D I’m back out there again!
Yesterday this little mourning dove came to visit and he hung around for a good long while. He would sit up on a high branch far away from me, then float down to the ground and take a walk around, then fly back up to his branch and watch for a while, then he’d be back down for another walk….
I’m not sure who was watching who.
Small Mourning Dove
Canon EOS 7D – Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
250mm – 1/200 – f/6.3 – ISO 200
Judging by his size I’m going to say he just might be a fairly young bird; he was much smaller than the mourning doves I usually see.
I hope you all take time to enjoy your backyard and capture a shot or two of your visitors; you never know who might stop by.