Layover In Atlanta

A blur of yellow caught my attention yesterday afternoon, and I turned to find this lovely little Warbler hiding amidst the Dogwood branches.  She seemed to be as curious about me as I was about her.

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She came out and perched in a patch of sunlight long enough for me to fire off a few pictures.  Isn’t she a beauty!

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I say “she” because upon scouring my bird books, it would appear that this is a female Blackburnian Warbler en route to South America.  Right now, she is sporting her fashionable fall feathered look, but come closer to breeding season her colors will darken up considerably.

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I’m so glad she opted to make a brief layover in Atlanta!

 

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A Water”fall” Kind Of Day

What better way to start the fall season than to go and find a beautiful waterfall to photograph!

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This beauty, Cane Creek Falls, is about 90 minutes from my house, but is only open to the public on certain days.

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I am definitely planning on going back on a day that has more cloud cover and after we have had some rain.  Can’t you just picture it with a bit more water flowing, surrounded by autumn leaves?

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Morning Glory

I love this Pine Warbler’s bright colors and cheerful song.

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His appearance makes any morning glorious!

 

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Magnificent Seven

I keep seeing previews for the movie The Magnificent Seven, which is set to open in theaters this weekend.

I confess, the clips do capture my attention, but not nearly as much as the magnificent seven that showed up in my backyard over the weekend.  Here, for your viewing pleasure, are seven birds that stopped by for a visit.

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Blue Jay

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Carolina Chickadee

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Brown Thrasher

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Carolina Wren

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Brown-headed Nuthatch

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Northern Cardinal

Hey – if anyone does see the movie, let me know if it’s worth a watch.  Until then, I’ll probably just stick with my backyard birds.🙂

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Sunny Side Up

I think my backyard birds must like their breakfast sunny side up…or at least as soon as the sun is up!

These guys showed up at first morning light to grab a bite to eat.

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Carolina Chickadee

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Tufted Titmouse

I couldn’t decide which picture of the Nuthatch I liked better, so I will just share them both.

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White-breasted Nuthatch

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I love the warm glow of the early light.  I guess there’s a reason they call these the golden hours for photography!

 

 

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Bambeautiful!

So, how do you like my new feeder?  I can tell you one thing, it is fast becoming a favorite of my backyard birds!

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To learn more about this feeder just click on the photo!

This fun new addition was sent courtesy of the fine folks over at Bird Feeders Etc., who stumbled across my blog, enjoyed the photos and writing style, and said something like, “Hey, how would you like to be a guest blogger on our site?”  They also offered to send me a new feeder (picture me as Pavlov’s dog when that offer was made!) with the hopes that if I liked it I could feature it in a couple of posts.

Well, I do like it, so how about I share four reasons why, along with four photos of birds that have already become regulars diners.

  1. Beautiful Bamboo – Earthy and rustic, this feeder simply looks lovely hanging in my backyard.  Not only that, the beautiful grain of the bamboo adds a nice touch when taking bird pictures.
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White-breasted Nuthatch

2. Plenty of Perches – This feeder offers ample space for the birds to land when they arrive.  They can perch on the roof, stand on the ledge, or cling to the wire mesh.  Hey, everyone likes options, right?

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Carolina Chickadee

3. Assortment of Seed – You are not limited to one type of seed with the way this feeder is made.  You can pack it full of peanuts, fill it with sunflower seeds, or load it up with whatever mixture you choose.

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Carolina Wren

4 – Quality Construction – This is not one of those flimsy feeders that you regret buying before you even have it hung; this one is built to last.  A bonus is that the design is bird friendly, but not squirrel friendly.  I have yet to see one of those pesky rodents pilfering the seed!

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Brown-headed Nuthatch

I’m already thinking that this bambeautiful feeder will make a great Christmas gift – so Dad, if you’re reading this, act surprised when you open your presents!

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Another Backyard Birdwatcher

I wasn’t the only birdwatcher in my backyard today!

This Red-shouldered Hawk landed on the Bark Butter branch (the perch where I take most of my bird pictures!) and carefully scoured the area for his next meal.

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Every once in awhile, he would stretch out his talons, like he was preparing to snare some prey, which was pretty cool to watch.

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Then he would continue gazing out over the yard.

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Talk about a piercing stare!  I love the eyes on these creatures!

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