New Winter Arrivals

As Thanksgiving approaches, my inbox has been flooded with adds announcing the latest winter arrivals.  There are comfy sweaters, cozy socks, and coats for every climate – all offered at “amazingly low prices.”

Well, I am not rushing out to any stores, but I have been checking out my backyard looking for its latest winter arrivals.  Over the past week I have seen three of our seasonal guests, all hanging out around the Camellia Bush.

First on the list is the Dark-eyed Junco, who has been extremely camera shy.  He darts out from under the bush only long enough to grab a snack or a quick sip of water and then disappears again beneath the safety of the branches. Hopefully, he will get braver as he gets a bit more used to the surroundings, and allow me to get a closer and clearer picture.

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The White-throated Sparrow has also returned.  Aren’t his markings beautiful?  He will visit the various feeders and water dishes, but prefers to perch on the branches of the bush when he is resting.

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And last, but definitely not least, is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  I adore these little birds, but they are difficult to photograph.  They hop and twitch and barely sit still for a second.  I once got a picture of this fellow displaying his crown; it is still one of my all time favorites.

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So, while I am able to resist the allure of the ads (despite being addicted to cozy socks) I find the appeal of these winter visitors absolutely irresistible.

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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14 Responses to New Winter Arrivals

  1. Jodi says:

    So exciting to see your new visitors. We are too. I am trying to be sure feeders are kept full for our new seasonal friends 🙂

  2. 1world2feet says:

    I love dark eyes juncos! Great bird photos

  3. mopana says:

    Love them 🙂 Nice pictures

  4. Very nice photos. I really like your Ruby-crowned Kinglet. They are neat birds. I have one I have been trying to get a good photo of and he will cooperate!

  5. Lovely little birds :-). Very cool that you saw a Ruby-crowned kinglet displaying his crown a while ago and got some great pictures!

  6. Sue says:

    Those Ruby-crowned Kinglets are tough to photograph — great pix!

  7. They are all adorable and looking so debonair! Great photo of the white-throat. 🙂

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