A Delightfully Dismal Day

We’re in the midst of another series of gray days here in the Atlanta area – not too much heavy rain; more like a thick mist.  So, what does one do to turn dismal into delightful? Head outside to take pictures, of course!

I hate to be cooped up indoors, so I ignored the drizzle (I was tempted to say “braved the drizzle”, but that seemed a bit dramatic!) and spread some fresh food for the birds.  Then I grabbed my camera and waited to see who would show up.

The busiest feeder was the one delivered by the Bird Fairy awhile back.  Not only does it have a large platform that I loaded with tasty treats, it also has a roof so the birds can stay somewhat dry while they eat.

Male Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren munching on a mealworm – they love them!

Seed thieves of the bushy-tailed variety were also quick to perch and feast.  I’m fairly certain the squirrels in my backyard are deaf, as they don’t pay the slightest attention to my loud and violent threats!


Our Camellia bush, a popular hideout for the birds, has started blooming.  This pink blossom really popped in the overcast conditions.  I know this flower picture interrupts the flow of the post, but hey, it made me smile and I wanted to share it – I guess that’s poster’s prerogative.


The seed stump also saw a good bit of bird traffic today.  My hubby and son (with the aid of my daughter’s truck) lugged this back from a neighbor’s yard about a year ago when he chopped down a large tree.  With a couple of modifications, it has made an amazing feeder.

White-throated Sparrow
Male Eastern Towhee
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal

I guess even days that are gray and dismal can be great and delightful; though I have to confess – this weather really is for the birds!


8 thoughts on “A Delightfully Dismal Day

  1. That’s good Kathy, braving the drizzle often pays off with good birding opportunities, it does for me. Love your little bird pics, the drizzle doesn’t perturb them:-)

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