Some Near-Freezing Feasting

The temperatures here in Not-So-Hotlanta have been hovering right around freezing, bringing a flurry of birds to the backyard in search of food and water…and one birdbrain to the backyard in hopes of taking their pictures!

This morning, a handsome Thrasher helped himself to some Bark Butter…

…as did a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Several Bluebirds made an appearance…some to sip water…

…and others to stand watch.

And just who were these boys in blue on their guard against? Why, this bossy, belligerent Robin who is utterly opposed to their presence in the backyard.

Several Tufted Titmice, which are typically furtive, fleeting, and hard to photograph, stopped in…

…and one even lingered long enough to serenade me for a bit – though I suspect he was really calling out to his fellow Titmice that he had found a nice stash of food.

There was constant activity at the heated water dish, with birds showing up one after another to enjoy a non-frozen beverage.

And, of course, the Blue Jays were busy swooping…

…and scooping!

I know it sounds crazy, but sitting outside with frozen fingers and tingling toes, taking pictures of beautiful birds makes my heart incredibly happy!

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Gobble, Grab, and Go

If my backyard bird buffet had a fast-food name it could easily be called “The Gobble, Grab, and Go”!

Birds show up to gobble up some food…

…grab some to take with them…

…and then off they go.

Come to think of it, I think my house could have had this same title when my son was still a teenager!

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Hope your hearts are as full of gratitude
as these beaks are as full of peanuts!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Accents of Autumn

I admire those folks who just seem to have a knack for interior decorating…the kind who are able to transform their homes to somehow coordinate with the colors of the season. While I lay no claim to such creative talent, I do get to enjoy a backyard that is filled with the accents of autumn, courtesy of the fine fall feathers of my bird visitors.

Which of the beauties below do you thing best represents the colors of fall?







Hey, I may not be much of an interior designer, but I am definitely an exterior delighter!
Besides, these birds make adding autumn accents easy!


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Runway Ready

Male Bluebirds (at least in my humble opinion!) are some of the most beautiful birds in the world.

The ones that frequent my backyard feeders have mastered the fine art of perfect picture posing.

The females are lovely too – though their magnificence is more muted.

I am grateful that these beauties don’t seem the least bit concerned with me or my camera. It’s like we have an unstated agreement, that as long as I keep putting out mealworms and Bark Butter, they’ll keep humoring me with photo opps!

Seriously though, wouldn’t you agree that these models are more than ready for the runway?!



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Mid-November Monarchs

Maybe they’re the kind that are always the last to leave the party, or perhaps they are perpetual procrastinators, or maybe it’s just that they simply refuse to accept the reality that summer has ended – whatever the reason, this trio of Monarchs seems determined to remain until the last blossom on the butterfly bush has either faded or frozen!

I must say – enjoyed getting to take their pictures in the afternoon autumn sunshine. Mid-November Monarchs are just fine with me!

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Red-bellied Regular

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are regular diners in my backyard.

One of the reasons they are frequent feeders is because of the plentiful supply of peanuts that is usually available.

When I really want to spoil them, I load up the cavity in the Dogwood tree with nuts for them to discover…which is also known as “picture bait.”

These guys, along with the Downy Woodpeckers, are year round residents here in the outskirts of Atlanta.

Backyard beauties for sure, Red-bellied Woodpeckers are always welcome at my feeders!

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