A Snack Between Showers

Today’s forecast called for steady rain with waves of thunder storms, so when we had a brief break in the wet weather, I filled up the feeders and ventured out with the hopes of taking a few photos.

The birds were happy to oblige, dropping in to scoop up some snacks before the next round of showers.

The Blue Jays, of course, popped in to re-stock their peanut supply.

This female Red-bellied Woodpecker (who is currently much sought after and much fought after!) sampled Bark Butter from several places while her would-be-beaus battled to be her suitor.

Of course, the Red-bellied aren’t the only ones giving evidence that mating season has arrived. This male bluebird has been striking pretty poses…

…and bringing food offerings in his efforts to woo the female. (He really is a keeper!)

And this sweet female Downy Woodpecker…

…has clearly captured this fellow’s attention, who seems to be relying on his good looks to win her over.

He constantly flared his head feathers to impress her, and to give any opponents fair warning that he was a force to be reckoned with!

He was definitely my favorite bird of the day. Isn’t he the cutest?

Such a wonderful way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon!

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Corona Cuisine

In these days where Corona is creating chaos and disrupting our typical routines, dining out has been temporarily relegated to drive-through services or curb side delivery.

This grab-and-go mentality is nothing new to my backyard birds.
Many of them have beenĀ  enjoying the quick and convenient food supply offered by the peanut pole for quite some time.

Others are regulars at the trunk side pick up that the Dogwood tree makes available.

Although I hate the hardships that this virus has created and will be glad when it is no longer a threat, I am enjoying the extra moments that I have had to sit on my deck with camera in hand.

Stay well – and Happy Easter!

 

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Sippers, Drippers, and a Triple Dipper

With the weather warmer and less rainy, the backyard birds aren’t just showing up for feasting, they are enjoying beverages and bathing as well.

Some are sippers…

Some are drippers…

And this Brown Thrasher was a triple dipper!

First he sipped…

…then he dripped…

…then he lingered and exuberantly dipped.

Birds and water are a winning combination!

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A Winter Wanderer

I know they say that “Not all who wander are lost” – but I think this Yellow-throated Warbler who dropped in this afternoon might have been.

These striking little birds are usually only seen in this area during the summer months, and even then, they rarely make appearances in my backyard. So it was a treat to have him pay a visit.

It’s easy to see where they get their name!

This fellow seemed to take quite a liking to Bark Butter. First he sampled some from one branch…

…then he sampled some from another branch.

It’s always fun to get to take pictures of a less common visitor.

Wandering Warblers are indeed wonderful!

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Brief But Beautiful

Well, I got my wish! We had a brief but beautiful snowfall this morning.

The skies weren’t bright enough to get many clear photos, but I enjoyed sitting outside amidst the snowflakes and the hungry birds. Here’a a sample of some that braved the elements!

Oh…the Labra-mutts had a fun snow day as well.

And now, I am ready for spring!

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Slightly Sleety

I was hoping for a snowy morning today, but instead got slightly sleety!
The weather seemed to make the birds rather antsy (they are spoiled to our mild southern winters!) and they wasted no time showing up to gobble food once I filled the feeders.

A Pine Warbler, Downy Woodpecker, and female Cardinal sampled the peanuts…

…as did several Blue Jays (of course) who swooped in to pack their pouches.

Meanwhile, the Bluebirds munched mealworms.

Even the Yellow-rumped Warblers, who are usually too involved in their territorial aerial attacks to sit still for long, called a temporary truce to fuel up.

I am still hoping for a snowy day before winter makes way for spring, but hey – you get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit! And slightly sleety really isn’t so bad!

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The Drizzly Dozen

Grey skies and slushy drizzle made for less than ideal lighting for picture taking this afternoon, but, the birds were showing up so I figured I might as well show up too!

Here’s the drizzly dozen that kept me company.

Some were of the brown and beige variety…

…while others wore brighter Autumn hues.

There were those that were mostly monochrome…

…and, of course, the boys of blue.

These beauties turned a damp and dreary day into a delight!

Now, if we can just get a snow day here in Atlanta!

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