Saturday, April 13, 2013

Avian Friends & Nutmeg

The other day as I was walking by the bird feeder I saw this russet and gray bird with steaks down its white chest.  I quickly snapped a photo and then went looking for my bird book to identify it.  I assumed it was a type of sparrow.  Indeed it is a song sparrow.


I'm delighted to see some new avian friends.  I've debated whether or not I should try other types of bird seed to attract different species.  I don't want to lose the ones who faithfully come to the feeder.  Do you have any advice to share?
 
This chipping sparrow was singing quite the tune!


A dark-eyed junco patiently waited their turn.


Sweet Nutmeg was back and I told her to strike a pose for me!
 

A couple of mourning doves were hanging out enjoying some fallen seed.  Their 'woo-OO-oo-oo-oo' is such a distinct sound.  I haven't found their nest yet, but I will know when I see 2 white eggs.

 
 
Enjoy your weekend!  I need to fertilizer my lawn today and then I will be crafting.  I'll have lots of new things to share with you.

Today I am joining ...

Macro Monday @ Lisa's Chaos
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Photo Gallery
NF Winged on Thursday @ NatureFootstep meme
Open House Party @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Weekly Top Shot @ The view from right here
Camera Critters @ Bluff Area Daily
I Heart Macro @ Studio Waterstone
Let's Get Social Sunday with Evelyn & Jamie

28 comments:

Bernideen said...

The doves come to my yard everyday. This week we had a blizzard on Tuesday but on Monday I had a robin taking a bath in the birdbath! Loved your birdies!

Pat Hatt said...

They all sure look like to be enjoying their lunch, great shots.

Terry said...

Beautiful photos, Donna. Love seeing all of the little critters! Have a wonderful weekend!

Lisa Gordon said...

Your feathered friends are beautiful, Donna, and I just love Nutmeg!

Di said...

I've been feeding my birds for over 15 years and eventually they all come as long as you have the black seed in the food. I've been consistant and they have too. Love Nutmegs name!

Algodão Tão Doce said...

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Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

Obrigada.

Beijos Marie.

Susan said...

Having moved to an area with an abundance of 'new to us' birds we have our bird book and binoculars handy at all times. This does not always prevent heated discussion regarding identification but it is a lot of fun.

Birgitta said...

These shots are wonderful!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Lovely! Have a great day.

A wondering star said...

What a wonderful post! Nice with so many friends in the garden.

Cynthia said...

Great pictures, love your feathered friends.

Cynthia

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

I love all the birds and Nutmeg, especially Nutmeg's antique brown face!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Cute birds and the squirrel is adorable.

must love junk said...

Love all your pics! The squirrel one is adorable :)
Susan

Kadee Willow said...

Beautiful shots of the birds.. lucky you to get them before they flew away! No suggestions for your birdseed question as our bird feeder seems to be mainly for the squirrels! They could care less if I rap on the window to shoo them away.. rather righteous creatures! But I love them anyway!!

Nook and Cranny said...

Don't you just love the birds, I sure do. I have two bird feeders and several different birds visit. Visitors also include a wee little chipmunk and I am sure the grey squirrel will arrive any day.
Thanks for stopping by my Mt. Mansfield post. Windy again today and will get cold later this afternoon with possibility of thunder storms, what the heck ;(
Michele

SandyK said...

I love your photo's. Thanks for sharing.

Katz Tales said...

Gosh they all look so fat! How nice to see them all happy.

Patty said...

Ah, it's so nice to see our little animal friends again. Love the pictures.

Stewart M said...

I do like the sparrow and the dove.

Somebody once said, the more you prepare the luckier you are. I dont go very many places without a camera - so I suppose I give myself the best chance of being in the right place at the right time!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

eileeninmd said...

You have a great collection of birds visiting. Wonderful photos.

eileeninmd said...

You have a great collection of birds visiting. Wonderful photos.

bailey-road.com said...

What lovely little garden friends you have!

Jen said...

When I finally have my own yard, I will be attracting birds with every type of food I can get my hands on. I'll add a birdbath or two as well. I think if you space them out some, it will be ok.

Arija said...

I enjoyed your sparrows and wish ours would learn to sing. We only have European house sparrows that chirp at best.

Brandi said...

I enjoyed your animal friends. One of the best things about spring is waking up to the sound of chirping birds.

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Fantastic photos of these critters!

Sharon Souter said...

So sweet. Your garden looks like a paradise! We've hung some feeders with fat balls in them for the birds from the magnolia tree next to the patio. Its lovely to sit and watch them - they can often appear so tame and sometimes they squabble together like children!

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