Monthly Archives: May 2016

May-The Changing Seasons V2



May Haiku (Stroll)

You stroll in like May
And collective memories
Intertwine our days

May brings back memories. Gentle winds in the green trees, the warm sun on my face, the smell of honeysuckle and even the sound of lawn mowers can take me back to the carefree days of childhood. If I close my eyes, I can almost feel being ten years old again, with the innocence, expectations and hopes of youth!

This is my Version 2 entry into Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons Challenge. Check out his blog for other interpretations of the theme and think about joining us in the challenge! You can see my previous entries by clicking on the Changing Seasons header at the top of my page.

Wait Right Here

Mother and Baby Downy Woodpeckers

Mother and Baby Downy Woodpeckers

My backyard is wildlife lively! I just saw a mother Downy Woodpecker feeding her baby!

Baby Waits

Baby Waits

Feeding Time

Feeding Time

Baby Holding On

Baby Holding On

This sighting is a perfect addition to my May bird series showcasing the beauty of birds. To see more bird posts and pictures, just click on the Birds header at the top of my page.

Open Your Eyes

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher is often inconspicuous, foraging on the ground for food. I was lucky to spot him in my yard. His streaked underparts and bright rufous upper parts are magnificent to see. His yellow eyes are striking.

This bird is a single example of beauty on earth. Our earth is filled with so much beauty and we are often blind to it. Lately, I am realizing that my time is best spent in appreciation of nature. I make time to sit on my porch and take in the view. It’s a great way to shake off stress and rejoice in the day.

I will add this post to my May Bird series showcasing the beauty of birds. You can click on the Birds header at the top of my page to see other bird beauties!

*I am also adding this to the daily post weekly photo challenge:

Red Hat-Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

LOOK! Finally, the large pileated woodpecker flew through my yard. I saw one last year but wasn’t ready with my camera. Tonight, I was standing on my back porch, camera in hand, when I heard a close, loud bird call! There she was, the pileated woodpecker. She landed in a tree and I managed to take this picture.

I walked into my yard to try to get a better picture, and it flew right toward me and my dogwood tree. Seeing me, it swerved away. My heart was beating fast and I thought I lost her. But, she landed on a tree stump in my neighbor’s yard. She stayed for a long time and I took more pictures before she flew away, calling loudly!

Foraging at the Tree Stump

Foraging at the Tree Stump

I sure hope she comes back. It was really exhilarating to be so close to the action.

Red Crest Pose

Red Crest Pose

I am posting this for my May bird series celebrating the beauty of my backyard birds. For more bird pictures, click on the birds header at the top of my page.

I will also add this to Hugh’s weekly photo challenge with the theme of hats since my woodpecker is certainly flaunting its red crest! Thanks for letting me stretch the theme.

Bird Watch-Music To My Eyes

Elusive Tufted Titmouse

Elusive Tufted Titmouse

Bird of the Day-Tufted Titmouse

The sight of this bird was music to my eyes! I had caught glimpses of the tufted titmouse and had tried to track him by his song in my neighborhood and in a nearby park. I had tried to take a picture, but the bird would always turn its head and fly away. The bird was recently drawn to my new bird feeder and I captured a few pictures, but I wanted to catch a shot of him in a tree!

I can’t really discriminate between all the bird songs, but when I hear something that sounds different, I rush to look! That’s how I knew to look for him in my tree! I was happy to capture both his crest and the tuft of red-orange on his side!

I love listening to the morning chorus and the daily songs of all my backyard songbirds as they bring music to my ears.

I have started noticing so many different birds…. more than I ever imagined! I want to document them on my blog this month. I may not be able to make a post every day, but the birds do inspire me to share their beauty! To see more bird pictures, you can click on the Birds header at the top of my blog.

Are you a better bird watcher or bird listener?

I will also attach this post to the daily post prompt:

Tourmaline .

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