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Cardinal Brings a Smile (The Weekly Smile 70)

Cardinal

I happened upon a challenge called The Weekly Smile which runs Wednesday to Wednesday! So, I decided to join in. We can all use a reason to smile! The sight of this vibrant male Cardinal makes me smile. The sound of its song makes me smile too. The weather here has been perfect for sitting on my back porch and watching my backyard birds which, of course, makes me smile! Clearly, I am a fan of simple pleasures!

I hope you are having a great day!

Scarlet Beauty (CYW-Scarlet)

Scarlet

This puffed-up, rain-soaked, male house finch shows off its scarlet coloring. Beautiful!

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge: scarlet
*to see more of my bird photos, click on the birds header at the top of the page

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (March 2017)

Woodpecker Pair

Nesting Haiku (Peck)

Peck, peck, each day
Find the spot and peck away
Ready for nesting

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I have been watching red-bellied woodpeckers pecking the wood in this old tree. It is amazing to see how they have transformed the branch with a perfect circle entry way to the nest. It must go pretty deep, because I have seen the male bird go completely into the branch and then turn to stick his head back out. This was the moment that I actually saw the pair together at their nesting site. I guess this means they have completed the courting ritual and agreed on the nest location. I will be keeping watch for new developments!

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This is my third 2017 post for year three of Cardinal Guzman’s photo challenge, The Changing Seasons. You can post a photo gallery (V1) or a single photo (V2) that showcases your view of the month. You can check out the Cardinal’s page for the general challenge rules and join right in! His photos are fantastic and this month he has an extensive gallery! Like last year, I am planning to add a haiku along with my single V2 photo each month. Even though it has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I like pairing pictures and words; both can still mean different things to different people.

All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. And, I also have a bird header where all my bird pictures are gathered.
Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!

Advantage Grackle (CYW Royal Purple)

Grackle

The iridescent purple head and golden eye are distinctive features of a grackle. This smart bird was supposed to be too big for this feeder, but it figured out a way to get some food! It used its size to its advantage by reaching its head around to grab a tasty treat!

Here is another view:

Grackle 2

*posted for JNW’s color your world challenge: royal purple
I love those mystery (is it purple or is it blue?) colors!

Atop A Perch

Starling Atop

This European Starling must have a great view from atop a perch in an old tree! Talk about a bird’s eye view; this bird can see it all! Sometimes viewed as a nuisance bird, I think the starling is interesting and beautiful in its own right. It certainly stands out against the clear blue sky.

Here is another picture of the bird, nesting in a tree cavity and taking in the view.

Nesting Starling

*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: atop

Even Familiar Roads

Eastern Phoebe in the Park

Eastern Phoebe in the Park

(4 photos) I often take a walk in the park. The road taken to the park is not new to me. The pathway around the park is not new to me.

Of course, I am always looking for birds. This weekend, on a walk in the park, I saw an Eastern Phoebe bird for the first time! Yes, this was exciting to me! Even though many people already know of this bird, it felt like a new discovery to me. Sometimes, even the familiar road, often taken, will offer a surprise!

Today, I had the pleasure of seeing and photographing four kinds of birds. The Eastern Phoebe, pictured above, is a flycatcher and I watched it swoop low to the ground to catch bugs in mid flight!

I also watched a White-Breasted Nuthatch, upside down, pecking and posing in a tree.

Nuthatch in the Park

Nuthatch in the Park

The park is a haven for bluebirds with bluebird boxes spaced all around. This Eastern Bluebird perched prettily on a branch.

Bluebird in the Park

Bluebird in the Park

And, I got to see, and hear, this sweet song sparrow! It was singing its little heart out!

Song Sparrow in the Park

Song Sparrow in the Park

These little birds, so vivid and distinctive from one another, are amazing and fill me with wonder. I just want to take pictures of them all! It’s a good thing that I know which road to take to find them!

daily post weekly photo challenge: the road taken
and daily prompt: vivid

Suburb-The Changing Seasons V2 (Jan 2017)

Tightrope

Tightrope

Suburb Haiku (Tightrope)

Walking the tightrope
Between city and country
Conveniences

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This is my first 2017 post for year three of Cardinal Guzman’s photo challenge, The Changing Seasons. You can post a photo gallery (V1) or a single photo (V2) that showcases your view of the month. You can check out his page for the general challenge rules and join right in! His photos are fantastic! Like last year, I am planning to add a haiku along with my V2 photo each month. Even though it has been said that a picture paints a thousand words, I like pairing pictures and words; both can still mean different things to different people.

I enjoy seeing everyone else’s posts. I love seeing your big city scenes. I love seeing your wide open country views. Like me, some of you live in between – the suburbs. That’s cool; I enjoy your perspective, too. I really think it’s the best of both worlds for me.

Looking through my pictures for the month got me thinking. At first, I thought that the picture I selected for this month would have been better if the bird was in the tree instead of on a wire. But then, I realized that this is a suburb bird. The utility wires are as much a part of his life as the tree branches – this is his natural environment!

I am going to start looking for harmony in the pairing of natural and manufactured elements common to my suburban life!

All my previous Changing Seasons posts are in one place under the Changing Seasons header at the top of the page. And, I also have a bird header where all my bird pictures are gathered.
Take a look around my blog if you are interested! Comments are welcome!

Eastern Bluebird (CYW Burnt Orange)

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Today, I saw this pretty bluebird when I took a walk in the park. Like me, it must have been glad the recent snow had melted. I am still amazed at the coloring of these birds. Although this seems to be a drab female, it still sports distinctive blue and orange colors.

I like this picture because there is a back view, and you can see the another vibrant bluebird in the distance.

Bluebirds in Winter

Bluebirds in Winter

Here’s one more picture with a sweet front view!

Sweet

Sweet

I hope it’s a bluebird of happiness!

*check out JNW’s Color Your World photo challenge for more visions of burnt orange
*to see more of my favorite birds you can click on the birds header at the top of the page

Along the Peaceful Path

Path

Path

Here is a literal view of a park path that I often take. I like to walk in the park on weekends. It’s an easy walk. I just stroll and take in all the sights and sounds of nature. The birds chirp and the creek babbles. The foliage along the creek changes according to the seasons. On the day of this photo, I was surprised to see pretty woodland sunflowers along the path. They seemed to have bloomed without notice and seemed like a gift!

Wild Woodland Sunflowers

Wild Woodland Sunflowers

I stay on the lookout for peaceful paths all year, paths removed from the tiring pace and common stresses of the world. I keep coming back to this same path. While it’s familiarity gives me comfort, I can also be pleasantly surprised to spot new birds and flowers along the way. Obviously, I like to take my camera along and take pictures of the sights.

Robin above the Creek

Robin above the Creek

This year, I discovered the real joy of birdwatching. I never understood the appeal until I took the time to notice all the special details (which continue to amaze me) of the different birds that I saw! I took lots of bird pictures, in the park and in my backyard, and shared some on my blog. You can click on the birds header at the top of the page to see pictures. I still have more to post when I get a chance. And, I plan to stay a birder in 2017. Birdwatching has been added to my list of interests, along with nature strolls, photography and blogging!

I hope to develop new interests in 2017 that bring me peace and joy! Positive suggestions welcome! Happy 2017!

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Posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge:
Path

You Are Getting Sleepy, Very Sleepy

Sleepy Bird

Sleepy Bird

This little bird, a baby sparrow, was certainly a sleepy bird. I guess being new to the world can be tiring! He sure was relaxed. I was able to walk right up close to him to get these pictures! Here is the sleepy sequence:

Resting Bird

Resting Bird

Drowsy Bird

Drowsy Bird

Sleepy Bird

Sleepy Bird

He was so sleepy, he even fell asleep at the bird feeder! Bless his sweet heart!

Should I eat? Or, should I sleep? That’s relaxed!

*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge:
relax

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