Today, the last day of April, is the last day of JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge with the color target of black. I like the black and white contrast of this stationary. And since the last day of April also happens to be my birthday, and therefore all about me 😉, a posting with MY monogram seemed fitting! Truly, I have received my share of birthday wishes today from family and friends. On top of that, it is a beautiful sunny day! I am certainly blessed!
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
Red feathering immediately draws our attention to the cardinal. We can’t miss it. It is a stand-out bird. I have been wanting to capture a picture of a cardinal in my flowering dogwood tree. The Cardinal is the Virginia state bird and the dogwood is the state tree. Finally, I got my chance! Here is the photo, recently posted on my Instagram.
Here is one more photo of a cardinal perched on a pole above the bird feeder in my yard. He’s a beauty!
*posted for JNW’s Color Your World challenge:red
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:
*posted for JNW’s color your world challenge: royal purple
I love those mystery (is it purple or is it blue?) colors!
Do you see the yellow on this bird’s side? Last April, I saw this flash of yellow up in a tree. I managed to get a few pictures of the moving bird, and then looked it up in my bird guide when I got home. It was a Yellow Rumped Warbler!
It was pretty high up in the tree and it was not sitting still, but I could see spots of yellow that intrigued me.
Here is a closer view. He is hiding his head, but you can see the yellow side and the yellow rump-patch that I was able to use for identification! I was very excited to add this bird to my list of sightings! According to my guidebook, this bird would usually be seen around here in the winter, but I saw it in the spring. And, I haven’t seen one since.
These may not be perfect bird photos, but I still like them. So, maybe you will enjoy them too!
*to see more yellow themed photos, check out JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge: Yellow
Me and my shadow (on the right) taking a picture of both my and my brother’s shadow in the creek water! Now, that’s a grammar challenge! We, and our shadows, enjoyed the view from the bridge!
*posted for JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge:Shadow
My photo, taken last March, of a lovely daffodil with its yellow-orange center makes me eager for the return of spring flowers!
*posted in response to JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge: Yellow-Orange
Here is a pretty girl Cardinal that was peeking through the branches of my dogwood tree this weekend. The Cardinal is my state bird. She is not all-red like the male, but has reddish wings and tail feathers. And, look at her bright reddish-orange beak. I’m calling it mango tango for JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenge! For more bird pictures, you can check out the bird header at the top of my page!
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.
Here’s one more picture with a sweet front view!
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
I spotted this cool little bird on my back porch back in April. It was the first and only time I saw it during my backyard bird watching. I just happened to look out my back door at the right time. In fact, I took this picture through the door window because I didn’t want to scare it away! I felt I was lucky to capture pictures for identification.
I learned that this brown bird with roufus sides was an adult female red-eyed eastern towhee. That’s a big name for such a little bird!