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Monogrammed to a T (CYW-Black)

Monogram

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!

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

Cardinal Red (CYW-Red)

Cardinal Red

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.

Representing Virginia

Here is one more photo of a cardinal perched on a pole above the bird feeder in my yard. He’s a beauty!

Pole Position

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World challenge:red

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!

Yellow Rumped Warbler (CYW-Yellow)

Yellow Rumped Warbler Mid Landing

Yellow Rumped Warbler Mid Landing

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.

Turning to Show its Yellow Rump Feathers

Turning to Show its Yellow Rump Feathers

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.

Yellow Rump in Closer View

Yellow Rump in Closer View

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

We and Our Shadows (CYW-Shadow)

Shadows

Shadows

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

Yellow-Orange Center (CYW)

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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

Cardinal Girl (CYW Mango Tango)

Cardinal Girl

Cardinal Girl

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!

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

Eastern Towhee (CYW Brown and Burnt Sienna)

Adult Female Red-Eyed Eastern Towhee

Adult Female Red-Eyed Eastern Towhee

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!

Eastern Towhee on my Porch

Eastern Towhee on my Porch

*posted for two of JNW’s Color Your World Photo Challenges : Brown and Burnt Sienna

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