This red bellied woodpecker has figured out how to use my bird feeder even though it is actually designed for smaller birds. In this photo, a faint red patch on its belly, which is usually concealed by surrounding feathers, is now exposed. This is a male bird, as you can see by its red forehead, nape and crown. I never grow tired of gazing at the striking colors of the amazing creature!
Inspired by the daily post one-word prompt: exposed
First, no birds were harmed during this avian altercation. There are bluebird boxes all around the park where I go to walk. On this day, I saw a tree swallow fly into this box. This brave eastern bluebird, sensing danger, swooped in to defend its territory as the swallow made its exit. I don’t know if the tree swallow was just looking around, or if it had more sinister motives.
Both of these birds are beautiful. To see more pictures of pretty blue birds, click here. To see more pictures of vibrant tree swallows, click here. Or you can click on the birds header at the top of the page for more bird posts.
This post is in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: danger
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Response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: earth
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 way I see it, nature (and the ability to enjoy nature) is a gift. I really enjoy watching the creatures that grace my back yard. And, even though I don’t have a green thumb, I enjoy seeing the colorful flowers, planted long ago, that still bloom there every year.
It is a beautiful spring day, perfect for being outside. And, for me, today is extra special because it is Easter. I have been reflecting on my blessings, of which there are many!
Happy Easter! I wish you all a wonderful day!
I had never walked this path before. I was almost back at the starting point when I unexpectedly spotted this magnificent bird wading in the water. I was shocked by its size since I had been watching for little songbirds. It was certainly a surprise to see this great blue heron take flight! It was also a surprise to realize I had actually managed to capture the moment!
Here it is standing tall, with its long neck extended, before it was surprised by me.
These last two pictures were taken later at a different nearby location, but it could be the same bird! I have now seen a single great blue heron standing near water at four different spots in my town!
Here is a view of its face and beak.
Isn’t this a cool bird? To see more about birds, you can click on the bird header at the top of my page.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: surprise
Last September, I went to a local sunflower festival. We got there pretty early so we could find a place to park. The cloud cover was dense at the start of the day, but the skies cleared up some later, and the flowers in the dense sunflower fields stretched toward the sun!
Here is a sunnier view.
I invite you to take a look at my post, September (Sunflowers), to see a gallery of sunflower photos from that day! I had never seen so many cheerful sunflowers at one time. It was amazing to see!
*posted in response to the daily post weekly photo challenge: dense
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.
*posted for the daily post weekly photo challenge: atop
(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.
The park is a haven for bluebirds with bluebird boxes spaced all around. This Eastern Bluebird perched prettily on a branch.
And, I got to see, and hear, this sweet song sparrow! It was singing its little heart out!
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!
***Her blog bespoke of her appreciation of the simple things in life.***
When I saw that bespoke was the daily prompt, I had to respond since my blog is called the beespeak! I hope that my appreciation of the simple things in life is evident when you look at my blog posts, many of which feature nature photographs. Of course, simple is a relative term, right? While simple in comparison to more fancy, expensive things, it is undeniable that trees and creeks and birds and flowers are exquisite in their beauty.
These simple rough woodland sunflowers, reaching toward the sky, made me happy. And it made me smile to see the little bee buzzing around them!
What simple things make you happy?