Ahhh! Finally it feels like spring! We have finally had some sunshine and warm weather:-) Everything is so beautiful with the colors of spring, and the birds at my backyard feeders are certainly enjoying the wonderful weather. I have never seen so much action as I have the past few days. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are really enjoying hanging out. There were 10-15 of them at the feeding stations tonight. I also had three Baltimore Orioles eating grape jelly. Of course there are lots of other birds, but the grosbeaks and orioles are very unusual visitors for me.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Female
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Male
White Crowned Sparrow
One of my favorite visitors to my backyard feeding station is the rose-breasted grosbeak. I can always tell when spring has arrived when these handsome guys show up. Last week I was treated to three males, and one female (she was too shy for a photograph).
I was so happy this week when I looked out my window to find my bird feeders full of goldfinches! When I saw their vibrant yellow bodies flitting about I knew that spring was truly here.
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @400mm | 1/1250| f/6.0| ISO 1000
These beautiful birds were sporting their red on a snowy Valentine’s Day!
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @600mm | 1/400 | f/6.3 | ISO 500
Life took over the past few weeks. Between home improvement projects, hanging out with my grandchildren, and a variety of other commitments, I haven’t had many opportunities to get out with my camera. Yesterday with the sun shining I decided to take a few photos of the birds at my feeder. The dark-eyed juncos were the main attraction and they were more than happy to pose for me. I thought that this shot made a very good black and white photo.
We were jolted into winter last night when received over nine inches of snow! The temperatures fell into the mid twenties today, and tonight it is supposed to be in the single digits. Just last weekend we enjoyed temperatures in the mid sixties and thought that winter was a long way off. Even though we have had several hard frosts, my delphinium has still been blooming. I think this might be it’s last hurrah!
My backyard looks like a winter wonderland. Deep, wet snow has coated the trees, bushes, and my bird feeders. I went outside first thing this morning and cleared the snow (after one of the feeders had already fallen over). The birds were very appreciative and were very active all day long.
Eurasian Collared Dove
This beautiful ruby-throated hummingbird has been a regular visitor at my feeder. In fact, she will not let any other humming birds near the feeder. I have enjoyed watching her as she comes and goes, and especially when she oversees “her” feeder. She has not been around the past couple of days. The weather in my area has been much cooler; I am wondering if she has already headed south!