Sunflowers = Smiles

imageEvery year I look forward to the sunflower field that is planted at Pope Farm Park Conservancy.  It usually happens the first part of August.  It is glorious and it’s so fun to watch all the families, artists and  photographers come out and about enjoying it in their special way. This time I took over a 100 photos and downloaded maybe 15.  Honestly I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I always seem to capture something worthwhile to save and share. I sincerely hope that if your anywhere close by to Pope Farm to please go out and see this beautiful field of  sunflowers. It’s in full bloom this week and with the cooler temperatures I’m hoping they will still be looking good through the weekend. Enjoy the start of August, fall is right around the corner and happy birding everyone!!

 

 

Cape May Warbler

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So excited that this  Cape May Warbler came back to visit this year. He is another colorful favorite of mine. It’s always great too when they get out of the leafy trees and bushes to pose for me. I believe he has left our yard and headed North, but I was able to view him for a few days which made me very happy. Happy Birding everyone!

I’m Also Very Handsome!

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This beautiful male Scarlet Tanager has been around for at least a week or more with his Mrs. always close by.  I still get such a thrill when I spot him flying in the yard and sometimes I’m just lucky enough to see him land so close that I can take a picture or two. His coloring still takes my breath away. Enjoy and happy birding everyone!

 

Call Me Handsome!

imageThey’re back! It’s been so crazy in my yard the last few days, but I’m finally ready to post some of my “favorite little friends”. Here is a beautiful Blackburnian Warbler. I still pinch myself every time I see one of these colorful birds. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Happy birding everyone

Phinneaus George

He’s a cutie, not to mention, I love his name!

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Phinn – 18 pounds of fun, affection and brains. He’s my awesome little buddy. I can’t imagine my life without him.

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Vireo’s Stop Over….

Philadelphia Vireo

It was nice to be able to see this Philadelphia Vireo stop over on his way South. Again this photo was taken a few weeks ago, but all these warbler/vireo photos bring a smile to my face and again help me get through the upcoming winter months when I know the only way to view them is through these pictures. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do and in the meantime, Happy Birding Everyone!

Better Look Fast…

Black-throated Green Warbler

I doubt there are any warblers left that will be coming through my yard till next Spring, so I thought I’d post this Black-throated Green Warbler that visited my yard a few weeks ago so that we can all remember them until they come back through next year. These are the little birds that I so miss during our LONG winter months. Today, the National Weather Service is saying that the Madison area will probably get it’s first measurable snowfall next Monday, possibly around 4 inches. I’m definitely NOT ready for this weather! But until then…..Happy Birding Everyone!!

Fall Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

I haven’t seen any Hermit Thrushes lately, but they could still be around. We are still going through a big migration with many flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds coming through the yard. Still have LOTS of Robins hanging around as well and I’ve noticed a large increase in American Goldfinches. The goldfinches are really going through the niger seed, but I do mix it with other finch seed which they seem to like. I’m certainly enjoying the Tufted Titmice that come to the kitchen window feeder. They are so fun to watch. Until my next post Happy Birding Everyone!!

American Robin

American Robin

I realize I’ve been gone for quite awhile, but that’s what happens when you get a full knee replacement. Surgery went well and I’m fast on the road to recovery. I finally felt good enough, energywise, to get out in our yard with the camera. Sorry for my absence, but then I never was one for daily posts. I go with the flow, so to speak.

The Fall migration has been well underway and there are Robins galore all over our yard, much heavier than during the summertime. They still make for a nice photo though, but they definitely empty out the birdbath in record time. There are times I sit out in the yard and I feel I’ll be dive bombed by all the bird activity flying around the pond. I realize that the migration is winding down, but get out there and keep your eyes peeled to see what you can see. In the meantime, Happy Birding Everyone!

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Not only did we get a lot of Baltimore Orioles in our yard this year, but we were lucky to have the Orchard Orioles around as well. This nice male posed for me and I love their darker color and they are a bit more petite and thinner in size. I hope they like our yard so much that we have them back here every year! Well, Happy Birding Everyone!

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