Yesterday afternoon and this morning, I have abandoned my studio and sat in the yard for hours watching the birds - the weather was perfect and our bird feeders, blue bird house and fountains were more than busy!
The bluebirds are officially moved in to the bluebird house. Last year the chickadees ousted them.
A little Carolina wren. They are so nosy that they keep coming in the house exploring (completely fearless) when I leave the door open.
The cardinals still stop me in my tracks - they are so beautiful! (Do you see our oak leaf hydrangea blooming behind he feeder?)
And then there are the entertaining acrobat squirrels...
A little titmouse at the feeder.
The big and noisy grackles have been very busy.
The males are just stunning in their color!
Here's one impressing a female who was on the ground underneath the feeder.
A bird of a different sort - Winslow is always happy when we sit outside. What's that bright color you wonder? Daniel's tie dye sweat pants!
He's one of my favorite birds, which I've shown you before - the red-bellied woodpecker! This year we have two males coming to the feeder - we think one of them might be the baby from last year.
And here is the one I had been waiting for all morning. The tiny downy woodpecker!
He is so small compared to the red-bellied woodpecker, but just as beautiful!
What does Ramses think of all of that? It makes him stretch and yawn.
None of the birds mind him being there - they know he doesn't hunt. But watch out
if another cat wanders into the backyard - all of the birds and
squirrels immediately sound the alarm. That alerts Winslow who chases
the cat away - and all is well again!