Friday, May 29, 2009

Backyard Party

Seems every year we get a varied mixture of birds to our backyard birdfeeders. With the house for sale, all we've had up since later winter is a Nyger feeder for the finches and a sunflower feeder for everyone else. If we have to stay here much longer, you can bet I'll be putting more feeders back up!

A few days ago a "pack" of Cedar Waxwings arrived back to our not yet bloomed Mimosa tree which is next to the feeders and the birdbath. They are so beautifully defined, unusual and colorful. Last evening there were at least 45 of them in the Mimosa....we think it was party time! I tried to capture two of them perched together. Click on the photo below and you can get a slightly better view of them.


Another bird that returned this year was the Evening Grosbeak. They're usually only around for a day or two then gone until the next year. This year there is only one. We are calling her the Widow Grosbeak and she isn't nearly as pretty as the ones in the link I provided - but she's a survivor! I think she's lost her mate and has taken up residence near the feeders. She is a sad, but stately lady who holds her head high and perseveres. The other night she was sitting on the birdbath looking forlorn. She turned one way, then the other - looked, then down - this went on for quite a while. I finally got the binoculars out - the birdbath was totally empty! Here she was trying to ask me for water, and I wasn't understanding her. I quickly filled it up and vowed next time to listen more carefully.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

8 comments:

Linda said...

You get the most amazingly beautiful birds in your area Candace.

Sherri said...

It's so gorgeous where you live...just love all the photos!

Libby said...

We've had some real pretty birds this year . . . I'm terrible with identifying them, but they sure are colorful *s*

PamKittyMorning said...

Cedar waxwings are my fav childhood bird. We had Indian Hawthorn bushes with berries at the kitchen window and they would fill up the bushes eating, 2 feet from where we were eating. They are so pretty. Sometimes we have them here for a day or two, not in my yard but in the neighborhood.

Kaaren said...

Isn't it amazing that even the wild birds and animals have a way of communicating their needs to us?

Love the cedar waxwings. They're so pretty.

Gran said...

I love wild birds. What a treat to see your photograph with the cedar wax wings. We have the nyger, black oiled sunflower seeds, and safflower seeds in our feeders outside the kitchen. Your little evening grosbeak sounds so sweet. What's a girl got to do to get a bath around here.... You are so sensitive to pick up on her needs. A very sweet picture.

Julia said...

wow, those are gorgeous! We have had some beautiful Orioles visiting our bird feeders the past couple of days. :~)

Carrie P. said...

Beautiful birds. We have a blue grosbeak that has come to our feeders just once or twice and then he is gone.