Backyard Bird Watching

June 30, 2012

My ‘Triple Splash’ birdbath is a focal point in this garden section where I love to sit and watch a ballet of birds.  When I turn the sprinklers on, the baths fill and our birds have a party.  Their songs fill our neighborhood.

As I was photographing my current garden project in progress, hummingbirds began buzzing by.  Maybe it was my pink shirt, but I changed my focus to them!  This little guy was enjoying nectar from a digitalis.

He then landed in my flowering cherry tree and posed for me for about two seconds….

….then buzzed back to another foxglove.  He almost blends in with the stem!

This sweet little chickadee was feeding babies…..

…..is there anything so sweet as the sound of baby birds when food arrives?

Sparrows are abundant now.  They chirp at me during my morning walk all the way down our road.

A Yulan Lily tree, right outside my kitchen window is a magnet for birds because it’s next to the feeders.

I love how sunlight can make a Pine siskin look so colorful.

Grouse are such funny birds.  They think if they don’t move I won’t see them.  I’m happy I could get so close.

Mama turkey clucks her chicks into being still and sitting low in the grass as I walk by.

She must have thought I was too close, all of a sudden they exploded up into nearby trees.

A family of Ravens has been quite vocal and staying close lately, drinking at our birdbaths.

I was thrilled to catch this one in flight!

My biggest thrill this month was a Western Tanager showing up at our birdbath.  I barely had time to grab my camera and shoot through the kitchen window.

He only stayed for these two shots…not the best, but I was happy to get them just the same!

Thanks for stopping by.  Oh, that project I’m working on?  I’m re-terracing my ‘Left Bank’ and will tell you about it soon!

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9 Responses to “Backyard Bird Watching”


  1. W.O.W. !! Wonderful post and great shots of everything!! I love your triple birdbath and especially love all the shots of the various birds. Looks like a perfect June:) Hope you aren’t experiencing the horrific heat that a lot of the rest of the country has been dealing with!


  2. Thank you Jan, how wonderful to ‘see’ you! We’ve had cold, windy, rainy AND hot sunny days this June. Crazy, but if it’s nice all the time, I’d never get any work done!! Hope you’re doing well!!


  3. Your bird shots are fantastic, your garden, lovely. Thank you for sharing. We had a fleeting visit from a Western Tanager this year, too. Such a thrill to see them. Wish I had been camera ready, but then I never seem to be. Happy Gardening….
    Sue Smith

  4. debsgarden Says:

    I really enjoyed visiting your garden again! I thought about you last week when I was in Portland visiting my son. I love your triple birdbath! All of your bird photos are so cute!


  5. Thank you so much Deb, it’s always a joy to hear from you! I’d better go visit your garden now!!

  6. Candace Says:

    Great to see your beautiful garden in the summertime!


  7. Sue, how did I miss your comment earlier? Thanks so much!! MaryBeth, I truly appreciate your nomination, however I’m not good about following rules, lol.


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