I’ve thought for some time about adding a page to this blog, showing you birds that visit my garden.  I put out feeders, grow plants that invite birds in, and do not use toxic chemicals – no weedkillers, fertilizers or bugkillers.  This is the beginning of my ‘list’ and the new page is now on the sidebar so it will be easy to find later.  I plan to add more visitors  on the page – Birds Visiting my Garden – as I take new photos or find older versions.

Some of these images have been published as all occasion greeting cards – with a link just in case you’d like to order.  My ‘published’ birds are also available in fine art prints on paper, canvas and metal.  Enjoy!

American Goldfinch  Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios:  Mama Goldfinch

American Robin (all occasion greeting card available soon)

Steider Studios:  Robin in Forest.5.26.14

Black-headed Grosbeak   Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios:  BlackHeadedGrosbeak

Brown-headed Cowbird

Steider Studios:  Cowbird

Calliope Hummingbird   Available in my ArtFire shop.

Steider Studios:  Calliope Hummingbird.5.2.13

California Quail  Available in my ArtFire shop.

Steider Studios:  Quail.12.8.13

Chestnut-backed Chickadee  Available in my ArtFire shop.

Steider Studios:  Chickadee on my Glass Birdbath

Dark-eyed “Oregon” Junco (available, not yet listed)

Steider Studios:  Junco.1.31.14

Evening Grosbeak  (available, not yet listed)

Steider Studios:  Daddy Grosbeak Feeds Baby

House Finch  Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios:  Red House Finch

Grouse

Steider Studios:  Grouse Along Driveway

Hairy Woodpecker (available, not yet listed)

Steider Studios:  Woodpecker in Fall

House Wren  Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios.House Wren

Hummingbird – Calliope?  Available in my ArtFire shop.

Steider Studios:  Hummer Resting on Crocosmia Branch

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove Arrives

Northern Flicker  Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios:  Flicker.9.21.13

Peacock came through with a flock of Turkeys! Available in my Artfire shop.

Steider Studios:  PeaCock in BackYard  12.26.13

Peahen   Available in my Artfire shop.

Steider Studios:  PeaHen.12.26.13

Pine Siskin

Steider Studios:   Pine Siskin in Sunlight

Purple Finch  (Available, not yet listed.)

Steider Studios:  Purple Finch

Raven   Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios:  Raven in Flight 7.2.13

Red Crossbill couple

Steider Studios:  Pair of Red Crossbills at Feeder

Red-Breasted Nuthatch  Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios:  Red Breasted Nuthatch.

Red-breasted Sapsucker  (Available, not yet listed.)

Steider Studios:  Red Breasted Sapsucker

Rufous Hummingbird  Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios:  Rufous Hummer, Last week of  June

Rufous-sided Towhee  (Available soon)

Steider Studios.Towhee.5.26.14

 Rufous Sided Towhee   Available in my ArtFire shop.

Steider Studios:  Rufous Sided Towhee

Song Sparrow  (Available, not yet listed.)

Steider Studios:  Song Sparrow in Woodpile

Steller’s Jay  Available in my Zibbet shop.

Steider Studios:  Stellers Jay

Western Tanager

Steider Studios:  Western Tanager at Birdbath

White-crowned Sparrow  (Available, not yet listed.)

Steider Studios:  Sparrow

Wild Turkey baby

Steider Studios:  Baby Turkey in Tree

Wild Turkey female  (Available, not yet listed.)

Steider Studios:  Wild Turkey.  11.24.13

I have many other bird photos that I’ve published as all occasion greeting cards.  I plan to add an additional page here to show you the fascinating birds of my Pacific Northwest region.  I especially love the big birds, eagles, herons, osprey, hawks…

So much to do, so little time!!

Steider Studios:  Sand Hill Cranes in Camas Field

Instead of working in my garden, I’ve been going up to Glenwood quite often lately in search of Sand Hill Cranes.  The Conboy National Wildlife Refuge is a wondrous area filled with birds of all kinds.  As we slowly drove by a lovely field of purply blue camas we realized there were a pair of cranes out in the field!

Steider Studios:  Sand Hill Cranes Courting

Even with my new 150 – 600 mm lens they were too far away, so we continued through the refuge and found another pair who were closer.

Steider Studios:  Sand Hill Crane Dancing Alone

They allowed us to watch them graze, dance and chat at one another.  Sorry to the nice man in the truck who had to squeeze past my car on the narrow gravel road.  In my haste to capture the cranes I completely forgot to close my door after grabbing my camera!

Steider Studios:  Pair of Sand Hill Cranes at Conboy National Wildlife Refuge

I love sharing my images with you, hoping you’ll fall in love with these beautiful graceful birds too.  I’m still hoping to catch a glimpse of the babies I’m told are in the area.

Steider Studios:  Sand Hill Cranes at Conboy National Wildlife Refuge

You can see some of the other birds I’ve been following on my studio blog, Steider Studios and my 365 Photos blog as well as my Facebook page, where I post most often.

I know, I should get back to work in my garden now that all my spring shows are over, but I can garden all summer and the babies are only here right now!!

When I have some time I’m going to add a page here to show you all the beautiful, colorful birds and butterflies that congregate in my garden – flying flowers.

Thanks for stopping by, it’s always a pleasure to see you!

Steider Studios:  Black-throated Gray Warbler

Happy Mother’s Day!  Happy me – I had a new bird show up at my feeders today!!  A Black-throated Gray Warbler!!  At least that’s what it seems to be from my Audubon Field Guide.

Steider Studios:  Black-throated Gray Warbler

Not the best photos but he was quick!

Steider Studios:  Black-headed Grosbeak

After tending my garden all morning I kicked back to photograph some of the birds at my feeders.  The Black-headed Grosbeaks politely wait in line for the Evening Grosbeaks to finish.

Steider Studios:  Pair of Red Crossbills at Feeder

I’ve had pair of Red Crossbills at my feeders all week.  Yesterday I saw a second male!

Steider Studios:  Female Crossbill

The female Crossbill landed on this birdbath as I was photographing flowers & stayed for a drink even though she knew I was so close.

Steider Studios:  Hummer Duo

Hummingbirds have been here awhile and I’m wondering if the one on the right is a baby.

Steider Studios:  Goldfinch

One of my favorites, the American Goldfinch numbers have steadily increased over the years.

I’ve had a couple of exciting birding adventures but haven’t edited all the photos yet.  Monday I went to Conboy Wildlife Refuge in Glenwood and was treated to a pair of Sandhill Cranes mating.  You can see a few photos on my Facebook page album.

Then on Thursday I went to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge north of Vancouver and saw many Cinnamon Teals and Canadian Geese with a multitude of goslings!  A few of those photos are also in a Facebook album on my page.

Steider Studios:  Osprey with Nest Material

 

Not to mention 4 nesting pair of Osprey along the Columbia River that I’ve been watching with a 5th nest being built!

Steider Studios:  Turkey Vulture

And a team of vultures that watched me photographing the Ospreys!  I managed to catch this one before he took off.

I have one more spring show coming up, the Hood River Rotary Wine and Pear Festival at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) on May 17 and 18.

Then I hope to spend more time in my garden among the flowers and flying critters.  And catch up with all my blogging friends!!

 

Wait. Its Autumn?

October 29, 2013


Steider Studios:  Flying Flicker in Fall

I know autumn has arrived, but It still feels like summer in the Pacific Northwest.  We’re enjoying sunny days close to 70º, calm with no wind or rain.  I will not like saying good-bye to my daily hikes in the Columbia River Gorge where I live and work as these lovely days finally come to an end.

Steider Studios:  Pileated Woodpecker in Flight

The photos in this post are from my daily bird sightings in the forest behind my garden and along the Columbia River.  Many birds have migrated south but many remain here through the winter.  Above, a Pileated woodpecker flies overhead.

Steider Studios:  Eagle in Flight at Rowland Lake

On the wings of change…eagles have returned to the Columbia River while osprey have left.

Steider Studios:  Heron Dancing

Herons are more easily found along many of our rivers right now.  I don’t know if this heron was dancing for joy because he caught a fish…or looking for a mate.

Steider Studios:  Red Breasted Sapsucker

I’ve enjoyed the challenge of photographing a pair of Red-breasted sap suckers all summer in addition to several woodpeckers….

Steider Studios:  Lewis's Woodpecker

…like this Lewis’s Woodpecker – an exciting first sighting for me.

Steider Studios:  Townsend's Solitaire

Another first sighting this summer for me was a Townsend’s Solitaire that I saw in September.

Steider Studios:  Flicker.9.21.13

I managed to catch up to this flicker before he flew off – the top photo shows him flying away.

Steider Studios:  Western Bluebird Pair

I think the western bluebirds may be gone now, but for awhile they were plentiful.

I’ve fallen behind in my garden blog but I’ll catch up – when dreary weather forces me back indoors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Steider Studios:  Jack in the Pulpit

I gasped when I noticed these flowers blooming!  I’ve tried growing Jack in the Pulpit (also called Cobra Lily) for close to ten years and now I have three blooming!

Steider Studios:  Another Jack

I’ve had Arisaema candidissimum and Arisaema sikokianum bloom then disappear.  These Jacks have leafed out each year but never bloomed.  I’m not sure which variety they are because I’ve tried so many, but I think they’re Arisaema heterophyllum.

Steider Studios:  Jack in the Pulpit Again

Each is blooming in a different part of my garden – my test to see which is the best spot for them before I buy more.

Steider Studios:  PouchFlowers

I have yellow Pouch Flowers blooming!  Love these sweet pockets of color.  I still need to find the red variety.

Steider Studios:  Golden Yellow Geum

My geum is at the tail end of its blooming cycle.  Another plant with a red variety I want!

Steider Studios:  Yellow Tree Peony

My yellow tree peonie has two blooms this year, but the lavender variety hasn’t developed blooms yet.  I think I have it in the wrong place with not enough sun.  I’ve heard they don’t like being moved, so maybe I can limb up surrounding trees for it.

Steider Studios:  Red Peony

I love this red peony – blooms are covering the foliage this year.  My pink peonies are about to burst open.

Steider Studios:  Sparrow

As I wander my way through the garden I am serenaded by this sweet Sparrow and a plethera of other song birds.  By planting natural habitat for birds I’ve created a safe zone for them and a sanctuary for me.

Steider Studios:  Chickadee with Worm

I try to not disturb the chickadee bringing treats for her babes.

Steider Studios:  Chickadee flying from house

And I try to capture her in flight to no avail.  So far.

Steider Studios:  Rufous Hummer in Flight

Our hummingbirds must be nesting because they’re no longer fighting over the feeders.

Steider Studios:  Raven in Trees

Ravens are back in full force, attacking my compost pile with gusto.

Steider Studios:  Cowbird

Alas, the cowbirds are also back!

Steider Studios:  Blue Butterfly on Pink Flower

Other critters I love to capture are butterflies.  I stopped using toxic poisons (weed and bug killers) in my garden more than a decade ago and love how these flying flowers have increased over the years.

Steider Studios:  Moth Approaching Pink Flower

I especially love when I can capture them in flight!  I grow a lot of plants that encourage them to stay in my Columbia River Gorge garden.

Steider Studios:  Profile of a Swallowtail on a Wild Lily

Read this link from Organic Gardening for more information about attracting butterflies to your garden.

Steider Studios:  Swallowtail Butterfly on a Wild Lily Flower

Swallowtails are probably the largest butterfly I welcome back each year.

Steider Studios:  Bee on Rhodie

I am noticing many different types of bees pollinating my flowers, fruits and veggie plants.

Steider Studios:  Ladybug

As I pulled weeds and excess plants I gently moved ladybugs to new homes.

Steider Studios:  Gas Plant

My Gas Plant is one I look forward to each year.

Steider Studios:  Red Double Columbine

As is this Columbine.  I haven’t posted in so long, I fear I’ll bore you with too many photos, so will end here.

If you’d like an alternative to commercial weed killers, try this recipe, it works:  1 gallon apple cider vinegar, 1 cup salt, 1 teaspoon detergent.  Mix and spray on weeds.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2013

Steider Studios.Hummer in Magnolia

I spent the day in my garden.

Steider Studios:   Bee in Flight

Watching the birds and bees.

Steider Studios:  Bumble in flight

It was fascinating.  A day of R & R in the midst of weekend art shows.

Steider Studios Bumble in Lungwort

Birds.  Bees.  Flowers.  Lizards.  

Steider Studios:  Blue Bellied Lizard

There’s more, but I have yet another art show to prepare for.  Thanks for stopping by!

Geese in the Gorge

February 16, 2013

Steider Studios:  Three Geese in a Line

I think our eagles have left the Gorge.

Steider Studios:  Geese Duo

I checked at all my usual haunts.

Steider Studios:  Lone Goose

Not one did I see.

Steider Studios:  Group of Geese

In their place I found geese!

Steider Studios:  Geese Come Closer to Shore

They were fun to watch and I was the only one at the park.

Steider Studios:  Pair of Geese

Not one other hiker, biker, walker, birder or hunter.

Steider Studios:  Foursome of Geese

Just me and my dog alone on the beach with geese.

Thanks for stopping by.

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