I had my new Canon strapped around my neck while I was sitting on my deck. I really, really wanted to capture some of the birds that visit me at this time of the evening. Dusk would be coming soon and most of them love to eat right about now. I wasn’t sure how many would come, but I was going to be prepared for whoever came along.
I keep plenty of sunflower seed in all of my feeders and I keep my two suet holders full so whatever appetites they bring should be satisfied. My little birdbath is often used as it is right by the feeders, so should they be thirsty or want to rinse off, it is there for them as they please.
I so love my little birds. Their sweet little songs and goings on just make my heart leap with joy! They so know I am here. Some of them still get a little nervous when they see me, but soon they settle down and get down to supper. It simply amazes me how sweet they are and how Creation speaks to me through their little antics.
I have been a bird watcher since 1973. I can remember back in the late 70s, when we lived in Iowa, traipsing through the woods in the huge forests on my in-laws land and admiring all the birds that were everywhere. One particular day, there was a sweet little nuthatch flitting from tree to tree. I was listening quite intently to its little twit it made and attempted to imitate it. Wow! That sure got his attention! He dropped down to the branch just above my head and cocked his head and looked right at me. From that day on, I found if I made that little sound whenever I was anywhere in some woods, I would get a nuthatch’s attention. Therein began my awe and adoration for God’s little feathered creatures.
Since then, though I have lived in several places, I have always made sure that I had feeders, feed and birdbaths. I just can’t help myself. I am in love with the little guys. So, I thought I would share some of the pictures I have taken and hope that you will get as much of a kick out of them as have I. One thing I must confess. I do have slight tremors, so if they are a little fuzzy, you know why! By the way, for a better view, click on the photos for a larger version.
This is the time of year when plenty of Robins come through on their way to wherever they go in the winter. They flock into our yard, running and listening all over the place, looking for a bite to eat. This one blessed me with a still moment, checking me out.
Speaking of nuthatches, here are the two kinds we have in our neck of the woods. The one at the feeder is a brown headed and the other is a white breasted one.
And my sweet little chickadees and titmouse families of whom there are LOTS and LOTS!
Of course, I must admit that my darling Carolina Wrens just grab my heart as well, as they bob up and down and twitter their hearts out!
Though we have a LOT of different kinds of woodpeckers, the red-bellieds visit the most. This guy moves really fast so I had to take a lot of pictures to get this look.
Of course, the one bird that we always admire since they raise broods every year in the house we have for them is our beautiful bluebirds. We have been blessed with years of new babies and always have the whole family until the next year when the youngins find new places to raise their own.
Our cardinals have made our yard their place of residence for as many years. They love to find some tall bush to build their nests in and always have plenty of food to keep their strength up during those raising their kids times.
Only the house finches were out and about. We have purple and gold finches as well. Guess they were dining out at one of the neighbor’s houses!
And, last but not least for this evening in particular, the precious white-throated sparrow with its sweet little song, hopping along the roof of our shed, looking for morsels.
So, there you have it. An evening in the life of my precious feathered friends, blessing me with their company while they have their supper. Man, aren’t they just really special guests for me?
Creation does speak. In so many glorious ways, Father displays His love and affection for all of us. In His creatures, we can find the most wonderful comfort, joy, happiness and profound appreciation and gratitude for all He gives us. What a wonderful Gift.