Monday, May 31, 2010

Catbirds came back!

I was delighted this evening to see the two catbirds came back.  Hopefully they will become regular visitors to our Maine backyard now!

Take care and enjoy!  : )  Coppertop

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Catbirds stop by for a bath!

Hubby and I were sitting outside earlier this evening, enjoying the cool air, listening and watching the birds.  Suddenly a pair of Catbirds flew by us and landed in an Oak tree that shades one of the bird baths.  Although one Catbird kept itself hid amongst the oak leaves the second one slipped down into the birdbath allowing me to capture a few photos before they both exited our yard.  They seemed to go straight for the area and out again which leads me to wonder if they have been visiting when we were not watching.  I do hope we see these two again. 

Bathtub overflowing while Catbird enjoys itself!

Looks like a bubble coming from this catbird's beak!

Oh! Oh! This Catbird is not sharing its bathtub with anyone including a Purple Finch!

Take time to enjoy the critters in your backyard!  : )  Coppertop

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bobolink is back!

I love listening to these birds!
Enjoy your evening!  : )  Coppertop

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Finally! Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are back.

Yesterday, I got a glimpse of a male hummingbird as it whizzed by our double doors; first sighting this year. I’ve had one feeder out for a couple weeks in anticipation and have kept an eye on it throughout the day but had not see any around. This afternoon I happened to be standing in the right spot as a female hummingbird was checking out a window where in the past a feeder has been hung but not yet this year. Needless to say it did not take me long to get a second feeder ready and hanging. I have not seen the female again but a male visited a feeder twice today and I was able to get a few pictures through the window.

I don’t know about others but just watching the hummingbird zip around seems to radiate some of that energy to me and I can certainly handle some extra energy these days! I do hope you will see them soon in your backyard if not already.

A few interesting Hummingbird facts:
*Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world.
*Hummingbirds can hear better and see farther than humans.
*A Hummingbird’s tongue is grooved like the shape of a “W” and is used to lap up nectar from flowers and feeders.
* An average size Hummingbird will have about 940 feathers.
* Hummingbirds have an average life span of 5 years but can live beyond 10 years.
*Many plants depend on the Hummingbird for pollination.
*Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both frontwards and backwards. They can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside down!

Take a break and keep your eye out for Hummingbirds - they will surely bring smiles! 
Enjoy : )  Coppertop

Backyard Photos

Nothing special but I thought it was interesting how the morning sun was shinning through the clouds and beaming down to earth!  Clicking on the photos will bring up a larger one for better viewing.
Amazing how this old apple tree still produces! 
The inners are completely gone, just a shell of a truck left standing.

Apple Blossoms
Beautiful Mother's Day gift from my Son

Tree Swallows
A few Tree Swallow Facts:
--The female Tree Swallow is duller in color and may have brownish foreheads.
--The Tree Swallows diet consists mostly of insects that it catches on the wing although in winter, the favorite food are bayberries.
--The female Tree Swallow may raise two broods in one season and the male can have more than one mate.
--A group of tree swallows are known collectively as a "stand" of swallows.

Hope you enjoyed my photos - feel free to leave comments!  : ) Coppertop

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Photos taken this beautiful morning!

A few photos I took this morning. I should have been cleaning up flower beds but I said the heck with it and sat sipping my coffee watching the tree swallows soar around our field. They are certainly mesmerizing! They are so quick. Some are just building their nest and were scooping up the dried weeds. They have been landing on our deck off the sliding doors and singing their hearts out to us, well, I like to think it is to us!
Earlier this morning Mourning Doves were busy taking turns at bathing in the bird bath. This one appeared like he thought it was a good day for a sail!
I suddenly caught movement down in the lower field and was delighted to see five deer. They stopped short at the rock wall between the two fields and extended their noses into the air. Won’t you know, the wind was blowing towards them so they caught my scent and headed off the opposite direction disappearing into the woods.
Appointments needed to be kept today so I was not able to sit as long as I would have liked. I do hope you were able to enjoy this beautiful day. : )  Coppertop