Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Gray Catbirds are nest building...

Last evening while sitting outside cooking our supper on an open fire we were honored with the presence of not one but two Gray Catbirds.  This was a pleasant surprise and we were delighted to watch as they kept going into the barberry shrub and realized they were building a nest there.

Did you know the Gray Catbird is of the Mockingbird family?  Its call actually sounds like a cat and it can last for ten minutes!  Catbirds do mimic other birds, as does the Mockingbird, stringing them together to make their own song.
I was able to capture a few photos I’d love to share with you. Reminder - clicking on a  photo will bring it up in larger view.

Thank you for stopping by, do come back again soon.  Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Turkey Vultures offer me some practice time!

Turkey Vultures gave me an opportunity today to practice using my camera set up on a tripod and taking photos of moving birds. Thinking they are such a large bird this should be easy.  NOT SO!  My hat is off to professional photographers.  A bird on the move is hard enough to keep up with while hand holding a camera but working a tripod, snapping the shutter and keeping the bird in the viewfinder all at the same time, well, that is just a time when you need a couple more hands and another set of eyes!  

Below are my better photos of these two persistent Turkey Vultures who showed up on three different times today.  Am I sure they were the same ones - not at all!  Do hope you enjoy my attempts.
 Take care and enjoy!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Northern Cardinal visits our Maine backyard

This evening I was blessed to see a male Cardinal for about five minutes and to hear his beautiful song! Cardinals are not seen in our backyard field as a rule so this was a real treat for me! 

It was misting when I took some photos and so many branches in the way. He landed in three different trees before continuing on his way. I would have loved to have gotten his picture in the apple tree, especially now that the tree has blossomed,  but that was quite away from where hubby and I were sitting and I knew if I tried to walk closer he would have been gone in a flash. I did take sixteen photos total and these three were the best, the last being my favorite. The blurriness in first and third photos are branches and small oak leaves.

Sure hope this Cardinal or any other decides to come back again to give me another opportunity for a photo but most of all just to be able to watch and listen to them.

Take some time for yourself, relax and see how many species grace your backyard and serenade you with their songs. Enjoy!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Tree Swallows ... something neat!

Early this morning, I noticed the tree swallows were quite busy gathering nesting material and building their nests in the bluebird houses scattered around our lawn. Thinking this would be a good time to practice with my camera; I gathered my equipment and went outside.

I watched to see which house the birds were the most active at and set my equipment close by.  Well, it did not take but a few seconds and they switched houses on me.  Evidently, they help each other in the nest building!   As I watched, I noticed something neat that I had not noticed before.  A tree swallow on one house flew to another house where swallow #2 was perched.  They chatted back and forth for several seconds and then both of them flew back to the #1 swallow’s house.  One bird inspected the inside cavity, then flew to the top of the house, chatted with the perched swallow and then flew back to the house that it had been perched on previously.  Now, swallow #1 sat still briefly and then proceeded to the opening hole, stuck his head inside and inspected it.  #1 then flew over to #2, chatted some more and then flew to the ground and gathered some nesting material and took inside its home.  It appeared to me #1 was asking for advice on its nest building and #2 gave it!  How cool is that?!

We love having the tree swallows (and all birds) around. Presently, we have seven bird houses out on posts.  In past years, a pair of bluebirds has built a nest in one of the boxes but although we saw a pair of bluebirds very early in the spring, they did not stay around.  We still occasionally see two male bluebirds so I am wondering if the females are nesting somewhere nearby.

I’m posting some photos I took early this morning of the swallows; I do hope you enjoy them.
 Have a fantastic weekend - Enjoy!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tom Turkey

I thought my day was going to go by without a chance to give another try at using the Aperture setting on my Nikon D90.  They day had been quite gloomy with heavy rain through most of it.  But, early evening the sun broke out and everything brightened up nicely.

At 7:40PM this Tom Turkey made an appearance in our field.  He was really handsome strutting facing our home but by the time I got the camera on tripod in front of the double siding doors he had started to wander off and only gave his side and back view!  I was very pleased with the photo results though and have posted them below, I hope you enjoy them if even it is a just a wild turkey! 

May you have a relaxing evening and super nice day tomorrow!  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Break time with Ducks!

In-between Hubby's doctor appointments today we spent some time in a cemetery that has a chain of lovely ponds through it.  You are sure to see some type of wildlife critter either in or around one of the ponds.  Below are photos of the ones we saw today, I hope you enjoy.

Take time for yourself and enjoy!
Remember -
Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day!