Wednesday, April 27, 2011

They're back!

Pileated Woodpecker, 16-19 inches tall

While I know this has nothing to do with decorating it does have something to do with spring around our home that has made me very excited…our colorful birds have returned! This gives me great hope that spring is here. After Saturdays snow today’s high of 72 degrees comes as both a shock and a welcome surprise although it’s going cold again tomorrow.

Red-Breasted Grosbeak

I looked over to our bird feeders and this guy is the first of his kind to arrive. I know it’s a guy because the females are a dull spotted, striped brown. In the bird world it’s always the males who are colorful.

Male and female Cardinals

There’s a whole lot of Amour going on around here!


After that amour they're going to need a few nests for the little ones.

Golden American Finch

The only female in that crowd is the dull looking one at the top in the row of three. Definitely not like the human world where females out number the males but the end result is still the same......;)

male Bluebird

Just like a man to get the munchies afterwards but soon we'll have the babies visiting our feeders.


But the best part of the warmer days, a tired puppy after spending the day outside!

May you know such peace!


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

We can so identify with this.

One's heart really does skip a beat when the summer visitors of the bird world arrive again. This must for you, we feel, be particularly the case this year as the winter seems to have lingered on.

What joyful images you post here!

Unknown said...

how absolutely wonderful fay xx

savvycityfarmer said...

we feed the birds ... it's such therapy.
Most of these creatures mate for life ...

Debra Russell Fine Art said...

I love how Dylan fell asleep by his food bowl.....just in case!

lvroftiques said...

I can't wait to see the birds again! They're certainly coming out at your house. How wonderful! And Dylan looks like one happy tired kiddo. Vanna

lvroftiques said...

P.S. Debra I love to bake so thanks for the HU *winks* Vanna

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

The birds - awesome. Getting to watch them, lucky you. Such a variety. Thanks for this.
- Joy

Bohemian said...

Thank you for sharing such delightful Spring photos of the beautiful Birds that are visiting your Gardens. Though I love decorating, the diversity of Blog Posts I find most appealing, it shows more about the lives and passions of the Bloggers and shares so much more of their lives and part of the World... so bring on all the eclectic Posts you wish to share... we enjoy it ALL!!!

Spring Blessings from the AZ Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

debra @ 5th and state said...

OMG 72 degrees, the poor daffs, thank goodness the cold is returning :-)

great images, are those all at your property, lucky you!

a great tip for helping those tired nest builders; take the lint from the dryer and place on shrubs nearby nesting, those new babies will adore you

quintessence said...

We have had many colorful visitors lately as well. I don't believe I've seen a grosbeak but I've been seeing all the others. The finches always astound me with their bright highlighter yellow color. Love that shot of Dylan- tired puppy indeed!!

Greet Lefèvre said...

I thought we had beautiful birds visiting us but the beautiful birds that are visiting you are gorgeous!!! Oh my goodness, they are all so cute!! I might think that you really enjoy them! I definitely wood! These happenings are so wonderful in live, isn't it!
Nature is so wonderful! And your Dylan is a cute cute boy!!
As Dylan, our Ralph is so exhausted at night being outside during the spring days! He really is excited by the new Spring odeurs!!

A Perfect Gray said...

whoop! 72 degrees? you've hit the jackpot.

Linda in AZ * said...

* What a lovely posting~~~ such a NICE WAY to start the day! THANK YOU!!!

Isn't this a beautiful time of year, tho?!?!?! I love it when we have the return of "our" CARDINALS... they stand out SO MUCH against the often-bare desert, that I get excited (actually mesmorized!) by their beautiful reds!!

Our DAWG ALSO gets very excited when "winter" comes to the desert ... that's when she gets to start going on "huntin' trips" with her "Daddy" & HIS friends and THEIR dawgs!

Ahhhh, life is soooo beautiful and we are all so blessed!

Enjoy a beautiful day!

Linda in AZ *

Linda in AZ * said...

P.S. Your DAWG is sooooooo darling!!! Just warms my heart to see that!!! ...and I MEANT to tell you that, plus, I LOVED your two pics from Saturday! Blessings, Linda *

The French Tangerine said...

I love Dylan!! I love that he falls asleep at his bowl! What a dear!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Crazy weather here too! Love that phot of your pup and those gorgeous slate floors!!!

Heather Robinson said...

Dylan snoozing with his ears in his bowl. Sigh. We love them so much don't we? Such a great post! Giving us all a bit of hope!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Yes, I'm sure after a long cold winter, spring is a very welcomed time. Our winter only lasts for about 4-6 weeks in our part of Australia so it's quite nice. No snow though. I'm looking forward to a white Christmas in your wonderful country someday.
Hayley x

lvroftiques said...

Debra to answer your questions, I don't dust at all. I'm allergic to dust mites so my hubby has to do all the dusting *winks* And I only have the birds in two rooms, my husbands office and the livingroom. Both areas can be closed off from the rest of the house. I don't have any problems with my dogs at all with regard to the taxidermy, but my cat Jordan LOVES to climb to the top of the armoire and peer down on everything. So far the few times he's managed to sneak in there he hasn't bothered anything....Yet. *winks* Vanna

under spanish moss said...

Isn't it so relaxing to just sit and watch the birds. They are beautiful. Just love the pics of Dylan.

anyaadores said...

What a gorgeous display - I love birds and have recently bought my 4 year old a bird book, so we spend ages looking at them - thanks for sharing - and how cute is dylan all tired :O)

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Spring has definitely arrived at your house! I love birds and always feel they decorate my house with their beautiful visits. I adore your photos. Dylan is one tired pup...he looks so happy and content. This post made me feel so happy and full of smiles.

LaPouyette said...

"Tirili - Tirila - trill-trill- CHIRP-CHIRP-CHIRP"!!
Hurray! Want be long and snow will gone! The birds know......!

Love to send you an old German bird song written by Hoffmann von Fallersleben in 1835, the melody goes back to the 15th Century:

"Alle Voeglein sind schon da"
- All birds are here -

Alle Voegel sind schon da, alle Voegel, alle.
Welch ein Singen, Musizieren, Pfeifen, Zwitschern, Tirilieren!
Fruehling will nun einmarschieren,
kommt mit Sang und Schalle.

Wie sie alle lustig sind,
flink und froh sich regen!
Amsel, Drossel, Fink und Star
und die ganze Vogelschar
Wuenschen Dir ein frohes Jahr,
lauter Heil und Segen.

Was sie uns verkuenden nun,
nehmen wir zu Herzen:
Wir auch wollen lustig sein,
lustig wie die Voegelein,
hier und dort, feldaus, feldein,
singen, springen, scherzen!

I'm sure Dear Debra, that you'll understand a few words or get the sense of it. And maybe some of your readers will understand as well. It would be a too long comment to translate the poem/song into English. It is one of my favorite spring songs!

Have a lovely and cheerful weekend, together with your beautiful birds and Dylan who looks rather bored (or tired?) about all the birds!
Lovely, lovely post!!!!!

The enchanted home said...

Debra it must have been so much fun to see your little feathered friends took such great shots!!! This was many beautiful varities and colors and may I say I am most do know your birds!
And Dylan...sweet Dylan..that picture is priceless and reminds me so much of Teddy, so innocent and sweet.

Ispirato Design said...

I share your love of birdies! I tell people that they are my only pets- they feel like mine...they visit everyday and sing for me :) I saw a cardinal feeding it's mate like in your picture and so I looked it up. I guess that is what they do- part of the mating ritual...isn't that the sweetest!

designchic said...

The welcome sight of birds and kind of dog!!

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