Monday, June 1, 2009

Bird Watching

One of my favorite things to do is to sit on the porch and drink my morning coffee and watch the birds.
Cassie, the tiny cat loves to do this too.
Sometimes her jaw quivers.
That wold be why she is harnessed to an anchor on the porch!

I'm not a National Geographic quality photographer, but here are some of my morning shots one day
The bird hanging onto the rod of the long sock feeder is an elusive bluebird.
He, and I'm sure it's a he since he is so pretty, doesn't like to have his picture taken so this is as good as it gets.
Usually these socks are full of Goldfinches, but I never seem to have my camera to get a good shot for you.

In the tray feeder is Mr. Cardinal.
He is gorgeous, and I think he knows it.
We also have 2 pairs of woodpeckers, they are either the Downy or the Hairy ones. Pretty red heads and black and white markings.
Just the colors Miss V is using in her next quilt!
There is also a pair of hummingbirds and some Orioles, along with all the usual Wisconsin birds, Chick a Dees, Mourning Doves, Barn Swallows, Red Wing Blackbirds.

And then we have this guy, a Golden Pheasant.
In case you were wondering, Golden Pheasants are not native to Wisconsin. We are assuming he escaped from someone who raises birds.
He is a beautiful fellow, until he opens his mouth.
His call sounds like a rusty gate. We refer to him as Rusty now.
Rusty decided about 3 or 4 weeks ago to take up residence in our windbreak. He comes out in the mornings and evenings to clean up under the bird feeders, give his (?) mating call, and ruffle his feathers loudly.
so far, he has had no luck getting any girl pheasants to come over for sunflower seeds.


SkippyMom said...

So funny, I was sitting at my laptop this morning which is right in front of the window watching all of our birds fly in & out of the tree right outside.

A cardinal, robin, sparrow and dove all appeared within 10 minutes of each other. [too fast for me to take nice pics' like you!]

Thanks for sharing yours. I feel bad for the last lil' guy tho' - if he is an escapee, isn't he going to find it hard going for a mate? heehee...

Kelly Ann said...

We also love our birds I just posted about them last week. A friend of mine calls the yellow finches the "Party Birds"..they seem to hang out together and dance and flutter about. No pheasants at our feeder but we do chase away a Hawk every now and then.

Chris said...

I hope Rusty finds a girl soon. We had a male crowing at 4:00 am for about a week one spring. I'm thinking he went to live with a nice owl family somewhere in the woods

Quilter Kathy said...

What a lovely and relaxing view you have!
And lots of friends to entertain you!

COFFEE MAN said...

we have a deck we sit on that has a oak shade tree with bird feeders all around it, i tell the candle lady we have more landings and take offs each day than ohare airport lol we sit out and watch birds and look for new ones , and we have a family of humming birds every yr .