Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The chickadee in the apple tree
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This is Napoleon. I think he's the ring leader. He's always marching around and then hides behind a tree when you come out.
Shelley, I feel it's my duty to tell you that I think the Mourning Doves are planning a takeover of the backyard. They've had at least 6 sets of babies this summer and their army grows strong....
Plus I'm not getting the peanuts I used to off your bird feeders...
This is Bob and Mary. They've been plotting in the gutters of your house...
Speaking of gutters....check out this new young addition to the army!
That chipmunk needs to mind his own business! Or else....
Monday, August 25, 2008
My sign of an early fall approaching in northern Michigan has been the increasing activity of the White-breasted nuthatches at my feeders. They've been busier than the squirrels today in storing their nuts. Some of the trees already have the edge of their leaves tinged with red and brown. Today was a crisp, cool day. Fall is coming....
Saturday, August 23, 2008
St. Francis is very popular with my bird friends.
Mr. Mourning Dove could stand to be a little more respectful...
I love how all these little sparrows fit in St. Francis's bowl.
Mr. Chipmunk looks like he enjoyed some of St. Francis's bounty as well!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
A day and then a week passed by:
The redbird hanging from the sill
Sang not: and all were wondering why
It was so still-
When one bright morning, loud and clear,
Its whistle smote my drowsy ear,
Ten times repeated, til the sound
Filled every echoing niche around;
And all things earliest loved by me,
The bird, the brook, the flower, the tree,
Came back again, as thus I heard
The cardinal bird.
-William Davis Gallagher
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Seems like my only choices in birds this past week are either Blue Jays or my gang of Mourning Doves. The Blue Jays have been visiting more frequently throughtout the day and really loving the bird bath.
What's wrong with this tree?
Escuse me, but I think the Mourning Doves have pooped in the bird bath again. Can you clean this up?
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I really need to pick up a Michigan butterfly field guide. I was looking online to try to identify this butterfly - and I decided he's either a Giant Swallowtail or a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. What do you think? Any help appreciated from my blogger friends!
UPDATE: The verdict is in - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail!!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
One day at the log cabin I was so excited to count 7 grosbeaks flying around my bird feeder. Of course as soon as I retrieved my camera - they all disappeared. Later on, this juvenile male grosbeak appeared in the tree. I hope he hangs around...I have more sunflower seeds....
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Here's my disclaimer - I know this isn't a good photo of the ducks. But on a recent visit to Northport, Michigan I wasn't having any luck finding birds to photograph. But there were all these beautiful boats. Now if the ducks could just stay off those docks we all like to walk on...
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
I dedicate today's post to Birdlady at Wings n Things http://wingsnthings07.blogspot.com/. I loved her chickadee post on Thursday and it reminded me of the black-capped chickadees that have been so trusting to eat out of my hand up at our log cabin. They are truly little angels!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
On my kayaking adventure to find my loon family, I saw this duck with her 7 ducklings swimming in the shallows of the lake. This was taken at dusk so I've tried to brighten it up a little bit. Do you know what kind of duck this is? I'm at a loss.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I have a bad habit that some of you are already aware of - I attach human characteristics to my birds! But believe me when I say that this female grosbeak is just so sweet and trusting. I was trying to handfeed the chickadees and she stood on the railing just inches away observing me. And then proceeded to stay there and pose nicely while I snapped photos. (I snapped about 50 photos of her - she is now competing with the Loons for my heart!)