Saturday, March 22, 2008

Where Has All The Time Gone?

I got the shot of my little Red Headed friend on my woodpecker feeder this morning. I'm glad he is back in the yard. I'm missed him this winter. Hopefully, I'll be seeing more of him since he has found my new feeder!

I've been "tagged" by Craig's Birds & No Ceiling to leave a six word meme to describe my inner birder. Here is my meme: Where Has All The Time Gone?

It seems that I used to have way more time to bird (in my backyard) than I do now. I've recently changed jobs and that has the most to do with it. I hope to get to spend more time birding now that the time has changed. Nothing like an extra hour or two to spend watching the birds go by!

I'm tagging the following blogs:
The Brownstone Birding Blog, Aunt B's Backyard, Sycamore Canyon, Big Spring Birds, & Iowa Voice. These are a the blogs I frequent the most. Check them out!

If you want to play here are the rules:

1. Write a six word memoir and post it on your blog with an illustration if you'd like.

2. Link to the person that tagged you in your post (see above) so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.

3. Tag 5 more blogs with links.

4. Don't forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

New One For My Life List!

I went back through my snow pics from last week and ran across a nice surprise. I found this picture of a Cedar Waxwing! I haven't sighted a Waxwing in my yard. He just seemed to blow in and out with the winter weather.

The Cedar Waxwing is a very pretty bird and distinctive one too. The black color on its face gives it the appearance of having a black mask and it has a very shiny, gold color to it. As you can see below, it also has yellow tips on the end of its wing.

Arkansas is in its winter range and I'm glad I got to see it before it started its migration!

Good birding and God Bless!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Winter, uh, Spring Wonderland!

Well, we got blasted today with a little snow, to say the least. You'd think I was posting on The Brownstone Birding Blog or Big Spring Birds' Blog up north instead of Arkansas! Best I can tell, we got about 5". Needless to say, this put the birds into a feeding frenzy.

The snow has everything covered. You would never know it is just 13 days away from Spring. It is about 32 degrees with the wind blowing about 15 mph. The birds had only seem to have one thing in mind, "getting something to eat!"

I got a few shots of a Downy Woodpecker on the peanut feeder. Only after I downloaded the pictures from the camera did I notice something a little different. The Downy looked a little smaller than the usual ones on Woodpecker feeder.

I believe it to be a juvenile, probably a 1st year male. You can see the little patch of red starting to show on the back of his head.

The wind was gusting to 20 mph when I got this shot. He was doing everything to hang on the feeder.

Good birding and God Bless!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Anyone For Suet?

I decided to try and make a Woodpecker Suet Feeder, similar to the one I saw over at Craig's Birds. I thought it was worth a try to make one and get a few more woodpeckers to my backyard. They just won't come to any ole bird feeder. Only rarely have I seen pictures of them on regular bird feeders and I've never seen them on one in my yard. Woodpeckers are one of my favorites birds, to say the least.

I've also noticed that any bird that likes suet dough will avail themselves to the feeder. I have a Pine Warbler that just loves it. He is a regular along with the little male Downy Woodpecker. Carolina Wrens will also make a regular stops.

The Northern Cardinals will also get some suet but usually only after all of the sunflower seeds are gone. These days they are having to fight with the huge flock of Goldfinches that have taken up residence in my backyard.

Another regular on the feeder is the female Red-bellied Woodpecker. She really works it over multiple times during the day. I've noticed that she and the male appear to be taking up residence in a hole in the front yard. It may be time for some little ones in the near future!

God Bless and Good Birding!


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