Sunday, February 12, 2012

Puffed up against the cold

"The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind."
- Carly Simon
"To me, the garden is a doorway to other worlds; one of them, of course, is the world of birds. The garden is their dinner table, bursting with bugs and worms and succulent berries."
- Anne Raver

Listening to and watching the birds in my garden is one of my favorites ways to relax - 
watching them and listening to their song does stop the noise in my mind.  
The birds were busy outside the window all day yesterday.  They were at the feeders, in the leaves and grass, on the fence, in the trees - and all puffed up to keep themselves warm against the cold wind. 

American Robin

Male Cardinal
The Cardinal and Robin keep watch on the fence.

The female Cardinal perches on the birdhouse.
A Dark-eyed Junco in the grass.
Digging for insects under the leaves.
White throated Song sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
These are just a few of the birds that I see in my garden. The Tufted Titmouse, Blackcapped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, and a variety of Finches are frequent visitors to the feeder, along with several other woodpeckers.  For an earlier post on birds and more photos, go here:

You might also be interested in Debra's post at Gardens Inspired and Karin's post at Southern Meadows. Debra give tips on how and why to attract birds to your garden and Karin provides a link to a checklist for the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count.

Are you counting birds in your garden?


Randy Emmitt said...


Pretty cold last night wasn't it, we got 20 degrees here. The feeder with the downy woodpecker, we have the same exact one! One think Black-capped Chickadees are not in NC, They would be Carolina Chickadees, I can not tell them apart to be honest.

PlantPostings said...

You have a lot of cuties in your backyard! I saw a junco at my feeder today, and we've had cardinals and finches. But lately the birds haven't been coming as much. My dad said he thought we might have a big predator bird back there. Hopefully the traffic will pick up again soon. Enjoy the bird songs!

scottweberpdx said...

I'm finding myself more and more interested in birds these days...though I'm still awful at identifying most of them! I find I do miss cardinal and orioles from back home.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I love all your fine feathered friends. I can't help but feel a little sorry for the birds when they're all puffed out to stay warm. Even our turkeys were all puffed up during some cold weather here in December. The one digging for insects looks like he's had enough of winter..."wake me when it's spring" ;)

Sheila said...

I think the birds look cute puffed up. The birds you show are all familiar visitors to my garden, too. This is the first week it's felt like winter!

Donna said...

I hope with all our reminders folks will count the birds...

Foxglove Lane said...

Hi Ginny, far from it you are not a blocked creative, you are an active creative! Love your blog it has such passion and sensitivity, well done on your bird photos, notoriously challenging!

Janet said...

Male Cardinals are such a bright zip of colour. I have a fridge magnet of one that I got in Virginia a few years back . It is their state bird, I think.

Debra said...

Ginny, thank you so much for linking to my birds post - I had no idea you had done that until I just read your post here.

I am really looking forward to seeing our birds return. I have seen cardinals, chickadees and today a purple finch, but I am really missing our mourning doves and robins. I expect they will be back for their visit soon. Their buffet is ready when they are (•‿•)

~Debra, Gardens Inspired

Alistair said...

The birds which visit your garden look so very colourful, lovely shots.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

I love seeing the birds that visit gardens in other parts of the world.

spurge said...

Those birds are so cute and puffy! You did a great job photographing them - I can never get them to sit still long enough for me :-)

Anonymous said...

You must have a heck of a telephoto lens. My Florida birds won't cooperate. The robins came through on Feb. 20 and 22 so spring must be right behind them! --Mizz Chairman of the Garden