Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Safari

It is the 14th annual Backyard Bird Count weekend.
I was pleased to see the male Red-bellied Woodpecker.

A flock of American Robins
came for water and raisins.
The wind blew strong out of the south.
It was 64 degrees F at 1pm.
I heard the Snow Geese before I saw them.
A huge migrating flock flew over my house.

For a brief moment

I was part of Spring migration.

There are many birds that call our urban backyard home.

The Red Breasted Nuthatch
is one of the smaller birds.

I did not know they ate Dogwood buds!

Most days we have over a hundred birds
visit the feeders.

I counted 24 Northern Cardinals.
It is busy in our backyard.

Happy Sunday Safari.


Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry, your temperatures are warming up. Perhaps Spring is not far away??

How wonderful, for a brief moment in time, to be part of the spring migration. Sometimes I get so moved by things I can barely breath.

You have so many birds, a garden full of life. Your birds are precious and rely on your gardens for food. A small oasis, a place to stop feed and drink.
What would they do without you?

I did the RSPB yearly bird count a few weeks ago. I do it every year.
The results are published in March. I always look forward to reading them.

BTW I have posted on sanctuary. I shall be using it here and there to post sightings of wildlife in the garden. I need to keep regular notes for reference.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I just got back from the park and there are a pair of nesting herons that have been interesting for about a week! Building...working! One of them is busy all the time! Your photos are great! Love seeing what you see! ♥

Barb said...

Your bird shots are so clear and crisp - I love all the markings and plumage. You've really established a bird paradise on your property!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Wow, 24 cardinals. That is amazing. We are happy when we get 8-10. Those pictures of the RBWO are fabulous. Love those little RBNU too. Such lively little fellows.

Judy said...

sherry, i am so envious that your temps are above freezing, at least in the daytime! we are still very cold, although the birds are starting to sing! i heard a cardinal last week!!!

Cathy said...

You got Robins!!!! send some up here, maybe they will chase away the snow. Got another 7 inches.

By the way, there's new poems on the blog.

Deb said...

Wonderful backyard bird count weekend!! How lucky you are to have such a variety of birds visit your garden. Seeing (and counting) 24 Cardinals must have been a thrill!!