Sunday, January 27, 2008

Birds Galore

Just last week we were finally privileged enough to see for the very first time a small group of about six cedar waxwings in the tree near our feeders. I was overjoyed as I had been hoping to see these lovely birds ever since we moved in about a year and a half ago. Finally!

Cedar Waxwing

(picture by christina010365 at photobucket)

This morning the back yard outside our kitchen window was its typical menagerie of birds, but just beyond the yard where the ground dips towards the creek we caught sight of a magnificent pileated woodpecker.

pileated woodpecker

(picture by shekk at photobucket)

We were beginning to wonder about the cardinals as e hadn’t seen them much at all this winter. The Ohio Farm and Dairy newspaper had a recent article that mentioned people’s concerns about their absence in Ohio this year. However, this morning they were here, three males and two females in all their brilliant glory. I love seeing them as they pose such a contrast against the drabness of January.

Along with the red bellied woodpecker showing up this morning as well, we also had the usual menagerie of titmice, junkos, nuthatch, blue jays, purple finch, goldfinch, downy and hairy woodpeckers. What a treat to have this incredible variety of winged ones gather on a regular basis outside our window. And people wonder why I don’t mind standing at the sink washing dishes. : )

Red Bellied Woodpecker

(red belliedwoodpecker by theologian100 at photobucket)

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite plans for our homestead in the country is getting the swampy are filled in so I can get back to the trees and get some bird feeders up. You must really enjoy them - gorgeous! Nature is amazing.

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