26 January 2012

the ones that g̶o̶t̶ flew away

because the winter's been so mild and snowless, i've been lax about feeding the birds. i'm paying for it now, in chickadees and titmice and little else. don't misunderstand, i love those tiny birds but also revel in the variety that normally comes to the feeder in winter. so imagine my delight this morning to see robins at the holly, four birds that fled before i could fetch my camera. the same thing happened this afternoon with the woodpecker who flew from the suet block when he saw my telephoto lens. and the female cardinal, a rarity around here, who was ground feeding in the garden as i passed by the window. out came my camera and away she flew. this jay is the only fine feathered friend who sat still long enough to be snapped. perhaps i just caught him resting up for the impending storm.


8 comments:

Janie Fox said...

I haven't been feeding birds wither since we have had no snow. Loved your picture of the blue jay. I haven't even been paying attention to my birds. I need to start!

middle child said...

It has certainly been a weird winter weather-wise. I've noticed most birds have stuck around. And now we have deer feeding. Most unusual due to our location. But really cool. I adore all of God's creation. You take some beautiful pictures and I appreciate that you share them with us.

Tabor said...

I like the fluffiness of this jay. Ours are usually skinny because of the mild weather.

Marie Grady Palcic said...

beautiful picture!

Cindi said...

What a beautiful picture! I'd love to order a print of it from you! I love jays, and cardinals! A co-worker said that yesterday she saw some hummingbird scouts looking for feeders so this weekend I will clean, fill and hang mine.

Nora said...

Maybe it would be better if you kept feeding the birds throughout the winter regardless of the weather. I think they need us always, even when the weather is not so bad. Just think of the beautiful birds you'll see.

Star said...

In town, I mostly see chickadees, pidgeons and a gray and black kind of crow (anyone know what they're called in English?). Only rarely have I seen a red breasted robin. What a gorgeous photo! Do you use a tripod? I don't (they usually are forbidden in churches, where I often go to explore), and so have recourse to expediencies, like bracing my arms on the pew backs, or against trees, or sign posts. We're have an unusually dry winter, too. As pleasant as it is now, we're headed for a drought come spring and summer....

Dizzy C said...

Gorgeous photo, congrats!

He looks deep in thought.

carol