Birds Of Fall

October 8,2009 new 001 (2)
Pardon the intrusion, Mister Cardinal, but could you please step away from the rock pile for just a moment?

October 8,2009 new 002 (2)
Thanks so much. Now would it be too much to ask if you could please turn and face the sliders of the addition?

October 8,2009 new 003 (2)
Please forgive the interruption of your noshing. Seeing that the bird feeders have just been refilled and hung for the coming cold season, it did not seem too much to ask for you to pose for a quick portrait. You are looking brilliantly handsome in your ruby feathers, the camera loves you!

October 8,2009 new 036 (2)
Now to you Junior Miss Cardinal, your shyness is well documented, unlike your flashy male friend. Do you think it possible that you might turn to face the windows where the camera is trying to capture your beauty from inside the house?

October 8,2009 new 037 (2)
No? That is all right, this will do. You look ravishing my dear.

October 8,2009 new 027 (2)

October 8,2009 new 032 (2)
Much better. Now that is a good pose, Mister White Breasted Nuthatch.

October 7, 2009 new 017 (2)
Thank you for sitting so still, Mizz Rufous Hummingbird.

October 7, 2009 new 018 (2)
Or that is what, make that who the bird book leads us to believe you are with your spotted neckerchief. (Yes, this is the same bird.)

October 8,2009 new 005 (2)
And when compared to what, sorry, who, whatever, looks to be Mizz Ruby Throated Hummingbird, who appears to be necklaceless.

October 7, 2009 new 010 (2)
The proper date to remove the hummingbird feeder is an unknown to us, but seeing as there are still many flowers blooming in the Fairegarden for your dining pleasure, it seems reasonable for the feeder to remain clean, filled and hanging for a little while longer. It is so delightful to watch you dart around from flower to feeder back to flower all day long. Rain or shine.

August 31, 2009 hummer 006 (2)
The red pentas were planted for the butterflies, which are pretty much a no show so far. But the hummers have made good use of the nectar and given us plenty of photo ops, when we can remember to bring the camera out that is. All of the previous images were taken with the new camera, the Canon Powershot SX1 IS, using its powerful 20x zoom. The above shot was taken using the old camera, the Canon Powershot A720 IS, using its pitiful 6x zoom on August 31, but I was sitting much closer.

August 10, 2009 004 (2)
A couple of shots taken earlier in the year that we would like to share are this perky fellow, the American Goldfinch on the still loaded with seeds Echinacea. There is nary a seed now , they were picked clean as a whistle and the naked stalks have been removed for a more pleasing view.

April 27, 2009 new 004 (2)
And this romantic pair of Eastern Bluebirds taken the day after we received the new camera, April 27. A lucky coincidence of birdy bath time outside and human camera getting acquainted time in the lazyboy. The gallant male stands watch, or is he watching her? Or both? When she was finished and groomed, he hopped in for a quick bathe as well.

The hummingbird shots were taken outside sitting on the garage deck stairs. All the rest were taken through three panes of glass from the lazyboy throne. Life is good.


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45 Responses to Birds Of Fall

  1. lynnsgarden says:

    wOOt! I’m first today! I’m glad you finally got some pics of the cardinals, Frances! And the other shots are amazing as well! Here it is only 5:30am but I’ve been up for hours…woe is me!

    Thanks Lynn. I am so sorry you are up though, woe indeed. I was up at 4:30, to see my husband off to work. Arghh. It is so much easier to take the bird shots through the glass, but they will never be a sharp as taken outside. I am lazy and they are good enough for the work involved. HA

  2. Darla says:

    Great photos here, especially from the lazyboyl..My friends late husband was part of some Hummingbird Society and he always told us here in North Florida to leave the feeders up year round. Every so often we get a stray hummer late in migration. We have seen hummers as late as Nov…and as early as Feb

    Thanks Darla. I will keep the feeders up until I no longer see visitors to it. Funny thing though, I usually have a wire nugget feeder in that spot and the chickadee has already chewed me out for having it in a different spot. He sat on the hummer feeder, looked into the glass and made a racket! How funny. πŸ™‚

  3. You really have some colourful feathered friends stateside. The Cardinal looks exotic.

    Lucky you

    Thanks Rob. The cardinals are so common here, our most numerous bird at the feeders by far. They are like flowers with the red color showing up so well as the background turns to brown and grey. Right now there is still lots of foliage color and late blooms on mums and asters among others. We do love watching the birds, the feeders are close enough to see well from inside the house. Sometimes I use the binoculars to see more detail when a new visitor comes.

  4. The blue jays are just starting to feed in this area, but no sightings of cardinals yet. My feeders are attracting the chickadees and sparrows right now. Still waiting for the goldfinches – they are my favorite.

    Hi Heather, thanks for visiting. We have seen some blue jays at the top of the hill, too far away for a good shot. The goldfinches are still around, but they have picked the rudbeckias and echinaceas clean and might move on. The cardinals are the most noticeable with those red feathers. I don’t fill the feeders during the warm months, I want the birds to eat the bugs! Except the hummer feeder, but that is for my viewing pleasure more than for their feeding. They go to both the flowers and the feeder equally it seems. πŸ™‚

  5. Janet says:

    I love watching the Nuthatches move up and down the tree trunks…upside down. They are little acrobats. Glad you mentioned your camera. I keep thinking about a new one. You mentioned your measly 6x zoom….. some of us are still using 3x! Your Canon is one I have been looking at as a Christmas gift suggestion.
    Love the Bluebirds, we still have ours around here. Not sure but ours may be year-round residents.

    Hi Janet, thanks for stopping by. Don’t get my new camera. It is not the one I wanted, that would have been the SX10. Don’t get me started about why I have the SX1. There are more nuthatches this year than I have ever seen. Sometimes we see the smaller brown capped one, the red breasted and the brown creeper too. All are upside down on the multitrunk silver maple so easy to spot. I love looking at the birds, you can tell. πŸ™‚


  6. gittan says:

    I love your birds! They are so colourfull and neat. We haven’t got birds like that at all. The once I spot the most I my garden is the Blackbird, a lot of Blackbirds accually and I like them. But it would be nice to see a cardinal instead =) sometime / gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks. We take the cardinals for granted, they are all over here and are not skittish about coming to the feeders. If you ever make it to the States, do come visit me, you’ll see lots! πŸ™‚

  7. It’s fun to watch those birds isn’t it? I haven’t seen the hummers around for a few days. They may have left our territory for the warmer climates.

    It is Dave. The hummers are still numerous here, but there are flowers still blooming for them. That will end soon I think and they will probably move south. The feeder will be left for a couple more weeks for travelers though. That would be exciting. πŸ™‚

  8. The website: is great for info on hummers. I wonder if my hummer we named “Speckles” was a Rufous…she had that similar necklace and only showed up this late summer. “Rubies” and “Sparkles” haven’t been seen this week, so maybe they took off finally. I’m keeping feeders up til Halloween.

    Thanks Jill. Someone else sent me that site in an email, it must be a good one. I cannot tell the differences in the hummers without having the macro shot to study. We never have seen more than three at one time, but feel there could be more. They are so territorial and always chasing each other.

  9. ourfriendben says:

    I think that IS a rufous, Frances (not that I’m an expert). I’m so jealous! One of these years, I’m going to see one here! Love the photos and the commentary as always.

    Thanks OFB. My little Peterson Field Guide does not have extensive photos to compare. Come down to TN and stop by Fairegarden if you want to see them. Don’t know if they would still be here at Thanksgiving though. πŸ™‚

  10. Gail says:

    Life IS good! Frances, I love the fairegarden birds! Mr and Mrs Bluebird are beauties…Fantastic captures on all the birds, especially the hummers! Excellent! I would never guess that they were through glass. You and your new camera are becoming very good friends. gail It’s still raining. Sighing loudly.

    Hi Gail, thanks. We were so lucky with the bluebird shot. They stay over on the other side of the garage mostly, living in the tall pines. Don’t know what brought them so close to the house that day. The hummer shots were not through glass though. The new camera is working it magic on me, I am warming to it. Sigh about the rain here as well. Will it stop for just a moment so I can go outside and get some fresh air? Guess there is always the umbrella and raincoat.

  11. Lola says:

    That is some fantastic photos. I need one of those neat camera’s.
    I had a feeder of the cage type behind the acorn one. Squirrels ate it up. The ports where the bird sits. Sure wish I could repair it.Very $$$$$$.

    Thanks Lola. The acorn feeder was a gift, but I have seen them in the Kinsman catalog, The squirrels can’t get the seed through the wire mesh.

  12. tina says:

    Such a colorful repertoire of birds who are most happy with the photographer’s care. Lucky birds they are!

    Thanks Tina, you are so sweet. We love the birds and do our best for they are great entertainment in the colder months. πŸ™‚

  13. lotusleaf says:

    Hi Frances! I had heard of the cardinal and his amazing colour, but your picture is better than what I had imagined.

    Hi Lotusleaf, thanks. Not as exotic as some of your birds, but brilliantly colored and not shy. πŸ™‚

  14. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You bet life is good. Great shots with that new camera Frances. What fun to have a new toy. A good idea to leave your feeder up awhile longer. That way all of the migrating birds will have plenty of fuel to continue their migration.

    Thanks Lisa. I appreciate your expert bird advice about the feeder. I hadn’t thought about visitors just passing through, but we probably do get some. We often see unusual visitors at the acorn and other feeder too, just for a day then they are gone. Too fun! πŸ™‚

  15. Lzyjo says:

    Gorgeous photos! I don’t know how you can do it! I’ve never managed to take a picture of a bird sitting still! Blue birds are my new favorites, I haven’t seen a cardinal since I lived in the NE. Tell me how you do it? Do you stand still like a tree? πŸ˜‰

    Hi Lzyjo, thanks. It is easy to take the shots when I am safely inside the house. I need to put the camera on the tripod for even better ones. Still through the glass, I should clean the windows but am too lazy, but good enough. I am not National Geographic here! HA For the hummers I sat on the steps near the feeder and should have had a tripod for that too. I do try to be still and quiet. The cardinals like the black oiled sunflower seed, the only thing we use in the feeders except for a little wire one that holds some kind of nugget things.

  16. Little Wing says:

    Life is certainly beautiful at fairegarden. Such colorful visitors! I haven’t done a very good job of taking bird pictures ~ from inside is the way to go with Eastern Bluebirds- they’re too quick for me outside. I have yet to see a Goldfinch in my garden.

    Thanks Little Wing. Taking the bird shots from inside is so much better. I am not very patient and cannot sit still very long outdoors. I always see something that needs doing or am cold or fidgety. There is sacrifice of clarity through the glass, but so many more opportunities. Position the feeders where you can get a clear shot easily. πŸ™‚

  17. rosey pollen says:

    You have a nice variety of birds visiting, an old friend of mine used to call the Cardinals lipstick bird,because of the red beak.
    You still have hummingbirds???
    We only get them from April to Sept

    Thanks Rosey, we are lucky with the diversity here. I have never paid attention to how long the hummers hand around. This year I will keep better bird records, if only through photos. πŸ™‚

  18. Sweet Bay says:

    Your garden has attracted a lot of beautiful birds. I especially like the first shot of the female Cardinal — she looks like she got caught by the paparazzi.

    Thanks Sweet Bay. She was quite shy, and seemed young, without as much coloring as the older females. I kind of like the females best, not so garish, more subtle good taste in their attire. The males can be bullies about the feeders too, chasing away the other birds and even the females except in the spring mating season of course. πŸ™‚

  19. Love those bird photos. I have trouble getting good shots of the ones around here. And, we don’t have your variety.
    I do like that acorn feeder. Pesky squirrels empty ours way too fast.

    Hi Linda, thanks. The birds around here don’t sit still for long either, but being inside and using the zoom works the best. Here is where you can get that acorn feeder:

  20. Jen says:

    I am always thrilled when a blogger publishes photos of their wild birds in their area. The most colorful birds we have are Stellar Jays. Bright blue, but I would love to see a Cardinal in my garden. Thanks for sharing.


    Thanks Jen, so glad you liked them. We usually show bird photos in winter when there isn’t much else going on in the garden. Still lots of foliage and flowers here but the birds have been drawing my attention away from the plants. That and the new camera getting a testing. We have regular blue jays, but they don’t come to the feeders. I find them quite handsome. I had to look up a Stellar Jay, it wasn’t in my easter Peterson field guide, because it is a western bird! How cool it is! πŸ™‚

  21. Carol says:

    Great bird shots Frances… I particularly love the look on the female Blue Bird while visiting your bird bath. Do you have a sports setting on your camera? carol

    Hi Carol, thanks. The bluebirds in the birdbath were the luckiest of lucky shots. Never seen before or since again within eyeshot of the lazyboy! There is a sports setting on both my cameras, but I have never used them. Maybe I should try! Thanks, Carol. πŸ™‚

    • Carol says:

      You will love it! Try it with your birds shots. Carol

      Thanks Carol, I will try the sports setting for the bird shots! πŸ™‚

  22. michelle says:

    Fantastic bird shots. So adorable, each and every one. I get lots of bluebirds in the spring in my backyard. Looking for that perfect nesting spot. The nuthatches out competed them last spring for the nest box sadly. The nuthatches were fun to watch though. Especially knowing they safely raised their little ones!

    Hi Michelle, thanks. We get househunters too, but someone always beats out the bluebirds to our house set up just for them. The last couple of years it has been chickadees, a much smaller bird but quite fierce. πŸ™‚

  23. Rose says:

    The quest is over–you have found the Holy Grail, Frances! Beautiful shots. After the hummingbirds in the summer, the cardinals are my favorite to watch. At least I know they will be around for the cold winter viewing. But I would be thrilled to see just one bluebird around here.

    Thanks Rose, close but not quite. These are the best we have come up with so far though, the bar has been raised. The cardinals are the easiest to see without the glasses on! The bluebirds are here all year, but live in the tall pines at the side of the garage, no windows over there, but we often see them flitting about. We do love all the birds though, bright or subtle. πŸ™‚

  24. BPOTW says:

    Gorgeous pictures! I wish we had such a variety of beautiful birds in New Zealand!

    Thanks and welcome.

  25. Oh wow, Frances! what stunning colours. I better not show SomeBeans as he always complains that we have such dull birds in the UK. He’ll be jealous…

    Hi Happy, thanks. I won’t tell him if you don’t want me too. We speak so often. πŸ™‚

  26. Noelle says:

    Hello Frances,

    I enjoyed this post very much. I especially like the photos of the cardinals. We have them here in the upper elevations and I just love their vibrant red color.

    Thanks Noelle, glad you liked it. I love watching all the birds, but the cardinals are so easy to see, they really draw the eye. πŸ™‚

  27. Miss Daisy says:

    What amazing pictures of so many different bird types! How cool is that! I’d probably have a lot more visitors to my yard if it weren’t for my stealthy cat! Sadly I found a dead one at the side of my house the other day. It breaks my heart. It was fun seeing all of your beautiful photos.

    Hi Jen, thanks. That is so sad about the bird. We have put a collar with a bell on it on our male Kitty. He goes out with me sometimes and while we want him to chase mice and voles, we don’t want him messing with the birdies. So far it is working, they hear him coming!

  28. gwendolyngarden says:

    What beautiful mosses! And all of them natural? I should be so lucky!

    Hi Gwendolyn, thanks and welcome. If by natural you mean growing here by themselves, most already were here. We have been given some stones that had mosses as Christmas presents from grandsons and gotten some from our daughter’s garden. They all seem quite happy here. πŸ™‚

  29. Joanne says:

    Such exotic looking birds compared to ours and such wonderful captures of them.

    Thanks Joanne. We really need to get the tripod set up inside, it just takes up so much room that way. I get so distracted just watching the birds, I forget to do it right. πŸ™‚

  30. I do wish someone would explain to Cardinals that Dorset is also a very nice place to live in and I would be very pleased to have a few move in here! Thrilled.


    Hi Esther, I would be happy to speak to them, but don’t know Cardinal other than Jer-e-my over and over. Don’t really know what that means either. I am sure Dorset is better than nice. πŸ™‚

  31. Maria Hitt says:

    HI Frances-
    great bird photos. Over here on the eastern side of the mountains we have much the same and the goldfinches have definitely picked the seeds clean! I believe your hummer is a ruby throated as they are really the only hummingbird in the east. The young males have that streaking on the neck before they mature and go full ruby throated.

    Thanks Maria. My book did not have a definitive picture to go by, but there have been Rufous spotted in my area. There was an article in the newspaper about them.

  32. elephant's eye says:

    Oh Esther will you share one, and let me have him? Frances I would like your new zoom lens. Live in hope!

    Hi Diana, I am sure Esther will share. She is like that. The new camera is not an SLR, but the zoom on it is the best feature. It still needs some getting used to, and it would be nice if the sun would ever shine again. Living in hope is the only way to live. πŸ™‚

  33. Catherine says:

    You do get some colorful birds in your garden! I just love the Bluebirds and really wish they were around here. What nice birds to pose for you in an area that you can stay inside to take their pictures!

    Thanks Catherine. We love the bluebirds too, and wish they would hang around in the area on view from the addition rather than over by the side of the garage where there are no windows. It was amazing that they came for a bathe that day, hasn’t happened before or since that one time. Lucky to have had the camera in hand. We moved the bird feeders all around to get the best view of the birds without blocking the narrow walkways. Both feeders are squirrel proof, that used to be a huge concern but now the squirrels only get what is spilled on the ground and the little bit in the copper cone topped feeder.

  34. Anna says:

    What beautiful and colourful birds – wish that some of them would make an appearance this side of the pond. I am particularly taken with the Eastern Bluebirds. Are all these birds resident with you during the winter Frances ?

    Thanks Anna. That seems to be the majority opinion from your side of the water. All except the hummingbirds are here all year. There will be some more winter visitors, juncoes, towhees and others along with several woodpeckers. I need to make a list of regulars, although we do particpate in the backyard bird count in February. Now that we have a better camera for the bird shots, more will be featured on the blog. I hope. πŸ™‚

  35. Susie says:

    Wow, Being a Native Californian, I’ve never seen a Cardinal or a Bluebird…even in our travels. Thanks for the shots!

    Hi Susie, thanks. Glad you liked seeing these birds. They are common here, but the bluebirds less so than the cardinals in my yard. All beauties. πŸ™‚

  36. Balisha says:

    Frances…your narration is so sweet. Wonderful photos of our colorful friends.

    Thanks Balisha. Glad you liked the birds. πŸ™‚

  37. You have a lot of fine feathered friends! They are so lovely flitting about the gardens. Our last hummingbird hasn’t been seen in 2 days now, so I think she’s moved on. We’re in to dreary, rainy, chilly…


    Hi Cameron, thanks. Dreary, rainy, chilly, same here. At least the birds are cheerful if wet as they visit the feeders. The hummers are still busy here, there is one at the feeder nearly all the time. I will miss them when they go south.

  38. Beckie says:

    Frances,beautiful! You and the camera are doing a great job of getting photos. Love, love, love to see birds enjoying the garden. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Hi Beckie, thanks so much. Birds add so much to the garden experience. πŸ™‚

  39. teresa says:

    That was a fun post to scroll through and read. The photos were great as was the narration. You have quite an array of visitors at your feeder. That is great! Glad they are so happy to smile for you.

    Thanks Teresa. We were surprised at how the birds came swooping in just minutes after the feeders were refilled. We left them empty over the summer, so they have been there all along. One brave titmouse came and then must have spread the word. Maybe he has a blog. πŸ™‚

  40. It’s so busy at the feeders and everyone looks content and well fed. They don’t pose for just anyone you know. So nice of you to feed them the very best in mixes.

    Hi Anna, thanks so much, you are sweet. Nothing but the best for our birdie friends. Especially now that the squirrels are not hogging it all. The savings in seed more than offset the cost of the feeders. πŸ™‚

  41. Urban Green says:

    They look stunning, Frances. Absolutely brilliant. You have such beautiful ones visiting you. Lucky you!

    Thanks Urban Green. We are very lucky with the diversity of birds and even plants that visit and will grow here. πŸ™‚

  42. Kat says:

    How beautiful they are. I always love seeing photos of cardinals. We don’t get them here so they seem so special. Thanks for sharing your visitors with us.

    Hi Kat, thanks so much, glad you liked them. The cardinals are quite decorative in the garden setting.

  43. Monica says:

    Great shots! I spotted a cardinal in our backyard last winter – something that is rare, here. I hope I can capture a picture this season πŸ™‚

    Hi Monica, thanks. The cardinals are really attracted to the black oil sunflower seeds. And the holly and other berries that are all over the place here. Good luck on your capture! πŸ™‚

  44. Special Ed. Extended Resource Class says:

    Here we sit, marveling at your blog; Ms.A, Ms.O, CN, NLC, and CP. WOW!! What a walk with flora and fauna and FG’s wonderland of nature! Thank you so much MommaG! XOXO

    Dear Class and Teachers,

    This post was written especially for you. I am so glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚


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