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Spring is for the Birds 
May 1, 2011 5:17 pm 
Updated: May 8, 2011 7:47 am
Chirp Chirp....
Chirp Chirp....

Chirp Chirp....

Chirp Chirp....

Chirp Chirp....

The sound drew me toward the slightly open window. At this point I realized why I'd awakened so cold earlier that morning.  Just outside the window is my shade garden, its perennial plants just beginning to emerge from the newly thawed garden soil.
Just days ago I filled my feeder with thistle seed and because
"If you fill it, they will come..."
the finches arrived.
Now, of course they scattered the moment I opened the door to set up to photograph them, but once I sat down, leaned back against a porch column, and covered myself completely with a blanket, they slowly began to come back. I managed to take well over 100 pictures. Don't worry, I won't put them all in this blog.
This was the closest picture I could get of these little beauties
in my crabapple tree.
Just when is this tree planning to bloom?
 One little guy tentatively came back, hanging out on the
wire hanger to make certain the coast was clear.
I sat, invisible under my blanket, snapping away.

A few moments later a female joined him.
They started coming from all over. Look
to the right of this photo and check out the latest arrival.

Look closely - they're there.

A little squabble broke out.

I'll just hang out up here for a while.

Let's try that again.
Oh well.

Take THAT!

Can't we just get along?

Love this action shot.
Nine finches in this shot.

(Look closely, there's another tushie in the middle on the left.)

As I was taking the last photo, I caught
a movement out of the corner of my eye.

A hen turkey wandered across my driveway...

...taking her sweet time...

...strutting her stuff...
 ...munching a bug or two...

...fluffing her feathers...
...and finally making her way toward the road.

At some point while I was snapping turkey photos,
the finches headed back to the crabapple tree.
All but one.
They'll be back.


May 1, 2011 5:27 pm
"You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it, but if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder."
May 1, 2011 5:31 pm
Beautiful blog and pictures. Thanks for sharing.
May 1, 2011 5:32 pm
I love finches! We have several feeders around the yard...yellow is most common then the red. So nice to watch! Love your photos, Pam! How about that Hen! No hens here but we had Mallard Ducks swimming in our pool! LOL
May 1, 2011 6:20 pm
What an exciting time you had! Those ate beautiful pictures!
May 1, 2011 6:33 pm
Great shots Pam! I love it when the goldfinches arrive, here it's right around tax day. They arrive in huge groups and they make me so happy. They look like winged lemons flitting about. Amazing pics of the turkey, they are so elusive....what an opportunity you had.
May 1, 2011 6:37 pm
Cliff - so very true! WFDM - we get the red ones too, but I haven't seen them just yet. When our hay field floods in the spring, we get the ducks, too. Woodpeckers? Got 'em. I could go on and on. LOL
May 1, 2011 7:05 pm
terrific pictures! i love finches too...isn't spring a great time of year!
May 1, 2011 7:08 pm
HAHAHAHA! Those are awesome pics! Love the turkeys! We have goldfinches but not turkeys. :o)
May 2, 2011 4:02 am
I love goldfinches! they are so bright and cheery! I just spotted my first one the other day, first arrival back to Canada that I have seen :) love the action shots too, adorable! :) even Mrs. Turkey as she strutted across the lawn :)
May 2, 2011 5:21 am
Aren't they beautiful? They arrived in our garden about three weeks ago and stayed for about two days!! Great blog!
May 2, 2011 6:12 am
Love it! Hubby and I sit at the kitchen table every morning and bird watch. We get some interesting goings on. Wishing for a camera that would actually take some decent pictures of them.
May 2, 2011 6:17 am
beautiful blog and photos! The hummingbirds have returned to our yard this weekend! When I saw them I quickly got their feeder out and up. They are tormenting my cats thru the windows now.
May 2, 2011 6:32 am
I need to get a new hummingbird feeder. I have some pics of them buried in my photos. :)
May 2, 2011 6:36 am
You sure have a lot of Finches! Have one feeder and really enjoy them. Love to watch them fly! Good reminder to get the hummer feeders out. They are sitting in a box by the back door! Thanks for sharing!!
May 2, 2011 6:50 am
I love that. I've never even seen one. I'm off to google if we get them down here. That is so cool, love the photos with them flying in!
May 2, 2011 7:03 am
Love the blog and I love listening to the birds in the morning while I'm waking up!
May 2, 2011 7:04 am
We have a pair of house wrens looking for a nesting location this morning - they can't seem to agree on the exact spot...
May 2, 2011 8:03 am
good to see you blogging again Pam. The birds of spring are gread, I await the first robins and hummers. Finches, blue birds, martins, usually follow soon. We even have the odd oriole visit the yard and last year I got some great pics of the pileated woodpecker amazing nature at its finest
May 2, 2011 8:26 am
We do have orioles as well. We need to put out our oriole feeder to attract more. We have a pair of large woodpeckers that nests somewhere nearby, but we don't know just where. Last year we had a pair of large, ugly, turkey buzzards nesting in a tree in our woods. We have eagles and herons that fly overhead. They're so great to watch, but hard to photograph.
May 2, 2011 8:58 am
Great pictures! I love bird watching!
May 2, 2011 9:28 pm
Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing this. Now spring has arrived, even though it is raining and dreary, still, the birds know what season it is!
May 3, 2011 3:58 am
Beautiful, Pam! I, too, am a bird lover to the end. Even though I put out thistle I never get more than 1 or 2 finches a season. Quite possibly might be the area I live in. I do get quite an array of other birds and enjoy watching all of them. Last month we were at Bok Santuary, (Fla.) and saw 2 of the largest turkeys I've ever seen in my life! We stopped the car to watch them in an orange grove that is part of the sactuary. The smell of the orange blossums was absolutely heavenly. I always look forward to your blogs and photos.
May 4, 2011 10:59 am
I'm SOOOO glad I saw this. I just stopped the car & pulled over when I saw a yellow belly. Sure enough it was a goldfinch! I've never noticed them down here (Dallas). I'm picking up a goldfinch feeder after work!!
May 6, 2011 11:10 am
I love watching birds year round. They are welcome visitors to my garden! Lovely photos!
May 6, 2011 1:19 pm
Great photos! The birds are what I miss most living where I do. When I had my house our yard backed on about 3 acres of woods and we had all sorts of birds. Here we get pigeons and seagulls, maybe the occasional tern. I particularly loved watching the finches, they are so much like people!
May 8, 2011 7:47 am
Thank you for the wonderful photos
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try all sorts of new recipes, so I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I enjoy using fresh ingredients from the garden and canning those ingredients to use year-round. I also enjoy baking treats for my second grade class. I'll try almost anything if I think my family will eat it. Of course, I've been known to try a recipe because I want to, whether they'll eat it or not.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making the pumpkin pies and other desserts for Thanksgiving. I always like to try one new dessert for each holiday. Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition that goes back as long as I can remember.
My cooking triumphs
I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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