Thursday, August 11, 2011

My Backyard Birds

I love watching birds ever since my Great Aunt Aimee would bring out her field guides and show me all the different types we had in Pennsylvania.
 I do the best I can to keep the feeders filled here. In the summer, it's delightful to watch the finches on the sunflower plants. Their little chirps are so beautiful.


This is my favorite hummingbird photo ever.
She was chasing and attacking a butterfly!

"Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers - a living prismatic gem.... it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description."  ~W.H. Hudson

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
 ~Henry David Thoreau


Veronica Lodge said...


Studio at the Farm said...

The hummers are amazingly aggressive for such a tiny bird! And I love your quote from Thoreau. And most of all, I love the photos you are taking with your new camera! :)

Holly said...

These are lovely! But I admit to a certain partiality to the rabbit statue :)

Deborah Adams,Long Beach, California. said...

Lovely as always! :-)
The shot with the hummer and butterfly is extra special!

~ Deb

Bonnie Story said...

Your blogging lately is so great and your camera work is stunning!!! The hummingbird pics are amazing. Wow, so glad for the new camera, wow. Great job as always!! Bonnie

Spiritartartist said...

Just magical Jen! I have goosebumps!! 5*'s all the way!!

madison house designs said...

Wow, you got some great shots! I reached for my camera the other day when I saw a hummer, and he was gone before I could grab it. He was on my hostas, which are in bloom now.

Love the yellow finches too... they really like my purple coneflowers and black eyed susans.

Great pics, really enjoyed them!

Tami Weingartner said...

I love the finches too! Such fun to watch at the feeders.

Amazing Hummer shots!!! I can never seem to get them right.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What truly amazing photos! I love all your feathered friends. I adore chickadees...what a lovely shot. :) Thanks for sharing these!

Lydia said...

Your shot of the hummingbird above the butterfly is certainly an award-winner. Amazing!