Sunday, March 23, 2014

Birds of a Feather...

...don't always just flock together.

I noticed the robins and the cedar waxwings liked to hang out in the same trees.

Sometimes the robins flew solo, though.

“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off - and they are nearly always doing it.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Wrens have always been one of my favorites, and not just because they love to eat the insects around the house.

They are just so chubby and cute.

"Who you calling 'chubby'?"

A splash of cardinal red always brightens a gray day.

Add the backdrop of a blue sky and even the memory of a gray day disappears.

Sparrows aren't afraid of anything.
This one seems to be daring me to come closer.

It was pure luck that I came upon this couple in February,
and even more luck that I was able to snap their photo.
I was trying to get closer to the waxwings, and there these two were, right on my path.
I'm guessing they are a type of goldfinch.

(I'm grateful I have blog friends who will correct me if I'm wrong!)

“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
― J.M. Barrie


  1. These are wonderful bird photos.
    Our varieties - the ones we have - are a little different from yours.
    But just as interesting and amusing as yours.

  2. It is lovely to come and visit your blog again and see all the creative photos you're taking. I'll look forward to seeing you again soon.xo

  3. wow! your wren and goldfinch are both different from what i see here!

  4. I don't know what happened but three of your posts showed up in Feedly at the same time. Anyway, that sweet wren is just precious. Love those birds and their sweet songs. Wonderful captures.

  5. How very pretty!

  6. They're a lovely group of feathered beauties. I'm thinking the pair might be Lesser Goldfinches (scroll down the page a bit).

  7. I love your feathered friends, Barbara, especially the little wren.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. The Robin is certainly the greatest when it is showing off.

    Like we do.

  9. What a delightful bird stroll here this morning.
    I do love the antics of the little wrens !

  10. Gorgeous shots!!!

    This post just showed up today, too. Three showed up in one day.

  11. I've had a lot of the ceder wax wings in my backyard lately. They are cleaning up all the old apples still hanging on the tree. I hope they aren't getting 'drunk' from the fermentation. LOL! Perhaps that is the reason for the masks. ;)
    xo Catherine

  12. I love cedar waxwings-robins too- but oooh those little wrens. They are the best.:)

  13. Faith Wings - That's brilliant.
    Yes! yes! the birds have started to build nests - and check out the garden - even if branches are still bare . . .
    After such a long winter - everything seems like a great gift. Thank You for the terrific view.

  14. i came back one more time to compare your goldfinch to my colored-out one i posted. yours is apparently a 'lesser goldfinch' - someone in arizona mentioned it to me so i looked it up. and your wren looks like it might be a canyon wren - again neither i see here! amazing how different the species in a few hours drive. :)

  15. Those little wrens are so cute! I wish I could get a cedar wax wing around here. They are so pretty ...nice shots!

  16. We're lucky to have some cardinals nesting in the yard next to ours, so every so often we see one. This is pretty much as far north as they generally travel, too. The best spotting isn't the red male, though (although he's the most colorful.) I enjoy seeing the grayish females who come out a bit less often.

  17. pretty nice blog, following :)


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