Baby Birdie Business

Posted May 14, 2016 by djd
Categories: Birds, In Our Back Yard, Nature, Photography

Spring is really here. The leaves are on the trees and the birds are busy making babies.

This past week we’ve have lot’s of fledglings visiting our back yard. At first they’re quite timid and spend a lot of time hiding in the shadows of the tree branches. Ultimately they’ll figure out how to navigate into the feeders, but until then I have a great opportunity to photograph them surrounded by dark foliage, like this first photo.

Here is a baby Pine Siskin considering it’s next move.

The parents are also nearby. Here’s a breading adult male American Goldfinch who was keeping an eye on the fledgelings.

And here is a picture of one of the two chickadee parents shown below cleaning out the nest to get ready for their next brood.

It’s a busy baby birdie time in our back yard. 🙂

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 1.75 inches. 2016 year to date: 34.0 inches.

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Hang in There

Posted February 13, 2016 by djd
Categories: Birds, In Our Back Yard, Photography

From POTW – 2016

Like this little Chickadee, please hang in there. I promise I will be posting more regularly now that I’m retire!

And yes, it has been wet this spring. We have had 32.25 inches of rain in our back yard so far this year.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 32.25 inches. 2016 year to date: 32.25 inches.

Seeds in the Snow

Posted January 3, 2016 by djd
Categories: Birds, In Our Back Yard, Nature, Photography

In addition to the New Year, cold weather and snow arrived at our back yard this weekend. Since we’re in the middle of bird counting season, there were lots of birds visiting today. But the snow added a extra challenge for the ground feeders like this Junco.

These birds are smart. And they know the only way to get to the seed under the snow is to go digging.

“I know there’s seed right down there. I’m going in.”

“Oh boy, that snow on my beak is cold!”

“Thanks Jody for putting out premium sunflower seeds for us on this cold, snowy day.” 🙂

Cheers – DJD

Visitor at our “Bird Feeder”

Posted December 6, 2015 by djd
Categories: Birds, In Our Back Yard, Nature, Photography

There’s a Sharp-shinned Hawk that’s been visiting our backyard almost daily for a while. The visits are usually in the morning when I’m at work, so I haven’t had a chance to capture a photo until today.

I was watching football when I notice the hawk in the tree above our deck (and overlooking our bird feeders). I didn’t have my telephoto lens mounted on my camera so I had to run downstairs to get it, hoping the bird would still be there when I got back.

When I returned, the hawk was still there but he had turned around so now his back was toward me. I made some noise trying to get him to turn and face me. But all my action warranted was a fleeting glance by him over his left shoulder.

Then something in the distance caught his attention. He took a long look…

… and quickly took off. You can see him leaving just behind the brach in the lower right of this last picture.

From now on I’m going to keep my camera ready because I suspect he’ll be back…

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 17 in. 2015 year to date: 40.5 in.

Two Signs of Autumn in Portland …

Posted October 29, 2015 by djd
Categories: In Our Back Yard, Photography, Random musings

… the rain returns …

… and leaves are on the ground …

… Happy Autumn … 🙂

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 3.0 in. 2015 year to date: 23.5 in.

Autumn Sunset

Posted September 30, 2015 by djd
Categories: In Our Back Yard, Nature, Photography

I love the Autumn Sunsets from Our Back Yard.

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 0.75 in. 2015 year to date: 20.5 in.

Trooper

Posted September 13, 2015 by djd
Categories: Around the House, In Our Back Yard, Photography, Random musings

Speaking of Birthdays… our cat, Trooper, is 16 years old.

One of his favorite things to do in the morning when the weather is nice is to sit in front of the open front door, gaze at the world outside, and take in the scents and sounds of the great outdoors.

Sounds like a good way to start out the day. Especially if you add a Latte. 🙂

Cheers – DJD
Rain since last posting: 0.75 in. 2015 year to date: 19.75 in.