Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Garden Party

I wish that I had everything looking great for a Garden Party! So much to be done in the perennial gardens, and the yard. The vegetable garden won’t be dry for quite awhile, although we do have some lettuce varieties, onions and kale up and growing slowly. The good news is we have plenty of moisture.

Plenty. Of moisture. What an odd sight we saw on our Friday, May 3rd trip to Sedalia, MO – snow in May! And enough for a snow plow…
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So this week we are re-welcoming Spring with open arms. It’s back in the 70’s today with sunshine.. perfection. It’s back to our regularly scheduled yard and garden work, and of course.. birdwatching.

Here’s a 30 second or so glimpse of some of our regular Spring visitors.



I love it when I can capture two very different sizes and colors in close proximity.
Red-headed Woodpecker and Indigo Bunting
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Loving the Baltimore Orioles! Their happy calls, the brilliant color, and their sweet addiction to grape jelly.
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Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak
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Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak (new – recycled feeder made by Mr. W – it’s a big hit!)
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What birds can you spot in this two-minute slow motion video?

Off to accomplish some mundane chores, then I’m having my own garden (clean-up) party! What’s everyone up to today?

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24 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Woodpeckers are one of my favorites, but for the damage they do some of the smaller trees. Still, they are always high on my list. Really want to capture a photo of a pileated woodpecker one day. xox

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Oh what fantastic photos of your feathered friends. Such a beautiful variety and I adore that cardinal. Glad the garden party is back on.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Oh my goodness - the snow!! Happy to hear it's sunshine and warmth today. :) The birds are amazing - great photos.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Beautiful shots of your backyard birds! I've not seen an Indigo Bunting here for a few years.

We saw the snow on Friday when we headed to Branson. Not a good weekend for a Branson trip, I'll tell ya. But I can say that I've seen snow in May here in MO now!

Nette Cecilia said...

Ohh snow , now .The colourful birds are to mee as i look at amazing ,Nette

Brian King said...

Great contrast between the woodpecker and the bunting! We don't get Red-headed Woodpeckers at our feeders. We don't get Grosbeaks, either. Great shots!

HansHB said...

Great birdphotos!
Happy WBW to you!

TexWisGirl said...

love all your visitors! finally got to see an indigo bunting here a week or so ago!

i saw cardinals, goldfinches, blue jay, white-breasted nuthatch, indigo bunting, red-bellied woodpecker, orioles. i think that was my mental list! :)

Red Gate Farm said...

Snow at this time of year is just plain wrong! Happy to hear that your temps are more normal now... we're in the middle of a heat wave here in the Pacific Northwest... our temps have been more like July or August!

~Chris

eileeninmd said...

Lovely spring visitors! They all look so colorful, great birds and photos.

Loretta said...

Love love this post! So glad you can work in your gardens now. Doesn't it give you satisfaction to do so? Have a Happy Day!
Loretta XX

Karen said...

What a great variety of backyard birds!

Carole M. said...

a kaleidascope of birds; what wonderful colours, so great to see these via your blog; thanks for sharing

Melinda said...

When I saw the plow, I thought no they don't have snow really???

The birds are so pretty.

I hope our weather has decided to stay Spring-like!!!

M :)

Stewart M said...

Paint box colours (sorry colors!) or what! Great birds.

Like the design of the feeder.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I wish I had prettier birds visiting my feeders. Maybe I need different bird seed. Your videos and photos are wonderful.

Gary said...

Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

We didn't get much in the last round, but it was enough to send all of local weather people into a tizzy over May 5th being the latest measurable snowfall in recorded weather history around Springfield. Hey, I think there was even cake being served at a couple of the stations!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Good Morning Tammy!
Goldfinches, Indigos, male and female Cardinal, jay, nuthatch, Baltimores, Red-Bellied!

edenhills said...

Love all those birds! We're all happier here now that our six inches of snow is gone. Crazy weather!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Amazing colours on those birds.

Wally Jones said...

WOW! What a wonderful variety of birds you host!

I'm quite jealous of your Red-headed Woodpecker. They have become somewhat rare here in central Florida when they used to be so abundant.

Super photos and loved the video!

Have a great (and snow-free!) weekend.

--Wally

thotlady said...

Work, work and more work. Looking forward to Memorial weekend and some family visiting.

Cheryl said...

Absolutely beautiful bird photos!!

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