I awoke to the most glorious sunshine today, which was most welcome after all the rain we had yesterday!
It was enough to make me throw a jacket right over my bathrobe and head on out for a morning walkabout with my coffee.
Isn't that just the most wonderful way to start a day?
I started to feed the birds but had to run right back in for my camera. The morning was just so glorious I had to attempt to capture it in photos.
Almost immediately I spotted this lovely fat robin in the dogwood.
I caught the robin in flight and spotted some straw hanging from it's mouth.
Of course that means they are building another nest nearby - yay, more baby robins!
I spotted the nest in the shrub pine by the tall steps leading to the deck. We'll have a great spot to watch the babies from the deck above, hopefully without disturbing them.
I have a lot of evergreen trees and shrubs on my property and I've seen the robins flitting in and out of a few of them lately. I caught one sweet mama robin sitting in her nest at the back of the house, near the veggie garden. She used that nest last year as well - I have to be cautious not to disturb her too much as I'm in and out of the veggie garden.
I hated to do it, but I had to relocate my feeders for the time being, because of all the work happening on the deck. A couple of shepherds hooks jammed into the ground below and the birds found the feeders within a very short time.
I spied this red winged blackbird on the flat feeder this morning - they have stuck around since I first spotted them back in February....a most welcome sight!
Over the weekend, while I was working in the garden, my daughter called me around to the side of the house to see something.
A pileated woodpecker was pecking away on a tree in the neighbors' yard.
They are so magnificent, such beautiful birds! They are large and rather impressive, one of the most glorious birds of the forest.
My daughter ran inside for the camera to try and capture this amazing bird in photos.
I don't spot them often enough and they are such a treat to behold. I was very grateful to my daughter for coming to get me - she knew I would want to see this glorious creature!
When you see an oblong hole in a tree rather than a round hole, chances are there has been a pileated woodpecker working on that hole.
My daughter did the best she could with our current zoom lens, but unfortunately it's tough to get a good shot of wildlife with that lens.
We have to give all the credit to the pups for spotting him....they stood there looking at him for quite some time, probably trying to figure out how they could get at that large critter in the tree!
While we were out there looking at the woodpecker we spotted another most welcome visitor.
I have just started seeing cardinals on my property within the last week and I couldn't be more pleased! They are one of the most beautiful birds and their sweet song is an absolutely lovely musical backdrop when I am working in the garden.
Later that evening while we were eating dinner I spotted him again....
This was while we still had the feeders up on the deck. I hate that I had to move them now, right after this beautiful bird has finally found his way to my feeders!
Aren't they just so handsome with their black masks?
The photos were taken through the dining room window so the quality is not wonderful....but the bird sure is!
This morning, after coming back inside with the camera and preparing for work, I was so happy to spot the sunshine pouring in through the dining room windows.
It was making little puddles all over the house, lighting up everything in it's path.
Alas, it was time to get ready for work.
But I had one last surprise.....
I spotted a beautiful Northern Flicker outside my bathroom window while I was getting ready for work. He was in the grass, using that long sharp beak to pull bugs out for his breakfast.
I truly hope he was eating the grubs of those darned Japanese Beetles!
I'm so thrilled with all the special visitors I had around my house the past few days, and I sure hope they stick around. There's nothing like seeing all these different varieties of birds around my mountain top home, and it pleases me to no end to live among them.
The hummingbirds will be next. The feeder is filled and ready for whenever they arrive, which should be very shortly!
I am truly blessed.