Saturday, 18 May 2019

Birds galore!

I have removed all but one feeder from the winter. I'm watching it like stink. So far things have gone well. No bears. The cats have been pretty good, too. They've only nailed one chickadee, which I found on the back deck. 🐾CAT PREY🐱

Friday, May 17th, the indigo bunting showed up. These photos are through the window!


The mourning dove tried to get in on the action.


The female rose-breasted grosbeak, with the purple finch in the background. She has such lovely colouring.


The male rose-breasted grosbeak was prepared to share with Dratted Red Squirrel.


I toddled back down to the frog pond, and the goose was sitting on the dock. She let me get pretty close, then trundled off. The batteries in the trailcam were at 40% and I popped in some more while I recharged the rechargables.


On my way back to the house, a scarlet tanager landed right in front of me.


Scarlet tanager from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

They aren't very large. Cute little things.
Indigo bunting from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.

Back out in the afternoon, more birdies! I sat on the front step to take these photos.
White-crowned sparrow.


The hummingbird feeder is doing great business. They are here often.




Also, we've not had any ticks. This is good news. Daisy was always the tick magnet. Historical data: 🕷️TICKS 2019.

20 comments:

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Oh your birds!! We only had indigo buntings for a couple of years and I couldn't stop seeking them out and staring at them. I was mortified when our cat caught and killed one, leaving it as a gift on the back porch. I guess he was attracted to them as well. The scarlet tanager is incredible. Wish we had those, too! -Jenn

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jenn,

Wonderful collection of birds. I love the Bunting and Grosbeak. The hummers are always a favorite. The Scarlet Tanager is a beauty! Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day. Wishing you a great weekend. PS, thanks for the visit and comment on my blog.

Hootin' Anni said...

It's tick season here, too. Out walking in the woods can be a challenge keeping them off!

How I LOVE! all your beauties of the feather (even the squirrel). I really enjoyed this backyard outing...and the pond. (You should share this today at I'd Rather B Birdin' when it opens at noon -Texas time-and, link up!)

Anvilcloud said...

What a treat!

DUTA said...

I'm delighted to see colorful birds: blue, red, green. Where I live, I see only grey ones - different shades of grey, but still grey. Nevertheless, I enjoy watching them and whenever possible - feeding them.

Rain said...

Hi Jenn :) I found your blog through Christine. :) Your photos are great and I'm very envious of where you live! Must be so beautiful to see all of those critters so often! I'll be following your blog now! :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely birds, and I always think squirrels look cute, although they are not everyone's favourite!

All the best Jan

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You've sure seen some colorful birds this week and even a hummer! Looks beautiful there already! Enjoy your weekend!

RedPat said...

I'm amazed at the variety of birds you are getting! How wonderful!

William Kendall said...

The bunting is quite photogenic.

Out To Pasture said...

The gorgeous blues on the indigo bunting are wonderful. You certainly have a richly stocked habitat there!

Adam Jones said...

The Indigo Bunting is a real beauty.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

We ate still waiting for our first Indigo Bunting. They are all around us and we know several people who have had them as feeder visitors, but so far they have missed us. You have been getting a very nice variety.

Red said...

You're getting some special visitors.

Anni said...

I'm so pleased you shared these with us this weekend.

Thank you for linking in this at Ier B Birdin'.

Anu said...

Hello. Wonderful serie. I like also the videos. Beautiful birds.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Amazing selection of bird visitors. We’ve only had the indigo bunting a couple of times and never the scarlet tanager. We were away April out west visiting famiky, Just getting back into blog visiting.

Kay said...

Wow! The coloring on your birds are so spectacular! I don't recall ever seeing colors like those in Illinois, except the gold finches.

Calendula said...

Pretty birds and a really funny squirrel! Great photos!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh your birds are so pretty and colorful. Love the Canada Goose on the dock.