The Homestone

Sunday, May 24, 2009

More Feathered Friends

Another lovely Sunday morning in May ~ and more feathered friends to capture on camera. A pair of Evening Grosbeaks dropping in to enjoy the sunflower seeds. And a few shots of our Saturday night Hummingbirds. We've identified these hummers as Calliope wearing the purple necklace, and Rufous with the scarlet headdress. There are wonderful resources available online when our field guides fail us. I especially like the work of the folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Their All About Birds website and companion blog 'Round Robin' are well worth visiting. Informative, easy to navigate and chock full of good stuff ... all about birds of course.

Friday, May 22, 2009

One wee hummer on a windy Friday afternoon.

It's been a sunny day today but now the clouds are moving in and the wind is just a whistlin' ... Here's a series of quick snapshots of one hummingbird on the old branch we've located outside our kitchen window. We put this gnarly branch there about 5 years ago and the hummingbirds use it every year. We can see bared patches on the branches now where the hummingbirds routinely clean their beaks. This little hummer hangs on as the wind picks up ...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A mid-May Snow Storm

Spring showers. The shower on May 12th was heavy and white, and a bit of a shock to us but more of a shock to the poor wee hummingbirds and the swallows. The ground and the forest will benefit ~ it was a good soak. And we were pleased this morning to see that almost nothing remained of the snow. We are still getting freezing temperatures almost every night so it is still too early to plant, even in the greenhouse... but soon, surely!

Friday, May 08, 2009

May storms and Meadow birds

The 8th of May. We're enjoying the birds and the rainy days that deliver some pretty spectacular skies!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Feathered friends of spring

Simply ... a Sunday morning in May spent with camera's in hand enjoying some of the beautiful birds on the meadow. American Goldfinch, Evening Grosbeak, Canada Geese, Rufous Hummingbird, Cassin's Finch, Yellow Headed Blackbird.