Friday, September 02, 2016

Five on Friday

Joining up with everyone's friend Amy of Love Made My Home and her Five on Friday!!
Thank you Amy for having this party back on again.

Also joining up with Eileen's of Viewing Nature with Eileen and her Saturday Critters!!
Thank you Eileen for hosting ;)

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day today. The sun was warming us just perfectly, just a bit hot, but not enough to make you uncomfortable. The thermometer said 30C, but it didn't seem like it. There was a cool breeze that continuously made my deep copper windchimes bong all day long. There was lots of activity in and around the bird feeders today. The birds are definitely feeling a coolness to the air, and are restless and hungry! The blackbirds and grackles are starting to gather together too. Soon they'll be on their way south again. My Five this week will be the birds that I saw out there today.

One:  Mr. and Mrs. C (aka Cardinals) 
Many of the birds look terrible right now. Are they molting? I don't know, but they look like they've all been in a cat fight!

Mrs. C 

and Mr. C. ... doesn't he look awful too?!

Two:  Chickadees galore!

Three:  American Robin
This is the closest I've seen a Robin looking happy! They're such a serious bird. The poor Mourning Dove in the birdbath wasn't enjoying getting splashed ... he's not one for bathing himself (he was just having a drink).

Four:  The Bottom Feeders
Grackles, Red-Winged Blackbirds & Mourning Doves. Some Cowbirds joined them a little later, but no photos of them.


Five:  Mrs. Downy Woodpecker
She was attracted by all the commotion on the feeder and below it, but she quickly decided to eat the bugs off the pine tree instead ... thank you Mrs. Woodpecker ;)

Five and One-Quarter:  Sparrows
Both the Song Sparrow and the House Sparrows were there as well.

Five and One-Half:  Black & White Warbler
Well, at least I think that's what this next one is. He's not exactly like the one shown in my Peterson Field Guide, but maybe he's not fully matured. These were the best shots I could get of him, He was fairly restless and moved around so quickly! If you think it's some other type of warbler, please let me know :)

Five and Three-Quarters:  Red-Breasted Nuthatch
This bird is the reason I grabbed the camera in the first place, but he's another restless bird and I couldn't get the camera trained on him for a good shot ... although this one surprised me, and I quite like it!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Now off you go to Amy's to see what other people have linked up for their Five on Friday ;)

both keeping a wary eye on each other!
These guys eat forty times their own body weight in a single afternoon!


  1. What a lovely assortment of birds you have in your garden. That robin looks like he/she is having a most playful bath, splashing away like that. A great five!

  2. One of my favorite things watching the birds bathe.. Such a sweet little squirrel.. We have some that run on the lines outside its seems funny when you see them in a city like San Francisco. Lovely post ty, happy weekend with love Janice

  3. Great shots, they are too quick for me!

  4. Amazing pictures Wendy how lovely to have so many different species to spy upon the only birds that having visited my garden this summer are blackbirds, sparrows, pigeons,starlings and magpies :( Have a great weekend. Xxx

  5. Such beautiful birds. I never knew an American Robin was so different to our little Robin here.

  6. All these in your garden! What a fantastic series of photos Wendy. Poor cardinals, they do look like they have been in a fight. I hope they recover soon!

  7. I loved your last shot of the flying bird. I think it's wonderful. I'm your newest follower and fellow participant in 5 on Friday. See you there often!

  8. Hello Wendy, you do have a great variety of birds at your feeders. Awesome sighting of the pretty B&W warbler. I am seeing some birds that are molting here too. Wonderful photos and post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  9. You always have the coolest bird shots! Have a great long weekend, Wendy!

  10. You are so lucky to be able to capture these gorgeous winged creatures. We have some dishevelled looking birds at the moment, but many are getting ready to migrate now, especially the swallows. I look at the babies that have grown in the eaves of our house and thinking that in a few weeks they will be flying around elephants and zebras! xx

  11. Wonderful photos of gorgeous birds. The American Robin appears to having so much fun!

  12. Wonderful to see your beautiful birds and incredible photos! I of course love the quarters too!! Glad you liked my extra one for you too! Thank you for joining in, have a great weekend! xx

  13. The birds are fun, but the chipmunks are incredibly adorable.

  14. Oh Wendy, you have a beautiful assortment of birds in your garden - what a joy and blessing! Thank you for sharing them with us :)

    Happy hugs to you!

  15. Oh, what a lovely post. I've really enjoyed looking at all the different birds that visit your garden, so different to ours over here, such a treat to see them:)

  16. Hello Wendy, I loved this post showing all your beautiful backyard birds. The chipmunk is cute too. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

  17. I always love seeing your nature and bird photos Wendy! We share so many of the same birds - native to our mutual areas - and I learn so much from you. ;)

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend dear Friend. xoxo

  18. What an amazing collection of birds that visited. Love the cheeky 5 1/2 etc. Brilliant x

  19. Five and three-quarters?! You are funny. x


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