Birds of a Feather…….


I was never one to care much about nature as a young adult or even up to about 10 years ago.  I never really stopped to watch any outdoor life.  That is…. until I started to do art.   I think I just became more aware of colors, shapes, textures and yes, nature (but, please NO SNAKES).

One year, I was sitting with an old friend in her back yard as Robins flew down to pick in the grass.  She said to me “watch how they turn their heads to listen to the worms moving under the ground”.  I said “whatchyoutalkinbout”;  I thought she was pulling my leg, but damn if she wasn’t right.  I did watch and I was amazed.  Since then, I’ve always watched out feathered friends live their little lives –   flying, flitting, hopping and bopping around the yard.  Since that time, with my friend, Annie,  I put a hummingbird  and wild bird feeder outside our windows, and man, I’m so glad I did;  they are hours of entertainment.  Since the hummers have left the cold here, I still get to enjoy all the wild birds..  AND.. can they eat.. I can’t keep up with the food.  They love snow storms, rain, wind.. they never disappoint.  I can’t name all the birds, which makes me want to get a bird book to identify each one.

Sooooooooo.. where am I going with this? ……… sit tight…..

I dedicate this blog post to my beautiful friend, Annie… the “Bird Whisperer”.  Love you Annie.


I recently got a new Canon camera for my birthday in September.  I’m still learning the features, but I’ve enjoyed taking pictures of the birds that come to visit me.. Ok, well they are not coming to see me, but they know someone if feeding them.  So what if I pretend I’m Snow White; I’d like to get them to make my coffee.  Ok, imagine this is me… but forget the prince charming and cleaning the stairs and that voice.

Hey, I like feeding people, ask my friends… and now I like feeding birds.  The feeder is directly outside our front door to the right, in the flower garden (which is sadly bare and brown now).  I can watch from the front window where I sit and  read and have my cup of coffee in the mornings before my work day starts and every weekend.

I would love to share with you here, my latest successful shots of my feathered friends.  As I said, new camera, I’m not a photographer with any experience except to point and shoot.

Enjoy…….. there a a lot of pictures…

Here comes the female Cardinal… munching away on some seeds.

Here comes the male… sorry for any blurring picture.. remember.. amateur here

Male Cardinal in the tree.. I find it amazing how the change their shape and puff up.  Sort of like the way we feel after a big meal.  I think a little Pepto might help him.

Oh look who came for a visit….. a Morning Dove…

… and here comes Woody the Woodpecker… we have two of them.. one smaller than the other..   Look how they grab the feeder.. such tiny feet.

.. and they puff up too.  So cool.

I believe this is a Red Bellied Woodpecker…

.. and now come the “jay walkers”… tough crowd, they are… These Bluejays have such a striking blue colors.  The are too big for the feeder.. although the try, but can’t stay on long.. they end up eating what is dropped on the ground.

“hey look, jasper, i think the crazy lady is taking our picture again”.

.. and finally.. I caught this little guy outside my office window..

It took me hours to get these photos.  They don’t stay in one place long enough; by the time I get focus and click they are gone.

My plan is to print some of these pictures and do image transfers in my art.

I’ll let you know how that goes with a show and tell.

Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.



9 responses »

  1. hey bita!
    I shall have to find my bird pictures too. We have many feeders. One of the feeders has four perches. My picture has the little yellow birds on each perch.
    Great pics my multi-talented dear friend.

  2. OMG!!! Judy, those photos are AWESOME!!!!! They are the first real close-ups of these birds that I’ve ever seen…other than in a book. You under-rate your photography skills. These are great.

  3. Hi Judy,

    I’m so happy to hear that art-making is opening you to other wonders in the world. I know you’ve always appreciated nature; making art definitely causes you to look at the world through a different set of eyes.

    The birds are certainly filling up and preparing for winter. The birds with the black bodies & white breasts are juncos; one of my favorites. And the larger woodpeckers are Hairy Woodpeckers…might be time to add a suet feeder to the birdie buffet.

  4. Judy, I think you were a nature photographer in another life!! Those photos are incredible!! Fabulous! Wonderful!! Those ‘Bluebirds’ are hard to get/keep coming to your feeder unless you have the right ‘food’. (Was at the Audubon Shop today, and that’s what the bird expert told me.) Your Bluebirds are so beautiful. And the BlueJays are pretty aggressive, aren’t they? Keep on clicking! Can’t wait to see photographs after you learn the camera!!!!

  5. My dear friend

    These pictures are amazing! I CAN believe how long it took you to get them because you are right they do not stay still very long. Thank you for the dedication and I’m glad I could help you with your interest and appreciation of the beauty of
    nature that surrounds us. Next I’ll have you gardening with your love for cooking, food and feeding friends and family! I can’t wait to see the outcome of your ideas.
    I do think your pictures in themselves are a work of art. Professional photographers don’t take pictures as nice! BTW: love your picture and you.

  6. Your bird photos are really terrific. My maternal grandfather was a professional photographer. So in my formative years I was literally surrounded by professional photo shoots. What you show on your blog are darn good bird photographs.

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