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Friday, April 6, 2012

F is for Feathered Friends

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From my backyard ~

1.  Mourning Dove
2.  Song Sparrow
3.  Blue Jay
4.  Grackle
5.  American Robin
6.  Starling
7.  White Crowned Sparrow
8.  Cardinal


I've joined in the A to Z Challenge for April!
Come back tomorrow for the letter G!



54 comments:

  1. I am awaiting the return of those pretty little goldfinches that visited last summer.

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    1. I love your robin photo.

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    2. aw...I love goldfinches! They haven't arrived yet.

      I took the Robin photo today...I think she's considering a place for a nest! Lovely spot, huh?

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    3. it's a golden crab apple. I going to miss those blossoms when the wind eventually takes them down!

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  2. You have a little nature conserve in your yard, Betsy... and wild kitties! Love it all. blessings to you ~ tanna

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    1. I know...can you believe all the birds with 9 cats about? But I'm glad to have both...so fun to watch!

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  3. See you found you F with ease
    As the birds sit outside and tease
    Wanting to get their picture taken with a pose
    While causing the cats woes
    Sure have quite the array
    On display at your bay
    Nice seeing them all is one
    Whether under snow or sun

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    1. Yes, once I really thought about it
      I was surrounded with the answer where I sit.
      And look at the nice sweet poem you wrote
      about the birds that float my boat.
      Have you arrived at the other lair?
      Are you choking on cat hair?
      lol.

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    2. Nope tomorrow morning that will come due
      And choking on cat hair is all but true
      But at least the cat chases them off
      And makes them scoff..haha

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    3. haha...I'll think of you
      driving for an hour or two
      with the two in the back
      crying like they're having a heart attack.

      So, do you brush all the cats and vacuum, too
      because that's what a good man would do
      especially if the ocd kicked in
      hope you bring lots of empty Pringle tins.
      Or do you just do as you please
      and sit there and sneeze?
      hahaha.

      making good progress here on a few cats
      Marmy was sitting in my lap!
      then jumped up on my desk and took a nap!
      Have a week to befriend them all
      so they can go to the snip-snip hall.

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    4. Pffft my ocd turns off at home
      Or I just lock myself in a dome
      Meaning my room
      And if any jump in Orlin and Cassie give them doom..hahaha
      So I am safe from any more strat
      Just two I have to still do at the other mat
      As we drive and they meow away
      Not wanting to go to that other bay
      Guess I'm not a good man
      But of some of the cats just not a fan
      As they like to mark because of my two
      And that is just ummm ewwww
      Hopefully they'll all go snip snip
      And won't give you any lip

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  4. your photos are just amazing, I also love the eggs you did in the previous post, I did some with onion skins boiled , they produce a beautiful color as well, and beets, make pink ones, I think colors are so lovely and delicate,

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    1. I'm going to try that way next time...I think the color will be a nit richer. It was fun, though!

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  5. Ah Betsy so nice and lovely pics:)

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    1. Im in bed lol but im with my cell:)

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    2. Yeah! Tomorrow i will see the pics again i see here all little:)

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    3. Hey, I found a jar of lemon curd in my pantry that I'm going to put between the layers of my cake! That worked out nice! :)

      And I bought blackberries tonight to use in my icecream.

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    4. Omg i love lemon curd snd with blackberries amaxinh!!

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    5. Sorry Betsy i go to the living Esperanza broke thr sugar jar LOL i was cleaning, she was worry lol

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    6. yea, I think the lemon cake and blackberry icecream will be so nice together. Thanks for the inspiration there. :)

      Oh dear...what a mess. lol. I'm off to bed. Night, dear. See you tomorrow. xo

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  6. WOW! What a variety! Those are beautiful. Can you send me an email on how you do the photo spreads...they are gorgeous!

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    1. it's Picasa3...a free download from Google! Really easy to use!

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  7. Lovely shots. I've been having some fun with Picassa 3, thanks to you. Happy Easter!

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    1. It's fun, isn't it? I love their picnik, too but they are ending it :( I need to find a replacement for it.

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  8. Why are my grackles so dull here? that bird looks almost tropical!

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    1. well, mine are dull in the shade but they are blue like that with the sun on them...and this one is a male, I'm sure. Most people think they look mean, but I love to watch them nest and raise a family. They are such sweet, attentive parents!

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  9. Betsy, you have so many beautiful birds in your area. Your photos are incredible! Have a wonderful Good Friday and a Happy Easter. Connie :)

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    1. thanks, Connie. As you can see, I enjoy them a lot. We have trees close to the windows, which makes spying on them all the easier! ha.

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  10. Perfect choice for "F". I really like the robin.

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    1. thanks, Magpie...I had to fit my birds in somewhere in the alphabet! ha. But I'm sure it won't be the last! Maybe I'll be able to photo a nest for N. There are a lot of them being made but I don't have a clear shot of any yet.

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  11. What a great bird sanctuary you have. Incredible!

    I have a snack for you to try... celery and salsa. Can't stop eating it!

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    1. oooh...I'll have to try that! I have both! I love both! ha.

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  12. Oh my goodness!! These are perfect beautiful pretty birds!! Awwwww they're stunning!! Love them!! Yay! Take care
    x

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    1. thanks, kitty...I'm having so much fun photographing them!

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  13. I love seeing all the photos (colors/types) together in this collage! GORGEOUS!

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    1. they are so fun to watch! Now I'm looking for nests!

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  14. These pictures are beautiful - such vivid colors!

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    1. thank you! And thanks for visiting! :)

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  15. ah Now I can see well!! in my laptop, I love N° 5, but all are amazing! xxx

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    1. I think No5 is everyone's favorite. I should post a larger picture of that soon. I hope she makes a nest!

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    2. Gloria ~ I have blackberry icecream swirling around in my maker right now! Mmmmm!

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    3. oh I told you ! my favorite Ice cream is Blackberry I love it!!Have a lovely day! lol

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  16. Fabulous bird pictures, Betsy. Also, I like your new header. What a lovely view to have out your kitchen window.

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    1. My favorite part about spring is the blooming trees! I really dislike summer, though, and when the blooms fall and the heat comes, I'm wishing for fall! ha.

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  17. Bluejays are my favorite birds. I’m not sure why. Maybe because when I was younger, blue was my favorite color, so I decided bluejays were blue, and therefore had to be my favorite bird.
    ~Aidyl
    www.aidylewoh.blogspot.com

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    1. they are one of my favorites, too! I love their feathers!

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  18. These are amazing photographs. 1 and 2 are so adorable and 6 is really cool looking,I'm thinking kind of like a sci-fi bird. And all from your backyard, that's almost unfair to have this many species so close to you, you're too lucky

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    1. thanks, Fred! haha...true..maybe the Starling is named after Star Wars. :) I put out seed and I think the word spreads about the bird population. :)

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  19. Number four is so striking, it looks like it was enhanced in PhotoShop... but I know better.

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  20. Hi Betsy - great photos .. love them and they're so clear .. amazing shots - love your montages .. cheers and hope you're having a great Easter weekend .. and the boys aren't eating too many eggs?! Cheers Hilary

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  21. Such attractive birds - and don't you have a variety visiting your garden. We see none of those here, though we do have robins and doves they are different colourations.

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