Saturday, May 12, 2007

New Spring Birds, a Toad and Deer

I had a couple of patient cancellations at my community job one day this week, a financial loss of perhaps $100.00.

So I went for an early morning walk instead, serenaded by birdsong. I saw at least a dozen Baltimore Orioles, a few busy Yellow Warblers, including this one taking milkweed silk for a nest, and one beautiful Northern Flicker on a dead branch overlooking the river. And yes, I noticed the toad before I stepped on it.

Spring migration is moving north.....monetary value, priceless.

When I got home, there was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on my feeder. I have never seen one before, let alone in my yard. This is a very poor picture taken in evening light through the screen on my window, but he scares away very easily if I approach the doorway. He loves the nyjer seed and has stayed for two days now. I believe the other bird in the picture is a female house sparrow. I am not sure that I have seen the female grosbeak.

We went to the Niagara region today to see the spring blossoms and flowers. I am not the only one having trouble with my tulips. This was taken at the Butterfly Conservatory. The beautiful gardens here are maintained by the Niagara Parks' School of Horticulture.


  1. Ruth: Can you hear me moan??? Baltimore Orioles? Everyone has them except me. My home town bird. Your photos are so good!!!

    I'm sulking. Liza has swallows and you have Orioles.

    I am so glad you didn't flatten the toad.

  2. Yea! You got a Grosbeak at your feeder! Indeed, seeing all you saw was priceless!

  3. Mary- I was sure every migrating bird in the continent went through your neighbourhood! I have to work so hard for my bird shots (but I have fun!)

    Jayne- You too must live on the migration path. You inspire me to keep looking for those elusive birds.

  4. _Glad you had a chance to get out and do some birding.-I had terrible luck trying to get good photos-I'm studying up on my owners manual today.

  5. Larry- I took about 70 pictures and only a handful were keepers. When I get into the digital zoom, it is very hard to keep the camera steady in my hands. However, even a bad picture helps me ID a bird. I think you do a good job with your bird pics.


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