Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Garden 'Tour for a Cure' ~ Part 2

Female Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Please click the "Tour" blog banner up on the right side of my blog for a look at many wonderful gardens this week! Yesterday I posted a few photos of flowers from my garden in Eagle, Idaho; today here are a few photos of some of the backyard birds that have come to visit. Click on the individual photos for a much closer look at these beautiful creatures! From the time I was little, I have loved wild birds. My parents had a little mountain cabin in the southern California mountains when I was growing up, and my dad always had feeders out for the squirrels and birds. I remember taking many trips with him up to the little general store and helping him scoop bird seed and crushed peanuts into bags to take back to the cabin. We'd lay peanuts out on the porch railing for the squirrels and often, the stellar blue jays would swoop down and steal them. I discovered that, if I threw a peanut up high, a blue jay would catch it in mid air. This was a fun game for me. Wherever I've lived as an adult, I've made sure I've had bird feeders so our little friends would have a place to feel welcome. My favorites are the hummingbirds. My parents just loved those birds and we always had them come and drink from the little bottles hanging from our patio cover rafters when I was a child. Ah, sweet memories . . .

Female and Male Housefinches


Male Yellow-headed Blackbird


Male House Sparrow, Mourning Dove


Black-chinned Hummingbird


Male American Goldfinch


Black billed Magpie


Hummingbird drinking from my Butterfly Bush

20 comments:

Jan Parrish said...

Oh, fab pix. That reminds me to refill my hummer feeder. I love those little guys.

Lydia said...

Great stories to go with the bird pics! Wonderful memories.

Thanx for the Luna Moth info! Everyone's excited. Hubby wants me to post another picture to find out it's name. I'll let him find the pic..

I travelled extensively when in my twenties. I surprised myself by loving the great birds and pictures that I saw/got while on safari in Kenya. My favorite was the superb starling.

I think that my daughter may just try the peanut trick:) Lydia

Treasure Barn said...

Great post! I love the mourning dove and the hummingbird. So pretty!

Hugs
Patti

Lydia said...

Yes, it is called a service (not a mass); and the pause button doesn't seem to want to work. Don't know if it's the computer or playlist, but I'm figurin' it's playlist somehow-it happened on my playlist and everyone else's blog that I visited.

...and thank you for your' head -fattening' :) compliments regarding my blog. You are so kind. I don't know how to make a favorites list yet-would love to make one:)Lydia

Lydia said...

Your bird photos are beautiful especially when enlarged! They'd be great to use in collage-Lydia

bj said...

Your photos are just absolutely beautiful...I enjoyed them very much..
bj

Sandra Evertson said...

Oh, wow! Is that humming bird in the first photo just sitting there with his wings still? Amazing, I have never seen that! lucky you!
Sandra Evertson

Debra said...

I love the birds-we don't have those fellows here, like the magpie and stellar jay. I love the yellow headed guy. The flowers are wonderful too. Glad you stopped in! Debra

Dolly said...

Congradulations on getting such wonderful pictures of humming birds {not an easy task}

I have always loved watching and feeding the birds along with my daddy!
Now its fun to teach the grandbabies the different birds!

Love your garden pics!

Hugz, Dolly

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

pretty pics! Have a great weekend!!! xo Britt :-)

SweetAnnee said...

WOW you get lots of hummers
and different ones than us!!
thanks for sharing your
LOVELY
garden.!!
deena

windycorner said...

The variety of birds in your yard is wonderful. I love birds, too and on my first trip west of the Rockies, a bird book for western North America was one of the first things bought so we could identify the birds we didn't recognize. Love the hummingbird by the butterfly bush.
Holley

Lynn said...

Your bird pictures are just stunning! I enjoyed them so much. I love the flowers too. Thank you for the beautiful garden tour!

Lynn

Diane said...

I just found your blog and it is so beautiful in interesting. I'm saving it to my favorites and will be visiting regularly. Diane

Heather Robinson said...

What amazing bird photos! I can't believe that you captured the hummingbirds so beautifully. Those little ones don't stay in one place for long!! I really enjoyed meandering through your photo show.

Mary said...

Jann,

All of your photos of the birds and flowers are beautiful. Thanks for taking me on a tour of your garden. Deena did a great job with this.

Blessings,
Mary

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Such beautiful photos of all the birds. I just love the little Hummers, so sweet!
Thank you for visiting my garden, I really enjoyed visiting yours!
Carol Anne

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

What can I say that others have not commented on your lovely pictures...but they are so right the pictures are just breath taking to say the least...the bird pictures and your garden tour was so nice...thanks so much for sharing it...If you have time please come and visit mine...there so many to visit...It does take lots of time to look at all of them...I am just now getting around to them...
from the heart of Texas!
afriendtoyou!
Judy

Sarah said...

What wonderful garden and bird pics. Love that first one with the humming bird and bright colors.
Sarah
Vintage Lily
http://vintagelily.typepad.com/my_weblog/

TiffanyJane said...

Awwwwwwww!!! Love the birdie pictures!!! Soo Sweet!