Monday, May 9, 2011

Something Different

I'll get back to the southwest trip.  I can't leave the subject without showing you Canyon de Chelly.  For "My World" this week I want to share what I have been seeing in my own backyard.
 I took this through the window, a bird I hadn't seen at the feeder before.
 I managed to sneak outside and get a sharper shot, a black headed grosbeak.
 I'm not sure about this one since I can't see the back or wings but I think it is a non-breading American Goldfinch.
 No doubt about this one, a beautiful American Goldfinch in full breading plumage.  When I enlarged the series of images I found out that the goldfinches eat the green cones on the birch tree.  No wonder it is always full of goldfinches.
 The female Anna's Hummingbird likes the delphinium.
 The California quail provide regular entertainment in the garden.  The brown smear coming from the upper right is an out of focus branch.

That's my world this week and you can see other parts of our wonderful world by following the link to 
That's My World, Tuesday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren and Sylvia.


22 comments:

Amila Kanchana said...

Beautiful birds,they all are!

Gaelyn said...

Nice views outside your windows.

Janie said...

Lovely bird photos, Martha. You're seeing a lot of variety.

Diane AZ said...

Your American goldfinch is so brilliantly colored, looks pretty in the birch tree. We recently saw a black headed grosbeak in our yard too, the colors and pattern reminds us of Gila monsters.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely view and delightful captures as always, Martha! I do love the birds! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Sylvia

""rare*jonRez"" said...

Oh... those birds-- they are my daughter's favorites! She delights in every picture that has a bird in it, yours including! Thanks for sharing!

I have My Mothering World to share, I hope to see you at my page! :)

Photo Cache said...

i love the quail. i first saw it in golden gate park. it's perfect to be the state's official bird.

hoped you had a lovely mother's day.

Gary said...

That Grosbeak is really something!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos and I love the birds. The grosbeak will be on my list of bird I have to see. Thanks for sharing.

Life Ramblings said...

beautiful birds. the shot of grosbeak is pperfectly captured.

Genie said...

I cannot imagine seeing so many different birds around your home. It is amazing. our captures are beautiful. At the moment I am photographing 2 eagles and their one surviving eaglet going to and from work. It is such a treat seeing them is the wild. Your birds are so colorful. Thanks for such a special series.

Genie said...

I cannot imagine seeing so many different birds around your home. It is amazing. our captures are beautiful. At the moment I am photographing 2 eagles and their one surviving eaglet going to and from work. It is such a treat seeing them is the wild. Your birds are so colorful. Thanks for such a special series.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful birds, Martha. I love finches, and the quail is just ever so cute.
Looking forward to Canyon de Chelly, too.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

stardust said...

You welcome variety of birds in your backyard. I have only bulbuls or Japanese white-eyes visiting my garden from time to time. Your American goldfinch is eye-catching.

Ebie said...

I would love to hear the birds chirping early in the morning. That would be music to my ear.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Amazing backyard views Martha! Who said you had to leave home for excitement? (Oh yes but there is that red rock!) And I'm really looking forward to visiting Cyn DeChelly.

But your bird photos are wonderful and make me miss my bird feeders (one of the few things I miss about owning a stick home.)

Stewart M said...

Hi there - these are a great set of images and not a bad group of birds to have in your back yard!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Kaori said...

Birds are so hard to capture. But yours are absolutely gorgeous! I love the hummingbird :D

zeal4adventure said...

Beautiful birds. It's so nice to have such beauties just outside your window.

Leovi said...

beautiful shot, a handsome hummingbirds.

snowwhite said...

You captured the birds' movement very effectively! Photos are pleasure to the eye.
Thank you for sharing. Have a nice day!

Luna Miranda said...

i envy your bird shots--i'm not so good at shooting birds.