Monday, October 07, 2013

Nature Notes: the first week of October

The fairies are dancing in the sky.
The catbird came to my deck for a drink of water and a bath.
The bluejay is all fluffed out after a bath.
The male cardinal didn't want to share the bath with the mockingbird.
The juvenile rufous-sided towhee and the cardinal were negotiating who got to take a bath first.
Cardinals are in great abundance in my backyard.
I think the cardinal below still has some transitional feathers.
The sapling below has already begun to wear its fall finery.
I love how fluffy the female cardinal looks after a bath, like a little puff ball.
I think male rufous-sided towhees look very striking.
He's puffed out so much below he looks very wide.
The carolina wren was hopping around my deck so fast that half the shots I took were blurry.
The wren was puffed out after a bath in the next shot.
The brown thrasher below was getting ready for a bath.
There were a lot of ducks at Shelley Lake on Sunday when I went for a walk.
It always amazes me how flexible birds are when they groom their feathers.
The weather has been strange. October started off warmer than September.
It's beginning to cool down again which I like.
I love cloudy sunsets.
Although the oak trees aren't changing colors yet a few leaves that turned brown in the summer dropped off during the rain.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely post -- all your birds are great -- my favorite is that puffed out towhee... incredible.

And that first picture, the cloud really does look like a fairy dancing.

Teamgsquare said...

Wow lovely pictures . Liked the picture of bluejay and cardinal very much.

Cezar and Léia said...

The bluejay is adorable!Wonderful images dear Carver, thanks for sharing!

Leora said...

All your playful birds are such fun. I've been looking for fall foliage as well - I see you also have the brown leaves syndrome.

Reader Wil said...

Lovely birds! I wished that we had cardinal birds in my country!
Wil, ABCW Team

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely to watch birds at the birdbath. Great series of photos.

EG CameraGirl said...

You really get a very nice variety of birds! LOVE your towhee!

NatureFootstep said...

LOL you have many winged friends. Love the bathing images.

Laura said...

beautiful series Carver... I love the texture of the duck prints all over the beach.

betty-NZ said...

What a delightful series of shots. The birds are certainly cute as can be.

DeniseinVA said...

Great shots Carver! I loved particularly the rufous-sided towee.

I am still in Germany but wedding celebrations are now winding down and I was able to get on line for a little while. We will be doing some sight-seeing tomorrow and in a few days we will be on our way home.

Anonymous said...

I just got a hundred pounds of black oil sunflower seed and some scratch for the smaller birds. Mac says I try to feed the world...but I just try to feed the ones around know its good luck to have the friendship of a catbird! Lucky girl you!

Rambling Woods said...

Awww... love the bathing birds... and your clouds do look fairy-like. I so love oak leaves and there is only one oak on our property. They seem to change later than the cottonwood and ash that are already mostly done.. Michelle