New Visitor

I have been very envious recently to see others in the area post pictures of Grosbeaks.  The birds are so beautiful but I thought there was no way I would see any in Roswell.  Somehow, one showed up in my backyard yesterday!

The light wasn’t very good as he appeared just before 7 PM on a rainy day.  I wasn’t about to let that stop me getting a few shots which turned out pretty well in spite of the conditions.  It would be very nice if we get to see more of these gorgeous birds at the house.  I am glad that we got to see them at least once.  What a thrill.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Pheucticus ludovicianus

Roswell, Georgia
April 22, 2018

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/40sec – ISO 800

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The good provider

Look what wonderful food daddy has found for you!  The bluebirds have been very active these days.  Both adults have been back and forth to the nest and lots of food deliveries – especially by the male.  I am still waiting for my first peek at the babies but I’m sure that’s not far off.

All the backyard birds have been visiting the feeders regularly.  Everyone seems to be fascinated with suet this spring season.  The feeder is seems to be empty every time I look at it.  The woodpeckers don’t seem to care about anything else but there are many others that go here first.  The cardinals keep coming in packs.  I assume they are nesting somewhere close and I will probably see little ones of theirs soon as well.

What a great way to pass the time, watching all of nature’s creatures!

Eastern Bluebird
Sialia sialis

Roswell, Georgia
April 21, 2018

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/9 – 1/100sec – ISO 400

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Essence of Spring

Spring bulbs are one of those things that just verify that the season has arrived!  Sometimes, the bulbs pop us early when there’s still snow but when you see patches of iris in this kind of splendor, you know what time of year it is.

I have this patch of iris in my front yard.  This time, they seem to have all decided to bloom simultaneously.  So many buds have appeared and now the purple petals are fluttering in the wind from multiple stalks.  It is sad that they may all burst forth and disappear in a short period of time but while they are here, it is fantastic.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/13 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400

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Special Delivery

Until a few days ago, we weren’t sure if the bluebird nest was still active or not.  The birds seemed to have disappeared for a while so I did a quick check inside and saw three little eggs in there.  Shortly after that, the parents began to make frequent trips back and forth.  Now the male is running honey-do trips all day long.

You can see here that he has brought back two treats for mom.  I assume we will hear and/or see little ones before long.  Can’t wait for that!

Eastern Bluebird
Sialia sialis

Roswell, Georgia
April 19, 2018

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/125sec – ISO 400

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A knockout

Spring tends to bring the best out in most plants.  The new growth is all shiny and bright and the summer sun has yet to bake things and curl the edges.  I have a knockout rose bush that goes from stunningly beautiful to “why don’t you just dig that up” as the seasons change.  Right now, it is in the wow stage.  Maybe if I baby it and pay more attention, it won’t look like a wild thorn bush as the year goes on.  I’m not sure about that but, I will appreciate the beautiful blooms while they are flourishing.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/13 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400

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Little gifts

Another example of how bigger isn’t always better.  These little purple flowers spring up in my garden.  I’m not sure what they are but when they appear, I always smile.  Yesterday, they were nodding and bobbing about in the wind.  When I got a lull in the motion, I grabbed this image to share the simple beauty of a small blossom.

Enjoying the simple things can be one of the best ways to defeat the hardships of life.  When we can appreciate the good in small blessings, we can tolerate the things that don’t go our way.  Hope I can remember this the next time I feel like things aren’t so good!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/13 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400

#Spring #flowers #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Do I have something on my beak?

I have noticed that the branch used for perching is also a rubbing post for birds when they come to feed.  If they have a leftover bit of suet or shell or some little bug pestering them, they will rub their beaks across the surface.  This cardinal was a little less than polite in his eating manners and came away with a spot of suet on his face.

I guess it’s like growing up in a big family, you have to grab the food while it is there or you get left out.  Clean up comes later.

Northern Cardinal 
Cardinalis cardinalis

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/8 – 1/125sec – ISO 400

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