Sunday, January 25, 2009

Telltale Signs


It is 58 days until the first day of Spring,
and I have detected something ever so wonderful.
The goldfinches are starting to look a little more, well, gold.
See?
It's a beautiful thing.
And this crew?
The UN of my back yard?
There is a little border skirmish heating up...
In the southern hemisphere.
I am pretending those ones on top are the peacekeepers.

31 comments:

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I've noticed more song birds myself. Also, there are daffodils sprouting in my yard, although these particular ones are notoriously early bloomers. It won't be too long before spring, then summer, then BLOG FEST!

Country Girl said...

I pretend things, too. I give the squirrels names and invent personalities for them. Then I post about it. Unfortunately, when I read it the next day I think what the hell was I thinking!

These are good shots! Spring will be good.

Janie said...

AWESOME pix! I need to get one of those bird feeders.

Thinking again, maybe not...

I do have bird dogs.

Chere said...

Mental P, How long do you sit with your camera on a tri-pod and wait for the birds to come back. I so often glance out my window and see the feeders coved with beautiful birds. No matter how I open the door to go out, off they go. Do you have a screen less window with your camera ready? Your photos age great! I have noticed that the male cardinals are the peekest. They are even peekie with each other.

Poutalicious said...

These shots are fantastic!! Even here in Arizona our hummingbirds leave for the winter and I saw one about a week ago. It's very exciting for us bird-watcher types.

TSannie said...

That last shot is just beautiful! And I have not a one goldfinch over here! Possibly because the damn squirrels have eaten through two finch feeders and I haven't gotten around to replacing them. Sorry finches!

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

W-O-W! Your photos are awesome! I hope spring arrives early this year. I am way over winter and ready to move on to warmer temps and the start of pool season.

Grandma J said...

Those are great shots! I was so used to nice birds in CA, so I hung a bird feeder here in TX and I had a zillion ugly black birds who fought like crazy and started dive bombing me....so the feeder stays, but it's empty. Those birds though are something else! They won't even move when you walk down the sidewalk...they just stare at you...

I can't wait to meet you in Mathews at blogfest!

Living on the Spit said...

Your photography is looking amazing here!!! I love the one with all the birds in it...even though that cardinal belongs down here in the VA.

and you too...down here in the VA.

Love ya,

Marlene

Joanie said...

Wow, love those birds! Our winter is just now starting to arrive!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Lovely shots~spring is just around the corner~I see no need in packing up those flip flops now!

I love my birds too!

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

Beautiful Pictures!! GREAT Camera!
We are so ready for Spring here...but we will not see a sign of a daffodil or crocus till at least March!
It's still snowing as I type and I need to refill the feeder...like NOW...When they sit on the railing and look in through the patio door...you know their plate is empty! Have a GREAT Sunday!

Deb said...

MPM...quite amazing photos, my dear! Love that you captured the little darlings feeding. But I swear our yellow finches are...well...more yellow! Perhaps only the girls were out feeding today...it's the little boy finches that are vibrant in color. Isn't that always the case!

And Kate, I have been known to name my little squirrels...guess I'm not as nuts as I thought.

imbeingheldhostage said...

WOW. I would love to sit in your yard with you, a coke and my camera!

Decadent Housewife said...

Gorgeous birds. And the days are getting longer!

Flash Stitcher said...

I don't have finches back yet. Just Cardinals, sparrows and nuthatches.

Oh and less I forget, Squirrels

Hilary said...

Oh those are just lovely. Great shots.. golden moments. :)

Adventure girl wanna be said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww, I love seeing that scene. They are gorgeous! Happy Hopeing Spring;)

Trisha said...

Lovely pictures - I hope you keep giving us updates on the "goldness" of the finches!

Egghead said...

First thing I am going to buy for spring is a finch feeder. Can't wait. We had snow here this morning. Gahhh!

Fairy Mae said...

The pictures are awesome and it looks like the "peacekeepers" are doing their job. Thanks for the read!

littletoesandcheerios said...

Great pictures! And I am more than ready for spring. It was high of 22 today here. Brrrr.

Suz Broughton said...

I love finches. I own one, but these are my favorite wild ones. Really beautiful pictures.

Sassy said...

Your pictures are beautiful...I love birds!

Sandie said...

Those are great shots! I love watching birds, they are mesmerizing.

Daryl said...

WOW .. that is some busy feeder ... so pretty those little tweeties .. new camera is awesome!

david mcmahon said...

VERY nice work!

dlyn said...

Ooooo - beautiful photos MentalP! And I agree that all the finches are starting to look a little more like spring every day. Woot!

imbeingheldhostage said...

ok, I know I already came by, I just wanted to congratulate you on your POD mention over at David's place!

Sandi McBride said...

It's the first thing we look for...the green turning to gold...lovely shots. Congrats on Post of the Day mention at David's
Sandi

Poutalicious said...

Gratz on the POTD reference.