It’s May – there’s birds

In my eyes, no one healthy should be complaining these days. But – it seemed like that cold & rainy April would never end. Now it’s May. Those of you who have been here for a while know that means some bird-heavy posts coming. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of woodworking too. But staying at home means I get to pay closer attention to the birds coming into the yard now.

Or through it as in the case of this osprey (Pandion haliaetus) hauling some building material for its nest.

a few times this spring there have been flocks of cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) here.

They’re always a favorite of mine, a story Heather Neill knows well…

One of my goals this spring-at-home is to get a good, close shot of a Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula). Here’s take 1.

Then take 2:

This Eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) was here very briefly. They’re easy to photograph, being a flycatcher means they hang out in a conspicuous spot so they can sail out after bugs-on-the-wing. But hard to get close to, so this is about the best I can do with them…

There was a flock of yellow-rumped warblers (Setophaga coronata) this morning, some of whom were down low where I can get at them. So I have lots of shots of them.

They’re yellow in other parts, but here is the rump with its splash of yellow to give the bird its English name.

One more yellow rump –

Then after lunch, I was headed back to the shop – but didn’t want to interrupt this turkey hen (Meleagris gallopavo) who was feeding between the house & the shop. So I went around the other way, and snapped a few pictures of her.

She scooted along after a bit, and I watched her go. Then suddenly she disappeared. I kept looking for her to come out from behind a tree, but when I finally got the binoculars out to see what was what, I found that she’s nesting in a thick patch of ivy growing on the hillside.

Fingers crossed that the coyotes, foxes and raccoons don’t find her nest.




12 thoughts on “It’s May – there’s birds

  1. Love the photos Peter, I suspect you may have invested a Kings ransom in a new lens or camera and lens?

  2. Nice photos. We have a flock of about two dozen wild turkeys that roam our suburbs. They are fun to watch wandering the neighborhood. Five or six male hummingbirds and battling to own the two humming bird feeders in the back. Doves are building a nest in the trees close to the home. Birds add a nice touch to life.

  3. HI Peter, while surfing the web, I came across Steve Walsh’s ash chest with photo’s of how he made it. At the end he thanked you for the 1955 video.

    I was absolutely fascinated by his photo’s as well as the video. I make 1/12 miniature furniture as a hobby and decided to give it a go. I finished the chest and would like to send some photo’s to Steve. Can you please help me with an e-mail address? The e-mail address on his blog does not work anymore.

    Kind regards
    Alma Moller

  4. Hi Peter,
    I was a bit disappointed not finding contact details for a Steve Walsh, but I have already moved on. One door closed and then….. just one click and another world opens before my eyes….yours!!!

    Absolutely beautiful furniture!! I watched a few of your video’s and are totally in owe of your talent and dedication!!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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