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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Parts of 2012 were for the birds.......

As everyone else, the New Year causes one to reflect on the past year
and muse on the upcoming one.
 
Like you, I had highlights and down parts of 2012, but I am
happy to say, the highlights outnumbered the downs.
 
And as far as "for the birds"?  Well, I was honored
to see some to photograph...and
want to share these autumn bird shots with you today.
 
It is to wish you a Happy New Year...
one that I hope "takes flight" for you
and allows you to soar to the happiest year of your life yet.
 
Because remember....a lot of your friends and loved ones
did not get the privilege to see 2013.
 
 









We read on line that if you take a hollow log (or in our case a hollow piece of birch bark) and put seeds inside, the birds like it...as they will get out of the wind, snow and rain and go inside the log to eat.
 
Sometimes, they stand on top of it and act as the "look out"...
like this blue jay:










Or just OUTSIDE of it...
as the "look out":

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This little Junco had the right idea...just crawl right in there and pig out!:
 









A male mallard in the golden fall leaves reflections:
























A woodpecker having a feast:

 


I hope you feast on life as you enjoy 2013...
and that you spread your wings and soar this coming year....
don't be "the lookout".............
just fly, fly, fly!!!!!!

28 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ha. better to photo the birds that to have to live with them (metaphorically speaking, ha.) nice pics...and happy new year...

smiles.

L. D. Burgus said...

These are some really special shots. I really like the close up shots in the trees. Mallards have been special to me because of those green heads. You framed them very well. Keep that camera clicking in the new year. Happy New Year.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Happy New Year and may you have many great photo moments in the year ahead.

Sandra said...

i love the little guys inside... so beautiful. amazing photos today as always... and this reminds me that 2013 will FLY by and 2014 will be here in a blink of an eye.

Pat said...

Oh, Eva, these are GORGEOUS photos! I loved them! I am a bird lover from way back! What a great idea to put bird seed in that log! Many hours of enjoyment watching the birds!

Country Gal said...

Awesome post and photos ! The hollow log I have heard of but haven't done it yet , will have to get hubby working on that in his wood shop lol ! Happy New Year to you and your family !

DJan said...

Beautiful pictures! I especially love the one of the little junco protected and happy... thank you! :-)

faye said...

Great captures... the birds will always be special for me. Sadly the influx of migratory birds seems non existent this year... what happened to winter ??

Happy New Year !!

Muffy's Marks said...

What a beautiful post!! Thoughtful words and great photos to compliment them. Wishing you and those you love the best 2013 has to offer.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy New Year! I see you are back with some great photos:)

So. Cal. Gal said...

So that's what a woodpecker looks like! Awesome! These are great pics! (what else is new? lol!)

Eva Gallant said...

Your bird photos were amazing!!!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Excellent!!! Super-excellent that you managed to capture such wonderful, colorful bird photos to 'fit' the year 2012!!

If you'd consider adding your post link to my Birding Photo blog this weekend, I think it'd be a great addition to all the others who participate. It's "The Bird D'Pot" ---you will find the link on my sidebar "I'd Rather B Birdin" ---

Have a fantastic weekend.

diane b said...

Great advice and photos. You have used light exceptionally well. Super shots.

Phil said...

Good idea the hollowed out log. Thanks for the "follow". I have returned the complement.

Gary said...

Great sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew said...

I have just had a lovely browse around your blog...

Crafty Gardener said...

Nice series of bird photos. Love the idea of a hollow log or similar to create some shelter. I'll be giving that a try soon.

Anni said...

So glad you decided to link up at the Bird D'Pot this week!! Again, these are super photos.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful entry, all my favorite cutie pies! The hollowed out log is a great idea, I am always happy to find new ideas and ways to attract our feathered friends!

Munir said...

What a lovely way to wish "Happy New Year"
My families and my wishes for you and your family for the New Year and many more happy ones Cheers:)

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Happy New Year, Joan, and although the wishes are a tad late, really they are not really as there is a lot left to 2013. Enjoyed the fall bird shots and the post words too.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

This is my first visit to you blog, by way of "Frog & PenguInn", Bea and Grenville. I will return because too being retired I have the time, hah, a joke and subject on which I recently lamented. Love the birds, and the junco is one of the industrious types when it comes to food. Sometimes ours eat so much that I think they will no longer be able to fly.

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show. Thank you will follow my blog, I have added me as follows to your beautiful / varied blog. Wish you a good start to the new week :) Hanne Bente

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Happy New Year! All the best!

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful birds and photos. Happy New Year Joan!

Pelle said...

This is really wonderful post. All the pictures are really so beautiful. What is the name of first one. This is so cute bird. Thank you for sharing such a good and beautiful post.

Trees Planet said...

Wow! Really wonderful post. This bird is looking so cute.

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