Thursday, August 19, 2010

Simple Pleasures - Bird Watching

I am once again joining Dayle at

for Thursdays
Project Simple Pleasures2

And it seems that Susan at Writing Straight from the Heart and I are on the same wavelength. Bird watching is truly a simple pleasure that anyone around the world can enjoy. Each area has its own variety of birds that flit and flutter about to entertain.

I snapped these photos while at Frederick Meijers Garden in Grand Rapids, MI this summer.

This feeder was a hot spot for a variety of sweet little birdies.

As you can see, these little guys blended in with their surroundings.

While a bat is not a bird, I was totally mesmerized by these fruit bats hanging from these trees found in a botanical garden we visited in Sri Lanka (my 11 year old ran the opposite direction).

There are several areas around Kuwait where folks feed the pigeons and you can find them in large numbers.

Mourning Doves are constant visitors here.

As you can see, our cat Jingles also enjoys this simple pleasure.

Please visit Dayle and the other participants for more simple pleasures.

Peace & blessings, Tammy


A Vintage Chic said...

I love watching the birds, too, Tammy...makes me feel so calm...we have lots of pretty ones here.

Hope you're having a wonderful day, my friend!


Rostrose said...

You are right, dearest Tammy: bird watching is good for the soul... not only for cats ;o)
Today I was watching butterflies in our garden - this was wonderful, too! I wish you a happy day! Big hugs, Traude

sarah said...

Me watching birds...especially herons in flight. Beautiful pictures.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget about my hummingbirds!! I can sit and watch them interact for hours. I never knew a bird could have such a personality!! This summer, my mom had a daddy woodpecker showing his baby how to get at the bugs in the tree outside her kitchen window. They hopped up and down the tree for almost an hour. It was a wonderful thing to watch.
Good to know birds are bringing comfort to everyone!!

Debbie said...

My simple pleasure wasn't bird watching, but I am standing with you and Susan as a fellow bird lover.

I would probably be more like your son with the bats, though. I have seen a bat up close and personal, and they're creeeeeeepy to me.

Great shots! The morning dove is my favorite.

Nora Johnson said...

What a great blog you have - am visiting from AlphabeThursday Green where I came across it!
Will be back to read through earlier posts...

Have a great weekend,


PS My own AlphabeThursday Green is posted if you can join me… HERE!

koralee said...

I love bird watching...our tree by our window is always full of them...I adore their songs. xoxoxox

Claus said...

My mom and I enjoy feeding birds at home. We have a plate where we put bread crumbs and seeds for them, and a whole variety come around, including doves, which are great to see. Now, they come by every morning, and late in the evenings. They have become our "children", and we most feed them :-) ...if Lucas and Mateo don't scare them away!
have a lovely day!

Whispers of Grace said...

I love watching birds, too. And getting photos, if you can.

Dayle said...

I love the photo of the dove. So peaceful looking. This is a great simple pleasure, and two bird watchers at the same party. Love it. I'm so enjoying seeing all of the unique simple pleasures that are showing up each week. They really are endless; we just have to be watching for them. Thanks so much for linking up today.

Susan said...

Love watching birds too. Plus you know I have a bird collection......enjoy your day. Susan

Jennie said...

The red winged black bird is beautiful! Nice shot! I love bird-watching as well, something that's been passed down to me from my mom and her mom. Would you believe one of my toddlers first words was "bird!"? She will stand at the window and talk to the birds at the feeder for a long time (for a 15 month old anyway). I say if a 15 month old finds joy in it, so should we! Those babes seem to have a clue about the good stuff!

Zuzu said...

My parents visited recently, and brought me a book on Colorado birds. My hope is that I will be able to start identifying some of these sweet visitors in the forest! :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Tammy!

Barbara Jean said...

Beautiful bird pictures.
Love the one at the end with the dove, and the very last, great to catch that on film.

I sure do appreciate all your visits to my place. Seeing your name is like knowing an old friend has come by for a visit.
Amazing what blogland has done to connect people all over the world.

blessings on your day

barbara jean

Susan said...

Hi Tammy...What a riot we both picked birds for our simple pleasure! I got a real chuckle out of that. It was so "tweet." ha!

Hope you have a great day. Susan

Mary said...

Birds give us so much pleasure and joy. I'm amazed that thousands of miles away we have Mourning Doves here, too.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Tammy,
Thank you so much for coming by I Owe it All to Him! It is so nice to meet you and I just became a follower...I hope you'll come back and visit...Hugs & Blessings,

Stella said...

I too love to watch the birds. My favorite are our bright red cardinals and pretty little wrens.

Thanks for stopping by to wish me well while hip heals. Stella

Rebecca said...


Thank you so much for visiting me today. I'm glad my little comment on Becky's blog steered you my way. You are right...what made the cupcakes even MORE wonderful was being with friends.

Now...I'm a bird lover. Late Spring/early this summer, like every year, two tiny wrens built a nest in one of my window boxes outside my studio. I could hear them every morning, afternoon and well into dusk, chirping away as they worked.

I had truly a bird's eye view of them as they couldn't see me on the other side of the glass. I even snapped pics once their eggs hatched. One day I noticed the silence and they had all flown away and the nest was empty. I was sad at first but then quickly realized that life was playing out just as it was meant to do.

I'm excited to see them (or another pair) come back again next year.

Thanks for saying hello!



Libbie said...

Mr. Jingles is cute watching those birds...I can just imagine what he is thinking :)

Christine said...

You captured the best moment, with Mr. Jingles.
I think bird watching is such a pleasure. I almost want to call it an addiction.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

I would be running with your 11 year old too!!!

The rest: gorgeous!!!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Bird watching is one of my favorite things to do. I don't have many in the yard anymore. Can't feed them due to the rats that came here to hang out. Once I got rid of those rascals, I don't dare tempt them back.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Tammy,
I'm glad you found my art blog too! I'll enter you into the drawing for the necklace.

Angel said...

Just found your lovely blog. Looks like you are the world traveler I've always wanted to be! You wrote about birds today and I wrote about where they live. Please feel free to visit anytime over at Be blessed!

Diane said...

I, too, love the birds Tammy. Very nice pictures. The bats in the tree are really amazing, I've never seen anything like that. Diane

Anonymous said...

Just this morning I was watching a baby (young) bird on the deck. He was so cute with his baby fluff still on him and fluttering around as he was still a newbie at it.

crochet lady said...

It is a simple pleasant thing to enjoy watching our feathered friends.

June said...

Tammy that is so cute seeing Jingles eyeing the birds! I love birds and love to hear them twittering away in the trees outside my window in the early morning before I get up. Music to my ears. Happy bird-watching to you and you darling Jingles.

dee dee said...

I've grown to love watching birds as well!
What a wonderful post!
Dee Dee

glor said...

Out my front door and down the steps are my bird feeders which I watch with delight from my dining room window. I am always fascinated with them and the beautiful colors of the different ones who come day after day. We sometimes get such a gathering, it tickles me and most likely always will. Isn't nature such a blessing? Hugs and many blessings to you.

Mevely317 said...

What a deLIGHT-full post! I sure envy your eye for capturing these everyday miracles!

Chatty Crone said...

I'll tell you what I told Susan - I never thought about birds bringing pleasure, but they sure do! sandie

Ms.Daisy said...

Hi, Great blog! I really like the photo of Jingles bird watching! lol!


peppermint said...

Bird watching is really mesmerizing! But I think I would have run the other way too seeing those bats! LOL! Thank you for sharing.


Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, your pictures are just wonderful!
I am so glad I came across your blog!
Have a good night~

Barbara Jean said...

Thanks for your comment about the hankies Tammy.
blessed to see you came by. =)
blessings and hugs


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