Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Birds

Yesterday evening I was so excited to catch sight of a bird I've not seen before in Kuwait.  This guy landed on a wire just above me.  After a bit of research, I think it is a variety of bee-eater.  Any bird watchers out there have a clue?
We are actually on a migratory path for many species of birds.  Except for the doves.  They live here all the time.  And this one was having a fine dinner of my moss roses this afternoon.
The predicted dust storm didn't turn out to be as bad as they said. Just hazy skies that seem to be the norm of late.

Hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday.


SavannahGranny said...

We heard about an enormous dust storm in your area, on our evening news. Glad you didn't have it heavily.
Hugs, Ginger

Anonymous said...

I think you are right about the bird. I am no expert at all but this looks like one.
Hugs ..... Marilyn

My Grama's Soul said...

You know...that first guy looks somewhat like our hummingbirds in AZ......Glad you storm wasn't bad.



vintage grey said...

What a fun birdie!! Sorry, about the dust storms!! Hope you are having a great day!! xo Heather

Privet and Holly said...

I love doves, especially
when I wake to their
coos on summer mornings.
Glad the dust wasn't as
bad as predicted. A small

Happy Day,
xo Suzanne

Daydream Living said...

Hi Tammy!
It looks like some kind of hummingbird to me, but he, what do I know of birds? I do know that I adore the two sitting in your house, you are very creative, just making owls left right and center! Hope the weather is better this weekend for you, here we are "enjoying" cold and rain... Take care, hugs,

Susan said...

Hi Tammy....So happy you spotted some sweet birdies. Don't you just love hearing their singing in the morning? Take care and have a good day today! Susan

LDH said...

Great capture of your mystery bird. I love doves and their cooing too. Yours has a very distinct marking on the back of the neck.

glor said...

Never seen the likes of your little bird. You captured him well in your picure. Glad that the dust storm wasn't as you thought. Have a great day and evening.

Diane said...

I don't know what kind of bird it is Tammy but it's beautiful. You might throw out some birdseed - the doves might eat that instead of your little moss roses. Glad you didn't get the storm - you didn't need that. Diane

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

First I want to drop this link for a neat crochet idea around glass:
Guess the bird is a bee eater as it breeds in southern Europe and northern Africa so the region is right. Its beak is as long as of a hummingbird. You're lucky for spotting such an exotic species.
Ha, ha eating your moss roses, that is not very nice but due to any lack of green, what can you say?
Love to you,


Createology said...

How fortunate for you to spot this lovely bird who looks like the hummingbird variety. Your doves are so soft and lovely...I hope they don't ruin your moss roses. So glad the dust storm wasn't horrific. Weekend coming soon...

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

Glad you saw this sweet bird - we have a bird called a Kingfisher, which looks a little like this.
The doves are sweet too, naughty thought eating your moss roses.

Happy Thursday

pembrokeshire lass said...

Glad that the storm wasn't as bad as youhad feared! love the bird photos. Joan

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Wow! His beak and tail echo each other with their long pointy-ness!! Very interesting little guy. I'm going to see if I can share a link with TexWisGirl. She is amazing with birds!! blessings ~ tanna

Catherine said...

How wonderful to get to see a variety of birds ~ I am a bit limited living in a city of Southwest Saskatchewan.
Happy Thursday Tammy!
xo Catherine

Stella said...

I bird watch and am always pleased to see a bird I don't know. Glad your dust storm was not as bad as expected. We spent one winter in Arizona in the desert and I didn't enjoy the blowing dirt and sand one bit. Have a good week. Stella

Linda said...

I love watching birds. The Mourning Doves here do not stay here year round - they return in the spring and stay through the fall. They're so sweet. We've had them nest in various places in the yard before and birds in general like our sheltered yard (fenced in with many trees and shrubs). I feed them year round.

By now, it's nearing your weekend. Hope you have a good one,
Linda :)

Sam I Am...... said...

Don't know about the bird but sounds like your other commenters concurred with you about being a bee eater which I've never even heard of. Interesting though. Our hummingbirds just came back,in fact I have their syrup cooling on the stove right now.
They're always hungry after their long journey.
I love mourning doves and for years I thought they were morning doves but just discovered it's mourning. I love them because they remind me of my childhood. They would coo me to sleep at night as I laid in my bed as in the summer it was still light out when I went to bed! LOL!
So glad the storm didn't amount to much. You have a great day too!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Dust much I dread them! Hope it goes over quickly! I have never seen a bird like that........very pretty. Doves stay here all year round as well. Texas climate is almost like yours!

rosarod said...

Hi Tammy, this bird looks a little common peak, and the pigeons, I can only tell you that hear her sing almost every day, my neighbor is overwhelmed with his singing! I fit both the sound and not hear them! I hope these sandstorms are not in conflict with both your activities, do you? Greetings, Rose M

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. I had lost my blog list and have been building it again. Great picture of your unusual bird. I don't know much about them. I woke to the pecking of a woodpecker the other morning and got a glimpse of it, but by the time I got my camera it was gone. Hope he comes back...speckled body with red head.
I like your weather button. your weather right now is about the same as here. But we had rain last week and no dust storms.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Pam said...

Don't know anything about birds but he sure has a long beak. Our hummingbirds are back in the back yard. We love to sit and watch them feed from the hummingbird feeder the granddaughters gave me for Christmas.

How are the temps over there. We are to reach 100 for the first time this year over the weekend. So glad the dust storm wasn't a bad as expected. They are the worst and the clean-up.

kimmykats said...

Tammy, thanks for stopping by my blog. I am sitting here in Iowa enjoying the antics of just plain sparrows.....with a few Canadian geese flying into the neighbors pond...soon we will have babies!

Lori ann said...

it does look exactly like a bee eater, we have seen them many times in east and south africa (the whitefronted bee eater). i didn't know it migrated!
have a lovely weekend tammy!
xxx lori

koralee said...

I love bird watching...the first bird is amazing. Hugs for a great weekend my friend...xoxoxo

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Tammy,
such a beautiful picture you took of the bird.Unfortunately I can't help you out.So glad the dust storm didn't turn out as bad.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Helen Philipps said...

Great picture of that amazing bird! So interesting to see it with it's extra long beak! I love the sound of doves cooing, I think it's such a peaceful sound. Glad to hear the dust storm wasn't too bad,
wishing you a wonderful weekend, Tammy.
Helen x

val said...

so glad your storm wasn't as bad as expected....I love glad you get some there too, even in the dust!

Vicki said...

That is an interesting looking bird, Tammy, but I am not sure the name of it. I am a bird watcher, but not much of a bird expert. I have my hummingbird feeder out and quite a few trumpet shaped flowers on my patio, but no hummers yet. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will find their way to my new apartment home. Enjoy your weekend, kind friend. Sending love to you~Vicki

Serena Lewis said...

From the images I looked up on Google, it does look like a Bee-eater. How lovely it is! I adore all varieties of birds, even the ones that some people view as pests. What a treat to be on a migratory path!

I feel sorry for you having to deal with regular dust storms. I'd be sick constantly with asthma. :(

Btw, thanks for dropping by my blog during my blog absence. I hope to be back blogging very soon.

Love and hugs,
Serena xo

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dearest Tammy

What an interesting bird - with a long beak like that it must have a specific purpose.

Very naughty doves eating your moss roses - they are one of my favourite rose species. Which mosses do you have? I really like Maréchal Davoust, a mauvy-pink which has French origins in mid 17th century!

Wishing you a happy weekend without dust storms!

Shane x

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