Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Exciting Sighting and Other Bird News

This past Saturday was a very dusty day; definitely a stay-at-home pajama kinda day.  As I sat drinking my morning coffee, it hit me that I was not hearing as much birdsong as usual.
However, later in the afternoon I heard a bird call right out on my balcony that was quite different from the normal bird chatter I hear.  I rushed to the back door and, sure enough, there sat what I believe to be a bee-eater.  This is only the second time I've seen one.
I was able to get a few quick shots through the window before he went flying off.
Daddy dove or mama dove is still sitting on the window ledge at school.  I really don't know how they managed through the major dust storm we had the other night.  The wind was really whipping through and for a short period of time there was zero visibility.
 Thankfully since then, the weather has been so much better and blue skies have returned.
 This afternoon I watched bulbuls and sparrows flitting around the mulberry bush.
Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?
David Attenborough
 So much free entertainment right outside my window.

Have a wonderful day!

29 comments:

Linda said...

I love birdwatching; one of my favorite past times. Not much sitting inside here though since we have good weather to be outside in the spring. Jim and I worked very hard on household projects all weekend long and felt very much in need of a weekend after the weekend since with only 2 days off, there is never enough time to accomplish all of the house/yard projects.

Amy at love made my home said...

I have heard of a bee eater bird - in a very old comedy show - but didn't know they really existed. How amazing to see one!!! Thank you so much!!! xx

Debby said...

Those birdies are all so pretty. Different than the ones we see. That poor Dove. I am shocked the eggs haven't rolled away.

Home Meadows said...

Hi Tammy, that is neat seeing the rare bird. I enjoy the birds and their song very much. Especially in the morning when everything is still and quiet. Hope you are doing well and I hope the dove's eggs hatch! Heather

Lorrie said...

Delightful bird photos. How lucky to see a bee-eater. Do you know how they came by that name?

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing your exciting spotting of the bee-eater. Birds just make the world better, don't they? Diane

Kim Andersen said...

You've really done a good job catching them with your camera - I find that so hard to do - the slightest movement and they're off. I'm sorry about your dusty season - I would be add so disheartened by that - you are wise to look for the beauty in it.

Gracie Saylor said...

It is fun to see the varieties of birds around you, Tammy.....how do they and you manage to survive dust storms! We were caught in a bit of a dust storm in the desert southwest USA years ago, and it was frightening as I remember it. I think I got a good photo of one of the wood ducks on our front pond today, but have not downloaded the photos yet to check. I missed taking a photo of a coyote dashing across the highway and out around our front pond, though. Wild life :) xx

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
Early in the morning I woke up and listened to the birds singing. They are happy because they are all nesting and caring for their offspring.
The wonders of nature around us. We got rain and thunderstorms but the pollen might be gone and that is good.
Hugs,
Mariette

Sangeetha said...

So many different birds! Lucky you to spot them. Have a nice day.

Anna said...

Lovely pictures !!! I love watching birds !
Have a shinny day !
Anna

Createology said...

What wonderful sights and sounds to see and hear these amazing birds so close to your home. I love watching the birds around here. I am always in awe at how they survive the elements of living outdoors. Dust be gone dear...

Mereknits said...

Your photos are so beautiful Tammy. I heard an owl fly right over my head the other night, It swooped up into a tree and all i could see was its dark silhouette.
Hugs,
Meredith

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I love seeing the birds in your post, especially the ones not familiar to me. Beautiful!

Susan said...

Love your bird photos, Tammy. I picture you living in the countryside (or jungle), surrounded by greenery! You are such a nature girl. Susan

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

So glad that the blue skies came back - the dust storms must make you stay indoors in your Pj's.
Loved seeing all the birds and they are really fun to see and watch.
Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Dagmar said...

Just lovely to see and hear the birds. There have been lots if meadowlarks singing these past few weeks. It would be such a sad world if we didn't have the sounds of a bird song.
Ox
Dagmar

linda said...

Lovely pictures Tammy, I love watching the birds in my garden but I can never seem to get a good photo. :) xx

barbara judge said...

How right you are -- free entertainment right outside your window. That is why I have my computer parked in front of my picture window so I can look up ever so often and catch a bird, insect, or others of nature's magic. Nice post -- barbara

Yarni Gras! said...

I love to bird watch too....sadly I don't get much done when I do! I love the bee eater...never seen one myself!

Kit said...

I have never heard of a bee eater. I will have to look it up. We have tons of sparrows in our area and I love listening to them as I work outside. I love your pics of the doves. :) Kit

Liz D said...

I love seeing your birds.

Sherry said...

I have not been slowing down and enjoying the birds around me. Who knows what I have missed. Your post was a great reminder. The bee-eater is a a pretty cool looking bird, your photos are great.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I am fascinated by the beaks on the bee-eaters! Guess you'd need a long one to catch a bee without getting stung. ;) Glad the dove couple are maintaining! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Teresa Kasner said...

I love all your birds there, so different from ours here. I too love birds of all types. We have Goldfinches here that I love. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

My Cottage Diary said...

I have a fondness for birdies, too, Tammy. Yours are all very pretty! The bee-eater is especially so. Hope you don't have any more duststorms that are so severe! Blessings, Bess

mamasmercantile said...

I am so impressed with your photos, you must have some real patience to capture them so beautifully. I have never come across a bee eater before so I found that fascinating.

Mascha said...

What a lovely post! Lile bird and their songs in springtime... but I've never seen a bulbul before.
(only know an Azerbaidshan singer Polad Bul-Bul Ogly)

Sara D.B. said...

Beautiful bird photos!
Thank you for visiting my corner of the world! :) Yes, snow in April is annoying, but when I hear about sandstorms you have, I think we are lucky to have the snow.
Thank you for sharing these very interesting images and happy weekend!

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