Saturday, April 7, 2012

Backyard Critters

One of my favourite pastimes is snapping photos of backyard critters that stop by for a visit snack.

Sometimes it’s the mourning doves that pop in.



They get so comfortable that eventually they doze off.


The squirrels never fail to show up, of course.


It's all about the free food.


The finches are always welcome.



They've been a little shy, so far, but I hope to capture more pictures of them over the next few months.



And the sweetest visitors are often the tiniest.



My backyard is quite lively. I wouldn't have it any other way.

14 comments:

  1. Dear Martha,
    You really should a box at the bottom for Reactions: labeled "Perfect".
    I am amazed at your squirrel. It is a very different squirrel than what we have in Georgia.
    Is your finch a goldfinch that does not have its color yet? It looks like just like our goldfinch, but since your squirrel is so different...
    Great photos, as always!

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    1. You're so sweet, Kay! Thank you. We have mostly grey squirrels, but the black ones are unique to me. I'd never seen one until we moved here three years ago. Yes, that is a goldfinch that doesn't have its colour yet. It should happen very soon.

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  2. Great post, Martha. Nice photos, too, and those are not always easy to get, as I well know.
    I like to take the time to appreciate my more regular visitors, like the mourning doves. They're really old friends to me, and my yard wouldn't be the same without them.
    No black squirrels here in RI, though - just gray and those little red cuties.

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    1. I adore the mourning doves. They're so gentle when they visit. Like I mentioned in the response above: I'd never seen black squirrels until we moved here. I was actually quite surprised when I did!

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  3. Brilliant photos Martha! I love the little ladybird, I always think it's gonna be a good day when I see one!

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    1. That's exactly how I feel when I see the ladybirds. They always put a smile on my face.

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  4. It really is lovely, with all those visitors. We have tons of mourning doves, I find their coos to be very soothing. :) We also have squirrels everywhere, but our version is much different than yours. The squirrels that visit your backyard are very dark, our visitors are gray or red. Other than that, your backyard could be my backyard. :)

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    1. I can't imagine not having any visitors in the backyard. They really liven up the place. And I also enjoy the 'coos' of the mourning doves, especially when I hear it in the very early morning. Most of the squirrels that come around are grey, but this one ended up being around that day, so he was caught by the camera!

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  5. Your visitors are adorable! I love the sound of the mourning doves, I can't believe people actually "hunt" them. Your squirrel is quite pretty with his dark coat and almost auburn colored tail. Our finches are just starting to get their color back. Great captures on these!

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    1. I think people will hunt just about anything, but it seems really sad with the mourning doves. They just seem so sweet. I can't wait till the finches get their bright yellow colouring. I plan to take oodles of photos!

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  6. Great pics Martha! Hee hee - that mourning dove does look like it's taking a bit of a cat nap :) I love squirrels - so entertaining - and the lady bugs of course :)

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    1. Thanks, Jane! I love snapping photos as much as I love gardening. It's another one of my passions.

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  7. The dove blends so well into the background of the tree bark.....nature is amazing!
    Nice photos Martha....I wish we could feed all the birds here but due to attracting rodents, we can't. I'll look at yours instead!

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    1. Yes, nature is quite amazing! You are welcome to pop over and look at my images any time. LOL...

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