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Friday, January 16, 2009

Here's lookin' at you, kid

 
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An American tree sparrow seems to be looking right at me as I snap his picture through the window. It was -13F this morning and the birds are happily filling up on sunflower seeds to help them survive during the bitter cold.

He looks like a little round ball with his feathers puffed up in his own version of a down coat.  
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How many birdies do you see?
 
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Tufted titmouse
 
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Male cardinal
 
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27 comments:

Char said...

how sweet they are!! it's so great you're feeding them and keeping them healthy. I love the expression on that little face in the first one and the beautiful colors of the titmouse.

Susan said...

Thanks, Char! They turned out pretty well for taking them through the glass. It was too cold to open the window even a wee bit today! It's supposed to warm up tomorrow, thank goodness!

Joanna said...

great photo's Susan. I sure hope it warms up soon for the animals sake.

Susan said...

Thanks, Joanna, and here's hoping for an early spring! For everyone's sake!

MORNA said...

How many birdies do you see - - - what a sweet photo!

Ruth said...

And I bow to you m'lady!! These are just gorgeous! I love how they've fluffed themselves out.

Are there 6?

Susan said...

Morna, don't you love how the tree camouflages them? It was a good bird day.

Susan said...

Ruth, as I've said before, I'm learning from the master. I wish I could have gotten closer to the cardinal, but my telephoto(foto?) doesn't go that far.

They look so cute all fluffy, don't they? I wish I looked half as cute in MY down coat!

As far as I can tell, there are 6. Ding,ding,ding,ding.....Ruth wins the prize! What's the prize, you say? Um, I didn't think that far ahead! ;)

Ruth said...

Oh Susan, don't you know me? I am a LEO. The only prize I need is to be RIGHT.

:D

Amy said...

Aww, what an adorable little poof ball. I often wonder when the weather is bitter cold like it is now, how do these tiny creatures survive? I mean, what keeps the blood in their teenie veins from just freezing right through? I am amazed at how well insulated birds are.

Susan said...

Amy, I think when it's this cold their heart rate slows waaaay down during the night, although it would seem more logical that it would be the other way around.

I guess all their activity during the day keeps them warm. I'm sure there are a lot that do expire during frigid weather if they can't find adequate shelter and enough to eat and drink.

I really enjoyed watching them today while I was in my sunny window.

Susan said...

Ruth, I'm a Taurus and I thought that characteristic applied to me! Maybe I have Leo rising or something! :D

Cindy said...

If I had wings, I'd be tempted to fly somewhere a bit warmer. But it's nice to have these little gems to look at out your window on these cold winter days. Nice photos!

Susan said...

Thanks, Cindy. It makes you wonder why all the northern birds don't fly south for the winter. But I'm glad they don't. It would sure be a lot drearier if I couldn't see them every day.

JackeeG4glamorous said...

Once again you amaze me with your prowess with that camera! Damn, girl you are good! Makes me almost want to be a bird - posing on that limb out in the cold.

ok, maybe not. But I'd trust you to take a "slim" portrait of me, should I ever visit Ohio.

Laurie Kruczek said...

I am thrilled you got a few photos of these cuties. We just love wild bird watching. These guys are so puffy and sweet. Love it!

Susan said...

Jackee, you are too kind! Sometimes you just get a great opportunity. I've had the camera for 3 years and just learned a month ago how to turn off the flash! DUH! It makes all the difference.

I will definitely practice up on my "slim" photography methods in anticipation of your trip down "south". Actually, I could start with myself. That would be creativity on the highest plane :D

Susan said...

Laurie, I'm happy that you enjoyed looking at my little friends. They are so sweet and industrious. It's almost as if they were posing for me.

Coachdad said...

Great pictures...you have a beautiful site! New to blogging and I am so glad I happened across your site.

Susan said...

Coachdad, thanks for visiting and such nice compliments! I hope you come and visit often.

Perplexed said...

Beautiful Photos.

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tipper said...

Love the sweet birds. Your pictures are so good-you are a great photographer.

Susan said...

Perplexed, thanks for the compliment and for visiting. Please come by again!

Susan said...

Thank you, Tipper! You're very sweet to say so. Believe me, a lot of it is pure luck and most of it is a good digital SLR camera. It does most of the work for me. Oh yeah, and good photo editing software. I really like Picasa.

Natashya said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous!
(As is your home in the little side photo.)
What lovely little birds, amazing that they hang out in these temps!

Susan said...

Thank you, Natashya! I've been enjoying your blog for a while now. Your food looks amazing!