Friday, January 6, 2012

Take These Broken Wings and Learn To Fly


Thank you everyone for all of the cabinet love you gave me on yesterday's post!  Things are slowly coming together and I'll be posting pics of the finished room soon.




Yesterday, when I should have been working, I went outside to snap a few pictures of the birds at the feeder instead.  It was a veritable cavalcade of feathered friends...although they weren't riding in carriages or on horseback, so maybe cavalcade isn't the right word, but you know what I mean! ;-)


 

When this little guy landed on the feeder I thought he was a red winged blackbird, but he just didn't look quite right to me.  While I was processing pictures, Mr. Tide looked him up and found out that it's a young male red winged blackbird.




He pretty much hogged the feeder, and everyone backed off, except for this little house finch.




The cardinals were not pleased at being pushed aside, and they flew from tree to fence, to bush and back anxiously waiting for the blackbird to leave.  The cardinals are normally king of the hill at our feeder, so they weren't very happy about our newest visitor.




And then, little man blackbird was joined by what I assume is his dad, or at least an older brother.  The other red winged blackbird looks like what I'm used to seeing when I think of this particular bird.  We often see them flitting about in the marsh grasses when we are out kayaking in the summer, and that patch of red is always so striking against the dark grasses.  They tend to dash away quickly though, so it was nice to catch him on the feeder and really be able to look at him for more than just a few seconds.




Finally, after patiently waiting in the wings, Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal were back to rule the roost at the feeder.  She was very happy to have her favorite perch all to herself once again.

This is one of my favorite Beatles' songs, it is so simple, and the melody and words are so lovely.  As I was photographing the blackbirds, the tune kept running through my head.

Ok, we have people coming to pick up furniture tomorrow, and someone coming to photograph our house tomorrow...not for a magazine thank goodness, but I still have to have every square inch pulled together.  And did I mention that we've been moving stuff all over our house?!  Let's just say that I hope she likes the new "antique store/flea market" chic look we have going!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

20 comments:

  1. Blackbird is one of my favorite songs...

    Good luck with the shoot!

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  2. These photos are so lovely, Kat! I especially love the birds in flight!

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  3. Lovely pictures...lovely post.

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  4. How you get these birds in flight, I just don't know! Fantastic pictures! I love the more simple songs the Beatles did, like Blackbird and Norweigian Wood {did I spell that right?}. Now I will be singing them!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. You've got some beautiful captures here, kat. LOVE the bird midflight with not a wing to be found....

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  6. Kat, these photos are wonderful. I love looking at birds and don't know why. That last one is a juvenile isn't it? I need to get some seed for my feeders. I have been a bad moma.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. I love that song. And Kat, these photos are divine! Isn't it relaxing to sit outside and snap birds at the feeder? My new camera captures the wing movement so much better than the old. Yours are wonderful.

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  8. Lovely photos. We just filled our bird feeder in Maine before we left, I'm anxious to see how much is still there when we get back! It's amazing to watch. The birds line the garage roof and take turns flying on and off! Hopefully I'll have my camera at the ready!

    Happy New Year!

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  9. Our birds ride in carriages.... wonder why yours don't?

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  10. Wow,wow,wow,you are such an awesome photographer! You caught that one bird mid flight. These pictures are absolutely the greatest ever!

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  11. Unbelievable your pictures make me look at my back yard birds in a whole new way.

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  12. i love the pictures......i must make a trip to walmart and get some feed i had seen some was on sale mabe some new feeders too!!

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  13. Kat, I love all those bird photos!!! That female cardinal one is my favorite!! Just gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

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  14. I've never seen a red winged blackbird - aren't they beautiful. Lovely photos.

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  15. BIG bird watchers in this house....thanks for the gorgeous images.

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  16. LOVE that old Beatles song...WOW! I am getting old- I remember when it came out! You got some great bird photos...you are a talented photographer! xo Diana

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  17. I can't believe how many posts I have missed of yours lately and I am enjoying myself immensely getting caught up! Your birdie photos are so lovely. That's something we never see...a blackbird at our feeders...they really are so striking! Love seeing them all up close like this, I really enjoy all the fine details of their plumage that you capture. The textures you pair them with are so perfect too and I love all that wing action! xo ~Lili

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