Saturday, December 6, 2014

Feathered Feast

Thanksgiving is behind us, and the company's gone; 
the patter of little feet and squeals of delight are only a happy memory.
Our Thanksgiving meal was a little different than the traditional feast, but not unlike what the first pilgrims ate; 
we had venison, potatoes and rhubarb pie.  
History may not record whether or not they had rhubarb pie at that first Thanksgiving, 
but if they didn't, they should have.  It's our favorite.

Yellow-shafted Flicker in Dogwood Tree

There's a belated Thanksgiving feast going on in the old dogwood tree outside our window.  
A flicker came early, dressed in his black polkadots and bow tie, 
the bright red heart on the back of his neck matching the berries he came to eat.

Yellow-shafted Flicker in Dogwood Tree

Cedar waxwings arrived in small groups, the tips of their tails freshly dipped in red and yellow wax.

Red Squirrel on an Acorn Hunt

This celebration doesn't happen every year.  
Often, the squirrels strip the berries before the birds consider them ripe enough to eat.  
But this year, there's a bumper crop of acorns, 
and the squirrels are far too occupied with their favorite nuts to dine on dogwood berries.

Pileated Woodpecker in Dogwood Tree

When the biggest bird on the block, the pileated woodpecker, dropped by, the other birds scattered.
 He didn't stay long, but picked up his carry out and flew away.

Bluebird with Dogwood Berry

Just one more bite of those sweet morsels and the bluebird flew away, too.  
I expect they'll all be back; there's plenty of berries left on the tree.

When opportunity knocks, you'd better open your beak.

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful celebration going on in the dogwood tree! Lovely shots.

Sharon K said...

I love rhubarb pie... but the flicker and the waxwings are to die for. So beautiful, Connie. Thank you for picking up your camera. :)

S. Etole said...

Terrific photos and such a colorful sight.

Kelly said...

Blessed. Every. Time. I visit! Grace and peace.

pens and needles said...

I'm with Kelly -- this blog is yet another masterpiece. Perfect. I never see cedar waxwings or flickers (too far from the woods, I think) so this was a real treat for me. And that big boy -- my guy never sits still long enough for me to grab a camera, much less get a shot. Love this in every way!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous photos! I'd love to photograph a Pileated Woodpecker!

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Connie,
Very wonderful shots!!
Great to see all these special birds on nice positions in the tre. Wonderful!!

Kind regards,

Mary Cromer said...

Your images are stunning and your writing so perfect for your sharing. Don't you adore the touch of reds in everything during this time of year...they just make an image pop ;) Happy Blessings Connie~

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous images! The birds and the berries are all beautiful.

Lisa Gordon said...

These are absolutely stunning images, Connie.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Felicia said...

fantastic images Connie. I love the flicker image, and the cedar waxwing is a close second.

Deanna said...

Oh such stunning images of the birds that visit you!! Hope your holiday season is filled with peace and joy!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots with the birds and the berries. They look like Christmas birds.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely variety of visitors you have! Beautiful photos.

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh, the feathered jewels
your home wears! such beauty.
thanks for sharing so generous
the gifts at your table:)
much love,

eileeninmd said...

Connie, beautiful birds and wonderful images. I love the the First Flicker shot and the Waxwings.. Have a happy day!

Margaret Adamson said...

All your photos on this post are wonderfuf. Can't pick one!

Andrew Fulton said...

You have some amazing wildlife... many thanks for sharing your images.

Christian Weiß said...

A great capture, the woodpecker is fantastic.

Adam Jones said...

Wow, I'm very jealous of the birds that you manage to see. All great pictures.


Wow...I am in awe! These photos are stupendous.

Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla said...

Your pictures are so pretty!

Marie said...

Gorgeous birds on the red berry branches! The flicker is great and so is the waxwing. All are wonderful shots!

Stewart M said...

What a wonderful group of birds - thanksgiving indeed!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne