While Sweet Pea and I were doing some spray painting outside we heard this little girl sitting in the Dogwood tree chirping between visits to the feeder. She would rest there, fly to the feeder then sit in the Butterfly bush, back to the feeder and then back to the Dogwood tree again. She continued this pattern the whole time we were out there. It seems that during the cooler weather they are either much less shy with us or they are just too cold and hungry to care. Maybe they know we're the ones providing them their food.
Balancing on the very tip of one of the Dogwood branches. Look at all those buds for next spring!
The lighting was a little tricky since it was early and very overcast out.
In these two pictures I was standing right underneath her. I love how you can see her feathers.
I wonder if she'll be our regular this winter? If the weather is as cold as predicted I'll be busy bringing the feeders in and out each day.
And this is what we were spray painting. The long trellis from the back fence behind the pond which has Clematis 'The President' growing on it. The little table was $7 from IKEA and perfect for a plant. The other trellis is in a wine barrel container that I just planted a Pieris japonica in and filled the front with the cutest purple Violas. I love how it turned out.
I wanted to share a really good website that I use pretty often to help ID birds that I'm not familiar with. It's called whatbird.com. It covers the United States, Canada and quite a few other countries as well. It helps to ID birds by size, color, location, bill shape and a lot more. So it can be really useful for those times that you don't get to really see all the details, but maybe enough to help figure out what type it was. Another great site to learn more about birds is All About Birds, the Cornell lab of ornithology.