Life in the Garden-Birds and Butterflies

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Here are a few images I captured while birding in the backyard last week.

A House Finch on the house ever on the watch from threats from above!

Up on the Roof

…and the same Finch a few seconds before the image above. ” This is my best side.” 🙂


While waiting for the birds to come to and from the feeders there was a Gulf Fritillary flitting around the Lantana which is still in full bloom.

Gulf Fritillary

I haven’t managed to get a good photograph of a butterfly in flight this year. Maybe next year.

The Chestnut-backed Chickadee is still coming to the feeder, and I think I spied the first of the Warblers, but it was a quick glance as it landed then flew away. I’m hoping they come winter in my Flowering Plum again this Winter, and there are a couple of squirrels that are entertaining me with their antics, and attempts at breaking into the seed feeder. So far this Feeder has proven to be Squirrel proof. I love it! Here’s an image that gives you an idea of what the feeder looks like. The Squirrels find the pole challenging too. They lose their grip and slide down it a lot. It’s pretty funny watching them try to get to seeds. Don’t worry that they aren’t getting enough to eat. The birds drop plenty of seeds for both the squirrels, and California Towhees.

House Finch Male at the Feeder

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4| AF-S Nikkor 14eII Teleconverter| Lexar Professional Digital Film

More to come…

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