A Welcome Visitor

Leslie and I have done our best to create a garden where birds and bees flourish all year round.  So, when I read several years ago that you should leave leaves on flowerbeds to provide an areas where birds can forage (and avoid work) you can bet that I decided I would leave the leaves on until Spring.  As a result, we’ve been visited by a favorite bird several times in the winter in the last few years, although our Varied Thrush(es) seem to have  shown up later this year than in previous years.

I’d almost given up hope of seeing one this year, but suddenly two started showing up in the back yard several days in a row.  Unfortunately, they usually show up in the rainiest, foggiest time of the day, making it a real challenge to get a decent shot, especially since they are masters of camouflage. 

The easiest place to spot them is in the plum tree, but it’s damn near impossible to get a clear shot of them there.

I actually managed to get a shot of one when there was a break in the clouds, but it obviously saw me because all I could get was a shot of it skittering away.

I’m still waiting for the perfect, sunlit shot, but, until that day, I’m satisfied with this shot taken in the shade of the plum tree and adjusted in Adobe Lightroom and sharpened and denoised in Topaz Sharpen AI.

An Old Friend

Yard work doesn’t really make a great blog topic, but that’s what I’ve been doing much of  the last two weeks. It’s been great working with grandkids, but it still doesn’t make blogable material.

So, I guess you’ll have to be content with a few shots of the hummingbirds that buzz around us while we work.  I’ll have to admit I really don’t know how many different hummingbirds visit our yard, but looking at the photographs it’s clear that there are two different varieties that take turns trying to drive the other away from the Crocosmia.

This appears to be an Annas’s Hummingbird standing lookout on the plum tree

and hovering mid-air between blossoms. 

The Rufous takes a more direct approach to guarding its prized possession and perches on the Crocosmia stems

because it takes a lot of energy to visit all of the blossoms.