January 7, 2017

Snow Birds and Hiking Dogs

Even plain-colored birds stand out on a snowy day! This junco is posing nicely for Black and White Weekend and Saturday Silhouettes.


These sparrows perched on our "patio peach." Since many of my readers are fellow photobloggers, I feel comfortable confessing that I bought this little tree as a prop for my photos. I had my husband plant it near the feeders so that birds could perch on it.



By now you may have guessed why I bought this colorful feeder.  


Ms. Cardinal is not red like the male of the species but she has her own style and beauty.


The last two pictures were taken on New Year's Day. We went to Shenandoah River State Park to take advantage of the "First Day" free admission. The weather was mild and people were out hiking, some with their dogs.

We didn't hike very far but I enjoyed getting outdoors.

Sharing with Pet Parade


19 comments:

  1. Such a handsome bird! He's holding his wings like a member of our blackbird/robin family. I wonder if he's a relation. His perch is lovely.

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  2. Love it! Confessions of a photoblogger... perfect planting I'd say :) Happy New Year Linda.
    Wren x

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  3. Hello, planting the fake tree is a great idea. It will look natural for the bird photos. Pretty dogs and birds. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    1. Oh, this one is real. It's bred to be small so I don't expect it will block our view.

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  4. The beautiful stained glass feeder is awesome...I want one!! And the fact you asked your husband to plant the bush/tree nearby is a great idea. And the birds are making good use of both...making your photos outstanding!!

    I'm glad you shared this post with us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend...thanks!!!

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  5. I like the props you use in your photos. Tennessee also had 'first day events at their parks. I think that is a great idea.

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  6. Good idea with the peach, Linda. I miss the juncos, they are chilling in West Virginia without me. But the sparrows in D.C. are happy about the current seed location!
    ~

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  7. Cute critters, Linda- especially that last doggie!

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  8. Great photos! That first one is well-suited for black and white.

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  9. The birds love that new little tree. What a great idea and you'll get plenty of photos from it. The dogs are always interesting to see too.

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  10. That is a good idea to plant the little tree near the feeder. Beautiful photos of the birds!

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  11. wonderful images today. I especially love the composition in the first three images. Beautiful :)

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  12. Perfect way to celebrate and welcome the New Year Linda. Love the idea of the little tree near the feeder. (I do miss being able to feed birds -- pretty much the only thing I miss about having a 'big house" (as our then 3 year old granddaughter called the home we sold when we started RV traveling).

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  13. Oh, these are a great set of photographs, I loved every one.

    All the best Jan

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  14. Linda, Planting a perch makes total sense. Good idea. Enjoyed your bird photos. Sylvia D.

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  15. What a great idea for a bird pirch! Beautiful birdies! ~Rascal and Rocco

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  16. I love the first picture!!!! Very good idea with a tree.

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  17. Lovely shots!
    Thank you for linking up with the Saturday Silhouettes meme.

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