The Gang’s All Here

It happens every year.

A snap of cold weather  Gangsallhere01

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Starring the ever-present, always hungry Squirrel  Gangsallhere02a

with his feathery friends, Tufted Titmouse  Gangsallhere03

White Breasted Nuthatch  Gangsallhere03a

Downy Woodpecker  Gangsallhere04

Lady Cardinal  Gangsallhere05

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Black Capped Chickadee  Gangsallhere07

Blue Jay  Gangsallhere08

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Goldfinch  Gangsallhere12

The Bully of the Bird Feeder, the StarlingGangsallhere13

The winner of the “Damn He’s Handsome” Award, the Ladder-backed Woodpecker  Gangsallhere14

Junco  Gangsallhere16

Sparrow  Gangsallhere22

and Purple Finch  Gangsallhere20

Along with the big mammals, the White Tailed Deer  IMG_4305

Who eye the action warily,  Gangsallhere15a

Wondering why squirrels have it so easy  Gangsallhere17

And wondering why birds are so determined to be beautiful.  Gangsallhere15

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63 thoughts on “The Gang’s All Here

    1. Thanks Julie. Yes, the squirrels do present certain challenges to feeding birds. But I think the squirrels view it differently. More bird seed equals more squirrel food. Life is good! 🙂

  1. Fantastic photos, very clear, lovely colourful birds, you got it all. Looking at them again and again!

    1. Thanks. Yes, they are lovely birds. It is amazing how the timing works such that just as the flowers die, the birds come in force. Always something to behold in the garden. Cheers. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Beautiful birds equals beautiful photos. Well, with the right light and a decent camera, anyway. Have a great day. 🙂

    1. Thanks Mary. You, as an excellent nature photographer, would appreciate the benefits of one crisp, bright, snowy day with all the right lighting. Several of the nicer photos were taken on the same bright snowy day. 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy. You always get to the heart of the matter. Yes, it is joyful to have the beautiful birds at this time of year. Without them, it might be a bit bleak and that just would not do! Cheers. 🙂

    1. Thanks Joanne. Those male cardinals, they really do not try to blend in. I’m glad you saw one when visiting here. We have two males through the summer, about five or six nowadays, expect to get up to a dozen as the winter really sets in. Then, if we do the whole Polar Vortex things again, may have more yet. The social dynamic became intense last February.

  2. Wow! Your photos are amazing. Love the birds, and that buck! Just one question: are you sure that’s a Ladder-back Woodpecker? I think it might be a Red-bellied.

    1. Thanks Grower. How about that buck, eh? He’s been trashing the trees on the west side, but sure is handsome to behold. As for the woodpecker, you might be – OK, probably are – right. I thought for years that our resident large woodpecker was a Red-bellied. Then I concluded that it was a really Ladder-backed. Of course, I might be wrong, or this might be the old Red-bellied back, tricking me. I’ll study the photos more closely. Thanks for checking in. Best wishes as winter sets into your yard. 🙂

    1. Hi Julie. Thanks for that big hello. I suspect you are “big hello” kind of lady. I love it. 🙂 Yes, we do sport a variety of pretty birds in these parts. This group lives here year round. They are joined by a few more in summer and we usually see some interesting birds in transit, migrating through in the spring and fall. This lot, though, they are my little friends. 🙂

  3. I loved this, Jim! It reminded me so much of my winters in Virginia … I adored seeing the red cardinals set against the white snow on my boxwoods. What a lovely post-Thanksgiving gift! Gratitude! Annabel

    1. Hi Annabel. You are so welcome. 🙂 I bet winters in Virginia are quite the opposite of winters at your place now. Yes, the male cardinals are the masters of contrast. They look great against the green of a pine or spruce tree and WOW do they ever come through amidst a snowy backdrop. Have a great week. 🙂

    1. Thank you. Many of these were taken on a snowy day with excellent lighting and hungry birds who have become accustomed to my presence. 🙂

  4. Beautiful photos! You are so generous with the squirrels. As cute as they are and I like seeing them around, I have to put the squirrel guard on since they can empty a feeder in less than a day. Have you ever wondered why they affect that Napoleonic pose?

    1. Thanks P&B. Oh, those squirrels. I have varied in my approach to dealing with them but they never vary in their determination to eat my bird food. This year, I am taking the “Eat All You Can” approach and guess what – they love it! I discovered this weekend that if I just strew bird food across the ground, they will spend the afternoon seeking it out and not bother with the feeder. We had nine of them on the ground in the feeder area yesterday. As for the pose, I think they are just a bunch of show-offs. “Oh look at me. I’m frozen in this adorably cute pose.” And look at Jim, grabbing his camera again. 🙂

  5. Beautiful pictures Jim! The little birds are so sweet. The idea that they come in as the flowers leave is such a nice way to think about winter in the garden! We don’t have snow yet but I am inspired to put the feeder out. Very few squirrels here since fishers have returned to our woods (they eat the squirrels!).

    1. Yikes! No squirrels. What are fishers? I have not heard of these beasts, eating the squirrels. We don’t seem to have any carnivorous competition for the squirrels. Hence, the population grows. Thank you for your comment, Garbrielle. Yes, the little birds are so sweet. And I do love the fact that just as the flower garden goes bare the bird yard lights up. Mind you, the birds are around in the summer, but not in such numbers and not so willing to be around each other – and around me. Have a good day. Put your feeders out. The birds will come. 🙂

      1. DEM of RI Says: “The fisher (Martes pennanti), or fisher cat as it is commonly referred to is a carnivore
        that is a member of the Mustelidae family, which also includes wolverines, martens, river otters, mink, and weasels.”

        They can climb AND swim! Keep the chickens penned up! 🙂

        1. Thanks. I maintain my original stance of “Yikes.” Our squrrels do have it easy and I suspect they would prefer to maintain their comfy lifestyle of nuts, birdseed and no primary predators. 🙂

    1. Yep! Pretty guilty. I think he noticed me checking him out and was in that “freeze and consider” moment the squirrels so often have. Fortunately, over Thanksgiving weekend I observed that if I strew enough food on the ground the squirrels will happily forage on the ground and leave the elevated feeder to the birds. Brilliant, eh?

  6. Wonderful pictures. There are so many different kind of birds in your garden that we don’t have here. Your garden with flowers, butterflies and birds is exotic to me. Have a nice December.

    1. Hi Alice. Thank you so much for that comment. It positively tickles me to think of you viewing our garden as exotic. In the general conciousness of the U.S.A., our humble state of Indiana is rarely thought of as somewhere special, or exotic or beautiful. But when you slow down and look closely, we are a wonderful beautiful place with a rich diversity of plants and wildlife. I try to capture a little of the magic of nature in the yard here and I oh so appreciate you commenting that it is exotic. That’s awesome. Thanks again. I hope you have a nice December as well.

  7. Your garden attracts the same cast of characters as mine does (minus the deer) Your photos of them are breath-taking! I love them, every one! (every bird and every photo!) Thanks!

    1. Awesome. You are welcome. If you have this cast of characters playing out their busy, hungry lives in your garden, then you must surely be entertained through the winter. I sure am. I glad you love them. Have a good day and keep feeding the birds. Cheers. 🙂

      1. I will for sure. They are, indeed, my most loyal winter friends( except of course, for the spouse- the companion of my heart. Here’s a link to my other blog and an old post about “my birds.”http://barbarathehealthynut.blogspot.com/2013/02/winter-companions.html thanks again for sharing your joy!

  8. This has just made my day! Thank you Jim! 😀
    I love birds and was just yesterday contemplating of making a series of small “birds in snow” paintings… God sure works in miraculous ways! 🙂

    1. Great. Thanks Sibella. Making your day is a treat for me. I do hope you use some of my bird pics for models – or at least inspiration. Hopefully we get some more good snow. Snow and birds – two of my favorite things. Have a great day. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Yes, I think these birds are widely dispersed in eastern North America. Beautiful. You just need some good snow to reflect lots light for your pictures. Maybe this winter. 🙂

  9. I wondered throughout this past summer what we would see on your blog when the cold weather came in and changed your garden. And, oh my, the wildlife you have is wonderful Jim. And your photos, as always, are stunning.

    1. Hi Jet. Thanks! Yep, you were probably wondering how I would stay sane without a yard full of wildly various visual stimuli. Well, the flowers are gone but the birds are pretty and not only that – they dance, sing and squabble while they incessantly flit in and out. And the squirrels and deer are endlessly entertaining. Plus, I do love snow and I look forward to some bonafide winter one of these days. Thanks for checking in. Have a fabulous day! 🙂

    1. Thanks! Such character these critters have. I can tell by your sketches that you have a fabulous eye for detail, so hey! it is my pleasure to share the details. Have a great day! 🙂

  10. Hi, Jim. I will add my voice to the chorus of admirers ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ over your photographs of the beautiful creatures and birds inhabiting your garden at present. I love the way tiny birds can be jewel like in their plumage. The photographs have added interest as these birds are unfamiliar to me as an Australian.

    1. Thanks Margaret. “oooh” and “aahh” HO, as the birds deserve it. They really are this pretty. I just try to capture them as they are, though I cannot demonstrate the real magic of the feeders, which is the endless motion of them flitting in and out. Well, I suppose some of the larger birds swoop in and out. They really don’t flit and would not appreciate me saying they do. But the chickadees – they flit! 🙂 No cardinals or titmice in Australia? Shucks. I’m sure you have some beautiful birds there, though. Australia looks pretty darn awesome to me! 🙂

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