Friday, February 14, 2014

Serenity Cove Birds

What a brutal, cold, snowy, winter it is turning out to be. January was one of the coldest on record and February is pretty much the same.
I have a serious case of the winter blahs and I am counting down the days until spring. 34 Days! Only thing Ohio that doesn't mean much. Not to be a pessimist but it could be double that. I'm holding out for an early spring because I think we DESERVE it after putting up with this cold winter!

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Watching and feeding birds is one bright spot in the long winter months.
The birds were slow to come around earlier in the winter, but it's been a feeding frenzy since the extreme cold arrived.
Here are just a few of the birds that are daily visitors at the feeders.
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpeckers
Three Pileated Woodpeckers have been regular visitors this winter but I just can't get that third one in the picture.
The wing span of a Pileated!
Beat It......I was here first!
Blue Jays cannot resist peanuts. A lot of people don't like Blue Jays but I tolerate them because they warn other birds when a predator is in the area. They hog a lot of food though.
White Crowned Sparrow
Here is a Brown Creeper that usually shows up during the last half of winter.
The bluebirds are always my favorite. I never get tired of watching them as you can tell by the amount of pictures I take of them.
 Tree Hugger
House Finch
For a while I thought we weren't going to have any Cardinals this year but they finally showed up when the weather got extremely cold in January. Not as many as some years, but at least we got a few. They are such beautiful birds and their cheer, cheer, cheer, birdie, birdie, birdie, song are such a welcome sound in the spring.
 Carolina Wren
These little birds are so much fun to watch. They just seem to bounce around all over the place, checking out all the feeders and investigating every nesting cavity.
 They love to steal the dried mealworms I put out for the bluebirds, usually getting to them first. But that's okay, it seems the bluebirds would rather eat the suet. 
Tufted Titmouse
American Goldfinch
Patiently waiting on spring.


  1. What a wonderful assortment of birds. many of the same ones here in MD but I can't seem to get such nice shots of them.

  2. I totally agree with you. WE are very very deserving of an Very Very Early Spring. WE definitely have endure a very brutal Winter which I will be very happy to see leave. All your bird photos are very lovely. Hang in there I know Spring will come soon. Hugs Judy

  3. Gorgeous Pearl! Always look forward to your next blog to see what you come up with. Miss you!

  4. Hi Pearl, I enjoy my birds too --especially during the winter... They can certainly eat and eat and eat!!!!! I have almost the same ones as you have.

    One of my best investments was a small feeder with a dome (From Duncraft) which is where I put my mealworms for the Bluebirds.. I put the dome low --close to the place --so that the big birds can't get into it. The Blues LOVE it.

    Stay safe and warm.

  5. So many beautiful pictures! This is my first winter feeding the birds, I had to ... I was getting worried about them with it being such a harsh winter. I am always thrilled to see a cardinal or blue jay, the color is so welcome after so much brown and white for so many months. Your blue birds are so pretty, maybe they will visit me someday too :)

  6. I keep hoping we will have an early warm spring to but I know here in Ohio you do not know what you may get from one day to the next. Your bird pictures are just wonderful. I love the Flicker. They are marked so pretty. But like you I love those Bluebirds and I am always trying to lure more and more into my yard. Have a lovely week ahead and maybe a melt this week.

  7. Vos photos sont tout simplement magnifiques. Félicitation!