Saturday, 26 March 2011

White Smoke At The Vatican

Three months ago, we hung a bird feeder in our garden outside our kitchen window.  We eagerly anticipated our first visitors.  Considering that it was two days before Christmas and there was snow on the ground, we did not think that we would have long to wait before our feathered friends were lining up for the tasty treats.

Imagine our disappointment as the days and weeks passed and still we had no birds at the feeder.

Finally, the wait is over - almost three months to the day, I spotted our first bird and what a treat!  A male Cardinal was our first visitor.   I had only ever seen them from a distance but I must say that his colouring is magnificent.

Then a couple of days ago a female Cardinal arrived.  She had a little more trouble balancing on the perch, as it was a windy day, but she seems to have perfected her technique. 

Note: I wish that I could claim to have had the patience and the time to catch them on film, but I am not responsible for the photographs.  We have bug screens on our windows, hence the fine mesh which is visible on these pictures.


Priscilla said...

How lovely! I have never seen one of those birds and dont think I will in the uk! lol must of been a amazing sight. x

Tracy said...

Cardinals... oh, how I miss the sight of those in winter! We don't have them here either, so they are birds that very much remind me of home! :o) It can take a surprisingly long time for birds to fine a feeder. This past winter was the first time we put out food for the birds and it took ages for them to find us. Luckily kitty Charlie doesn't seem to have bothered our feathered friends visiting... ;o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

tea time and roses said...

The cardinals are beautiful Marie, just lovely! Now that your feeder has been discovered I'm sure you will be visited often.:o)

Happy week to you dear friend.



Rosie said...

It was worth the wait to have such beautiful birds finally decide to use your feeder. What a glorious colour the male bird is:)

Louise said...

That bird looks as if daubed in spraypaint! No chance of seeing anything nearly as bright in my garden. The fine mesh gives your photos a linen appearance. x