Friday, May 1, 2015

BIRDS AND FLOWERS AT MEADOWLARK GARDENS


There was a lot of activity at my favorite garden.



I am not sure what type of bird this is, other than the fact that it looks like some kind of sandpiper with those long legs.  Any ideas?  My photo is a bit blurry as I cropped it.



Our American Robin, there are always a lot of these around.


The Tree Swallows were very interested in this bird house....


and ignoring this one.  Both looked like fixer-uppers.


There were several sitting in trees.....


and flying low over the lake.  


So much fun to watch. 


A nest waiting for its eggs.  Signs of new life in buds on all the trees.  


A tin woodpecker.


This is one of my favorite times of the year seeing all the spring blossoms trees blooming.


A Red-winged Blackbird was tucking into something very tasty on this tree.









You can just see a touch of red starting to show on his 'epaulet'





One of the two geese I saw nesting that day.


with its mate standing guard.


He is not missing a thing.


I thought I would finish with a few flowers.














I am linking with Camera Critters and Saturday Critters.  Also Anni at Bird D'Pot, Laura at iHeartMacro, Michelle at Nature Notes, Judith at  Mosaic Monday, and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.  A big thank you to our hosts for these wonderful memes.

43 comments:

  1. very pretty blooms and lots of birds. i really like those tree swallows. don't have them here.

    ReplyDelete
  2. A LOT of work went into this post!

    Thank You




    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

    ReplyDelete
  3. What stunning shots! The Tin Woodpecker looks a bit like the Pileateds here. The unknown bird, I have tried to research it. Maybe some kind of Sandpiper, a Spotted? Not sure. Love the swallow flying away from the pretty birdhouse. And those beautiful lavender trees in the first picture, what are they? I almost have no favorite they are so delightful! Great blackbird and robin shots!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This was a great visit. You had many birds an flowers.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Such a wonderful array of images displayed before me.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Denise, these are so beautiful! I get a kick out of birds, I just love them! The sparrows hop, the robins run, the ducks waddle. LOL! And they are all so pretty, too. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh my, last that collage of pictures is awesome. Are you using picmonkey? Lovely photos of spring time.

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a lovely multi-meme outing you took us on. Megathanks.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful photos, Denise. I particularly enjoyed the photo of the strong-beak, Mr/Miss. T. Woodpecker. Jeez - what a beak, like a jackhammer :)

    Have a Beautiful Weekend!
    Peace :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi What a wonderful post full of beautiful flowers adn great selection of birds. that bird that you asked about is a Spotted Sandpiper.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Denise, beautiful flowers and colors this morning, as well as the birds. The tin woodpecker is very unusual.

    ReplyDelete
  12. you outdid yourself today with all these beautiful birds and flowers. awesome shots and i love that woodpecker and the bird in flight with the hanging bird house. so beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  13. it is a party!!! so many beautiful birds came!!

    gorgeous flower choices as well ;)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow, my eyes are smiling in delight. What a lovely place and all your captures of it are just heavenly!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Pretty pictures. Great swallow in flight.
    We've only attracted them one year. RG was just saying he should try again.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hello Denise, what a lovely spot for a walk, especially with the lovely blossoms.. The birds are pretty too, I love the swallows.. And your bird does look like a spotted sandpiper.. Great post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  17. The woodpecker really interests me. I've never seen that kind here.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Beautiful flowers and my favourite-the birds.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love your swallows, and all the trees are blooming here in D.C., too.

    It's beautiful!
    ~

    ReplyDelete
  20. Wonderful photos of the birds and the flowers. The swallows are so cute.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Wow, I love them all, but there is something special about the red-winged blackbird in all those blossoms!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wonderful shots, Denise! And love your new header!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love your montage at the end. Aren't swallows fun birds! I could watch them all day.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Lovely pictures! I like what you did with that last image!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Oh my I don't know where to begin...the fruit tree in blossom...full of beauty both in color/scent AND blackbirds!!! Awesome.

    The geese, the swallows rich cobalt/emerald color...and the unknown bird...

    I'm thinking it's an easy one to ID....a spotted sandpiper....look that up on Google and see if you agree!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I want to go walking around the park now. You did a great job capturing the beauty of both the birds and the flowers.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Do you know the name of that light purple flower? I'm doing our trip photo album and can't find the name to that flower.

    ReplyDelete
  28. So many wonderful birds and flowers :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. I can see why you love this place...fab mosaics...what software do you use Denise?

    ReplyDelete
  30. My favourite kind of post that includes birds and blooms. The last mosaic is fitting to display flowers in, very nice!
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Denise.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Denise, I enjoyed the blue bird in flight leaving the house. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Wonderful photos of a beautiful place.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oh spring....I love all your photos. I don't see swallows often, but they are amazing birds. I love all the blooms, they make me smile.. Thank you for linking in Denise...Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  34. Lots of pictures! The swallows are awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Yep, spring is so beautiful and so full of hope. LOVE your photos, Denise!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Fantastic photos and your mosaics are amazing. At first I thought the woodpecker was a new variety that I hadn't ever seen...actually it was! I loved it!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Fantastic... many thanks for sharing...

    ReplyDelete
  38. I can see from your photos that you had a lovely day. So many adorable birds and gorgeous flowers! Thank you for bringing Meadowlark Gardens to us. Your mosaics are beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  39. A garden full of colour from the flowers, blossom and the birds. The Spotted Sandpiper was a very nice find.

    ReplyDelete
  40. So much beauty. I see why this is your favorite garden.

    ReplyDelete