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:

TexWisGirl said...

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

Cloudia said...

A LOT of work went into this post!

Thank You




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
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Ginny said...

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!

Red said...

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

Stephanie said...

Such a wonderful array of images displayed before me.

Linda said...

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. :)

Lynda D said...

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

Elephant's Child said...

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

Chandra Eswaran said...

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 :)

Margaret Adamson said...

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

Linda Kay said...

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

Sandra said...

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

Debbie said...

it is a party!!! so many beautiful birds came!!

gorgeous flower choices as well ;)

Karen S. said...

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

Gayle said...

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

eileeninmd said...

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!

William Kendall said...

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

SeagullSuzie said...

Beautiful flowers and my favourite-the birds.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

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

It's beautiful!
~

Gunilla Bäck said...

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

Rose said...

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

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Lovely set of photos!

Marie C said...

Wonderful shots, Denise! And love your new header!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

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

Linda said...

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

Anni said...

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!!

Dan the Mountain Man said...

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

Kay said...

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.

Huldra said...

So many wonderful birds and flowers :)

Donna said...

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

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

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.

Sylvia said...

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

Karen said...

Wonderful photos of a beautiful place.

Rambling Woods said...

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

bettyl-NZ said...

Lots of pictures! The swallows are awesome.

fredamans said...

Lovely bird photos!

EG CameraGirl said...

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

Debby Ray said...

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!

Andrew Fulton said...

Fantastic... many thanks for sharing...

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

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.

Adam Jones said...

Beautiful Tree Swallows.

Frank said...

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

bailey-road.com said...

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