CrabAppleLane Sunday - April 20, 2008 Issue

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Congrats to brother-in-law, Phil of Phil's Grill, who got a ringing endorsement from New Orleans Hornets center, Tyson Chandler, in a recent Times-Picayune article. I second that endorsement. The burgers there are excellent. Phil is an owner in one of the CrabAppleLane Fantasy Football Leagues. He's got some game.

The backyard is hustling and bustling this gorgeous Sunday at CrabAppleLane. The feeders are being overrun by beautiful songbirds. I have at least two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in the area right now. They have a very high-pitched, very sweet song. I think they're just passing through like they did last year but they're not particularly camera-shy as you can see. They take full advantage of all of the CrabAppleLane Backyard amenities, too. One of them was splashing a cardinal in the birdbath yesterday. I was not quick enough to the camera for that bit of mischief, though. I have a few noisy, cantankerous birds in the area as well. The ruby-throated hummingbirds are busy as are the red-bellied woodpeckers, tufted titmouses (titmice?), and black-capped chickadees but the noisiest & most cantankerous title goes to the Carolina wrens. They've been badgering me to get off of THEIR deck all morning. I also have a few Indigo Buntings hanging around. They're very shy. I haven't seen them this morning (Update: 11:54AM ... spotted) ... and, finally, the CrabAppleLane Bluebirds are feeding some very noisy, very hungry babies. I offer three four today.

CrabAppleLane Rose-breasted Grosbeak - April 20, 2008
CrabAppleLane Rose-breasted Grosbeak - April 20, 2008

CrabAppleLane Cardinal & Rose-breasted Grosbeak - April 20, 2008
CrabAppleLane Cardinal & Rose-breasted Grosbeak - April 20, 2008
These two have been squabbling over feeder rights all morning.

CrabAppleLane Rose-breasted Grosbeak - April 20, 2008
CrabAppleLane Rose-breasted Grosbeak - April 20, 2008

CrabAppleLane Cardinal and Indigo Buntings - April 20, 2008
CrabAppleLane Cardinal and Indigo Buntings - April 20, 2008

137 days until football season ...

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You are so fortunate to have such a variety of colorful birds. Beautiful photos.

The grosbeak is just gorgeous. I used to see them occasionally when I was growing up. I wish you had a picture of the wren -- for some reason, that was my dad's favorite bird. He always put out a wren house and never had a tenant. I don't know why that was, but he had high hopes every year. He never called it "Carolina" though; I wonder if was a different variety he was looking for (and never saw).

Thanks, Marie & Mom. We are very fortunate to have such an amazing variety of birds.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, that picture with the grosbeak and cardinal has a hidden treasure: Another grosbeak and cardinal to the lower right.

Rose-breasted grosbeaks! Cardinals! Indigo buntings! Haven't seen those since living in the woods south of Chicago (i.e., back in the day). Nice shots.

Beautiful shots! I have a bird feeder in front of my kitchen window where the black-capped chickadees feast. I love to watch them.

I love seeing all the photos of your native birds (the cardinals and buntings are gorgeous) and of your colourful gardens. I grow lots of impatiens too, they seems to thrive year round here.

The weather's getting colder and the colours are fading down here in NZ - yep, winter's round the corner...

Thanks, Dan. Grosbeaks and buntings are just passing through but those magnificent cardinals are here year round.

I love those feisty chickadees here, too, Charlotte.

Thanks, Fi. I love impatiens and particularly love the pinwheel variety I found this year. They come back on their own here every year but I always end up buying some anyway. How's life down on the farm? Like the look of your place after the MT4.1 upgrade. I plan to do some color and style tweaking around here next weekend when I make the domain switch.

Very nice, of course. I'm jealous of your grosbeaks--we don't have them. I think your "black capped" (northern variety) chickadees are more likely to be "Carolina" (southern variety) chickadees, though. TomAYto/toMAHto, I suppose. Thanks for sharing!

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