At the Feeders and in the Trees - Week 33

I'm happy to return to birding after an auto accident on December 17 which left me with no broken bones but lots bruising and pulled neck and shoulder muscles. 

Lots of sweet birds have been visiting my feeders and I have been enjoying their visits. 

The cardinals visit the feeders more in the winter when food isn't as available to them in their natural habits. They often feed on the ground below the feeders.

The Purple Finches are here now in my area of Western Kentucky and they are always hungry. Notice the distinctive white eyebrow on the female Purple Finch. The female House Finch doesn't have the white eyebrow. 

The Goldfinches aren't brilliant yellow in the winter but pretty easy to identify by their bills, wingbars, and lack of streaking. 

They are eating the black-oil sunflower seeds right now.  In the spring and summer, they like the nyjer seeds. I think I'll fill one of the upside down feeders with nyjer seeds and see if any are interested. 

The Tufted Titmouse is pretty quick when he visits the feeders. I love his big black eye. A Mockingbird stopped by for a few bites from one of the suet feeders.

The Northern Mockingbird (10") is a much larger bird than the Tufted Titmouse (6-7"). 

The White-Throated Sparrow returns to our area in Winter. The white throat patch and yellow spots between the eyes help to identify him. 

Last year he didn't visit my feeders until March but I first saw him on January 4th this year. 

BTW: My vehicle was totaled. I had the green light but the other driver came through her red light. Please wear your seatbelts, they do save lives - Judy.

Linking to:

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturdays

Camera Critters on Saturday

I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays

Mosaic Monday @ Letting Go of the Bay Leaf

Met Monday @ BNOTP

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday

Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready attention

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life on Wednesday evening

Thankful Thursday @ It's a Small Town Life
Little Things Thursday @ Random-osity
Thursday Favorite Things @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Friday Photo Journal @ Serendipity is Sweet

Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound on Friday

Saturday Sparkles @ Pieced Pastimes on Friday

Create, Bake, Grow & Gather @ Shabby Art Boutique on Friday



  1. I am sorry for your accident,I hope you get better soon.Pretty birds,they are cute!Hugs!

  2. Hope you mend fast, the shock of driving can be tough again. Love all your avian friends i think they are what you need to feel better. I brag sometimes all week about a good sighting often.One friend always teases me, notmuch of a birder.

  3. Oh Judy, I am so thankful to hear nothing was broken! I know those bruised neck and shoulder muscles must have been very painful not to mention with this happening right before Christmas. Not to mention the flustbraion of your car being totaled. I am so terrible sorry. Happy to see you are feeling better since the post. Love the birds, beautiful little visitors to make you smile. And, me too. You take care and yes, always wear seatbelt!!!!! Sending you hugs..........

  4. Judy,
    So~o~o grateful that you survived this accident!
    Yes! I do wear my seat belt every time I drive or ride in our car.
    Beautiful photos of the birds at your feeders!

  5. Glad that all is well after your unfortunate accident. I hope there were witnesses to authenticate the correct version of the event. Great series of pictures from your feeders. I have been keeping an eye out for Purple Finches here, but so far no luck.

  6. Glad you escaped further injury. Be well.

  7. Thanks for linking up today.

  8. I'm so sorry about your accident and glad you are healing and feeling better. It really takes a lot out of you to get hit like that! It's a miracle you weren't hurt worse! Love your bird pics. They sure are a joy to see in the winter months!

  9. Love the beautiful colours of the first couple of birds

  10. You are blessed with an abundance of beautiful birds. So sorry for your wreck. I never call them accidents... somebody caused them. I had a rear-ender the end of Nov. Not hurt but it's scary nonetheless. Same thing. Someone ran a red light and as I stopped to keep from being hit by the red light runner, the guy in back of me hit me. So glad you didn't break anything... but the car looks bad. Sorry

  11. I am so glad you weren't seriously injured. Love your beautiful birds!

  12. Oh my. That's a frightening photo, that last one, of your car. I'm grateful you are recovered and so sorry you had to experience that, especially at the holidays when there is enough on our plates. Your bird shots are beautiful and I am glad that you can finally get out and about to share them with us.

    Thank you so very much for stopping by Marmelade Gypsy yesterday. It was lovely to see you there and guide me here.

  13. Magnificent photos of our feathered friends! ~ hope you are doing well ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. So sorry to hear about the crash. I hope you have no lasting physical effects. Cardinals are such a beautiful bird to visit, especially in the winter. I wish we had something like that here. - Margy

  15. Beautiful birds! So glad you were not more seriously hurt

  16. I am sorry about your accident. I am glad that you now feeling better. You have wonderful birds in your feeders.

  17. My goodness. What a shock that must have been.
    I am happy you are feeling better.
    Your birds are amazing. We have most of them, but not all.
    We just had a horrific bus incident in Ottawa. Three dead. We must enjoy each day, I believe. YOu just never know.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  18. Judy - wow. Thank God for seatbelts and all the other safety elements in cars today. I hope you continue to recover well. And what a terrific collection of birds - I appreciate you pointing out key features that help to distinguish one bird from another. Wishing you a super week ahead!

  19. Hello, sorry about your vehicle, I hope you are recovering well. Love all your beautiful birds and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. I've been away and now catching up with my comments and blog visits. I appreciate your comment and visit to my blog. Have a happy day and week ahead.