Wednesday, January 6, 2010

December Birds

I've taken a long break from my blog but just can't seem to get rid of my desire to post occasionally. Considering the variety of birds that visit me each winter, it's a shame not to share. Here are just a few recent visitors that I photographed using my new point-and-shoot:


Top L-R:  Pileated Woodpecker, Bluebird; Bottom L-R: Mourning Dove, Red-Bellied Woodpecker

I tend to think my SLR takes better shots, especially of wildlife & birds. Nearly every photo I've ever taken of them has been from inside the house, through the kitchen window. The new Canon Powershot S90 is a great little camera, but still can't live up to my Nikon D40-X.

As usual, so many photos to post, but so little time!  My posts may begin to appear again, but there may be less writing and even 'wordlessness'. Imagine that;~}  I will continue to follow those whose blogs I've come to know and love. You know who you are!

--Today I am thankful for being able to share backyard birds with others who have similar interests.


Words and photos by Jan Huston DobleThanks For 2 Day.

38 comments:

  1. Jan What a delight to see your post and a delight to see you posting!

    You were quite inspirational for me when I started my blog and so it felt like I'd lost a friend when you decided to stop.

    I have been struggling to keep up at present so much to do and started another blog yes you can guess about Lyme. I am in week 10 without antibiotics not quite symptom free but doing ok for now so I am rather excited about that.

    Hope all is going well with you and family and you have a lovely 2010. I look forward to the occassional wordless or not so wordy post then.

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  2. Good grief Jan girl I wondered what had happened to you. Thought you fell off of the earth or something bad. Just glad to hear you are okay.
    There are so many birds now flocking to the feeders and they are always so much fun to watch. I still cannot figure how they keep those little feet warm.LOL.Glad to hear from you again.
    Take care, Lona

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  3. Beautiful birds! Is that a Woodpecker in the first picture?
    -Happy new year!

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  4. Beautiful post Jan, it's so nice to see you again. It's good to blog (or do anything) on your terms, without pressure. The dove is so lovely, they are such a charming bird. :) Rebecca

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  5. happy to see a post show up on my favorite blogger list...think of you often and hoping all is well. did you ever resolve the illness issues of your son? you had thought he had lyme too? i hope things are working out.
    god bless and was a delight to see the beautiful birds :)
    erin

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  6. That Pileated is a great one to capture!! Good for you!

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  7. Those are great pics Jan! Glad to see you back online.

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  8. Beautiful pictures Jan. I love bird pictures (taken by friends not professionals). We just don't seem to get any birds in winter and I hate that. Can't wait for spring/summer.

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  9. I remember enjoying some great bird photos on your blog last winter Jan. You do a good job photographing them and have such a nice variety of visitors. I wish we had either of those woodpeckers ~ they would sure brighten up the snowy days.
    Also a BIG thank you for all the goodies you sent me thru the Gardening by Letter project. I just received my package (after New Years) and really have enjoyed going thru all the envelopes. The soap is just exquisite ~ way too pretty to ever use ~ and I love those napkins!! Very cute. I will have to bring them out at a garden party. :-)
    You wrote me such a nice note, I really enjoyed reading it and totally understand about slowing down with the blog. The little silver flower/joy piece is a nice garden keepsake. Thank you for everything. I hope your New Year has started off well. My best wishes to you and your family.

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  10. I'm also glad to see you posting. It's hard to resist when it's something you've enjoyed doing!! :-)
    PS I'm almost certain that little squirrel moved while I was typing this! ha.

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  11. Hi Jan - HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope you are doing well. Your bird photos are lovely.

    I've had so much trouble with Blotanical that I hardly ever use it anymore.

    Take care,
    Cameron
    (we're heading off on vacation and my son will be here to take care of Charm, so the blog posts coming up are scheduled. I couldn't convince my son to blog for me! LOL)

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  12. A Pileated on your feeder, wow! I alwats enjoy your beautiful bird photos.

    Part of the beauty of blogging is that you can post whenever/ how much you want! :)

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  13. Jan,
    Nice to see you back blogging. Getting a pileated woodpecker at the feeder is a real trick if you ask me! Looking forward to more posts when you feel up to posting :-)

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  14. Jan, I thought I hadn't heard from you for a while. Sounds like an occasional post is perfect for you right now. I hope your holidays were great (less hectic than mine!) and that your new year is going well.

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  15. Hi Jan! Healthy and happy 2010 to you and your family! I enjoy looking at all your birds. We don't have many of them in our garden. Stay warm!

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  16. I'm so glad you decided to share these, Jan! You have such a variety of birds feasting outside your door. I love to watch the woodpeckers; they seem more fond of the suet cakes I put out than any of the other birds. Ironically, I find I have more time to read blogs in the winter, but less to post about! Hope you are doing well.

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  17. Hi Jan! It's good to see a new post from you. It's amazing to me that you have 2 kinds of woodpeckers at your feeders. How Cool! Of course the bluebird and dove are good friends to have, too.

    I am wondering how you and your son are doing with your health, too.

    Happy New Year!

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  18. Happy New Year Jan, I'm thrilled to see your gorgeous photos again! You've inspired me to go check my feeders as I've been so neglectful of them lately! It's fun to read what gardeners have to say, but really I'm in it for the juicy photos. I just might follow in your footsteps & post wordlessly.

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  19. Jan, I am delighted to see you up and blogging again. I missed you and now I want to wish you and your family, A Very Happy and Healthy New Year 2010. May all your wishes come true!

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  20. Hi Jan, good to see you in blogland again. Fabulous photos of the birds.

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  21. Your pix are always so pretty. And this time I noticed the adorable dogs on the side too. Glad you''re back!

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  22. Jan, how good to hear from you again. I love your blog and what it represents. Your photos of the birds are beautiful! I wish you the very best in 2010.

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  23. I am so happy you are blogging again. I really missed your wonderful photos. The pileated woodpecker pic. is stunning!! I have never seen one and really envy you. I wish you and your family a very happy and HEALTHY 2010!

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  24. Wow!! A Pileated woodpecker at your feeder!!! Fabulous photo! I am so glad you posted these.

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  25. I'm so glad to see some of your Winter birds. I remember your posts last Winter of the birds at your feeders.

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  26. Such nice shots Jan! It's so good to see your post. I hope you're feeling well.

    Happy New Year! May you and your family enjoy a healthy, peaceful, joyful, and prosperous 2010.

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  27. Hi dear Jan ~ Delighted to see you and your extended bird family (I have a thing for your handsome pileated woodpecker ... perhaps a cousin to my fella at the lake). Warm wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year!

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  28. Hiya Jan

    A very Happy New Year to you.

    I wouldn't want to be a bird in the weather we're getting right now.

    Rob

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  29. Good to see you back Jan and to be able to enjoy as always your beautiful photos of birds. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year. May all your flowers flourish in this new decade :)

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  30. Those are wonderful Jan! I totally understand the needing a break thing, I will so that this spring when the garden picks up! Have a wonderful new year, Kim

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  31. What a wonderful treat to see your lovely collage of birdies! We don't get to see such colourful ones in our garden, and even those that do visit are almost impossible to capture with a point-and-shoot camera.
    Have a great year 2010, and God's richest blessings to you and your loved ones, Jan!

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  32. Nice photos! Glad to see a post! My point and shoot can be tricked into thinking it's an SLR (by overriding a lot of the manual options). Also, if you shoot through the window, those shots are never going to be really crisp (well, maybe with a way better camera than I ever had, LOL!).

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  33. Hello, Jan! I guess this means that I should add you back to my follow list so I won't miss it when you do post! I was afraid you were gone for good this time and deleted you.

    Happy New Year!

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  34. Oh lovely pictures. I especially love the orange head in the last pic.

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  35. Lucky you, who can capture all these wonderful birds!

    I wish you all the best for the new year :)

    -Hilde

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  36. I saw my first pileated woodpecker last year and was amazed at how large it was. Bird watching sure helps make the winter seem shorter. :)

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  37. Hello,

    I've visited your blog before, but didn't have time to comment. Your blog is beautiful, and being a fellow photographer I love your photos! Is it winter where you live, just couldn't quite tell! The birds are stunning!

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  38. Very nice photos Jan! Hope you had the best holiday. gail

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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