Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Towhees the week before Christmas

Please excuse the play on "Twas the night before Christmas", I couldn't resist.

Beautiful natural colour inside and out these days. Inside the seasonal poinsettia, Christmas cactus, Amaryllis and Orchids and outside the show offs at the feeders. First the birds .......

I have been watching the Towhees recently, shy birds usually, but they have become more bold recently.

This is one of the Towhees (Rufus sided) that have been enjoying the nut feeder that I have recently purchased.

Bright red eyes,

Rufus sides,

and white under feathers on tail.

Here being showed off for the camera in an action shot.

Another look at those sides .............

Aren't I a looker?

Well aren't I!

Chickadees are fun to watch too.

Not quite as colourful, but lots of personality:

Getting quite chubby too!

Maybe a bit large for this feeder, and house lady take notice this feeder needs filling.

A bit blurry, but this is a shot of the hummingbird just before it buzzed me.

Christmas cactus, almost waiting until Christmas to flower.

Orchids are a year round favorite of mine.

And of course the seasonal Poinsettias.

And here is a painting that I have finished recently. It is a watercolour painting of scene from the Umbria region of Italy.

Best wishes to you all for peace, joy, friendship and good health,

Happy Whimsy Wednesday, until next week ..........................


  1. beautiful towhees and all of your birds! i do hope you'll enjoy your holidays!!!

  2. Love that towhee! Wonderful birds in your yard. Thanks for sharing. Sorry if I haven't been around has been crazy here and I'm just now catching up:)

  3. A great post with lots of lovely color. Those Towhees steal the show for me!

  4. You take such great care in your photo shooting of birds and really like your painting!

  5. So many delightful moments and bright warm colours here. A pleasure to visit.
    Best wishes to you for a very happy holiday season, full of precious moments.

  6. Hi,
    The towhees are beautiful. We haven't seen them at our feeder yet but lots of finches and chickadees for sure. I missed your post last week, so much to do but I did catch it as well. The nutcrackers were great, you have quite a collection. I must admit that I agree, sometimes the old nutcracker works the best! Have a great Christmas,

  7. I really enjoyed looking at all your birdy photos. They are such a joy to watch aren't they.

    Another amazing painting.


  8. Lovely watercolour and a great series of bird shots.

  9. very beautiful birds ! love all these images and the painting !
    wish you a merry christmas Gillian

  10. Enjoyed all your bird pictures and the lovely water colour of an Umbrian street... Hope that you will have a wonderful Christmas Gillian!

  11. Feathers, petals and beautiful brushstrokes. I'm a tad envious of your lovely warm weather.. and totally envious of your fine talent. :)

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

  12. Good play on words with your title ;) Brought a smile. I recognize your feathered friends ~ they have relatives in my yard. Your Christmas cactus and orchid are beautiful ~ as is your gorgeous painting. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming year.