Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Full of Colour and Promise

So many changes lately, longer days, warmer weather (mostly), grass, plants and weeds growing well and furious activity in the bird world.

The colours are a bit overwhelming but welcome. I went out for a walk recently and took a few pictures  (400-500 actually) and want to share some of them with you today.

First here is a recently fledged golden crowned sparrow, having difficulty perching on the fence in my backyard, and looking a little baffled.

 Now on the Camellia bush, which is blooming early this year.

 Now here is a sparrow on the hummingbird feeder; how does this work? Seems to be looking for advice.

So down at the park, this red wing blackbird was trying to move the pesky photographer away from its' nest.

A pair of golden crowned sparrows.

Flowering currant I think.

 A different red wing, same scenario:

This one got so close to me that I had to back up to focus!

A yellow-rumped warbler (thanks to T. for identification)

Female red wing, same motive as her more colourful mate.



Time to stop for a swing.

Not to be outdone by the natural colour around them, these shoes have something to say as well.

A house sparrow.

Beautiful tulips and hellebores:

And finally, a chickadee, having a drink of water and then staying for a short chat.

Another swing, well ........

Oh, that gives me an idea............

So I have been busy painting again this week, maybe inspired by Spring and the day, here is what I have for you this week:

It's called "Swing Shift" and it is a watercolour. For more information on this original follow this link to and for cards and prints (gallery tab - Teddies, Tigers and Toys collection.

Sorry to everyone that could not see the owl picture last week, I hope these are more successful. I hope you can see that they are well camouflaged. These were forwarded to me by my pal Judy.

Well all that remains is for me to wish you a very happy Whimsy Wednesday, thanks for dropping by, until next week .......


  1. your unknown sparrow looks like a yellow-rumped warbler to me. :)

    love your cute golden crowns! adorable! and the perfect little chickadee. you got a lot of nice perchers in this set. :)

    your swing painting is so cute!

  2. i agree with tex about your unknown sparrow.

    what a wonderful entry of a beautiful varity of birds!!

    those red wings sure are good balancers!!

  3. Beautiful images, and the last one, well camouflaged, a beauty.

  4. Wonderful shots of the birds and flowers. Great time of the year.

  5. A great series of photos - again! - but that very young sparrow on the branch looking all bewildered is really special.

  6. I adore your painting! Lovely shots all through your post today.

  7. Tex got it for sure. No surprise there. :)

    Lovely bird photos and sweet expressions you caught. And those owl images are just amazing. Your Swing Shift is just adorable.. perfect for an infant's room.

  8. Wonderful post as usual, things are really changing fast as you say. We have had two crows breaking little branches off of our trees all day as they work on their nest that must be close by. Love your teddy bears on the swing. Have a great day,

  9. It's all popping and happening at your place. I love this time of year (although spring hasn't happened over here yet).

    Beautiful bird shots!

  10. Great set of pictures - I'm glad somebody else takes a "few" pictures and ends up with 300!


    Stewart M - Melbourne

  11. I've never seen that kind of bird, the sparrow that cute.

    I love song of the RW Blackbird, and when we first hear them, we know that spring is coming.


  12. Birds and flowers are so lovely in your photos, but the most loveliest to me is the stuffed animals in your painting.

  13. Don't you just love spring. I just love this time of year. You have lots of great photos here.


  14. It's amazing to see all the signs of spring in your photos Gillian. Every spring a pair of Greater Canada Geese land in our fields and spend awhile visiting on their way north. the other day they landed on the winter's wind whipped icy snow and were quite confused. We haven't seem them since they headed south. Maybe they decided to spend a little more time south of here. Have a wonderful week!

  15. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh! The owls are awesome! I'm catching up with your posts. All of your shots are exciting....Golden-crown would be a nice bird to find....but the owls are incredible! You've got a nice collection of them there. It's amazing how well they blend in with their surroundings!