I’ve told you before, The Holler is ‘for the birds.’
And this is just how we like it!
Check out the cheeky, chirpy ones.
The beep-beep felt like a photo-op today,
and even forgot to run away!
He actually posed and beeped, vain meeper!
The mocking bird was in modeling mode, although still a very coy boy.
Cheers to you from The Holler and the world’s best neighbors~
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They are cute friends to come home for 🙂
The very best! <3
Great bird pics. It looks like you got that roadrunner going.
He posed for at least 30 photos today. I hope the selfie movement isn’t corrupting my birds……
They are beautiful Cindy, I have scrolled up and down the page and admired them all. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us.
They are my family here at The Holler. I knew you would like them Maiko~ <3
Beautiful series of photos,clean and crisp !!!
Congratulations Cindy !
So glad you like them & cheers to you~
What a joy to enjoy these beautiful birds at home! Love all the captures, the second one has 8 there, Wow! Thank you so much for sharing with us, Cindy! 🙂
Awwwww, thank you Amy! I count them too and have counted 12 at a time in that tree. We are surrounded at The Holler, different birds in different trees. I miss them when away.
Wow, 12 at a time… 🙂
We have pomengranates all winter, and bugs galore, so the birdies are here in droves. We have 3 Great Horned Owls on our roof each night, a Bee Eater sleeps above our bedroom window, and of course the hummingbirds year round. It is indeed for the birds!
Oh, so delightful!
They are, and the finches in particular do pose for the camera, I’m convinced! 😉
So pleased you think so too! I love the little chirpers~
Love the red-breasted finches. The roadrunner is an unusual sort. The poor mockingbird remains the sole object of James Taylor’s affection. I suspect you only go home to do laundry. 🙂 Keep taking those great photos.
Laughing. I know it’s boring, but I have been home now for over six weeks and I have done lots of laundry! 😉 😉 I love mockingbirds! I’m with James on this. They are amazing mimics and they kill rattlesnakes when necessary. What’s not to love?
Love seeing your birds – your photos are great. I looked up roadrunner calls – interesting, they yip a bit like coyotes!
Did you ever ride your bike as a kid with clothes-pins in the spokes to make that whirring sound? This is the sound they make most often and we wake to it in the mornings as they do their rounds.
Good analogy. Allaboutbirds.org had 4 different calls, one did sound like whirring.
I will go listen!
And what a beautiful blue sky those birds get to flaunt their feathers against!
It rained for three days straight. It doesn’t end the drought by any means but it alleviates it. The bird baths are full of rain water, the creek is gurgling, and the meadows are turning green. The birds are in heaven. Even the sky was celebrating today!
Definitely worth celebrating. 🙂
these fotos just made my day!
Your comment just made my night. Thank you~
Quite a flock. You can’t help but love their little toes
Their toes are pretty amazing. Teeeeny tiny dino toes! 😉
So wonderful!!! I love each and every one:)
Which is why I love you! <3
Thank you for your ongoing photographs of beauty, some scenes works of God, some of man, and all delivered to us so well done. Each type of scene has its own skill requirements, and you are well qualified for all. As for your feathered friends, either they know you well and like and trust you very much, or you are extremely patient. Those creatures have a sharp instinct regarding what you are about, and, as soon as you are to trip the shutter, they for or run away.
They are smart little fliers but they live with us an so they know us. Their is a bee eater that sleeps above my window everynight. She comes in after sunset and settles in. I can walk around her and she won’t budge. Some birds like the hummingbirds and the roadrunners and finches are like pets. We have horned owls on the roof everynight and I come out and hoot with them when they call. We have a hoot at The Holler! 😉 😉
YAY so happy to be home again HW!!!
And oh I so missed the little H’s!! <3
They are why I fell in love with you!
Lucky you! Why do you ever leave home? Oh, I see, your pictures show how good those scenes away from home are so that you are willing to leave to take them for us.
Pretty much that’s it! 🙂
Thought so. 🙂 Excellent captures of the cuties! >3
We don’t have beep-beeps here but I wish we did….I just love their looks and their attitude!
And their mohawks, which they raise and drop at will for God only knows why!!! 😉
Such fantastic pictures Cindy. I love birds and you’ve shown them at their best.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
A bird lover is a friend of mine and you David were already a friend of mine!
So awesome…first I started smiling and by roadrunner time, I laughed out loud. nice!
The roadrunners constantly crack us up! They people watch us more than we watch them. They are always snooping in windows. Such funny birds!
I’ve so missed your posts on birds. And, while gazing at these, I actually forgot that we’re still in the middle of winter! These cuties really brightened up my day. Thanks Cindy! ~Lynn
I’ve miss the birds big time when I travel especially when I am at places that don’t have many, and I am always looking for them. Like you Lynn, I am definitely happier wherever there are birds. <3
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Absolutely gorgeous! (My favorite is the cheeky little guy at the bottom.)
Chubby little cutie! I like him too! <3
I adore birds! A pair of doves live in our pomegranate, plus several others visit during the day – and night, though we haven’t seen the owl since the blood moon – and were very disappointed not to get a photo of it as it sat on our antenna.
Oh how clever, a photo on your antenna. I am going to google this. It sounds like a brilliant idea!
If only it hadn’t been so overcast that we could barely see the moon!
Love those road runners!
They are full of character and hilarious to live with!
Love it. More birds please. 🙂
Your wish is my command! <3
As always beautiful photos. And indeed beautiful birds.
Awwww, so kind and so appreciated!
A lovely, cheery post to wake up to—made me smile 🙂
Your comment made me very glad I posted! <3
Lovely photographs. Shame about the grammar. 😉
Thank you! Grammar is for people who follow recipes to a t, laughing……. 😉
Recipes are guidelines. Grammar is rules. But then you can bend things. But it’s/its is up there with their/they’re/there. Foible this end.
But I did make you laugh
Fantatische Aufnahmen, meine liebe Freundin…
Ich freue mich, Sie mogen die Vogel und ich danke Ihnen sehr, mein Freund!
Cindy, it seems we both are drawn to areas with only the best neighbours. 😉 We have many owls just across the river from my house. As you know one of the wee ones visited us last year and such a treat. We are close enough to the Mediterranean to get seagulls which I personally adore and egrets… Like the Hollar, this place is for the birds! 😉
For the birds is for me, and you too, Lea, must have something to do with our careers!!! 😉 😉 Wonderful as always to hear from you my friend and be well~
I wondered when you would have had enough of glorious Europe to find you way home. Believe it or not, I spent most of my life being a city kid including 6 years in NYC. I never thought I would live in such a place and the second I saw it, I knew I was home! 🙂 😉 Bonne année et bonne santé! 😉
Thank you Russel and be well my friend~
Cindy, these birds are so beautiful!
I think I will try to draw them.
Lately, I have been enjoying drawing and coloring animals, especially birds. I think they’d be great models! 😀
They are wonderful models and I hope you post your drawings, you are so talented Hari~
Thank you, Cindy! (if only you can see me blushing! LOL)
Beautiful photos Cindy 🙂
Thank you! Much appreciated~
You’re welcome 🙂
A road runner who forgot to run away. lol
Sometimes his curiousty about us overwhelms his innate desire to run! 😉
Home, Sweet Home!
Where the birds and the coyotes rule! 😉
Awwww, thank you!
Great pictures, Cindy! Love the peep-peep. I wish one of them would decide to vacation here on the beach 🙂
The roadrunner would annihilate all the crabs on the beach!! 😉
Very likely 😀
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Take a break from fellow man. Do we ever need it! But, then, back to work to to bring us back to health and cleanse the God-given nest we are fouling.
So beautifully stated and you caught my sentiments precisely! Thank you~
Very happy you like them and mil grazi!
Simply wonderful shots, Cindy.
Honored and pleased! Thank you~ <3
Thanks. I’ve been deleting photos — thousands that I’ve decided have “issues” of one kind or another and just keeping the ones I love. I hesitated last night over a photo of some finches before I finally hit the delete button — mostly because I wasn’t sure if I had another photo of them and they are so cute. But in the end I let them go. I was quite pleased this morning to turn on my computer to find that I now have your lovely finch photos to admire. 😀
I deleted photos from my blog inadvertantly which was not a happy event, but I do delete photos intentionally too. One cannot keep all of them. I know it is tedious and hard to do so you have my empathy. <3
I did that once on my blog too. These are ones I have on my computer. I’m low on storage though on the blog so the deletion of some photos there is going to have to be the next project. 😀
I think the Roadrunner knew Wile E. Blogger was nearby with a camera …
Of course. I didn’t think of this. Seriously, I think you may be right. I have surprised two coyotes mid-day recently right where the roadrunner was. It makes sense he was using me for protection. Or else he as just too curious. They are dedicated people watchers. I think they have people watching clubs.
You have some very beautiful birds, where you live Cindy 😀
Common but oh so beautiful! <3
How lucky to be surrounded by all these gorgeous birds. You must also make your garden very welcoming for them to visit.
Bird feeders, bird baths, bird friendly plants. Yep, The Holler is for the birds!! 😉
Lovely to see you and your friends at the holler after all your travels.
It’s good to be back with my feathered family! <3
The little guys remind me of here, of home, but the roadrunner with its mouth open really caught me. I could only wonder what it was saying, or should I say shouting? 🙂 –Curt
He was definitely annoyed at something, but I couldn’t see what. It will remain a mystery. I have seen roadrunners go after 6 foot snakes and run with huge lizards half swallowed, hanging from their mouths, they are tough little birdies!
I’ve seen videos of them going after rattlesnakes but never seen it in person, Cindy. It would be a treat (not for the snake, though, I imagine). Yes, they are tough. –Curt
Very cute. 🙂
Beep beep’m beep beep yeah
Baby you can drive my car ~
I knew it at beep beep’m beep beep yeah!
Yes I’m gonna be a star…..
This is definitely what the roadrunner was thinkging!
You’re as daft as I am, yay. 🙂
Dafter…..is that a word?????
Afterthought; amazing how theses things stick in ones head and known by everybody (well anybody who is anybody that is). 🙂
Defenerably a word.
Incidentally I’ve been meaning to mention, a WP screw up. Your replies to replies do not appear in a persons notifications unless you increase “Discussion settings / Other Comments Settings / Enable Threaded (Nested).Comments n levels deep. It’s a little bug that effects everyone. poo 🙂
Thank you for the heads up about WP. Will look into it. And yes Beatles songs are iconic. When my kids were traveling together in Japan, they happened into a Karaoke bar, where the patrons wanted my daughter to sing Hey Jude, and then more and more Beatles songs. Which she did. She is quite good. The whole bar sang along. Knew the lyrics to all the songs. They took both kids home dressed my daughter in a treasured old family Kimono with the socks and elevated shoes, the traditional hair, and took them as honored guests to The Cherry Blossom festival, all because she knew Beatles songs by heart. It is an international language.
I didn’t get that but quite right. 🙂
What do you use to bribe them to sit still? These pictures are amazing, it’s like they are posing for you. Beautiful. I love the picture of the roadrunner (it is a roadrunner right?)
I swear they do pose and they like me paying attention to them instead of the hummingbirds! I have so many photos of them cocking their heads at me as if to say, “Aren’t we cute too?”
There is nothing like the wondrous bird songs from these small creatures. Got to love birds ~ great shots Cindy!
I so agree! The raucous and varied bird song as a backdrop to every day is pure magic~
We took our usual run today and afterward sitting under our big oak trees I could hear the entire choir going back n’ forth. Love them~
It is wonderful, especially if you get one of the mimics in the midst who confuses them all with birdsong they have never heard. We have birds in the spring that imitate human sounds. Wonderful!
You do have wonderful neighbors. They’re full of charm and a bit of cheek. That first little red bird is looking right at me, sizing me up. Delightful photos!
They have such personality and they are always watching us! So many times when I focus in on a bird they are already watching me!
It would be wonderful to have a bird translator. I’m glad they commune with you regularly, Cindy.
I imitate so many bird calls now from living at The Holler. I talk with the Great Horned Owls, The Ravens, The Red Tails, and The Mocking Birds. The mocking birds are fun because they imitate new sounds and the owls love long nightime conversations and sometimes a rival owl will swoop by my head at night, checking out the potential competition!
Lovely! I really like the roadrunner!
The roadrunners are the most entertaining birds! My son calls them our pets and that is about right. They own The Holler!
Beautiful in every way.
So appreciative and honored!
You are so good at capturing birds. Beautiful Cindy!
Awwww, thank you, it’s a labor of love!
I can tell!
I love roadrunners! Are the top ones house finches or purple finches? The lighting was really neat, too!
Roadrunner are moving entertainment centers! 😀 The top guys are house finches. Cheers & thanks for stopping by Teresa~
Thanks for clearing that up for me and sharing your beautiful photos, Cindy!
And so true about roadrunners! 😄
Beautiful pictures, Cindy… 🙂
How did I miss your comment? So sorry & thank you very much!
Oh…no issues at all, Cindy…happens… 🙂 You are absolutely welcome… 🙂
The joy of a secure person. Thank you! <3
Ok I’m coming to live with you!!! Beautiful pictures! How lucky you are to call them friends! Beep beep 😃
Come on over! We can go bird watching. This morning I got pics of the Western Bluebird and the Scrub Jay and of course The Holler Hawks!
By the way, Cindy, I made the point about recipes being guidelines a good three years ago. https://messingaboutinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/the-last-post/
I am not at all surprised! We are in accord on this my friend~
They love you too! ≧(´▽｀)≦
These are stunning Cindy – such colourful birds and in their environment
They are everyday beauties! So pleased you like them too~
das ist echt toll, liebe Cindymöge es ein guter Tag werden
Haben Sie einen wunderbaren Tag mein lieber Freund und ich danke Ihnen!
danke, einen guten Tag wünsche ich
Beautiful colors…you always capture the right moments Cindy…thanks for sharing!
Thanks you much more Wendell for the kindness you share everyday!
Love the pics from the Holler! 🙂
So glad you do! The Holler is worth hollering about~ 😉
Bonsoir Cindy Que sait joli
Un regard, un sourire et une main
Chaleureuse sur l’épaule
Valent mieux qu’un million
De mots ou de phrases
Ce que sent le cœur est plus profond
Que ce qu’entends l’oreille
Je te remercie d’être là par ton amitié
Je te souhaite une belle fin de semaine
Un agréable week-end
Avec de la joie et du bonheur au sein de ta demeure
Ce jour chez moi quelques flocons de neige sans plus
Merci beaucoup mon ami! :star: :star:
Amazing birds! Wonderful.
Awww, so glad you like them too & thank you!
love the photos…I miss the roadrunners and the quail of Arizona 🙂
I can well imagine! We have the quail too and I love them immensely~ <3
So glad you enjoyed! <3
Such wonderful photos! I really enjoyed the road runner – we used to see them all the time when we lived in Southern California, but they’ve largely disappeared with the population and housing explosion.
So sad, I saw them a lot as a kid too in places they no longer live. Thankfully a group of them are thriving at The Holler!
Such a lovely blue backdrop for your photos Cindy. How are the hummers these days?
The year round hummingbirds are doing very well, mostly Annas and things are quite peaceful. I thought I would showcase some other feathered friends for a bit, but the hummer will be baaaaack! 😉
I’ll look forward to seeing them again…
Awesome! The one in the middle with the mohawk look pretty cool! 🙂
Thank you! They raise and lower those mohawks in response to God knows what!! 😉 😉
Wonderful photos, Cindy. What gorgeous birds you get there at the Holler. 🙂
I’m getting some more for you, woodpeckers, western blue birds, western jays, there are whole bunches of species I am working on in our oak groves. I wonder why I never did this before? I put chairs in different areas and am amazed at what I am seeing!
Excellent pics… gorgeous birds, dear Cindy… Happy friday and weekend ahead. . 🙂
All the best to you!, Aquileana 😀
Wonderful to hear from you and happy weekend to you. Heading over to your blog to see what’s new~
Wonderful photos, Cindy, and what great neighbors to have. The roadrunner photos are especially dazzling.
The roadrunners are definitely dazzling critters! No wonder Disney made them :star: s!
Did you have an ACME camera to catch that roadrunner with?
How did you know? 😉
Hi Cindy! Loved the birds especially the roadrunner! 😀 xx
Roadrunners are the most entertaining of birds!
“How sweet it is!” in the Holler!
Home is often this way! Happy Friday Resa~ <3
Wonderful, photos that show the beautiful of nature. 🙂
So pleases you enjoyed them my friend and happy weekend!
How did you catch that beep, Cindy? I am so envious of your skills. We have few roadrunners around us and I am always chasing them but never get a decent shot. What are the little birds?
It is entirely up to the roadrunner. When he decides he wants some photoplay, he’ll pose. Ours have been posing a lot lately, but certainly not much before this! I would suggest ignoring the roadrunners when you are out and about. This offends them and they come closer! 😉 They are hilarious. The little guys are house finch.
Does that work with handsome guys, too? 🙂 I will try ignoring them and see what happens. I have seen the house finch before but didn’t recognize them although the beak is distinctive.
What a beautiful gallery! Thank you so much Cindy, I will have that smile on my face until the end of the day 🙂
Awwww, that makes the post more than worthwhile for me! <3
Brilliant images, Cindy!
Thank you Indah and Happy Sunday!
So good to be back and catching up on your posts! Love your little birds! 🙂
Wonderful to hear from you Linda and I look forward to hearing more about your new home and new place! <3
Better you’re for the birds than gone to the dogs. LOL
Well we have packs of coyotes, so that could be my next post! 😉
I knew it couldn’t be long… LOL
At least I’m done with rattlesnakes until they come out of hibernation in March!
I dream of photographing a roadrunner sprinting through a desert, while lightning strikes the horizon in the distance.
What a fascinating, archetypal dream. You must go to the desert in the winter rainy season and see if your dream comes to fruition!
Awesome bird pictures. I will use some of them in our next newsletter! 🙂
BTW…..Where is The Holler?
I am honored! Thank you so much~
The holler is for the birds!
Laughing….Yes! 😉 <3
Beautiful photos. I love watching birds, especially around our lake. We have everything from hummingbirds and goldfinch to herons.
Sounds like The Holler. Love them too and Happy Sunday!
I have to wonder how those little guys allow you get close enough that they don’t flinch, and some of them look as though they’re striking a pose, lol. Beautiful photography Cindy. <3
Some of them have been infected by the selfie craze I fear. They want their photos posted on the internet. Sigh……….
Mockingbirds may not be the most pretty bird in the woods, but they sure can sing a sweet tune, Cuz. Loved the finches too 🙂
I have loved mockingbirds since I was a little kid and watched two of them repeatedly pick up and drop a rattlesnake on my path. They saved me!
With what you’ve just said in mind, I like them even more !!! 🙂
The birds of a feather are wonderfully caught in your lens, Cindy. They charm me and give me happy feelings. You are so kind to share with us and spread the joy so far and wide. 🙂
You deserve charm and happiness Robin, because you create so much of it for others~ <3
Beautiful birds Cindy, so amazing! thanks for showing us these birds wow
I am just very pleased that you enjoyed them Lyn! <3
I looked at them when I was out on my phone but that did not do them justice! Amazing!
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