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A Cardinal Achievement~

Some of you may remember that I have only seen and photographed cardinals twice in my life, once in Buenos Aires, and recently in The Superstition Mountains in Arizona. (Tap to enlarge).

Meet Hawaiian Red Crested cardinals number 3 & 4 who have now become my very good friends!

Yep, we are in Hawaii and these guys hang out constantly in our backyard.

I am in cardinal heaven!

They are not afraid of us and especially,

enjoy joining us on the patio table for lunch!

After years of searching,

I have finally made some cardinal friends!

I hope word spreads and they bring over their buddies. We are hosting a variety of exotic and beautiful Hawaiian birds.

I will share more with you soon,

Until then, Aloha to you from Maui~

Bird Portraits: Raptors~

“Where the wild things are,” (tap/click to enlarge)

is where I like to be.

Bald Eagles,

imperious stare.

Haughty Harris Hawks,

with laser eyes.

Owls see light,

in the darkest night.

Falcon’s fly faster,

than wind.

Canada’s wild spaces.

Cheers to you from our finely feathered friends~

Portraits: Water Birds~

Birdies,

are the most photogenic,

models.

They need no makeup for their closeups.

No photo-shop,

nor artifice.

They are natural born beauties.

Cheers to you from the beauteous birdies~

Acrobats~

Looks aren’t everything.

Acrobatic skills,

are more important.

The ability to debate is a also necessary ability.

It isn’t fair, but unfortunately is true,

looks often get you, more grape jelly!

Cheers to you from the handsome, skillful, and well fed Holler Orioles~

(Note- We are traveling now and will be out of the range of wifi for while. Stay safe & take good care).

Newbies~

Meet the new neighbors at The Holler!

The Brown Headed Cowbird is a parasitic brooder.

Females of this species produce up to 36 eggs per season, and lay the eggs in other bird’s nests to be raised.

They have the most unusual vocalizations, sounding something like underwater bells. No one knows how they know how to sing since they don’t learn it from their parents. Listen to samples of their song:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown-headed_Cowbird/sounds

This Lark Sparrow is also a new neighbor.

They look similar to female grosbeaks,

except for their distinctive harlequin hats!

Cheers to you from The Holler newbies~

Neighbors~

The Holler has the best neighbors. (click/tap to enlarge)

Check out the marvelous modeling mama,

grosbeak!

She is photogenic from every angle,

and loves having her picture taken.

She is a very friendly neighbor.

The orioles,

and acorn woodpeckers add a splash of color to the scene.

Cheers to you from our Holler neighbors~

Fanfare~

Close up wonder of a hummer’s tail. (Tap to enlarge all photos).

Hummers can hover and fly backwards.

Their tongue is longer than their body and rolls up when not in use!

They can flash their colors at will.

Hummers are joy in the garden!

The world’s smallest bird,

is quite brave,

and not afraid of humans.

Cheers to you from The Holler Hummers~

Mr. & Mrs. Grosbeak~

Meet mommy grosbeak.

She is not as flashy,

as her hubby.

But she has a subtle, more delicate beauty.

Here is her dashing Romeo.

You have to admit he is, quite the looker, and eater!

He is shy, hesitant around humans,

smart birdie.

Cheers to you from the happy Holler honeys~

Holler Newbie~

Meet the Lazuli Bunting!

He’s the new bird,

on the block!

I had never heard of a Lazuli Bunting,

until this guy showed at one of The Holler feeders.

Now he is a Holler local.

Happy Easter to you from the beauteous blue bunting~