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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A flying rainbow out my window!

  I think has finally arrived here at my humble abode.
The spring showers (and thunder storms!) have arrived, later than usual. Our winter was long, freezing and over 4 feet of snow ( my roof has visible, leaky signs of damage, but that is another story). So we were surprised when the normal April showers mostly escaped us here in south-eastern Wisconsin, but are more than making up for it just this week alone.

With rain can come rainbows, and that was a welcome delight a few days ago when flying rainbows came in a flurry to my yard! Yes, flying rainbows. Our colorful feathered friends seem to arrive all at once. Sit back and enjoy a tour from my window with the colors of the rainbow fly by (at a distance, as I do not have a powerful zoom).

a Hairy woodpecker (on top) and 
nuthatch (below) chase each other around a tree
click on any image to enlarge

until the nuthatch yielded to the battle and flew off (circled in red)

the year round goldfinches started showing their
 pretty summer coats

Then I spied a flash of bright orange!
A hungry male oriole!

I quickly ran and rummaged through my summer garden supplies to find a nectar feeder ... all I had was a large hummingbird nectar feeder that survived from last year.

a hungry female oriole was not afraid of the big black cat and
preceded to try to drink from the hummingbird feeder,
what an acrobat, even up-side down!

the goldfinches found it quite tasty too,
but I knew I had to get a better feeder for the orioles

the feathered flying rainbows kept working at the
hummingbird feeder as 
well as taking advantage of the seed and suet cakes we put out
for other colorful friends

Mr. Hummingbird arrived the same day and claimed his prize

after a return from shopping I quickly hung out a more manageable
 oriole feeder for the vibrate orange friends

the beautiful blue indigo buntings arrived close behind and
show up nicely against my nearly green lawn

I also found a new jelly feeder for the orioles and this female 
perched on top before diving into the sweet treat
( they like grape!)

the female oriole guarding her treasure while a goldfinch enjoys some seed

  I hope you can make out these little blips of colored rainbows, many arrived at once, but I am not stealthy enough to snap a group photo. I'll keep trying as long as they hang around . You can try to enlarge the photos by clicking on them, if you would like a copy just email me please.

Did you enjoy my flying rainbows? Do you have a favorite?

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Until next time ...

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

7 quotes for Mother's Day

7 special thoughts and quotes for Mother's Day.

If you would like to read my original post about the history, origins and facts surrounding Mother's Day Click Here.

Sending all moms, aunts, sisters, special people and stay at home dads a wonderful Mother's Day 2014!

Do you have any special plans?