When 'strangers' come to call

United States
September 11, 2019 4:07am CST
I confess to bein' a tad obsessed with critters that come to visit my lil sanctuary. Take many pics, from e'ery angle humanly possible. Many're not very cooperative 'f my efforts. This lil beauty 'tis a Pine Siskin, a branch 'f the Finch family. Loved watchin' her 's she delicately picked sunflowers, shellin' each carefully. Seems they've a very erratic winterin' behavior, which's prolly why I'd not seen 'em here 'fore. A very grumpy fella came'n gave her the 'what-fer' 'n off they went. Ne'er saw either 'gain, though I watched fer 'em daily. 'lways delighted when these 'strangers' come 'round. Warms my heart that critters feel they can come shelter, food 'n water ~ e'en if'n such's jest fer a lil while.
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• United States
12 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx Very nice stranger. The picture and your post brought me some joy today. Thank You.
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• United States
12 Sep
yes sir, my kind'a stranger fer certain. yer welcome! glad i could bring ya a bit 'f such, hon.
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• United States
12 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx Do I look like a Ma'am???
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• United States
13 Sep
@Berniezeitler my deepest 'pologies! no sir, ya don't. shows me that 't times i'm quite the screw'p. i edited/fixed such.
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@yanzalong (15998)
• Indonesia
11 Sep
Beautiful bird. Did you take a photo of that?
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• United States
11 Sep
yepperz, 'tis my picture. taken back'n december 2017.
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@yanzalong (15998)
• Indonesia
11 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx That was lovely.
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• United States
11 Sep
@yanzalong aw, thanks. she 'twas a beautiful subject :)
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@Susan2015 (26174)
• United States
11 Sep
The birds are always fun to watch. Wonderful photo.
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• United States
12 Sep
yes ma'am, that they'd be. thanks :)
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@JudyEv (170784)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Sep
You manage to get some really lovely photos as birds are difficult to snap. This one is nicely side on so you get a really good view of her.
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• United States
11 Sep
most kind 'f ya to say, ms. @JudyEv. yes ma'am, some can be quite tricky. i confess to've cheated a bit that winter (2017) 'n 'd some bird food schtuff (such's this sunflower head) out'n the back deck so 'twas close range.
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@JudyEv (170784)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx No harm in a bit of cheating. You'd never get anywhere with animal/bird pictures without a bit of cheating. Herc made himself this hole in the hay bale but when I wanted a photo he only wanted to talk to me. I had to put some bread in the hole so he'd put his head in while I took a photo. :)
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• United States
12 Sep
@JudyEv oh, i recall that pic! brilliant to some bread so's he'd cooperate, lol. with all 'f the feral cats, such's not to be anymore. makes 'em too easy prey. danged cats...
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@Janet357 (26807)
11 Sep
amazinv picture! very clear details!:))
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• United States
11 Sep
thanks :) 'twas close to the window 'n i've a purty good zoom lens, lol.
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@Janet357 (26807)
11 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx looks like the pictures you see on national geographic. good thing you have a name on it. do you sell it to gettyimages and the likes? miss carol and my judy's husband are amazing photographers too.
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• United States
12 Sep
@Janet357 most humbled by yer comment, hon. no ma'am, though i'm workin' to change out those i've got'n fineartmerica. there folks could get 'em put'n anythin' - canvas, coffee mugs, phone covers, etc. yes ma'am, they're some 'f my fav's here. ms. judy 'tis quite the photographer herself :) there'd be lots 'f other folks here 'n i believe sell their pics.
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@Corbin5 (155681)
• United States
11 Sep
I sure would like to know who that grumpy fellow happened to be!
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• United States
12 Sep
'twas her mate! i'm thinkin' they got lost 'n he 'twas blamin' her, lol. this's the pic 'f such. she swung her head jest's i snapped the pic.
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@Corbin5 (155681)
• United States
12 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx They do make a lovely couple. I hope both are happy together.
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@valmnz (15781)
• New Zealand
11 Sep
That is such a lovely photo, another one to brighten my day
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• United States
11 Sep
aw, thanks, ms. val! humbles me greatly to read those words ~
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@valmnz (15781)
• New Zealand
12 Sep
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@Ecoy41 (857)
11 Sep
Beautiful capture. Moving photography is quite difficult no matter how tiny the movement is.
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• United States
11 Sep
aw, , thanks! 'tis fer certain. i've a pic 'f the grumpy male, but she'd turned her head quickly. 'f course, he's jest perfect, she's blurred.
@myklj999 (31401)
• Olney, Illinois
11 Sep
I always get a tad excited when a 'stranger' drops by. I could tell that was some kind of finch as soon as I saw the photo, but didn't know what kind until I started reading. Early spring is when I have the most fun, because I see several different birds that pass through migrating north. The Indigo Bunting that was here for about 5 minutes towards the end of May was a joy to behold.
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• United States
11 Sep
oh my! i'd been so flabbergasted 't seein' one 'f those here, i'd most likely fergotten to grab a camera. what a beautiful lil buntin'. i bet'cha were jest's giddy's myself when such happens here. i don't dislike the feral cats, but they've sure put a major dent'n bird migration/nestin' here this past year.
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@CarolDM (40806)
• United States
11 Sep
I do the same as you know. What a cute finch, never seen this one either. A great photo. We are on the same page when it comes to critters.
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• United States
11 Sep
yes ma'am :) does that mean we'd be 'birds 'f a feather'? this 'twas december 2017. i cheated a bit 'n 'd this sunflower head'n other feeders here'n the outdoor table - close range to the sunroom. 'twas glad 'twas cloudy when they came ('r i saw 'em?) so's i could get some clear pics.
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@CarolDM (40806)
• United States
11 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx Yes I believe we are for sure. Perfect photo, the lighting was really good.
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@just4him (170755)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Sep
Gorgeous picture of the little Pine Siskin. Beautiful bird.
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• United States
11 Sep
thanks, ms. valerie! i hope they come back through these parts 'gain some day. love these lil surprise visitors.
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@just4him (170755)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Sep
@crazyhorseladycx I hope they return too. I know they give you lots of pleasure.
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@BelleStarr (47690)
• United States
12 Sep
I think you are a stranger magnet lol Though I woke up to lots of birds tweeting this morning, it was a lovely sound.
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• United States
13 Sep
yes ma'am, i reckon yer partly correct. my lil sanctuary 'ttracts many.
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@Nevena83 (33087)
• Serbia
12 Sep
You really make amazing photos.
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• United States
13 Sep
most kind 'f ya to say, ms. nevena. i do love takin' pics 'n when the subjects're so great, 'tis hard to resist.
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@GreatMartin (9591)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
12 Sep
I can't wait to get up in the morning, look out the window and see what joys Mother Nature has brought me for the day--and it is amazing! Every day is different and every day a new creature!
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• United States
12 Sep
me, too! e'en the 'regulars' warm my heart. i'd a pair 'f ravens out'n the pasture the other day, a flock 'f crows yesterday. wonderful to see 'em both.
@wolfgirl569 (22072)
• Marion, Ohio
11 Sep
Nice picture.
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• United States
11 Sep
thanks
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