Thursday, May 08, 2014

Taking Time to Breathe

Rushing here and there, loading and unloading automobiles, keeping eyes to the grindstone. Then yesterday hubby sticks his head in the kitchen as I put away food and mentions we have a prothonotary in the woods on the side of the yard.  To the average person, this does not sound like much news.  To the average bird watcher, it is perhaps, at most, an interesting comment.   To Tabor, this is really exciting, and a perfect excuse to push the pause button in my crazy life these days. 

I saw my first prothonotary in 2009 and watched it as I ate lunch in a canoe that rested at the side of a river. It is a big deal to see the first of a species that others have know about and have seen forever. I am always a little behind the times and last to the banquet served up by Mother Nature.  If you go to the link above you will see that my photos were very small that I posted, belying my excitement at that time.

Throwing milk into the fridge, I grabbed my camera, hubby grabbed the binoculars and we began a bird-watching feast.  These birds nest along rivers in the holes of trees and I have never seen them in my yard...EVER!  (Yes, photos are noisy, grainy and not up to National Geographic standards...but I was soooo thrilled to see him!)


If it was not for his loud and piercing song of love, we would not have been able to zone in on him in the lime green jungle of spring.


He hopped from tree to tree in search of his mate.


"Hey, Babe, where are you?"


"Tra, la, la, la la!!


Pausing on occasion to groom his lovely yellow-peach chest so that if she stopped by he would be looking HOT!


Pausing every once in a while to give me the eye as I snapped my camera.


Flying the eve of my house and facing the river giving it all he had.


Finally a bit exhausted and pensive as he rested on the stem of my clematis lost in thought about where to fly next.  Still looking HOT!

13 comments:

ellen abbott said...

what a gorgeous fellow. no wonder you were excited. great shots.

joeh said...

New one for me...beautiful bird.

Brian Miller said...

great capture of him calling...that is cool...love the vibrant colors as well....

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images you have found, is it a 'Warbler' by chance?

Celia said...

Hope he finds a mate and you can look forward to more of these little birds.

messymimi said...

He is gorgeous, i'm glad you got to see him and share his beauty!

Linda Reeder said...

I have never seen or heard of this bird. I must not inhabit the west coast. Lovely little thing.

barbara cecelia said...

What a marvelous bird! no wonder you were so excited -- loved the photos -- barbara

Red said...

Warblers are extremely active and energetic so you did very well to get some super photos.

Snaggle Tooth said...

way cool birdie there!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

How exciting - I share your joy.:)

Kat said...

Wow!!! What a gorgeous bird! Thank you for sharing these amazing pics! I am a huge bird fan and I've never heard of this beauty. Gorgeous! Great catch!

Kat said...

Oh! I forgot to say how much I LOVE your header picture. Gorgeous!!!!!