A bird in the bush

A couple of photos of birds in bushes in our garden

The small birds love the golden ninebark as it is so dense that even the sharp-shinned hawk can’t catch them in it. Your task is to count all the juncos, starting from the blurred one in the foreground which is not in the bush.

Juncos in Ninebark
Juncos in Ninebark

Next is a black-capped chickadee.  The dogwood provides some welcome winter colour and is even prettier in this shot with the ice covering from the storm.

Chickadee in dogwood
Chickadee in dogwood

Firefly season, a Grosbeak and flowers

When I took this picture, it was pitch dark, but a long exposure (10 seconds) caught the trails made by the fireflies as they flashed their tails.  The firefly season is just starting so I hope to get some more pictures when they fill the valley with light, in a few weeks.

Firefly trails
Firefly trails

This Grosbeak arrived at our feeder today.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2

The blackberry flowers are almost over and starting to form fruit, but this metallic green mason bee is still finding some food.

Mason bee
Mason bee on blackberry flowers

The ninebark (from Lisa) is full of flowers and they are even prettier close-up.

Golden ninebark flower
Golden ninebark flower

And I like this water lily – it has interesting marking on its leaves, which is a change from the others I have, that are all green.

Yellow water lily
Yellow water lily