Saturday, December 20, 2008

Camera Critters # 37

Camera Critters by Misty Dawn, go here to see who's participating.

I have been getting some neat captures during the end of Fall. Winter is getting close so who know what we will see. I thought I'd share a family of deer in my back yard. This is a mother and two fawns that visit every so often. They are browsing on the grass and trees. Did Santa send them out to feed before the big trip.
The Cardinal in his bright red is a standout in the back.
I was not sure what this other blue colored bird is. Any ideas?
The one reason they are back there is I split a bunch of pumpkins from our porch display and the seeds are available.
There were a group of eight at times in the back yard. How many can you see? You can click to get a bigger photo.
The Red of the Christmas season is shown in these birds and I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

42 comments:

George said...

You're right -- cardinals are a great symbol for Christmas. We haven't seen as many males (at least at one time) as you've shown.
I hope the deer gave Santa a good report about you and that you have a very Merry Christmas

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Tom, I love your pictures. The deer in the snow is a great shot.. And of course, I love the Cardinals. That red color IS special this time of year!!!!
Betsy

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

Wow, they sure do stand out this time of year. Great spot you have with all the critters right there in your back yard!

Susie of Arabia said...

You're a lucky guy to have this variety of wildlife right in your own backyard! And to have snow for the holidays ... no sight of the holidays here. :(
Regardless, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Oh - and the last photo has at least 3 cardinals, but I couldn't tell if there was a 4th!

Tom said...

Tom- Great cardinal shots. It is amazing how much I miss these birds. I just haven't been able to attract very many to our yard. The red really does pop and make me think of X-mas.

Tom

Carletta said...

Glad to see you had some deer to visit your yard FG.
The cardinals do stand out. I only seem to have one male and one female. Yours sure look festive.

Salty said...

It is so nice that you have deer visit occasionally.

I think we both had the same idea for this CC post, combining deer & Christmas.

Shellmo said...

What a nice little cardinal party you had going And that was a junco on the ground (the dark bird.)

Shellmo said...

What a nice little cardinal party you had going And that was a junco on the ground (the dark bird.)

ChrisC and JonJ said...

The deer look like Christmas.As do the cardinals.We've had an increase in their numbers,here in Florida,this year.We have 2 families nesting in our Norfolk Island pines.I need to catch a picture of them.

Dog lover Karin said...

beautiful pictures. You spent time capturing them.

Rhea said...

I love the deer family photo and the vivid red of the cardinals. Beautiful!

The Birdlady said...

Wonderful, Tom. And a Merry Christmas to you too!

People with Cameras said...

The red against the dull winter scenery is wonderful :) And yes, I think you're right about the dear - definitely bulking up for the big night ;)

kayleen said...

great photos as always. happy holidays!

roentarre said...

Stunning to see cardinals everywhere. What a beautiful wonderful being!

tipper said...

Great pictures as always!!

Kathleen said...

There was about 8 cardinals in my yard yesterday.I didn't want to move and get my camera so I just sat down on the grass and watched

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

To me I always look at the red cardinals to Christmas. So that's really appropriate! They must love those pumpkin seeds! It's so cold here and the snow is so deep and as I see the deer walking along the roads and in the deeper snow, imagine the snow up to the bellies in some areas... what a sight!
Then in the morning when I go to work, they are all huddled in large groups to keep warm as I walk past them.
You have a wonderful post, beautiful photos as usual!
Take care!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

babooshka said...

We have the British Robin but Cardinals are just gorgeous and alas another bird I won't see here. The blue is about the size of a chaffinch or a bunting, but the colours aren't quite right. Love t know if anyone can name it. Marvellous images including Rudolph.

Ashrunner said...

Cool shots. The Cardinals I don't see in the west here, but the darker bird, the Dark-eyed Junco, I see often. We call them Snow Birds around here as they show up when the snows in the mountains start falling.

Lawstude said...

Those red birds are beautiful and perfectly fits the colors of Christmas. Great job FG.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Nice critters in your back yard, FG!

Merry Christmas!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Perfect timing for the holidays. We have a cardinal down here in Florida that is constantly "tapping" at our window. It sees its reflection.

Luke Wiley said...

Those deer must have been very close to your house! very nice!

dot said...

I guess all my cardinals are at your house. I haven't seen any here in a while.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Ms. Hays said...

DEER & CARDINALS!!! 2 of my favorite outdoor animals - My grandmother loved cardinals and I miss her & grandpa sooo much!

Anyway, love your post!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

The Cardinals with their bright color is always a pleasure to see.

Natural Moments said...

Hi Tom, the Cardinals do look quite festive, and I believe your unknown bird is a Christmas Junco.

Dirk said...

This all to see at your backyard? Thanks for sharing!

Lakshmi said...

the pictures do go so well with the festive season..thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week ..

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi FG! Cardinals are special any time of year, but even more so this time of year. I saw four male Cardinals in your picture.

Looks a bit big, so I am unsure, but I think the unknown bird is a Junco. Lisa

Willard said...

Hi Tom,
Wonderful captures in your back yard. The wildlife and birds certainly make life more interesting.

I liked your sky watch post as well. I think everyone is in the mood to post a photo or two from when the weather was more pleasant.

Keep up the good work!

ChrissyM said...

As always terrific shots. Haven't seen any cardinals around here, need see a few snow birds though today. Those deer are priceless, you are so lucky to have them come visit you and to get great shots. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Janet, said...

I love the deer and the cardinals. We get lots of juncos, too. I think they are cute.

ratmammy said...

what pretty photos! i really love the birds but also the deer grazing in the snow.. lovely.

Judy said...

Cardinals are such bright, cheerful birds! Ours have all headed south for the winter, so I am glad to see yours!
Thanks for sharing!

Ice Pony Goddess said...

Beautiful!

Grammy said...

Sorry I am late. have a bit of the flue. You are so lucky to see to many deer. Love all your photos. Happy holidays.
Grammy

Mary said...

Deer and cardinals....how wonderful for Christmas! Lovely photos!

Misty Dawn said...

Fantastic photos! I LOVE deer AND birds, so I really, really love this post!

ramblingwoods said...

I see you have your answer..the dark-eyed junco spends the winter here..Winter in Ohio and New York. LOL. The female is brownish and the male is gray. They have a little pinkish bill. Cute little birds. Anyway, I wanted to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season..