Thursday, November 17, 2011

Care for a Drink?

Brrrr...
it has turned cold, here in Minnesota.
Nothing like it will be,
but freezing none the less.

I have yet to purchase
a heated bird bath
so I improvised the other day.

I filled an extra pet
dish with hot water
and placed it on the deck rail.
I had barely turned around
when the chickadees swooped
for a drink.








I find them to be one
of the sweetest birds ever!

What's your favorite bird?








40 comments:

Dar said...

We woke to snow on the ground. Brrr cold here too. I think we were spoiled by the late warmth.
Have some cocoa or a mulled cider.
BlessYourHeart

Sharon said...

Favorite bird... let me see... I guess whoever has come to visit at the time. :-)

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Oh boy, I don't really have a favorite bird. All birds are nice and unique in their own ways.
How cute to have them drinking out of the dish you put out for them.
TFS.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

was you zoomed in on these shots or were you actually standing that close? that lil one must have been very thirsty! =)

Donna said...

Great Idea!! Mine is the Red Bird...
hughugs

Chatty Crone said...

That was so sweet of you - great idea to do. I think my favorite bird is the Eagle - although we don't get them here.
sandie

gigi said...

Those are such sweet pictures. I love the Cardinal, the Pelican and the Painted Bunting :)

TexWisGirl said...

i do love chickadees. and bluebirds. too many to list. :)

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Oh my goodness, how cute! Good thinking! I need to figure out something for this winter so my birds can have fresh water.
It would be hard for me to say which is my favorite bird...so I'll list a few of my favorites! hehe
Cardinals
Eastern Bluebirds
Bluejays
Chickadees
Golfinches

Ellie said...

Cute pictures. I guess they were just waiting for you to put that water out for them.

Cher' Shots said...

Picking a favorite bird is like picking a favorite Grandchild. Can't be done. I do think of the chickadee as a 'sweet' bird and as pretty as they are the bluejay is a 'bully.'
'hugs from afar'

Madi and Mom said...

Great idea and you are right Chickadees are known to be very social birds. Most times when I go near my feeders they are the only ones who don't fly away.
Hugs C

Debbie said...

ooooohhhh i just love chickadees but i could never pick a favorite, it just can't be done!!

water is just as important to the birds as food, many people don't realize that!!

your photo's are getting awesome!!

Paula said...

I've never seen a heated birdbath. Guess because we don't have much cold weather here. I guess the Cardinal is my favorite since we also don't have many pretty birds here. That doesn't make me like them any less. I love to feed them.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Jill, I love them too...their markings are so classy! I also like Cardinals for which we have MANY here in the Midwest. They are NOT very smart but EVER so pretty!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Ah Jill, that is a lovely photo
of the little bird.

Keep warm.

x Fiona

Dianna said...

My favorite bird? It would be a tie between a wren and a bluebird.
Bless you for thinking of your feathered friends in the cold weather!

Melodie said...

It is too hard to pick a favorite!

Mari said...

They are so cute! Good for you for giving them some water.

Terri said...

Aww-alot of cute birds!!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

They are sweet! Good pictures Jill.

xo,
Danielle

Becky~ said...

Hi Jill! oh the little bird is so cute.I dont have a favorite I dont think, though I do like those little yellow finches.We get them here around sunflowers.I love watching how they fly and swoop down on the sunflowers.

Thanks for visiting today,as always nice hearing from you.
Blessings!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Another bird whisperer! I don't seem to have the knack. Your photos are just too cute. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love all the birds too--My favorite in the summer is the hummingbird, in the winter while the chickadee is so gentle and cheery, I do love the wren.

Jenny Woolf said...

What cute little birds they are, we don't have them here. I'm surprised they'll drink hot water - they haven't had our chances to get used to hot tea and coffee :)

Farm Girl said...

Hello Jill, good idea, my favorite bird, Oh, I don't know all of them are so wonderful to watch and they entertain me all of the time.

Saun said...

Cute little bird. Mine would be the Great blue Heron and the King Fisher.I see a King fisher sitting on a power line above the river on my way to work in the mornings. I tell everyone he is sitting there just for me ha ha

Bonnie said...

Is there really such a thing as a heated birdbath? Wow! I really am sheltered. I love those sweet little carolina chickadees. Stay warm my friend. Bonnie

Lynne said...

Ths will be my longest comment ever . . . smile!

I am copying your idea . . . I don't have a heated bird bath either and they need water in the winter, so thanks for the idea.

I like so many birds . . . at different times. The birds are my friends. I like juncos maybe because I love snow and when I see them around the feeders I think, yay . . . snow is on the way.
I love to see the cardinal at any time of the year. I like to hear them too. Cardinals feeding on a snowy day is quite the sight.
I like the finch, nuthatch, chickadee, and tufted titmouse. They come close to a window where I can see them clearly as they feed on thistle seed. The redpole finch is so pretty and I like the yellow too.
A bluebird and scarlet tanager are a thrill for me to see.

The mourning dove warms my heart when we I see them on the ground near the feeders. They remind me/us of a dear friend of ours who died. We call the dove a "get Ronnie" bird. As Ronnie was dying we chose the bird as our "connection" after his death. A few days after his death, mourning doves appeared on the front steps near our front door. Our youngest grandson would ride in the car with me when he was around two/three and we would get in the car to go "get Ronnie" for his chemo. Our grandson thought Ronnie's name was, GET RONNIE so when we would see the dove we started calling the doves, "get ronnie birds" Strange it is . . . The doves have been all over the yard in the past few days. It was cold and snowy today and maybe it is why they are near or, maybe it is because it will be eleven years since Ronnie died on 11-25-11.

I promise not to make a comment this long, ever, ever, ever again!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

A birdie hot toddy!

Jennifer said...

Chickadees are so sweet... they come to my feeders too. I have so many favorites, cant pick just one.

missing moments said...

I love them also. I was wondering how folks kept the water from icing over. Need to look into that as well.

Buttons said...

Oh they are the sweetest of them all. I love them. B

EG Wow said...

I love chickadees too!

LANA said...

Those were great photos. My favorite is the Cardinal, but I love any bird that wants to sing anywhere in my vicinity.

Janie said...

I never thought about heated water for the birds!
I guess this is for the people like you that live in BURRRRR country. I just don't think I could survive.
It gets frosty where I live, but not snow.
It was so sweet of you to do this for your backyard birds!

Looks like our Chestnut Chickadees...

Tammy said...

They are sweet, and so very social.
My favorite...that's a tough one...Cedar Waxwings, I think, They are so beautiful and I have only seen them twice. Cardinals take a close second, at least for my back yard. :)

Michaele said...

YOU are the sweetie for putting water out. They must really be thirsty!

Flora said...

Do you keep a heated bird bath all winter? Never thought about that!.. We don't get a lot of different birds in Alberta... I love the woodpeckers...the yellow finches and hummingbirds!!

Catherine said...

Dear Jill, Beautiful pictures. My favorite bird is the blue bird, but I don't see many of them anymore. Blessings, Catherine xo