Tuesday, 3 April 2018

SPRING IMAGES, For WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY

As I look out the window, I wonder when the rain will stop. We had one day last week when the sun shone, but it's been raining ever since, and not just drizzle, but heavy rainfall  accompanied by thunder  and lighting storms. A far cry from from our usual March and April weather, so here are some spring photos from last year, and few from last week on the day it didn't rain.



THE LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER:
 

THIS WAS MY FIRST SIGHTING, AND I WAS QUITE SURPRISED TO SEE HOW SMALL IT IS:
 


 

SPRING FLOWERS COMING INTO BUD.
 

PINTAS, GOING DOWN SOME STONE STEPS TO THE ORCHARD, actually took this photo two springs ago..
 

MALE AND...
 

FEMALE WALL LIZARDS
 





FISH IN OUR POND, taken one day last week when I went to feed them.
 

ALSO BY THE POND, A TOAD IN HIDING! :=)
 

IS THIS A KIND OF RAT ANYONE!!! MEL CHASED IT DOWN A ROAD ON THE FARM,
 

IT HAD NOWHERE TO HIDE;  AND I GOT A GOOD LOOK AT IT'S TINY EARS AND SHORT TAIL.
 

THE GREATER SPOTTED WOODPECKER
 

GREEN-VEINED WHITE.
 


 


 

THE HOOPOE (PHOTO TAKEN IN APRIL LAST YEAR).
 

WHEN I FED THE FISH I ALSO TOOK A PHOTO OF THIS LITTLE BIRD. he he!!:)
 
WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY'S CRITTERS
I'D-RATHER-B-BIRDIN Many thanks to Stewart, Eileen and Annie for hosting. Just click on their links to see more wildlife pictures.

46 comments:

Karen said...

Thank you for sharing your great photos. I love to watch for birds and butterflies here and the flowers and trees are really starting to blossom!
It looks like we will be carrying our umbrellas with all these April showers.

Karen S. said...

All lovely captures, and the pup wins for most adorable photo!

Sandra said...

your photos never cease to amaze me, so sharp and clear and beautiful... Sweet Pintas and i think your little creature that was scared down the road, is a Vole, at firt i thought Mole but changed my mind. try searching for Vole and Mole pics.
the birds are so gorgeous as is the green veined white. flowers are brilliant. hope your rain stops soon, the weather here in USA has been crazy all year and last year, seems the world weather is crazy.

Giga said...

I hope that with these lovely memories you will quickly bring spring back. :)

David Gascoigne said...

The weather in Europe really seems to have gone awry. There have been so many posts of unusual weather of one kind or another - and often causing serious headaches. I hope your rain stops soon. I can only imagine what it must be like for tourists who have looked forward to a vacation in sunny Portugal arriving to these kinds of conditions.

Sami Niilola said...

Great photos. Have a nice evening.

matti juhani niilola said...

I love your photos. Fantastic. Greetings.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images Sonia, I love the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Hoopoe, fabulous.

Nick Morgan said...

Lovely pictures Sonjia. We had sunshine last week while I was stuck in the office and then rain for the four-day Easter break! It rained again all day today, when I was supposed to be out on site visits, but I have postponed them until Thursday when it is meant to be dry!
I wonder if your little creature is a vole? Possibly a field vole. I think the bank vole is browner.

Mike Attwood said...

Hi Sonjia, That's the nice thing about being a photographer is when things are not so good you have lots of good images to look back on.
Take care. Mike.

Len said...

Well done to remind us of what Spring should be like.It's miserable here too. I have managed to mow my lawns once but since then too wet and cold to do any gardening. I saw a duck on my neighbour's roof yesterday. Is that a sign of Spring or simply rising water levels?!?

italiafinlandia said...

Beautiful series of critters.
The Hoopoe is winner, though.
Have a good week!

Jeevan said...

Lovely capture from your springs and I really enjoyed your critters. I wonder the toad is a real one? Your photos are such natural and admire the point of views

Betty Crow said...

Birds and butterflies. Two of my favorite critters to watch. Those flowers are beautiful. I'm ready for the rain to stop myself. We've had plenty in recent days. Happy Wednesday!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love seeing the different woodpeckers that you have. They sure are fun to spot and photograph! Enjoy your week.

Teresa said...

Por aquí también llueve bastante. Las fotografías están muy lindas. Besitos.

hmuxo said...

These photos are absolutely “Breathtaking “Sonja! Your photography is always wonderful...I especially love your Koi pond. So beautiful and it’s so sad that I only have 2 koi’s in my pond! Im hoping my hubby decides to buy some more this year. He’s upset that Hurricane Sandy finished most of the off so not sure what he’s going to do... Enjoy your day!!!!!

Maria Rodrigues said...

Spring is such a beautiful season.
Wonderful pictures, I especially loved those of the butterfly.
Greetings
Maria de
Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

Debbie said...

All wonderful, beautiful critters! Of course I favored the woodpeckers, and the butterflies but seriously all beautiful images. We have had a lot of rain here too, it seems mother nature just can’t get her act together!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous photos! Maybe not so much for the rat! lol

Shiju Sugunan said...

Beautiful photographs! My favorite is the hiding toad. I think the little creature is a Shrew. Hope you have better weather soon.

Linda said...

Great shots! I would like to pet Pintas.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Hugs to Pintas.

Loved your photos.

Rhodesia said...

Lovely spring shots you are well ahead of us. Diane

Stewart M said...

What wonderful woodpeckers. I like them.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Tom said...

...such a diverse collection of critters, enjoy your week.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a great critter post. I love your woodpecker. I thought rats had long tails? The Hooepoe is awesome, I wish you could send me one of them. Pretty butterflies and blooms. Great shots of the fish, lizard and toad. Love the sweet dog. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Thanks for the comment too. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

Ida said...

So many wonderful photos. It was just a pleasure to view them all.

bill burke said...

Such a beautiful display of photos. I enjoyed seeing them.
Have a wonderful weekend.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely variety of critters and gorgeous photos


Namaste,
A ShutterBug Explores
Aka (A Creative Harbor)

Lowcarb team member said...

Always nice to see your photographs ...
Great selection here, thank you.

All the best Jan

Phil Slade said...

Despite the rain you have some fine shots there Sonjia. It's wonderful to see a Lesser-spotted Woodpecker. they are now quite rare in the UK and up here in North West England, almost non-existent. Sorry to hear about your weather - it sounds so similar to our own which is still wet and cool. Maybe we'll have a fine May? Hope so as we are in Menorca first two weeks.

Anni said...

As always, your posts are a treasure trove of beauty and nature! I continue to stop by and enjoy them all. And, thanks so much for joining us with your series of photos at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Also, I have been sharing some of the fun on the cruise at my personal blog hootin' anni's.

http://hootin--anni.blogspot.com

Today, I share the Mayan Ruins.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is as if you live in a beautiful nature preserve! Wonderful to walk around your own home and see all of those wonderful birds and creatures. And flowers soon to come!!!

La Biosfera de Lola said...

Hola Asombroso.Espectaculares fotos, me encantan. Pintas es un hermoso perro. Feliz semana y besos.

Mia said...

Great photos, my friend. I love woodpeckers and lizards. Kisses!

Nancy Chan said...

A post filled with cute and pretty critters! I could enjoy watching the fishes in the pond for hours!

Angie said...

Such diversity of wildlife ... that toad is certainly green compared to the toads I normally see!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

WOw! Great images! Thanks for sharing!
http://travelingbugwiththreeboys-kelleyn.blogspot.de/2018/04/belfast.html

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You take amazing photos of nature...of all varieties. I need to learn to get more close ups. I finally got a positive ID on my mystery flower if you have a chance to stop by again! Hugs, Diane

Hootin' Anni said...

Thanks!...I'm happy to know you're enjoying the cruise ship/activities with me! Have a blessed day

NatureFootstep said...

I noticed the first lizzard today but not much butterflies yet. Love all of yours :)

A Casa Madeira said...

Que maravilha!
Bom final de semana.

wolfe said...

Hello
So many things ton see, so many animals, very cute!
Beautiful pictures!
Have a nice day!

Maria Rodrigues said...

Have a nice weekend.
Many greetings
Maria de
Divagar Sobre Tudo um Pouco

Russell Jenkins said...

Lovely woddies and the Hoopoe makes me jealous. Enjoy the rain before summer comes.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...