Friday, June 17, 2011

color of the week: yellow

Yellow birds, yellow flowers... yellow everywhere!  The arrowleaf balsamroot is blooming all over the valley. From  Grand Teton National Park to South Park, the hills are alive with color. 
view of hillside south of town
arrowleaf balsamroot (balsamorhiza sagittata)

male western tanager

female western tanager
We have had some especially beautiful visitors to our feeder!  The male western tanager is simply amazing! The female is more subtle in color, it is interesting seeing the two of them together, you may not think it is the same bird!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

birds, birds and more birds

I can't get enough of the birds visiting our feeder this spring.  I need to stop watching the birds and get the garden planted and more flowers in the ground! We have actually cut the lawn once, things are greening up and growing fast.

black-headed grosbeak (male)
This bird watched the feeder for quite a while before jumping down for some seeds.
see the sunflower seed?!
full mouth
I love that this bird sat long enough for me to catch a shot of her with a sunflower seed in her mouth.