Saturday, July 22, 2017

Moorhen Chicks +

Baby birds are always the cutest, don't you think?


It's 'common' to see the Common Moorhen at the neighborhood pond.


But it was a surprise to see the 2 chicks following along behind her in the water.


I think they felt like they needed to hide.


And it's easy to hide in the tall reeds that grow in the shallow part of the pond.

While I was photographing the chicks, 


a Great Blue Heron flew in.


And then when I turned to go I spotted this beautiful Eastern Bluebird.


Always something to see when you take an evening walk around here.

Have you seen anything special at your house this week?

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

34 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I miss the birds in Florida. The Moorhen chicks are adorable. The Bluebird is one of my all time favorites, they are so pretty. Great series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

Vee said...

Nothing special unless one considers a squirrel begging at one's patio door special. I don't and I don't feed the squirrels. Crazy thing. There was the doe, but she's driving me nuts eating my garden so I don't like her either. Now a bluebird...I could get behind that!

Arlene Grimm said...

You always capture the greatest photos Diane. We are heading to Grimmwood on Thursday. I hope to see our Blue Heron!

Susie said...

Diane, I love the bird photos. The babies look all fluffy. Your bluebird shot is wonderful I love it. Blessings for a fun weekend. xoxo, Susie

Sandy said...

We have a heron who hangs out in our bayou. We have named him Hank (Hank Aaron). My son dubbed him that. However, I would love to see the bluebird around here. I might get completely giddy. I am always on the hunt for birds as I walk.

June Caedmon said...

Wonderful captures, Diane! I've been enjoying a vermillion flycatcher and his mate this week. So fun to watch them catch insects out of thin air. Have a wonder-filled weekend!

carol l mckenna said...

Love the baby ducks and other wonderful nature photos ~ ^_^

A Colorful World said...

Yes! Love the babies! And your shots were all great. beautiful bluebird.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

So many beautiful birds! All we've seen are the roofers in our neighborhood all week!

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh those moorhen chicks are so cute.
Lovely series of photographs.

Happy Weekend to you.

All the best Jan

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm in awe of all that you capture on your simple walks! And the little babies, I love the birds that have the fluffy down!

Thanks for such a heartwarming post!

Jane x

Linda said...

I've become especially fond of baby ducks lately! I'm at the ranch and we have 5 ducks that stay on the pond that we're hatched here. They are grown now and I found three duck eggs today when I went down to do Critter Chores. Then there's a whole pen of young ducks that I let out every morning and pen up again at night. Coyotes make a quick meal of them if we don't! Then there is a hutch of baby ducks to take care of and they need a lot of water! Finally, there are some duck eggs in the incubator that I check on.
You would love it down here....or I should say UP here! But it's 101 today and that's really uncomfortable!
Your photos are so beautiful!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I'm jealous...never see any eastern bluebirds around here :(

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I think I want to move to your area--you have some neat 'friends' there in your walks--thanks
enjoy the moments, di

Bob Bushell said...

I love the chicks of Moorhen, aren't they precious.

happyone said...

Yes, that is a cute baby bird. I think a baby anything is always so cute. : )
Beautiful blue bird.

Red Rose Alley said...

Those baby Moorhens are so cute. I can see why they hide from the more fierce birds. I especially like that Eastern Bluebird. She sure is a beauty. Such a pretty color of blue.

So many pretty critters on your evening walk, Diane.

~Sheri

Terri D said...

We are blessed with lots of waterfowl here in Lakeland. I had to slow down a few days ago on my way to work to let a Blue Heron cross the street in front of me.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Diane, your bird photos are so lovely! I especially like the eastern bluebird. We have seen many birds at our feeders, mostly finches and cardinals and the mourning doves on the ground. Bunnies are hopping around every day. I love seeing all the creatures that enjoy our gardens. ♥

Linda said...

Nice shots! Love the chicks!

doodles n daydreams said...

Love the chicks, so cute. And as for that blue bird, just gorgeous.

Diana

Lea said...

The chicks are cute, and the Bluebird is beautiful!

♥ Anni ♥ said...

Wow....LOVE that bluebird portrait Diane!! Extraordinary photo.

Those chicks are adorable, aren't they? And your photos, all of them, are so clear ...the water, the reeds AND the birds. Wonderful post.

Thanks so much for joining us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Janey and Co. said...

I love your finds. I have a Stellar Jay that calls to me every morning from a nearby Pine tree. He wants me to bring out some bread crumbs. Coming up the hill at dusk this week a big red fox ran in front of the car as did a coyote on the way to Gunnison on my grocery trip this week. I wish I had more birds....I am at too high an altitude.

Phil Slade said...

Love the Bluebird. Of course. As to Moorhens, around here all they do is just run from my camera. Not at all friendly birds. Jst kiddin Diane.

NatureFootstep said...

so beautiful images :) We had a pair breathing a couple of years ago but the waterlevel in the pond lowered so they are gone. I miss them :( I have not seen any for three years now.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Great captures of the moorhens. They are too quick for me!! Lovely heron and an adorable bluebird!! Have a great week with hugs from us :)

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Great photos of the moorhen chicks. I still have not seen them at that stage. They only recently showed up in our local wetlands (or maybe I missed seeing them over the past 10 years I have been trekking the patch).

Helma said...

Hi Diane,
Baby birds are also always nice to see :-)
You have been able to make beautiful pictures.
The East Blue Bird. Is a beautiful voyel. Unfortunately, we do not have that in the Netherlands. I wish you a very nice new week.

A hug,
Helma

Karen Ann said...

The bluebirds are my favorite and fortunately I see them around here often. Yesterday I witnessed a cormorant swallow an eel. Not a pretty sight!

Rose said...

Wonderful sites to see! Love that bluebird!

Jill said...

Love this post as birds are always a joy to me :-) Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Blessings,
Jill

Jeanie said...

Gorgeous birds. I'd never seen a Moor hen till seeing one on Valerie's blog the other day with it's remarkable and bizarre but very cute feet! Now another! And that glorious blue bird. Sigh!

Sam I Am...... said...

Gorgeous and baby 'anything' is cute to me! I've seen lots of dragonflies and butterflies this week.