It was 2:00 when the sun started to peek out and the light was absolutely dazzling – blinding. Since it’s very hard to get good shots of snow in that light, I turned my attention to our bird feeder. It was teeming with all kinds of little birds. Chick-a-dees, redpolls, dark-eyed juncos and downy woodpeckers.
Chick-a-dees have to be one of my favourite birds – how cute are these puffballs? I love that the sun is shining from behind and how it shows off their soft, downy feathers.
I must have stood there for half an hour, watching them flit around and listening to them singing. I could hear crows and geese in the distance. Water was running from the eaves troughs and the sun felt so warm on my shoulders.
We’re a hardy bunch here in Alberta. We had just received one of the biggest snowfalls but with the sun shining so warmly down on me, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know spring is not coming . . . it’s here.
You’ve got some incredible shots lately- this one is unbelievable!
Creating Through LIFE says
What a lovely Chick-a-dee!
Rosie Leavesnbloom says
what a lovely wee bird – we don’t have chickadees but your little fella looks a bit like a long tailed tit that we get visiting the garden in winter.
Aw, beautifully said! I’m so happy for you that there is light at the end of the frozen tunnel. Wow, how I remember those days of scouring the earth for any signs of spring. You managed to get some great shots of that bird! Thanks so much for sharing and linking to our Leap into Spring Challenge!
A Pretty Life in the Suburbs says
Oh I love Chickadees so much! I LOVE the first shot so much!
the cutest of shots of one of the cutest birds. :)
Angela Acosta says
Well said. Color will follow shortly. I’ve been following the appearance of each bud for months…following the light.
What a beautiful little friend!
Lydia Criss Mays says
How soothing and beautiful. There’s not much better than appreciating the beauty birds so gracefully have to offer. My mom just had blue birds hatch and keeps us updated with pictures. There’s something brilliantly beautiful and inspiring in her pictures, just as yours are too.
Happy seeing beautiful!
Lovely images of a beautiful little bird Barb.
It’s so similar to our Long-tailed Tits in Europe.
Evelyn S. says
The backlight in these images is absolutely amazing, Barb! Chickadees are so cute, anyway. I always want to know what lens was used to capture such wonderful photos. As for spring…we are in the stage of measurable snow that melts by afternoon, then sunshine, then sleet, then snow that melts as it hits the ground. It’s still too cold for spring, but I’m hoping!
Oh I just love your little “puff balls” one of my fav birds too. Just soooo cute. Happy Easter and I hope that spring sticks around for you now.
That bird is sooo cute! Love it!
Seeing Each Day says
What great light in these photos – and such a cute subject. I’d love to see the 4 cleverly taken shots on a wall in a set of frames. Happy Easter to you.
Stunning images of the little bird.
Mona's Picturesque says
Hi, visiting from the Leap into Spring Challenge :) Can it get any cuter – that little bird is ♥
Crafty Gardener says
Beautiful chickadee photos. It’s nice to meet another Canadian blogger. We’ve been seeing photos of your snow on The Weather Channel, I’m in south eastern Ontario. Hope you have a great weekend.
It sounds like a wonderful moment. The bird pictures are just beautiful.
Happy Easter and spring to you!
This bird is so cute and your photos are lovely:)
mindy m. says
The light that is shining through his tail feathers is lovely! Your patience paid off, these are great!
Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud says
I love these, Barb! I’m horrible when it comes to capturing wildlife with my camera, but you do it so nicely. And I agree with you…there’s always light at the end of a tunnel.
Thanks so much for joining us in the Leap Into Spring Photo Challenge! Next week’s theme will be Easter/eggs. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!
I love these photos. I’ve had several visit the kitchen feeder but had yet to catch a photo as good as yours!
I love each and every picture!!! So so great!
I’m visiting from The Simple Things.
Regards from Barcelona.
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
Connie Smiley says
Gorgeous shots, Barb! I love those little birds, too, but they are so quick–you did well to capture them.
Goodness, these are cute! I hope your snow is melting. It’s been kind of cold here but, luckily, no snow :)
Seraphina´s Phantasie says
What a wonderful portrait of this little bird. Great photos !
Have a nice new week, Barb. Kind regards, Synnöve
Kristi Bowman says
Adorable little Chickadees!!!!
He’s a beauty!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
Wonderful captures, sounds like a nice experience watching the birds and taking pictures:)
Cute photos! Chickadees are one of my favorites to photograph.
A cutie and great shots!!!
Great bird portraits!
Gorgeous shots, Barb! Amazing detail!
Beautiful photos of this lovely little bird! :)
Very SWEET. Lovely images.
Great shot, – perfect post for WBW!
Have a nice evening!
I know I have already seen these Barb but your lovely images look even better second time round.
It’s a wonderful little bird to see.
Oh I quite love the chickadee’s too!!!
Simply beautiful images, so sweet! I do hope you thaw out once and for all, and the warmer weather soon comes your way :)
Poetic Shutterbug says
Fabulous shots and how absolutely beautiful he is.
Love these cuties, great shots of the chickadees.
Great photos. Those are such cute birds.
Nice shots! We share many of these same birds in Michigan. I agree you are a hardy bunch in Alberta, high plains drifters, and home of the Alberta clippers…From the Great Lakes we wish you an early spring!!!
The black capped chickadee really is a little charmer!
Sallie (FullTime-Life) says
I love chickadees too — (we don’t see them here in Florida, but often when we’re in Oregon). They don’t usually sit still for very long, you did great to get these wonderful shots!
Michelle Renee says
Chickadees are some of my favorite puffballs, too. I hope it warms up for you soon!
This is my first visit to your blog and I certainly picked a wonderful time. I love the birds all puffed up in the winter to stay warm and your shots are spectacular. The Chickadee is the perfect choice.
Andrea @ From The Sol
Hanne Bente says
Incredibly beautiful picture you show.
Wishing you a good day.
Hugs Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk
Stewart M says
Hi there – very nice shots!
And its Autumn with us!
Cheers – Stewart M – Australia
Mary Howell Cromer says
Barb, such sweet images of this little one! I have a difficult time getting such nice images of Chickadees!
Carole M. says
they are simply adorable with that sweet tiny beak too. Just beautiful photography; well done!
So cute – all fluffed up against the cold. Great shots!
Micha S. says
Beautiful photographies! Thank you for sharing!
Pieces of Sunshine says
Amazing little puff-balls indeed, especially in your first photo. Makes you just want to hold one in your hand!
What a cutie!
that is the cutest little bird! you captured it beautifully Barb! thanks for linking up with the simple things! :)