Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday & Nature Notes - On a Cold and Foggy Morning . . .


A cold and foggy morning 
comforting to look out at from a warm and cosy bed


but not so nice for little birds with clammy feathers
their shoulders hunched up
seeking the first rays of the thin yet
warming winter sun


as I was giving my dog his morning brushing massage,
a flock of about 10-12 welcome swallows,
Hirunda neoxena,
 flew in and spread themselves on my pergola
some eight feet from us


they were there again the next morning as I 
left my room to groom the dog
they even let me walk to the front of the pergola


to photograph them in better light
just quietly meditating with the rising sun . . .


So comforting to have the birds come and companion sit.

Linking with Stewart's


and 

Michelle's Nature Notes

39 comments:

  1. A lovely, foggy morning even if it was cold -- I love your capture!! And the birds are so beautiful, all fluffed out to keep warm! Wonderful captures for the day, Arija!! I do hope your week is going well!!
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  2. Looks so peaceful.... pretty little bird

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  3. Great photos and very nice to have the birds that close.

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  4. I am so glad these birds came to keep you company.

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  5. I love cold and foggy mornings, but we don't experience that in the lowlands here, except in our property in the province in December. I miss these type of morning.

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  6. The birds lift my spirits each and every day. Gorgeous photos - thank you.

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  7. Such a delightful morning greeting.

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  8. Pretty little birds!
    I love a foggy start to the day.

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  9. I love the foggy morn photograph; though I'm feeling how cold it was. Beautiful indeed to have the swallows sit nearby

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  10. at first I thought it was barn swallows, but I´m not sure. Love the shots where they sit enjoing the sun.

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  11. Such a wonderful name for a bird. Love the foggy morning shot too.

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  12. Real fun to have swallows on the pergola in the morning. They look so cute. And when I see the picture of the foggy morning: Beautiful, but I am glad summer has just started here with the first nice and warm days. But nevertheless I like these mornings in autumn.

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  13. Sweet shots of the swallows! They are cute birds! Have a happy day!

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  14. I am interested in swallows in your Winter season. Over here they are busy rearing young now but they will be gone to Africa long before the cold weather returns.

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  15. Right about now, I wish I was your dog. I could use a morning massage.

    And the swallows?!!!!!! I love watching them swooping down and around in the air so free! Your images are super. And love the misty morning image too.

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  16. Love seeing the foggy morning. The birds are so elegant.

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  17. Ganz fantatsische bilder liebe Arija...

    Liebe Grüsse und Umarmung aus der Schweiz

    Hans-Peter

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  18. The little swallows are so cute. They look very much like the Barn Swallows we have here by the lake. I love when they are around because they keep the air clear of mosquitos and other bugs. Beautiful pictures of your little visitors ... (what kind of dog are you grooming/ massaging?)

    Andrea Q From The Sol

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  19. That's lovely Arija, the foggy morning and the pretty swallow photos.

    Wishing you a great day my friend,
    Denise
    An English Girl Rambles

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  20. Hi Arija...Such a serene post, with the foggy morning just gorgeous!!
    Those Swallows are just so darn adorable , all in there little group!!
    Lucky dog!! : )
    Grace

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  21. Sounds wonderful Arija, three of my favourite things, sitting with my dog watching birds gather near in the foggy morning light.

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  22. I can feel the morning light and hear the chirps. Nice shots.

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  23. Pretty birds!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  24. Great photos of these swallows!
    So you are going to have Winter now, and we are soon having our Summer here in Sweden! :)
    Greetings Pia

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  25. Beautiful morning shots. I love the way birds looked when they puff out for warmth although I know it's hard on them to be cold.

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  26. lucky you to get the swallows..so cute..have a great day! cheers.

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  27. Arija - What a great,moody, misty photo! Your little swallow friends are plump!

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  28. A pretty scene right outside your window Arija .... but yes! It looks chilly cold. I've always loved those little welcome-swallows but rarely see them down here.

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  29. Beautiful scene and the little birds look cute even if cold.

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  30. Great photos of the birds in the morning light.

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  31. Hi Airja Lovely moody post and the Swallows are great. Margaret

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  32. The detail of the swallows is amazing - they're usually swooping around so much it's hard to focus on them!! There are obviously many advantages to a misty morning ...

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  33. Nice birds to have as company - they do look a little "plumped up"!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  34. I just love Welcome Swallows! They are such sweet little birds!

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  35. Lovely company... I am guessing that these are great fliers and insect catchers as the ones here are....hugs.. Michelle

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  36. Sigh...oh my, I nearly missed this and have no idea how that happened! I may have said this dozens of times, but I absolutely adore Swallows, all of them and your images of your friends are just brilliant. I am so happy for you that they allowed a close up visit!!!

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