Summer Photo Fun: Birds, Birds, and More Birds!


If you know me, you know Summer Photo Fun wouldn’t be complete without featuring a few feathered friends. Since getting a different camera with a great little zoom lens a couple of years ago, I’ve had all kinds of fun taking photos. And since birds are always nearby and provide lots of photo ops, I’ve developed a real interest and appreciation for the amazing creatures they are. What an awesome Creator our God is, huh?

I took most of these photos right here in my own yard. I don’t have to go far to enjoy one of God’s niftiest creations. After all, birds fly! Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to fly wherever we wanted to go? Plus, birds sing! I love to listen to their music. Just look at the cardinal above on our basketball goal belting it out for all he’s worth.

So here they are—birds, birds, and more birds. Enjoy!


This male House Finch let me get super close to snap his photo.


Hello there, my little Carolina Chickadee!


The Blue Jays really enjoy our bird bath. Isn’t this one a beauty?

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Nope, this isn’t our yard. Thank goodness :) Saw this Killdeer up in Yellowstone National Park last summer. Gotta love those long legs.

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Captured a shot of this male Bluebird and Summer Tanager together at Mom and Dad’s last summer.


Look at the sleek Gray Catbird. They also love the bird bath but are not as commonly seen as the Blue Jays.


A pair of White-breasted Nuthatches have discovered the feeder this summer. The chickadees and the nuthatches are not as skittish as some of the other birds.


“Are you lookin’ at me?” asks this Northern Mockingbird.


And finally, a robin basking in the early evening sunlight. I thank God for allowing us to enjoy the beauty of his creation each and every day!

“‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’” Matthew 6:26

*Do you have a favorite bird? What bird have you seen lately that you usually don’t get to see?

*Photos are mine.

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  1. Cheryl – What a wonderful collection of bird photos. It’s never easy to capture a bird close up and you have done so many times over. Well done! My favorite bird is the little Irish robin – it is much smaller than its American cousin. I’ve been spotting some lately here on vacation in Ireland, but haven’t yet managed to capture one on camera.

    • Thanks so much, Mairead! Yes, it is definitely a challenge to capture photos of birds. Good luck to you in capturing some shots of the Irish Robin — and continue to enjoy your time in Ireland!

  2. Rachel Davidson Skatvold says

    Beautiful photos Cheryl. I love the verse you used at the bottom too. It’s one of my favorites. :)

  3. Hummingbirds are a favorite of mine! Great camera. I need a new one. What kind do you have?

    • I don’t have a hummingbird feeder, Elaine, but I have seen one flitting about the backyard a couple of times. Probably coming over to see what all the other birds are doing here :)
      My camera is just a point and shoot, but it has a real good zoom lens. It’s a Canon Powershot SX210IS. The only thing I’m not crazy about is when using the flash inside, it can make the background take on a yellowish hue at times. I try to avoid using the flash (except when I have to) and use natural light as much as possible.

  4. Great photos, Cheryl! You’re an excellent photographer!

  5. Gotta love a good zoom lens, huh, Jennifer? Now if the birds would just hold still! :)

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