The 12 Birding Days of Christmas

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The camera is always on hand to capture the feathered lens friends in the garden, down by the bay or driving along.  

Christmas carols are being played everywhere now and just to shake things up a little bit I’m sharing some of favourite photos of birds with my rendition of the 12 birding days of Christmas.  

Singing along or humming along is encouraged.

the male cardinal at craftygardener.ca

On the first day of birding my camera snapped for me … a cardinal in a snowy tree

turkey vultures at craftygardener.ca

On the second day of birding my camera snapped for me 2 turkey vultures – and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

photographing bluejays at craftygardener.ca

3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

caspian terns at craftygardener.ca

4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

goldfinches at craftygardener.ca

5 goldfinches, 4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

mallard ducks at craftygardener.ca

6 mallard ducks sunning, 5 goldfinches, 4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

Canada Geese foraging in the field at craftygardener.ca

7 geese pecking grain, 6 mallard ducks sunning, 5 goldfinches, 4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

sparrows at the flat feeder at craftygardener.ca

8 sparrows eating, 7 geese pecking grain, 6 mallard ducks sunning, 5 goldfinches, 4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

doves in a tree at craftygardener.ca

9 doves a resting, 8 sparrows eating, 7 geese pecking grain, 6 mallard ducks sunning, 5 goldfinches, 4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

swans at West Lake taken by craftygardener.ca

10 swans a floating (I really had to stretch this one to include the edge of the 10th swan on the very right of the photo), 9 doves a resting, 8 sparrows eating, 7 geese pecking grain, 6 mallard ducks sunning, 5 goldfinches, 4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

views at the cottage from craftygardener.ca

11 geese in lines, 10 swans a floating, 9 doves a resting, 8 sparrows eating, 7 geese pecking grain, 6 mallard ducks sunning, 5 goldfinches, 4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

wild turkeys at craftygardener.ca

On the twelfth day of birding my camera snapped for me … 12 turkeys eating, 11 geese in lines, 10 swans a floating, 9 doves a resting, 8 sparrows eating, 7 geese pecking grain, 6 mallard ducks sunning, 5 goldfinches, 4 caspian terns standing, 3 bluejays observing, 2 turkey vultures, and a cardinal in a snowy tree.

My first rendition of the 12 birds of Christmas was published a few years ago, just in case you want to compare them.

The 12 days of Christmas actually starts on December 25 and runs through till January 5.  These photos are from my files and were taken at different times in the garden and down by the by bay.  A bit of creative editing was used in a couple of the photos.

lens friends at craftygardener.ca

I’m sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday,  I’d Rather B Birdin’ and Saturday’s Critters.

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27 Responses

    • Crafty Gardener

      There are always lots of things to do on a rainy day … like checking and organizing the photo archives to remind us of nicer days. Thanks for visiting today.

  1. Eileen Wise

    What a cute post, 12 birding days. I enjoyed all the birds and your pretty photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks so much for leaving me a comment.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks for stopping by Eileen. I’ll be taking a break from posting for awhile, but will be sure to join in to your Saturday Critters when I return. Happy holidays.

  2. Anni

    So many wonderful birds!! I feel like I wanna add…”and a partridge in a pear tree”.

    Sorry for being tardy visiting today. Internet connection issues. Thanks for joining us at I’d Rather B Birdin

  3. Stewart M

    Very nice pictures – and I can verify that I was humming along!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Paris, France

  4. Sallie

    Linda, this so clever! Brilliant. Great pictures also. .. I’m so glad I saw this post. Thanks for the smiles! And Merry Birding Christmas!

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks for visiting. I follow your blog but don’t often comment. We have family in Victoria, visit yearly, and love to go to all the beach areas, we saw our first towhee while out there a couple of years ago. Thanks for such an informative blog, Enjoy the weekend.

  5. linda

    Great shots Linda…
    All the best in 2020…
    Don’t stop blogging…there is a handful of us left…let’s start a new trend!!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Crafty Gardener

      I don’t think I will stop totally, just post a few things here and there, but certainly nothing like I used to. Hope all is well with you.

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