Wild Bird Holiday Photos: Featuring Sandi Gannon Photos

Wild Bird Holiday Photos: Featuring Sandi Gannon Photos

Holiday photos can be so much fun, whether they are for Christmas, Halloween, Valentines or other holidays. Have you ever thought about taking some Wild Bird Holiday Photos?  Here are some hints on how to go about taking holiday photos such as these from Sandi Gannon.

Sandi loves to capture fun holiday photos of wild birds in her backyard. As a matter of fact, all the photos in this blog article were taken by Sandi.  She has been a real inspiration to me.

Sandi often shares her beautiful photos on the birding Facebook group Backyard Bird Watching Crew, alongside the photos of other birding enthusiast.   She also has her own Gannon Gallery Facebook page.  Please visit both sites!

Props

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Goldfinches on a St. Patrick's Shamrock
Goldfinches on a St. Patrick’s Shamrock

So where does Sandi find her props for her Wild Bird Holiday Photos? Would you believe a local dollar store, such as Dollar Tree? She keeps it inexpensive. Some of her props look like they could come from a hobby store. She visits the dollar store when a holiday is approaching.   Sandi finds and buys items related to the holiday that she thinks would be fun props.

Homemade Birdseed Decorations

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Carolina Wren in Homemade Birdseed Wreath
Carolina Wren in Homemade Birdseed Wreath

While most of Sandi’s props are purchased, she makes some from birdseed mixture.

Recipes to make birdseed holiday wreaths can be found on the internet. I found a good recipe at the https://todayscreativelife.com/how-to-make-a-birdseed-wreath/ website. The recipe requires flour, gelatin, water, birdseed, oil, corn syrup, and a pan with a hole in it. FYI – no baking!

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Goldfinch with Homemade Birdseed Shamrock
Goldfinch with Homemade Birdseed Shamrock

Sandi also makes special holiday birdseed decorations, such as St. Patricks Day shamrocks, with the same recipe.  However, she uses her shamrock cookie cutters instead of the round pan. She uses a dowel to put a hole in the cookie cutter birdseed mixture for the ribbon with which to hang it, since it diesn’t not have the built-in hole.

Ideas

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Downey Woodpecker Enjoying a Peanut
Downey Woodpecker Enjoying a Peanut

So, where does Sandi come up with her ideas for her wild bird holiday photos DIY scenes? Her inspiration comes from the props themselves! When she finds holiday items to purchase, she thinks creatively about how she can combine them with a bird feeder, bird seed or peanuts to attract the birds to the props. Her ideas come to her while she shops.

Location

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Hummingbird having a Sip from Yellow Boots on Decking
Hummingbird having a Sip from Yellow Boots on Decking

Look around your yard. Where would you put decorative props/feeders such as in these pictures? Sandi usually finds a place on her back deck or in her backyard.

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Coffee With Sandi!!

She looks for “just somewhere I can sit comfortably with a cup of hot coffee in the winter or a glass of ice tea in the summer.”  I look for a place I can easily see from my den window to create my setting for my wild bird holiday photos.

Catch the MomentWil Bird Holiday Photos - Photoholic

One other thing Sandi shared with me is that she is sure to  “Always, always, always have one of my cameras with me!” She is prepared to get wild bird holiday photos when the opportunity presents itself.

Text Bubbles, Clouds and Banners

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - White throated nuthatch talking to santa
White Throated Nuthatch Talking to Santa

You will notice that Sandy has added cute comments to some of her photos, which I love. She says she uses Roxie PhotoSuite software to add the text, although there are other options available.

 

Gannon Gallery

Wild Bird Holiday Photos Album

Valentine’s Day

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Happy Valintines Day! Cardinal Mates
Happy Valintine’s From Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Goldfinches enjoying Valentine's Day Sunflower Seeds
Goldfinches enjoying Valentine’s Day Sunflower Seeds
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Tufted Titmouse having a Valentine's Day Peanut
Tufted Titmouse having a Valentine’s Day Peanut

 

Saint Patrick’s Day

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Squirrell Checking Out the St. Patrick's Day Goodies
Squirrel Checking Out the Saint Patrick’s Day Goodies
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Carlina Wren Enjoying Homemade Birdseed Shamrock
Carlina Wren Enjoying Homemade Birdseed Shamrock

 

Easter

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Mr. Cardinal and Goldfinch Enjoying Easter Treats
Mr. Cardinal and Goldfinch Enjoying Easter Treats
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Squirrell Hunting for Easter Eggs
Squirrel Hunting for Easter Eggs

 

Summer

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Hummingbird Sipping From the Fountain in the Knome Village
Hummingbird Sipping From the Fountain in the Knome Village
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Tufted Titmouse at the Peanut Tire Swing
Tufted Titmouse at the Peanut Tire Swing

 

4th of July

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Mr. Cardinal Wishing You a Happy 4th of July
Mr. Cardinal Wishing You a Happy 4th of July
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Squirrel checking out 4th of July Treats
Squirrel checking out 4th of July Treats

 

Winter

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Mrs. Cardinal and Hourse Finch feeding at Snowed-In Gazebo
Mrs. Cardinal and Mr. Hourse Finch feeding at Snowed-In Gazebo
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Tufted Titmouse with Frosty the Snowman
Tufted Titmouse with Frosty the Snowman

 

Halloween

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Pet Downey Woodpecker "Woody" In His Knome Village
Pet Downey Woodpecker “Woody” In His Knome Village
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Tufted Titmouse is Not Afraid of Woody’s Haunted House

 

Harvest Celebration and Thanksgiving

Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Tufted Titmouse at Thanksgiving
Tufted Titmouse Being Thankful for Bountiful Harvest (and Sandi) at Knome Village
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Thanksgiving Squirrel
Thanksgiving Squirrel

 

Christmas and Happy Holidays

Wild Bird Holitday Photo - Downy Woodpecker with Santa on Sleigh
Downy Woodpecker with Santa on Sleigh
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - White throated nuthatch talking to santa
White Throated Nuthatch Talking to Santa
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Downy Woodpecker knock knock knocing on my door wreath
Downy Woodpecker Knock Knock Knocing on My Door Wreath
Wild Bird Holiday Photos - Carolina Chickadee Wishing Happy Holidays
Carolina Chickadee Wishing Happy Holidays

 

Othe Photos by Sandi Gannon

See Many More in Gannon Gallery or Backyard Bird Watching Crew

Wild Bird Phots - Cardinals
Cardinals!
Wild Bird Phots - Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Wild Bird Phots - Hummingbird
Hummingbird

Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed Wild Bird Holiday Photos:  Featuring Sandi Gannon Photos. If you have questions, or want to share your experiences and stories about Wild Bird phot0s, please leave a comment. I promise to answer every comment.

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Happy Bird Watching,

JoAnn Timberlake

Author of Bird Watching Made Easy

Admin of the Facebook group, Backyard Bird Watching Crew

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