Saucer Magnolia flowers-blackbird territory

This is a small Saucer Magnolia tree-Magnolia Soulangiana, with many of its branches broken by the wind. It still has amazing dinner plate sized blossoms, the biggest I've ever seen. These voluptuous, purple-pink, cup-shaped flowers are the last ones, opening in mid-May.
The inner part of the petals are pure white.
Saucer magnolia flower close-up
Small magnolia tree-Saucer magnolia
It still has many unopened buds that will delight the viewers till end May.
Saucer Magnolia buds-Magnolia soulangiana
Saucer Magnolia buds unfolding-Magnolia soulangiana
The next picture is poor quality but there is a little mail blackbird (Turdus merula) on the ground, left to the magnolia branches. It flies away when I raise my hands with the camera but it keeps coming back, all the time. I thought it's just flirting with me to take a picture of its striking orange bill contrasting the black plumage. Than I saw the female, up in the big tree, near the magnolia. Her feathers are mainly brown, not so beautiful as the mail's.
Mail blackbird near magnolia tree
Again, I was so naive; its not about posing for me, I've violated their breeding ground.
are known to be very territorial, so I'll leave them to do what they have to do.
I might be lucky to listen to their rich melodious song, instead of these threat sounds.

See also some early blooming magnolias!


Kim, USA said...

I love magnolia flowers, it's very pretty!


Becca said...

Absolutely gorgeous flowers!

Unknown said...

Great flower shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

chubskulit said...

Lovely critter and a beautiful bloom!

Shadow shots on a relaxing walk, have a great weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous flowers and beautiful photos.

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