Monday, January 24, 2022

Something in the winter air -

We've been treated to many beautiful sunrises during these winter months. 
I think today's stunning colors painting the morning sky were perhaps the 
loveliest to date. These really were the colors, I did not enhance them other
 than wee bit of sharpening. I did throw on a robe and socks to hurry outside
 with a real camera while at the peak of color, and a better view than
 through a window. Sunrises don't last long!

The birds continued to hang out all day yesterday and are back
this morning.  
The Northern Mockingbird seems to have made itself at home. 
A quite large 10" bird, male and female are identical, and
 young males often sing at night and imitate other bird songs
 (vocal mimicry). Here in the Carolinas they are non-migrators
 enjoying insects, fruit and obviously seeds here on the front porch.

I've found them to be an easy bird to photograph as they stand still
long enough and are not skittish. 

I noted that the Mockingbird and Carolina wren seemed to enjoy being 
together - they are two of my favorite birds.
The cul-de-sac was a mess yesterday afternoon as vehicles turned the slush
into ruts and they froze overnight. This afternoon we are almost completely
clear of snow and ice - the temperature has warmed to a pleasant 50F with
 brilliant sunshine and blue skies.

Many thanks for the great comments on the bird photos of yesterday. 
I took so many - don't be surprised if more pop up here in the days
 to come!  I was happy to share them and I'm really pleased to know so
 many of you enjoy garden birds.

Off now to bake an apple and blackberry galette - we are cutting back
 on sugar and haven't had a real dessert for a week!

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Snow Day means birds!

Yes, we have real snow this morning. Enough on the ground
to make tracks, attract wildlife looking for food and water, and
take photos of beautiful birds doing what birds do on a cold 
snowy morning.
I was up ready with my camera right after sunrise
Snow around here means birds. 
A lot of birds!
We prepared the feeding stations yesterday afternoon as it did
seem certain snow would fall last night.

Here's a list of the birds I've seen today. Male and female
 of most species, some the same color others total different, but
certainly an amazing array of colors and sizes, each enjoying their
choice of feeding, on the ground, on the seed and suet feeders, and
on the porch floor and porch rails outside the dining room window.

Red-bellied Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Eastern Bluebird
 Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Towhee
Carolina Wren 
Blue Jay
Mourning Dove
House Finch
Dark-eyed Junco
American Robin
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Cowbird
Song Sparrow
House Sparrow
Pine Siskin


No, not a bird, but he's a really good vacuum cleaner after
they've eaten!

I took an awful lot of photos today, so many in fact I had a real problem 
with iCloud loading them on my laptop - some were from my iPhone, most 
from my camera which may have slowed the transfer down.
Anyway, here's a later than planned post with some of the birds who
 visited today - even if you're not really a huge bird lover, I think you might
 enjoy seeing them on a perfect winter's day.