Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Brrrrr! It's a chilly Tuesday -


- and the garden brought life and death this morning!

Let's get the death out of the way first - a rather large rabbit was dead
 on our front lawn, a first for sure. I decided a photo isn't necessary.
It did seem to have a gash on its neck so wondering if a hawk had it and
 then dropped it, or perhaps a fox, or possibly the neighborhood coyote, came
 by in the night. Why they wouldn't have made a meal of it we have no idea.
Whatever happened it was a sad start to the day - to me all 
animals are precious, including the ones who nibble my plants in spring!


Bob filled the feeders and, as always, the cardinals arrived first. 
Sometimes I count as many as ten, males and females, perched on
 the bare branches of the fig tree.


The thawing of the bird baths with tea kettles of hot water followed, first time
 this winter as the weather has been so mild. Many Mourning doves arrived - the
 sweetest, quietest birds.
Today we have errands to run. Though below freezing, the sun is bright now and
 pulling on a sweater and coat should make a few hours outdoors quite pleasant.


17 comments:

  1. Aaw, poor rabbit! But that's nature for you, it's always been eat or be eaten (even though in this case, the rabbit was not eaten, for whatever reason). Like you, the death of most animals saddens me - and yet I eat meat... I probably wouldn't, if I had to provide my own meat, bacon, sausages and so on.
    The cardinals are a delight to look at. The dove looks as if he/she is very cold, and grateful for the sunshine!

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    1. Meike, you are correct about Nature's laws, survival of the fittest etc. As you may recall I'm a non-meat eater (of any kind) for over 40 years.
      Lovely sunny days here but below freezing nights now.

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  2. Poor little rabbit, I hate to find dead animals or see them hurt. I hope that you are staying warm. It is pretty cold here but I keep reminding myself that we have had a very mild winter and it is only January. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks dear. I do love winter weather, as long as I can get around without icy conditions.

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  3. Oh, poor little thing. My first thought was freezing to death but then you mentioned the gash. It has been a very mild winter but I bet the worst is yet to come. Stay warm.

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    1. Not too bad once the sun pops out - nights cold though!

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  5. I am so sorry your morning started by discovering the dead rabbit in your front yard. I would've been horrified. Thank you for not sharing a photo. Your bird photos are beautiful.

    It's impossible to keep bird baths thawed here; our winters are just way too frigid. The sun is shining here today but the wind chill is only 12 degrees.

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    1. Wow, really cold there Melanie - sending warm thoughts.

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  6. Very cold these January days. I was hoping to avoid them after the mild weather so far this winter. I’m sorry for the shock you found on your front lawn. Nature can be rough. I admire you for getting out to enjoy this chilly, winter day.

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    1. I'm sure your weather IS very cold by now Vee - but I would still not mind moving back to New England, and if I did it would be the Maine coast or Portsmouth, NH!!!!!

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  7. Oh no Mary ... the sad side to nature. Maybe it was hit by a car and managed to get as far as your garden. Poor thing.
    I can never get over those beautiful Cardinals .... what a fabulous sight they must be, especially against the snow.
    Its frosty here in the UK as well but beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Stay warm Mary. XXXX

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    1. Jackie we're still hoping for a little snow - just doesn't seem like winter otherwise!

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  8. Poor rabbit. I dislike finding dead animals, yet it's all part of life's cycle that can often be cruel. I'm sure the birds appreciate you thawing out the bird bath for them. Hope your chilly day was a good one and that you are tucked up cozy and warm in your beautiful home now.

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    1. Lorrie, these past below freezing nights have been our only winter weather so far. The birds immediately flock to the fountain and baths as soon as we melt the ice so it's obvious how much they require water.

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  9. Oh dear, the rabbit would have been an unpleasant shock. Nature has its sad side - I recently heard a nighttime shriek of shock and pain by some small bird or animal - and a day latter a large python visited our tree, sleeping off its meal.
    But on a more cheerful note, it would be an absolute delight to have up to 10 cardinals visit, and your photo shows this little guy off beautifully. What a star he is, and how kind you are to take care of the ice to give them water. xxx

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    1. OMG a python! Really!!!!!! That would finish me off Patricia, I'm so not a snake person.
      Yes, I always think of you when 'my cardinals' arrive - and that's daily around here!

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