Posts Tagged ‘Winter Activities’

This past Saturday, while sitting in my kitchen sipping tea, I heard this thud and wondered what it could be. I did assume that something had fallen down but I had no clue what it might be.  But later, as I began mowing grass in my back lawn, there sat a little red breasted nuthatch and I knew then what the thud was, this little bird as it hit a window or the side of my home!

When this happens during the winter months, I usually collect the little birds and cup them in my hands until they warm up and recover. But this was the first day of September and really quite warm. Still, I did not want the little bird to be in danger of my mower or a cat or any other predator. I decided to collect it in my hands anyway and hold it until it had recovered from the shock.

Well, apparently, it had recovered for the most part because it quickly slipped from my hands, landing on my shoulder. I stood very still for a time and when the bird did not seem in much hurry to leave, I decided to take a photograph of it sitting there rather calmly, giving me close inspection!

This photo was taken (slowly so as not to scare the little guy) using my cell phone camera.

After a time, though, I felt that I needed to get back to mowing grass and I gently gave the little tyke the boot.

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To me it is anyway, to see an Eastern Bluebird here in winter? I thought bluebirds were insect eaters.

Photo taken January 26, 2009! My apologies for the poor background, I was just so excited to see an Eastern Bluebird in winter!

Photo taken January 26, 2009! My apologies for the poor background, I was just so excited to see an Eastern Bluebird in winter!

Of course, the northern line has been moving up for many species of birds. Just more evidence of global warming and climate change. Still, this is my first siting of bluebirds, EVER, and just to think, my first siting came in winter!

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Winter is back! And ain’t it just gorgeous?! I just had to get a few photos of the “scenes” from my rear deck before we got out the snowblower or before the sun comes out and starts to melt snow off the tree branches.

This first photo is of my closest neighbor.


And, in this photo, can you see my garden shed tucked in there?


Here is one of my bird feeders (the one that the deer visit) and, beyond the feeder, is another close neighbor. 🙂 The feeder and my neighbor really are “in there” somewhere, I promise!


Finally, this shot is looking straight back. There’s an abandoned railroad bed in there, a really great “trail” to do some cross country skiing or snowshoeing.


I really hope that you did guess what intrigued me the most were the trees full of snow and the way in which they create little “nooks” that, to a big kid such as myself, would be fun to explore.

Thanks for letting me indulge in this childish fantasy of mine!

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