winter

Winter Visitor

1 march 2015


Serving The Birds in Snow

During the snow storm and afterwards, there were too many hungry birds for the one feeder we have. Also,  some of the birds prefer to ground feed which is hard to do when everything is covered in snow.

shelter for birds to feed

To make a shelter, I scraped some snow away from the ground between the chairs and table for birds seed, and then used a large plastic tray to bridge the space between them to create a shelter. Additional bird seed was placed on window sills and porch which are under the eve of the roof.


Blue Birds Nesting

It is the first week in March and the Blue Birds are nesting.

male blue bird in gourd house

This lovely male Blue Bird was checking out the interior of our gourd shaped bird house. This bird house was received as a gift years ago and has housed a variety of small birds over the years. It hangs from a Sheppard’s hook (see picture below) which was moved to this location not long ago. This is the first time serious interest has been shown by blue birds for this house. I guess the location and or the direction it faces is more desirable than before. The house is nicely located with open grassy areas as well as trees for shade and protection. There are also some bushes in the yard that will produce fruit later in the year.

male blue bird on hanger

In the picture above, he looks like he is lording over his prospective domain.
female blue bird in gourd house

The male bird hung around while this female Blue Bird checked out the bird house. There was a flurry of activity with them going back and forth between a small tree and the house before a heavy rain started. It will be interesting to see if they choose to stay. I hope so.


Farewell My Friend

Jodie

Jodie

I will remember you with fondness for being yourself- sweet, gentle and stubborn.


Snow Day

snow 1

Empty hosta seed pods mark the spot where the plant will emerge in Spring.

snow 2
A rosette of yucca leaves cut through the snow making a wonderful ray pattern.

snow 3
Snow lends mystery a gate.
snow 4
Unoccupied by birds, snow crept into the opening of this gourd shaped bird house.
snow 5
Morning sun kissed the snow topped of the azalea bushes…
snow 6
and highlighted the branches of trees with the trunks still in shadow giving the trees an odd appearance.

snow 7
Then the sun set…
snow 8
giving the snow a blush of pink.
Did you know there really is such a thing as pink snow and other colored snow?


Toppled by Snow

toppled by snow

A little help was needed to get back on her feet again. Fading eyesight combined with a blanket of snow obscuring the ground’s contours makes for poor footing. At least she had on her fleece jacket to keep the snow off.  The bitter cold weather has made it unsafe to let the dogs out for more than a few minutes at a time. It certainly is  not tempting me to go out and take more than a couple pictures. Fortunately, I did not have to venture beyond the back door for this photo op or to rescue my old beagle.


4 January 2013

Frost in the morning on Foxglove leaf.

Frost in the morning on Foxglove leaf.

It was a brisk start to a lovely day.

Daffodil bulbs, lined up and ready to plant, were bought on sale after season.

Daffodil bulbs, lined up and ready to plant.

A sunny and cool afternoon was perfect for planting daffodil bulbs bought on sale after planting season. They will grow, but not not bloom until later than usual.

daffodil shoots among oak leaves

daffodil shoots among oak leaves

The resident daffodils getting ready for their February blooming time.