January 2, 2011

The Ups & Downs of W-I-N-T-E-R

This past week has been a crazy ride weather-wise.   This is what was outside my front door last week at this time….

12 26 Dark Stormy night  

12 26 Snow swirls
It may have stopped us in our tracks but by the next day….

12 26 Bluebirds These troopers were lurking….with their sights on the feeders.

12 26 Card n Bluebird

12 26 Cardinal
….and then she was alone but not for long.
12 26 Card n Wren
A saucy little wren made an appearance.

r12 26 Wren And took over the joint!

12 26 Dove
With very few food sources, that’s how it went for the rest of the day.  In & out.  Back & forth.

12 26 Dove n Chickadee
12 26 Dove n Titmouse
Here a Titmouse waits patiently for the Mourning Dove to finish.  How polite!

Over the course of the next few days I cleared the deck to get access to the feeders to refill them.  Now here’s the kicker…… exactly one week later, the temps have been hovering around 60 degrees for the past 3 days!    When it comes to weather, New England is a crazy place.

01 02 Backyard Same view!

01 02 Chickadee

01 02 Woodpecker
The birds don’t seem affected one way or another.

Even when the garden is not alive ‘n kicking, we are still blessed by nature.

I hope you are blessed with wonderful things in 2011!

Happy New Year!


~~Carol~~ said...

I'm so grateful for my feathered friends, especially when there's nothing else going on in the garden and it's going to stay that way for months on end!
There is a wren that makes her home in a birdhouse in my secret garden every year, and she intimidates the heck out of me every time I go in there!

Verde Farm said...

Such beautiful photos. That is a snow for sure. Your little feathered friends are well cared for and look very satisfied :)

Katerina said...

Happy New Year to you Maureen!!!

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Thank you for the networking opportunity!
Have a wonderful day!


concretenprimroses said...

Your pictures are terrific!
We got a bird feeder for Christmas from one of our nieces. Gotta figure out a place safe from the kitties but where we can watch.

CountryBlessings@Lakewood said...

Hi and Happy New Year! Have missed you, dear friend! Your pics are beautiful. We've (cats and I) have also been bird watching from the warmth of our home! Talk to (email) you soon! ☺

LV said...

No one else may have been happy with this weather, but little birds enjoyed it. Cute post.

troutbirder said...

It been crazy here in Mn. as well. I really enjoyed this winter bird collection and the New Year post as well. Two feet of snow and very cold find the little birdies swarming my feeders.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I think we all have snow.Love it

I just want to comment on your little sweet Pug.

I have Sissy a pug and love her to death she is 12 now but still healthy and very active loves to chase squirrels


Darla said...

Love the feeder with the umbrella top...you capture some beautiful birds here.