A Wild and Wet Wednesday

This morning is wet and blustery as I sit at the computer reading email and cleaning out my inbox.  Stuck inside I dream of spring and what I want to accomplish when it arrives.

A gust of wind smashes the large bush that grows in front of my window and I suddenly notice the birds that have taken refuge in its branches.  Hanging on tightly they are blown this way and that, yet seem unconcerned by the wild ride.  Instead, between gusts, they manage to move from branch to branch to consume the red berries there.

Closest to the window is a female cardinal

Do you see her? Can you make out the other visitor in this scene?

The other visitor is more clearly defined here

A bit easier to catch after she moved from behind the wettest part of the screen.

Which gives me two reasons to finally clean this window and remove the screen.  I never open this window anyway so why not?

IF YOU NOTICED YOU MIGHT ASK:  Why is there white tissue paper hanging in front of this window?  Well, I haven’t exactly made the shades planed to be installed under the cornice and valance I made last year.  Ergo, the tissue keeps the morning sun from blinding me while I work!

Perhaps instead of dreaming of spring I should use this down time to make those shades?  😉

 

 

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Because everyone needs a good porch frog

Do you have one?

Most mornings before sunrise I go out with Bob, sit on the bench, and…

Talk to the frog.

Meanwhile, Bob is putting his things in his car, getting in and backing out the drive.  We wave goodby and I go back in, but not before thanking the little green porch frog for a job well done.

Apparently, he eats A LOT of bugs in the night… just judging by the mess he leaves below.  😐

But I can’t complain, because he’s just so stinkin’ cute!

Well, I think he is.

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Good Morning!

Serene

A mother’s work is never done, but a bird mother’s work is truly to be admired.

(Photos are clickable for a better view)

Meet the Triplets

Rather photogenic for baby Blue birds; don’t you think?

We have been surrounded by many nesting birds this spring:   Carolina Wrens; Blue birds; Cardinals; and these Blue Jays.   Some I have not identified as yet, but I am working on it.    I have enjoyed seeing their different nesting habits and watching them feeding their nestlings.

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We had a nest of a different sort this year, a rabbit’s warren!   I haven’t located it but it appears to be under the junk pile behind the barn.  I don’t think the little guy is a cotton tail either.  It looks domestic to me.  I would let you be the judge, but the little critter is very wary and far to fast for my camera skills.

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Summer is coming and then the nesting will be over till next year.

Now comes the sunset viewing of the little Firefly Fairies and this year the viewing is exceptional!

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Behind the barn

Out back behind the barn, on an old fence pole and above the scrap pile is a blue bird house.  I placed it there when we first moved here.

Dependably every year there will be a nest of babies.  I always know when they are being fed because of the chorus of chirping they make.  And every year I can depend on them being much quicker than me when I try to capture them in the act.

Today as I fed and watered all the animals the little fellow came and did his feeding while I was very near!  Without my camera of course.

And so it is that I took this picture from the dining room window and blew this cropped bit up so we can at least see the babies.  It was a long distance (150 ft) and therefore blurry, but I’m just happy to have finally got one.

Maybe next year I will have a bird blind up and can stand right outside the barn door for a really great shot?