Tag Archive: Birds
New England Gull on a frozen granite wall along the Atlantic Ocean in New Hampshire.
While reading your blogs I realized how much I missed mine. Each day I want to write and share but usually nothing comes. Since April it has been very hard. Seems before it was easy to express myself and now being cleared of all the CLUTTER within me leaves me wondering if I really have much to say.
I am so happy poor but very, very happy. I am at peace and seems I had posts so full of sadness and despair oh yes Joy as well if you looked deeper within it was there but really I was just not whole.
I still see things others will never get and it is OK maybe they are not meant to.
Ok on with today’s RARE BLOG really from me NOT A RE-BLOG he he READY?
So I have not seen much of my Mom since my return from retreat and she has not ben well so I made it a point when I got my check this month to take the $30 in gas right out and go spend sometime with her after I was done with Shoulder PT appointment. Ron and JT came with me as even she is feeling more like herself never will something from China be consumed in my home by ANY OF US!
So I get to Mom’s and she is doubled over unable to stand up straight I tell her to use the cane more to hold herself up though her hands are bad and I understand why she doesn’t. She has had RA for 40 years or better been crippled then better now her spine is worsening as she has lost so much of her height. She now has 2 cracked or broken vertebrae she will never tell me as too many years I was broken so she tries to toughen it out. She actually said she was ready to go. What the hell does that mean? Ready to go she is healthy as an ox except for the pain and she refuses anything but Tylenol and we all know the dangers of that drug.
So I had gone down with the full intent to scrub floors, clean refrigerator, scrub the stove things you ought to stand to do and need to do for more than a minute. I went around the property of this home I grew up in and admired all the flowers she grew. She had some beauties. I went out to the front yard and saw a section of the garden beds I had done so much work on my whole adult life now looking so pitiful. I asked what she wanted to do about it as she insists she loves her home and doesn’t want to sell and move in with one of us or her own apartment with little she would have to do but care for herself. She says “I can’t do it anymore”. I have known this for a long time hell I can not do what I used to and I am 20 years younger. So I get her garden cart, shovel, rake and a bucket with soil and proceed to dig every last Iris and Lily mixed in with weeds and grass out of the front bed. I took each one and trimmed back the green growth and cleaned the roots and set them aside. I worked for 2 hours on them alone I did that sitting on the same front stairs as I had when I was a little girl all the while watching Mom insisting on sitting outside with me and JT she sat in a plastic lawn chair. Same kind I did my retreat in not that comfortable.
After I had them done I moved on to trim a bush them I really trimmed it pretty much till it was just above the soil as there was so much dead branches soon she would lose them anyway. As I worked on my feet she tried to play a little with JT. It was warm so the dog did not mind resting a lot.
I got to this beautiful bush and knew if it was up to me to add a fresh coat of paint to the front of this house I could not have shrubbery against it so again I began a hard prune taking out many dead branches. Well This is usually covered in bees and yes it was a beauty but so out of control. I came across something that saddened me. Seems our world is so full of filth and debris and so many slobs our little birds have learned to cope the best they can. See?
So much plastic trash was a part of this poor Mother Bird’s nest
I swear it looked as if it were a home in the projects it made me very sad.
Now wait till you see what her front yard looks like now.
We had not seen that last window for years she will have to pull the blinds down now till she decides if she wants to let it grow back or if we can make this place pretty with something easy to care for. I am not getting any younger either and with injuries even worse. Ron is in no better health he has lost so much weight and muscle and he is diabetic to boot.
All was not worrisome at Mom’s some of the day was delightful which is how I will end this post UPBEAT!
Mom painted this rock years ago and we thought the bees thought her artwork was real but then a guy I went to school with thought maybe they were just wanting to grab hold so they could get a drink. I told her to place a shallow dish with rock in it so birds could have their baths again
Remember she loves flowers like me so here are a few I took after I did all the work so they are not that good but still pretty
Thanks for coming to Mom’s with me.
She would love all of you. Each one is so very special to me XO
As all the student leaving for college left their families behind to strike it out on their own they left their parents sad and some in tears.
Empty nests happen elsewhere
I now have not one but two in the Lilac out front just outside the kitchen window.
I watched the male Cardinal teaching them how to fly.
Offering chirps of encouragement. Cheering them on.
There was one last baby not wanting to go.
I was also sad to see them out of their warm little spot in front of my window.
Washing dishes would not be the same.
You see they had three clutches of eggs this year but this will be it till next year.
I will add the photos but sorry I could not get too close and the glass with this Nikon was not going to let me get all I wanted to show you but know this the Mom was beside me in a tree and having heard and seen me each and every day speaking to her through the window they stopped their noise and sat silently still as I snapped two quick photos to share with you all.
They will not travel far just to the feeders in our back yard so the Bear will have to go elsewhere
Isn’t it too little to go I wanted them to stay just a longer
It was so quiet when I did dishes today.
Well here in New Hampshire some at higher elevations got a few inches of snow we had temps. in the 20′s F.
I came home sick from the 10 days of meditation then got better and poked around the yard with JT. I sent him out detecting as he had her for 12 days. They went on walks and hikes which was so nice for them but he missed his treasure. So JT would grab a Frisbee or a stick depending upon her mood and me my camera, rake and shovel. It was spring and things had to be done before the Black Flies arrived. So I took a stool into the garden and set about digging out more rocks that had surfaced from the fall tilling he had done for me and threw something for the dog to chase. She will be seven on Mother’s Day do Border Collies ever slow down?
Now I took the larger stones out and the peas are in now to add some peat moss and compost and move that into the soil then I will lay a tarp over whole garden bed to kill all weed seeds but not the Peas!
I have some time to get crops in as we can have frost up until May 30. Yes a short season compared to the south. I decided I will grow tomatoes in Pots and 5 gal. buckets with the mix I whip up. I will grow peppers, herbs, lettuce the same way. In the garden I will grow sweet corn, squash, potatoes, garlic, onion, kale, spinach and lots of Zinnias, Sunflowers and Cosmos.
I have yet to dig up my Ruggosa Roses(Beach Plum) and move them I also have Forsythia just starting to bloom so when they are done I will move some to the berm area. I am trying to get my plants picked out for Cottage Garden area and today I went to a yard sale with boyfriend and JT and bought two trellises from a man who came down from Maine to Massachusetts and had almost sold out by the time I chose mine. They are made from cedar but I want to coat with sealer so they will give me many years of use.
I tried to pressure wash front of home but could not start my machine shoulder killing me from FRISBEE lol He will get her started so I can spray with bleach mixture and get the green to wash off the paint on east side of home under the pines. Must take one tree down but with willow having to come down I hate to lose another tree so I will hold off but not too long as a new roof I can not afford it is just 3 years old now. I have cedar shingles I need to replace so I watched a You Tube video on how it is done now to look for that tool they used.
I have ben pulling dirt away from exposed wood were it rots it away and will add plants far from foundation so it doesn’t happen again.
Well this week I will be busy getting plants ready for our Garden Club yard and plant sale first Sat. in May but it will be over by noon so I can run to local racetrack to get my pick for the Kentucky Derby in and get home for watching the Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports! We will offer lilies, annuals and perennials. Can’t wait to see how much we make as we already added some color to our town but want to have plants done by us in downtown along the bridge and at major intersection as you come through town. We only have 5 older woman in our group so we do the best we can.
Here are a few photos of what I have been up to lately. I will go through the reader and try to catch up with you all though most of you never seem to show up on it even though I am one of your followers.
Lilac(above in bud)
Ruggosa Rose Bushes (above in bud)
The grass is green
I went through over 400 pounds of bird seed this winter yes it was a bad winter.
Looking forward to getting all the yard and home done by Memorial Day so I can sit back and reap all I get back in return for the 6 months that will follow. I will make more jewelry and take different kinds of photos I will even use the tripod more.
So nice to sit and share life with you once again. Can’t wait to see what you all have been up too!
Here is one of the more recent birds to visit here in flocks along with the small cow birds or black with orange and yellow stripes on their wings. Boy they love the seed but they come and Cardinals leave and I miss them though they call to me each morning from where they have been busy building their nests.
Oh I placed my half full hummingbird feeders out last night just incase they arrive early and the Apple Tree has yet to open.
Can’t wait till they come back home.
Have a great week everyone!
Originally posted on Garden Walk Garden Talk:
What is most important?
Calories, and burning them, are the best way to body warmth in winter for birds, so you can see how our feeder feeding helps in this area with high calorie seed and suet. Birds have other tricks under their wings to help as well. Let’s investigate…
Now I am laughing as I write this post, no tears, not anymore well till I write story on Tuesday but even then I will lean towards POSITIVE as you all have been wonderful with me and for me honestly the ones who ran out, maybe they didn’t, that reader on Google drove me back to WP Reader for now and I will try to follow you through emails so I miss no posts we are not getting any younger, my birthday is less than three weeks away and THIS WEEK had me feeling even older than the 56, I am.
So here are a few photos not good enough for primetime as some were taken through a window where the stove was cranking out warmth .
See what winds and powdery type snow can do for a New England landscape. This came down like crazy and then the sun came out and temps. rose into the 40′s F and me stuck reading the scrawling GOOGLE READER, heard water dripping on the built-in plant window, beside the desk. I hardly left the desk all day yesterday and it was BEAUTIFUL by February in New England measures now today we had snow till noon and winds are moving at highway speeds yes 55 to 65 MPH. Many have lost trees and POWER fingers crossed I get post out to you all before we do.
I will show you a more from yesterday then some from today. Today I did go out to shovel while boyfriend and JT went to get part for coal stove can’t have that breaking on us. There was no more than 3 inches of light fluffy stuff easy to move but it was brutal with those winds. 12 miles further east they had 6 inches fall so far.
Just so picturesque hey see one of our Chickadee’s? This was the weekend to count birds I gave up TOO MANY, so very hungry and me the sucker for the wee ones .
Now this was my attempt to shovel a path and spread cracked corn and sunflower seeds all along the shoveled areas for them to SHARE, well I have a flock of Juncos who call my place home each winter and with all the food on ground really for them look where I found them
Hanging out in the Apple Tree scared of all the big bad bullies as soon as I stepped out the bullies departed and down came the Juncos. More food thrown out for them
Spring has to be on the way my Cardinals are so beautiful and they were scared in the winds today so pardon more lousy photos through the window
as I tried to capture their mating colors BRING ON SPRING early like Phil promised
One of 8 Males who call this place home
WOW They are so beautiful when they are looking for the ladies!
now it is the girls turn and I am sorry small camera and window shots not really what they are like here but you will get the idea I think check out their beaks I used to raise parakeets and I can tell. So much you still do not know about me
sorry it was snowing like crazy but isn’t this bird pretty
I scared one of the squirrels and he grabbed a seed and covered his face with snow poor baby too cold to be looking for food but a branch broke off the Willow that had been chewed by the Beaver and I had left it up so they could have their winter home sadly it is now an open air model they must be starving with no way to dig through 2+ feet of snow.
Well I took my little monster out with me and after she takes her time doing her thing next thing I know is she was feeling so frisky in this frigid air she decides she will HERD ME I tried to catch her mean look but sadly I came up short her too it just has not been a good two days for perfect picture-taking.
She really is fresh when she is acting like a Border Collie. This afternoon I was the Mommy and gave her a bath which she hates but boy does she love the blow dry and comb out now she is warm and napping and so very pretty and silky to the touch>
Well I hope you enjoyed my post it was nice to come here and chat with you and do a show and tell
For all of you west of me Keep The Snow I have birds who want spring as much as me
Yes I am HAPPY and LAUGHING
again Love you all and hope you get the weather you need as well
I can’t wait to see these beautiful Roses covered in blooms and bees yes LIFE IS GOOD
I attended a free talk today on Orchids. What a beautiful and peaceful place to enjoy, on a winter’s day. You need to swing by if you are local and have never stepped inside. They are all very friendly and you will get a warm welcome from all including Oliver
He will say Hello and even laugh when you do. Not sure he liked my flash but he never stopped talking and even said Good-Bye.
Baby Tears sit here with Venus flytraps
Are you looking for COLOR now that your Christmas tree is down these are very pretty.
Plants of all types can be found here.
Lush Green Plants are great for cleaning the air you need to breathe
I wonder if this will hold my monster Spider plant
Orange and Yellow pop and the pretty fountain too
So precious placed in a beautiful garden. I must shop for my new English Garden I will be adding here at home.
I must say Oliver has the prettiest home I wouldn’t mind staying her either.
Thanks to CHURCHILL’S for allowing me to take photos of their beautiful shop in Exeter, New Hampshire. Stop in I am sure you will love it as well and if you are reading this from another part of the US stop in one of your local garden centers and for those of you who follow me from all over the world should you find yourself in NH call me I will show you around.
Low quality photos shot early morning through a window that faces the west.
I was cleaning the living room and watching the birds of all types flying to the ground grabbing a sunflower seed I had spread out for them when I noticed this very cold, puffed up Blue Jay sitting in the Pear Tree. I knew if I stepped outside they would all fly away and I know all about reflections from glass but he looked so pretty I had to try to capture him.
I had been a horrible night icy branches and roads snow too. I went and filled the feeders really early so when they woke their high energy seeds would be waiting. This one was conserving his energy even though there was food everywhere, it must have been a rough night.
Originally posted on lead.learn.live.:
“Winter must must be coming… because the starlings are flocking. Here are many thousands of the birds wheeling together in the afternoon sky near Gretna Green yesterday, as they prepare to roost together for the night. A starling flock like this is called a murmuration, a word that perfectly describes the rustle of thousands of pairs of wings. Starling murmurations are one of the most dazzling displays in the natural world, as the flock changes shape, one minute like a colossal wisp of smoke, the next a tornado, the next a thundercloud blocking the light. The huge gatherings, biggest in winter, are boosted by thousands of birds that come to Britain’s milder Atlantic climate to escape the harsh cold of the European continent, especially in Scandinavia. There are several reasons to get together in the way they do – safety in numbers, information exchange (if some come back from a good feeding area others may learn of it) and warmth at night through roosting together. The birds may feed up to 20 miles from their winter roost but return each evening.”
The day they showed up they must have been very hungry. I had never seen this type of bird here before. I actually went in, after trying to capture them with the camera, to check in my book, I always keep in the living room. Starlings they said they were. I had cooked bacon and knew the birds in the yard fought over the beef suet(fat) so I put some on the roof of this old feed and they just appeared from nowhere. I loved watching them eat. I was so happy to provide a meal that they seemed to enjoy. Have not seen them back here at the feeders since then, MORE BACON MAYBE
As I walk along this road I pass this fat little tree
I think it is so beautifully natural
Not a perfect shape but so very healthy siting there posing for me
Who else will see this beautiful tree sitting alone along the road
It is surrounded by wildflowers to keep it company but I want it to have more.
The fact that this is a real Christmas Tree
Like the ones we decorate here each year
I want it to have a STAR up upon the tippy top
I shall see if I can fit a trip in before snows would prevent me from getting to the top of this path
I will gather natural materials to make it with
I think I will add things for the birds to eat
This little star will keep them fed and warm maybe for a night or three
I hope the storms are kind this winter
For when spring comes I will once again walk to the top
To see this Fat Little Pine Tree
With maybe a little less of me
Peace & Love
To each of you
Hummingbirds and me go back a long way.
I love the little jewels who make this long
journey here each spring.
They arrive just about the time my Apple tree blooms.
It is one reason the tree is still here how would I know when to get their sugar-water
ready and hang out the feeders. I always have the place ready for them to rest, fuel up
and build their nests and raise their young.
The photos here are taken with an Kodak Easy Share , no tripod and some just in the wrong light
for such an inexpensive camera but I wanted you to see some of them who call this
place their 2nd home.
Salvia is always here waiting for them too.
She is so tiny and beautiful as she sits and watches me
She will soon have her strength back from her long trip
and ready her nest and raise her little ones.
A young male sits on a Lilac branch.
I always keep feeders close enough to a bush, for them to take cover in.
I wonder how I will capture them on a tripod
as they dart to and from flower to feeders
must learn to use flash to stop their action!
I use a variety of feeders for their nectar.
Always near plantings or real flowers they love.
As you can see the sugar trumps the Petunia this time.
Always waits for its turn at one of the open spots in the feeder.
Right now the bees and this female are sharing nicely
Hoped you liked my Hummingbirds
27 years ago when I had to pick a CB Handle this
was it, Hummingbird is what the truckers knew me by
coast to coast.
I have just one tattoo and it is a life-size one, yes
Born to be Wild!
Have a nice day
Don’t forget to plant or place a feeder out for these little ones.
My take on Mother Nature and her fury, in one of my favorite places to walk and fish.
Just the other side of Newburyport MA is a place called Plum Island.
This is a place you will see just before you go over the marsh and hit the island.
We have a nuclear plant in Seabrook ,NH and when all the protests
were going on, residents knew that there would be No Way Out!
Sign stands after all these years as a reminder.
Well it seems like the Nuclear Plant is safer for these residents,
than the sea they love to live next too.
The ocean is taking more and more of the beach that used to be their buffer.
Homes have been undermined by the surf and ultimately pushed by machines onto the beach at low tide and then
picked up and placed in rigs and taken to the local landfill.
The politicians keep throwing money at this situation.
Permits to re-build these homes maybe issued.
This problem that will only become worse as the worlds oceans rise, as predicted they will.
They installed these a few years ago, to save these homes but surly you can see no mater how much sand and barriers are brought in
the Atlantic Ocean will take what it needs for space.
They warn people who love this place to Stay Away!
These were once completely covered with sand and the beach built back up, by sand hauled to this area, all at the taxpayers expense.
This is just for this one stretch of ocean front property.
Who came up with the plan years ago to allow homes here?
So many places we can not go near now because of the dangers these
homes present and we can’t forget the Nesting Plovers!
I will continue to come here month after month to document the loss of a beautiful stretch of beach.
I have so many fond memories I can not help but watch and see what time has in store for this wild place.
I will miss this place when she is gone.
We watched this bird as it hunted for food and caught a fish!
We wondered if it had young it was feeding, in the grassy area just out of my reach with the camera..
I have these birds here in my stream in NH but this area is perfect for viewing them in action, no wonder the State of Florida made a pull off area here..
Now he sees us, he better pay attention.
Yikes! Lurking and watching and probably hunting too. I would never cut it as a wildlife photographer I would close my eyes and miss the Kill Shots
A beautiful view on our Easter trip with Mom, who had never been to the Everglades area of FL.
Here are some other locals who wanted their photos taken.
So pretty this bird is all shimmer and Brown in color.
This bird was so vocal. Drumming and signing. He like the camera or us.
Not threatened by us, maybe we were their protection, lol . We still were not ALONE
In just over a half hour, we saw so much in just one spot along Alligator Alley
Yes a Vulture too
Since we are on our third day of record heat I decided to share this place I love in Florida. It is important to have wild and scenic spots so you can reflect on what is really important in your life.
That day we were about to get hit by a bad hail storm so I took roads that got us out of harms way to which my Mom said ” I do not know how you drove in that!” Finally a little appreciation for my brains and Driving ability! lol
Stop along a road some day on a trip and see what you can see and don’t forget to SHARE WITH ME!
Assorted feathered visitors who stay and have their young, in our backyard.
I think this is a young Coopers Hawk and he swooped in to try to grab a little Juncos or Red Squirrel , what a Naughty Bird, no I know he was hungry but stayed with me for a long time while I took photo after photo of him, while it was snowing out.
Little Juncos thankful it was not lunch!
They all hung out inside my rose bushes, beside me and my camera. That naughty hawk scared them bad enough that I made them feel safe!
Male Cardinal munching on Black Oil Sunflower Seeds
I love that all of these birds like our place enough to call it home. I whistle for these males and in they come for a meal, love being one with nature.
Who doesn’t like Mallards . I can hardly wait till they let me see their babies ,
any day now!
They look pretty happy here, now remember we have a Cool Cat and JT the border Collie.
Baltimore Orioles have such a pretty song they sing. I love mixing up sugar and water for them and the Hummingbirds
Love these tiny, full of life, amazing flyers!
Such cool birds to have all around you in the yard. Saddest part of fall is when they leave for South America.
My CB Handle was Hummingbird, lol and only tattoo is a life-size one.
This is when I wish I had a $10,000.00 camera set-up
So beautiful just sitting and waiting for the feeder to be less busy.
I have the flowers for their beauty but in the end they all go to the BIRDS!
Blue Jays love our day old bread!
We have every variety of woodpecker and they all LOVE SUET! Then again that is what the Black Bear wanted to rip the feeder down for.
Never saw this one before unless it looks different in the winter.
Morning Dove hangs out waiting for their turn too.
I caught this one in mid slip, from a frosty roof , OOPS is my caption . lol
I worried about this Blue Jay, as his head feathers looked horrible .
Well I have taken up so much of your time with the birds who visit our yard, here in NH,USA I will let you go but thanks again for stopping by and letting me know what you think.
This cat came into my life with a sister who went missing six years ago.
They were so very tiny not really ready to be on their own but the woman was going to
drown them, so they were brought to me as a gift.
I named them Rythem & Blues.
Blues had the same markings only Gray. I always thought Blues was the laid back, chilling cat
but by the photos below you can see she was not alone in this gift.
We have many flocks of Turkey here through the year first the adults and then they bring their young.
Turkeys can be nasty
They hold people in cars and homes at bay.
I am grateful my cat is behaving as well as these wild turkey in our yard.
Photos once again shot through a door so sorry for quality but I am sure you can see enough in them to fully
appreciate what kind of cat we have.
I am sure she had been hunting in the bushes for chipmunks and came out when she heard the all the noise.
That should have been the first photo sorry still new to BLOGGING lol
She is hoping to BLEND IN
Even these Mother Turkeys tolerate her which is so unheard of.
A wide view so you can see how she was surely out numbered by them.
Her friends have left
and she comes to the door to my relief.
This was her first of many encounters with different broods in the yard.
What do you think? Normal?
I am just glad it all turned out good as I was taking photos the whole time.
Today has been a very interesting day in our yard.
So many different types of birds have come to our feeders.
There are babies to feed.
I need to learn to walk around our home with a camera swinging from my neck
and not a pretty piece of jewelry I just made.
The dog, JT is going nuts in the living room, relentless barking..
I walk around the corner to see if the cat is chasing the dogs squirrel.
No not a small furry grey squirrel but a large Black Bear!
He was slamming himself up against the pole we have an old umbrella attached to. We hang Hummingbird nectar up high as well suet and seed. I guess it was just to tempting for our local Bruin. What was a bear to do with all those yummy offerings, just hanging out of his reach.
The dog barking got him to stop and drop and take off! The cat, our very cool cat was scared to death and ran for cover, she is just now coming with lots of coaxing from me. This the same cat who chills with Wild Turkey. Her yard is changing. I always had 4 dogs. Now with just one, who always travels with us, it seems to have let them become more of our landscape.
This past Christmas Coyotes came calling. They hung around close by,, their calls at night unnerving.. They stayed around and took down a few deer, mated and for now have moved on. Then Raccoon, Fox, Beavers etc. they have all been here. I know I am doing so many things right here for them to stroll through but I also know I should not have feeders out right now, it is just to tempting..
I had just bought food and made more nectar and just made all the birds and squirrels happy. I felt bad there has been so much rain here. The nests are full of young and more eggs that will hatch and need to be fed so many times in the course of a day..
This time just a piece was broken off and suet fell to the ground as well as one Hummingbird feeder. Lesson learned they will come down at night and go back up at 10 AM when I can catch him in the act and shoo him away. That is my plan anyway.. Wish me LUCK, lol